48 hours for 15 miles

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According to USPS website, the time to deliver a package between Sunnyvale, CA and Redwood City, CA is about 48 hours when using standard delivery option. If the package is dropped off today, June 5, after 8.00 AM then it may delivered on June 7, 2013.

Although this example is an extreme case, it sheds light on an important shortcoming of the delivery system – the delivery time frames  do not agree with the speed facilitated by existing transportation systems. For example, it may take less than hour to drive to Redwood City from Sunnyvale. Thus, we would expect the package be delivered in a much lesser time frame than what is projected on the USPS website.

ManyShip tries to uncover possibilities of resolving this disconnect. It connects people who travel, either short distance such as daily commute or long distance such as scheduled travel, with people who need to send goods.

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Sign up free now at ManyShip, post a trip and carry goods for other people, or send goods with other people when they travel. Using this platform we can realize the time frames that we think are reasonable rather than the traditional 48 hours.

What do you think? Do you feel the same way that something is amiss when 15 miles of distance needs 48 hours of time to cover?

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Trust / Travel networks – what the heck are they?

At ManyShip, there is a lot of talk about “travel networks” or “trust networks”. In fact, travel networks form the crux of the working principles of ManyShip. Thus their purpose and need has to be clearly understood.

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As said in a previous post, Trust, security, risk, and ManyShip, ManyShip puts significant emphasis on connecting people who know each other already; either very closely or to some extent. Close relationships may be found inside a family, within friends, colleagues, or classmates. Distant relationships may be common at a workplace, worship places, universities, etc.

ManyShip attempts to connect those people that already form a part of “some” network, such as a family or friends network (e.g. Facebook), colleagues or co-workers network (e.g. corporation, enterprise, or company ), students network (e.g. schools or universities). And in almost all cases, a user may belong to at least one network.

ManyShip’s users, when signing up, must select a network they wish to associate with. The network may be the company they work at, the school they attend, or the social network they participate in. For example, a user may associate to a company and may consider their company name along with the company’s specific location when assigning the travel network. For example, when selecting Microsoft Corp. as their travel network, user may select Microsoft Corp. Redmond, WA if primary work location is Redmond office. On the other hand, if the primary work location is Sunnyvale, CA then the user may select Microsoft Sunnyvale CA as their travel network. (A user may belong to multiple networks.)

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A travel network begets trust and lets other users seek or provide services with confidence and reliably. And it eventually helps creating happy users.

So, choose a travel network and have a safe & happy manyshipping.