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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Sep 15, 2021
This idea was inspired by Darko's idea to Convert a car into a mobile office to earn money driving clients around during the day, and live in it at night

It would simply be to combine already existing services for transportation, goods couriering and food delivery into one all-encompassing service. This would provide the drivers with more work opportunities and perhaps even work out cheaper as there would be less movement by the vehicles that aren't part of a "job".

It would work on the same design as something like Uber, but apart from just transporting people, you could also request drivers to pick up and deliver food or packages. I know many drivers already work for more than one company in order to cut down on their off time, something like this would simply provide them with more options.

Another advantage for the consumer would be that you would be able to have food delivered from places that do not usually make use of delivery services, you'd simply phone in an order for pick-up, and the driver would collect it and deliver it to you.

This service would also fill a gap in the market for short distance couriering. If you have to send a parcel to someone nearby, but you don't have the time to take it there yourself, but also don't want to go through the hassle of a courier, you'd essentially simply order an uber for the package.

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Include video ads in the courier cars

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 15, 2021
About 15 years ago I actually made a pilot service similar to what you describe. A general courier service where the courier would do ANYTHING for you (go shopping, bring food, queue in line, do paperwork, whatever can be outsourced and doesn't require professional knowledge). The courier was paid a hybrid rate that was a combination of per hour and per driving distance.

On top of it all, the courier car was modified to fit a big LCD screen (then TV) on either side. Each car was wrapped in a different skin to attract attention (tiger, cheetah, etc). The LCD screens played video ads all day long regardless if the car was parked or driving. The ads actually made more money than the courier service.

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Juran3 days ago
Is it the same thing as Uber Eats? They can bring you food or be a normal taxi. Also, Bolt, Wolt, and Glovo offer carrier services, so they can deliver anything from dinner to groceries to you.
Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 days ago
Juran Fair, but they have to be connected to the different restaurants they accept orders from, and Uber Eats drivers do not operate as Uber drivers, at least in South Africa, since they are all on motorcycles and scooters. The point of this system would simply be to give drivers more options to earn money, instead of waiting around for the next delivery or ride request, they would be able to interchange according to demand.
Also, in South Africa, we only have Bolt and Uber and neither of them has carrier services, perhaps we're just a bit behind.