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Small-Town Company Launches Crowdshipping Platform at $9.99 Price Point
South Alabama's iGofers LLC Launches Website with the Motto “community. delivering. to each other.” The company's vision is to save ordinary people time and money by connecting them for pickups and deliveries.
The site was built with ordinary people in mind, and is useful for finding other members of the community to carry people, courier documents, and transport goods of any type: from a pair of shoes by a housewife, to a piece of heavy equipment by a specialized carrier.
Based on a simple platform for listing available freight (the site calls it “trips”), iGofers.com is simple enough for the average user to navigate, yet functional enough to guide the listing user and the carrier (the site calls them “Gofers”) through every step of the pickup and delivery process.
Members are able to enter and search trips by pickup and delivery location, category, and vehicle required. The listing member enters the price he is willing to pay for delivery, and other members can apply for the trip, even submitting free-form bids in the “comments”
“Our society is very mobile. We are spending billions of dollars on fuel, and wasting countless hours of precious time traveling, when we could be spending time and money on our families, and the other things in life that matter more. I am suggesting that we utilize resources that are readily available: each other.” said Scott Holmes, managing partner of iGofers LLC. “I know it can be done, but we are going to need to trust each other, and be trustworthy.”
In the Fall of 2013, Holmes was helping a relative remodel an older home. While installing ceramic tile on a tub surround, he ran out of tile. “I was frustrated,”
iGofers.com is versatile enough to be used by many types of customers. Shoppers buying from online classifieds or auctions, small businesses who can't afford a full-time driver, and a many, many others.
The market for last-mile logistics is far from being conquered, but wide-open platforms like iGofers.com could be disruptive to some of the current corporate offerings, simply because it provides a “win-win” scenario for the parties involved.
Although the site was not designed to compete with giants like Uship, iGofers.com may be an attractive alternative. Because there are no commissions or extra fees charged to carriers, commercial shippers may negotiate better rates.