DropBy - Delivery Made Easy

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About this project

DropBy - Crowdsourced Delivery in Your Neighborhood

DropBy is a new way to deliver goods from the store to your house. Instead of shipping your stuff halfway across the country, as traditional shipping companies do, DropBy recruits local drivers to deliver from local stores. DropBy offers both low prices and fast shipping.

DropBy partners with local stores to provide delivery services. Businesses benefit from fast, easy shipping, increasing sales volumes and improving the customer experience.

For drivers, DropBy aims to make deliveries as painless as possible. Unlike other platforms, we don't want drivers to have to make long trips out of their way. DropBy notifies drivers when they're in the vicinity of a potential pick-up, or at the checkout if they're at the store already. DropBy carefully optimizes the route so that drivers can make multiple deliveries without
excessive travel.

Why DropBy?

Ever been frustrated by an online order when the shipping total finally came up? You're not alone: our market research found that 58% of shoppers who abandon online shopping carts do so because the shipping cost is too high. Often, this is because the items must be trucked in or even flown in from out of state, even when there's a local store or outlet in town.

We're seeking to change that. By partnering directly with local stores to offer fast delivery with a network of local drivers, we can offer faster and less expensive deliveries. Furthermore, by taking advantage of drivers' natural routines to deliver items opportunistically, we minimize the burden on drivers while allowing them to earn extra pocket money.

How You Can Help

Right now, we're testing the service out in Pittsburgh, PA, where we are headquartered. But, recruiting drivers, talking to businesses, advertising, application and algorithm development and all the usual costs of running a business all require money. Because this is meant to be a crowdsourced delivery platform, we felt that financing the initial operations via crowdfunding would be a great way to get in touch with the community and with the people who will be a part of our service.

With your support, we can expand to a full delivery service in Pittsburgh, PA, and with that experience, start moving into other cities.

Risks and challenges

DropBy is still in its early stages. We have gone through initial feasibility studies and market research, as well as customer enactment and application prototyping. Nevertheless, there is a huge amount of technical, business and marketing development work ahead of us. As an early-stage startup, we are subject to the whims of the market, and as such we may encounter insurmountable challenges down the road that force us to re-evaluate our business model.

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