Flitsmeister to launch ‘Uber-like’ parcel delivery service
The free Dutch traffic and navigation app warning drivers for traffic jams or speed checks, is launching a package delivery service, Flitsmeister Pickup. It invites its 1,7 million users to participate in an ‘Uber-like’ parcel delivery service for storekeepers.
Retailers who want to send a parcel can contact Flitsmeister, and Flitsmeister, in its turn, then sends a text message to the nearest ‘deliverer’ who will pick up and deliver the parcel.
Flitsmeister CEO Jorn de Vries admits he got his inspiration from Uber. He also noticed that the traditional deliverers have more and more difficulties to deliver parcels on time. “Since the corona crisis, the number of orders and parcels has increased spectacularly,” the CEO explains. “That is why we already started with Pickup.” The service is not integrated yet with the app but is to be soon.
Unlike Uber, Flitsmeister Pickup will use fixed prices. A delivery trip up to 10 km will bring in 5 euros for the driver; a 10 to 20 km trip will be rewarded by 7,50 euros. And the Flitsmeister driver will earn 10 euros when he has to drive between 20 and 30 km for parcel delivery. Flitsmeister Pickup will not be cheaper than the regular deliverers, but, according to the company, it has a unique advantage: parcels can be delivered within one hour.
Flitsmeister Pickup will start its new service locally with stores and deliverers situated within 30 km. Later, the service field will be expanded. According to de Vries, already 250 stores and 10 000 drivers have said to be interested. The service will actually start next month.