ManyShip is an exciting concept that holds the potential to re-revolutionize the shipping industry after oligarchies such as FedEx, UPS and DHL seem to have saturated the delivery industry. In a world deteriorating through environmental degradation, oil dependency and conflict, ManyShip seeks to pioneer package transportation. Through promoting personal relationship amongst its users, ManyShip ensures delivery of personal items in a cost-effective manner and without a significant impact on the environment.
The peer-to-peer economy is rapidly increasing in its size and profitability as a result of growing globalization forces, which allow for more intimate relationships to be created and maintained. Time/space compression has decreased the dependency upon global giants of delivery, and displaced corporate power to the people. Not entirely. Not yet. I feel the major barrier that needs to be overcome in order to experience a radical shift in the means of package delivery is trust. Trust in users. Trust in the system. Trust in the ambition. An opportunist’s approach would include a sturdy belief in the shared economy over time. As more users engage in the process, the benefits become more apparent. A pessimist would conclude, ‘ManyShip has no chance’. Some would even categorize this perspective as a ‘realistic’ approach, yet every new innovation needs to persist through criticism in order to succeed. To the dismay of pessimists, the shared economy has already accelerated in its popularity. As our global population reaches an upper limit, a prosperous shared economy can achieve a harmonious trade and reliance between people, cultures and nations. This is the future.
In the present, ManyShip is part of a greater global initiative. In order to create a new paradigm, the shared economy must increase in size even further. There is already an efficient user-interface platform in place, which is being improved constantly. ManyShip connects users via the Internet, and enables them to display their altruistic characteristics. Travelers are incentivized by monetary awards and the satisfaction of assisting others, all at their convenience. With increased volume of transactions and a larger user base, there are endless possibilities of what the shared economy can become.
It’s amazing what we can do as opportunists, but we need to do it together.
Written by Abbas Hussain, Business Development Intern @ManyShip and Political Economy Student at UC Berkeley (’14)