Before It’s News features article on ManyShip

Before It's News Features ManyShip in Article

Before It’s News Features ManyShip in Article

In the past few weeks ManyShip has been seeing a lot of coverage in the press.  Recently, BeforeItsNews.com did a piece on focusing on how we are connecting travelers around the world with people who need to send goods. The article features some awesome points on how high prices, obligations, and a lack of efficiency in the shipping market have created problems for senders, and “many of the uncertainties and high costs are eliminated with ManyShip, which even supports international delivery”.

Here are some other highlights of the article:

” ManyShip, is attempting to offer similar revolution in connecting travelers with cargo”

“ManyShip could surely be one of its kind, Social Shipping Platform”

“Travelers can go to the site and make a post detailing their trip, how much extra space they have and how much they want to be paid to carry a package for someone”

“Travelers stand to earn money as well as rewards, apart from making new connections and friends.”

They also commented on the trust and safety factor which is our number one priority at ManyShip saying “ManyShip is offering similar services in the cargo shipment segment. Platforms like AirBNB have already proven that such innovations do work against the obvious factor of distrust. Do give the platform a chance and let us know your views.”

Read the full article here: ManyShip Attempting to Connect Travelers with Cargo.

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ManyShip pre-releases The Definitive Guide on Peer to Peer Shipping

By Michael Bennett, CoFounder of ManyShip, The P2P Social Shipping Platform

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This is a pre-release of “The Definitive Guide on Peer to Peer Shipping” which will be available on the ManyShip site next week.  In the official release, we will include updated content including how to have something delivered and visual guides as well.  For now, enjoy the guide and begin to learn more about the wonderful process of P2P shipping.

What is Peer to Peer Shipping?

Peer to peer shipping is the process of connecting people needing to send things with people near them who are traveling to the destination they are sending to. In essence, it is the process of applying the peer to peer model (also known as person to person or P2P) championed by organizations such as Peers.org, to the global postal services industry.

Where did the idea originate from?

Peer to peer shipping in a technology platform has only began to be implemented in the last year, but the concept has been around for over a while.  ManyShip founder Prasad Kopanati (@pkopanati) coined the term peer to peer shipping or social shipping over twelve years ago when he started to send things back to his family in India after coming to the US as a graduate student. You can read more about his story here.

How does it work?

Peer to peer shipping is based on leveraging technology web platforms or mobile applications to connect people needing to send goods, packages, presents, and items, with people that are traveling to those destinations.  People sending are referred to as “senders” or “shippers”.  People that are traveling are referred to as “travelers” or “carriers”. By creating a platform, companies attempt to bridge the supply and demand aspects of the market, which are the supply of people traveling, matched with a demand for people needing to ship goods.

When someone needing to send something joins a site like ManyShip, they can search the current inventory of travelers, or post their need. If someone is traveling and wants to make money, meet new people, and help others, they post their trip. The site matches these people and allows them to communicate and then do a transaction. We created some simple guides to help you learn How to Send and How to Carry with ManyShip.

What are the benefits?

There are various benefits of peer to peer shipping for both senders and travelers. The most common advantages for people sending are a faster, greener, and more inexpensive shipping process. Travelers earn money, help others, and make great connections around the world. Let’s examine more in-depth the benefits for both types of users:

Senders

Faster: Peer to peer networks help you send your things faster by using pre-existing travel patterns which are a lot more efficient than the big, centralized, postal carrier. You can send your things pretty much anywhere in the world in 20-36 hours internationally (3-14 times faster than postal), and in 1-2 hours locally (12-48 times faster than postal).

Greener:  Traditional postal services emit 492 million tons (megatons) of CO2 emissions per year. Yuck! The hundreds of thousands of trucks and plane trips that are made directly impact and harm our environment. By using pre-existing travel plans, P2P shipping has practically no net carbon dioxide output.

Cheaper: At ManyShip, we have seen decrease in the prices of shipping by anywhere from 20-75% internationally when weighted for comparable travel times. Locally, instead of paying a courier $75+ to take a package from San Francisco to San Jose, you can find an individual who has a preexisting travel route between the cities and pay a fraction of that price anywhere from 12-48 times faster than USPS for example.

Simpler: No more stamps, filling out numerous forms at post offices, waiting for delays in long lines, and trying to figure out how much it will cost to send your things to Destination X in Y number of days. Technology and peer to peer methods streamline this process.

Travelers

Earn money: People who travel with extra space that carry goods earn money and rewards.  People make anywhere from $5 dollars locally to $100+ internationally depending on the necessity of the sender and items being sent. The model creates a strong incentive for people to carry, and helps to pay for a coffee, those horrid bag fees from the airlines, part of your ticket, or can help you put some money in the bank.

Make connections: Want to meet great people in your local community or across the world. Travelers have constantly reported making great connections with the people they carry for. This is a legitimate benefit for those interested in expanding their personal network and relationship pool. A famous story from one of our ManyShip carriers is that he got an internship that led to a job offer from the individual he delivered to India.

Help others: You can make money, meet great new people, and in this process you are helping others! It is a win-win for everyone involved, and travelers are doing more than just providing a personal service, they are helping others.

In conclusion, senders are enabled to have a faster, greener, and more affordable shipping experience. Travelers earn money, help others, and make great new connections throughout the world. Now who wouldn’t want that?

What are the risks?

The biggest concern we hear on a weekly basis is how carriers prevent someone trying to ship illicit goods with them. In order to prevent these type of things from happening, peer to peer shipping platforms should have a strong foundation in safe, secure, and trustworthy processes. Unless an item such as an iPhone is in the original sealed case from the seller, carriers should inspect the goods to prevent anything illegal being transported.  In order to better educate our users about the various processes we use at ManyShip, we list directly on our website the trust and safety measures we take to protect our users, senders and travelers alike. You can read about these practices on our ManyShip Trust page.

