ManyShip Seeks to Re-Revolutionize the Shipping Industry

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)

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Trust, security, risk, and ManyShip

At a meetup in the silicon valley yesterday, May 22, several people asked about how ManyShip fosters trust among its users and create a convenient and safer platform for users to transact. Here’s a little background on how its done at ManyShip.

The emphasis is on connecting people who know each other already, either closely or distantly; users, for example, that work at the same company, attend the same school, or belong to the same social network (e.g. Facebook) share a network. There exists an inherent trust and comfort among these users that belong to the same company, a university, or a social network.

For the purposes of transacting on ManyShip, an employee of ManyShip may connect with their colleagues at ManyShip. Similarly, a student at Stanford University would transact with their friends at Stanford. This concept may be extended to users at Microsoft, Google, Northern Illinois University, Satyam Infotech, Tata Consultancy Services, Fiverr, Ebay, and so on.

ManyShip utilizes the “trust” that has been established already in the networks and users of which feel comfortable connecting with their friends or colleagues. This notion may be evident from ManyShip’s sign up form that requires a user to select their “travel network”, which essentially refers to the trust network that the user already belongs to;  users enter  their association with a company, a university, or a social network.

Users, however, must assume the responsibility of doing their due diligence when accepting goods from others and or entrusting other users with their personal goods. 

Act responsibly and in turn help create a safe platform.

At ManyShip find various possibilities to ship stuff; Save money to send, earn rewards to deliver;

ManyShip is an online venue that brings together travelers and senders. Travelers carry goods for their friends, colleagues, or friends’ friends who might be interested in sending goods with them (“senders”). Travelers utilize extra space in their vehicle or luggage to transport goods. They may receive a payment for the shipping services from senders or just earn goodwill depending on how they advertise their services. Senders, on the other hand, save money on their shipping needs, receive a personalized shipping service and a better tracking for their shipment.

Our goal is to create smart social networks that will empower its members with ideas and tools that in turn affect its members positively.  ManyShip is an attempt at creating one of the smart social networks (let’s call it a smart travel network), by bringing together travelers and senders who act responsibly, and help each other to conserve resources (i.e. travelers’ earn rewards and senders save money; Also, both collectively create a greener environment by eliminating shipments that may have been shipped using traditional means).

Become a part of this new smart social network and make a difference for yourself and others.