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Here’s an app that enables peer-to-peer courier delivery

Golintu functions at a fraction of the cost of regular couriers and also reduces carbon footprint

Every time Dinesh Reddy travelled abroad, he was either taking parcels for friends and families to people overseas or bringing back something from there for them. It was a hassel lugging heavy loads around more so since the connecting domestic flights had a limit of 15 kilograms only. On one such trip, he struck a deal with a bus driver and persuaded him to carry the load from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam since the driver was anyway travelling on that route.

Here’s an app that enables peer-to-peer courier delivery

And so was born the idea of the app called Golintu (Lintu meaning bird in Finnish), a peer-to-peer sustainable delivery system.“In age-old times, birds delivered letters. We took a leaf out of that concept. In Golintu, we use the same mechanism but it is every traveller who is the courier. By doing so, we are also trying to decrease carbon footprints and increase transport efficiency,” says Dinesh, the founder of the startup. Its core team also has Uday Kiran, who is the tech co-founder and R Chaitanya who heads the operations.

How Golintu works
  • The sender has to enter details of the source city and destination along with weight of the package.
  • The app leads the user to those within a 10-kilometre radius who are travelling to the destination by air/road .
  • Golintu’s dedicated messenger services connects senders to the travellers.
  • Golintu is available in the Android platform. In two months, it will be extended to the iOS platform as well.

Golintu offers an online platform where senders can directly connect with travellers available within a 10-kilometre radius who are going on the senders’ desired route. Travellers offer to carry their parcel to the destination city for a charge based on its size and weight. The sender has the package delivered at half of the cost of priority services of a courier company. The travellers too get to make an extra buck this way.

Catering to the domestic circuit, Golintu will be rolled out in its first phase by April 10 in the five cities of Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai. “For the present, Golintu will not be taking any share of the transaction fee. We are working on a uniform pricing system that will be rolled out inphase two,” says Dinesh. Golintu at present has a group of 70 travellers who are available throughout the month. “Most of them are the regular cab/bus drivers who commute on the routes,” he adds. Before adding the list of travellers to their app, a back-end verification is done by the Golintu team. The travellers’ ID cards and phone numbers are checked out. “To minimise riskfor the senders, we offer a third party insurance on valuables. However, in the first phase we will discourage senders from sending anything valuable . We also have a strong tracking mechanism to keep tabs on the parcel,” he says.

What is peer-to-peer delivery services
  • These services are breaking the idea of conventional modes of delivery and connects the sender to a traveller going in the required route.

There are a couple of players in the segment, who mostly cater to the overseas deliveries. Golintu, perhaps, will be the first to enter the domestic peer-to-peer market. “We are going to see how the local market takes to the concept and accordingly plan our strategies. In two months time, we will cater to last mile delivery solutions,” Dinesh adds.

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