A new start-up in the courier industry is vying to be a significant disrupter, by delivering superior courier services for SME shipments and deliveries.
At a time when Australia Post has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, such as its hefty price increase on standard stamps, Christmas delivery failures and being substantially more expensive for small businesses to use to post orders within Australia than overseas, People Post has potential to significantly change mail delivery in Australia.
“The rise of the ‘sharing economy’ is rapidly changing the way we use traditional services such as personal drivers and accommodation, and is successful because these services are outdated and don’t answer modern supply and demand needs,” People Post co-founder Wayne Wang said.
“People Post was borne from a similar notion, utilising modern technology to provide a fast, reliable, value-for-money solution, eliminating frustrations commonly experienced when using traditional courier services.”
Likened to taxi service Uber, People Post connects users with registered runners nearby who are available to courier parcels. The service is available 24 hours a day, all-year round, including on weekends and public holidays.
Users of the service are given the ability to track a delivery’s progress in real-time, as well as rate and ‘favourite’ runners for future reference.
“We started building the application from the ground up in mid-2014 and launched the first version to start testing the market in early 2015,” Mr Wang told My Business.
“Our main focus right now is to have People Post operating as widely as possible throughout Australia. People Post was designed to be a very scalable platform. We’re also looking at going global in 2017.”
The service will initially be available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. However, Mr Wang said the list of locations where People Post is available is growing daily, as its number and spread of runners expands.
According to Mr Wang, pricing for the service is determined on both the distance and urgency of the given job.
“We don’t initiate ‘price surges’ for peak times. The less urgent, and the shorter distance, the cheaper it will be. We are using a lot of calculations and algorithms to keep the prices down and also making it efficient for runners to complete the tasks,” he said.
“For businesses, we are currently developing a merchant structure that will result in huge discounts.”