Where is the future of peer to peer shipping headed?

The future of peer to peer shipping holds great promise. Alternative methods of business and the sharing economy model championed by companies such as AirBnB for rooms and Lyft or UberX for rides have completely changed the way our society and economy will do business forever.  At ManyShip our vision is to build the fastest, simplest and most inexpensive way of sending your things anywhere in the world while protecting the environment.

Now that you understand how the peer to peers shipping process works, give it a try on the ManyShip today.

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)

Do you really think long trips are that boring?

By Rui Wang

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Seagulls travel long distances in search of food

If someone asked you whether you prefer short trips over the long tripsyour answer may be an instant ‘yes’. The reason is that the transportation is usually driven by other objectives such as going to work, meeting with friends, or shopping. As a result, you want to minimize your travel time to achieve these objectives.

However, in the case of biking or hiking, you may prefer a longer route . In such cases, your objective is to ‘exercise’, and thus the process of traveling serves a purpose. You may prefer a 30 minute route to a 15 minute one for the extra calories burnt. Therefore, travel time is no longer merely a cost, but has its own added value.

The added value of travel time does not limit to transportation modes that involve ‘exercise’ such as  walking or biking. Researchers also found that in commuting processes such as rail transportation, travelers sometimes prefer longer trips because of the extra ‘productivity’ can be gained during the trip. Thus, by taking a longer rail trip, you have a better chance of sitting down and getting some work done.  The longer travel time and the higher level of comfort in the train allow  passengers to utilize the travel time through ‘multitasking’.

With the development of technology, especially the broader availability of Wi-Fi, multitasking during traveling becomes increasingly popular. And thus, traveling can be more than just some boring waiting time, but the time you can utilize to gain extra value.

So, next time when you travel think about multitasking and utilizing the time wisely rather than mulling over the good and bad of a long trip over a short one.

Find more fun ways to making your long trips worthy at ManyShip.com.

Everything You Wish to Know About ManyShip – The Infographic

On popular demand we created this Infograhic that summarizes the functions of ManyShip. ManyShip is about better shipping experience. When you ship with your friends you get green, quick, cost-effective and smart shipping.

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7 tips for a pleasant road trip

Most of us will be on the road driving to a location for the upcoming long weekend. Here are 7 tips that will help make your road trip better.

1) Rent a vehicle: Renting a vehicle seems like a better choice for multiple reasons. First, rental vehicles are up to date on their service schedule, clean, and newer (most rental car companies rent out newer models with very low miles). Second, you have a choice to rent a bigger and spacious vehicle, which gives you extra comfort on a long drive. Third, renting a vehicle over a long weekend is not very expensive either. Thus for a small price you can save on the wear and tear of your own vehicle.

A spacious car is comfy and better on the road.

A spacious car is comfy and better on the road.

2)  Start in the AM: People tend to start their long weekend around 3 PM on a given day. As a result, most of the drivers are on the road around the same time. No wonder the roads get clogged and result in huge delays. Unless traffic jams don’t bother you that much, slightly modify the start time of your trip. Instead of starting on a Friday (or Thursday), you may choose to start at a different day and time. For example, you may start around 5 AM on the next day.

Early AM for a ride

Early in the morning is a perfect time to start your trip.

3. Drink coffee: Starting early in the morning around 5 AM, means a quick stop at the gas station to pick up coffee. It’s a great way to start your trip. First, sipping coffee as the sun is still trying to break out is simply fun. Second, the caffeine will try to fight your sleep. Moreover, you can use this opportunity to fill up your gas tank.

A nice coffee is wonderful

Wonder why coffee is so wonderful early in the morning? Umm… never mind.. Just enjoy..

4. Use rest areas: Map the rest areas on your way. Rest areas are not only scenic, but they provide you with quick access to the facilities. You don’t want to be wandering in the gas stations and waiting long lines for the restroom.

Rest areas live up to their names

Rest areas, mostly situated in scenic locations, give you the much needed quick break.

5. Listen to music: Be sure to have your favorite music CDs handy. Don’t rely on the radio or on the smart phone. Radio may be unavailable due to loss of signal, while your smart phone might be out of juice! Music is fun on the road.

Listen to good music

Music helps break the monotony of driving.

6. Take a quick lunch: If you start early around 5 AM, take the needed breaks for coffee, rest at scenic areas, etc, then you would be very close to your destination by noon. You may choose to stop for a quick lunch at a fast food place. Fast food is not only quick, but also lighter than a full course meal. You save time and money!

Great tasting food

Pick the healthy fast food place. You will love the rest of the ride!

7. Check in at a hotel after noon: Perhaps by 1 PM or so you should be able to check in at a hotel, leave your luggage, and start your memorable vacation. This way you can save a day’s worth of hotel costs.

Follow these 7 tips to receive the following benefits:

  • Avoid the most dreaded traffic congestion.
  • Save money on your hotel charges. (You might think you could start your vacation earlier by traveling on a Friday, but in reality you would reach the destination late in the night (thanks to all the traffic jams), wake up late and, start late the next day.)
  • Enjoy the early morning ride and the nature on the way.
Beach and sun are real fun

Waste no more time. Crash into your vacation.

Hope you will have a safe and fun trip. Enjoy the long weekend!

ManyShip is an online venue that connects people who need to send something somewhere with people going that way. It’s a smart and cheap way of shipping stuff. If you are traveling then it’s a simple way to start earning money. You can offset some of your travel costs. Sign up now at ManyShip.

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.