Following the discussion from the Hub Logistics topic.
I was looking for alternatives to solve the ‘last mile’ problem. In my context, there are not good services to deliver food from hubs to consumers (not to mention the producers-consumers side, which is worse). Most of them are just people with a motorcycle with limited organization and structure. On the other side, there are some medium/large delivery business but there are not flexible enough to work with the OFN model (they are focused to serve fast-food restaurants).
That’s why I was looking for some descentralized, flexible, scalable and collaborative solutions. Here is what I found:
- LibreTaxi (http://libretaxi.org/): This is a Telegram bot which is a “Free and open source alternative to Uber/Lyft connecting passengers and drivers.” It’s not thought to be a delivery tool but the model is very similiar (basically, just change “passenger” with “package”). There are some commercial system which work with the same collaborative way: https://www.instacart.com/, https://www.deliv.co/fresh/, https://postmates.com/
- La’Zooz (http://lazooz.org/): It’s a “A Decentralized Transportation Platform owned by the community and utilising vehicles’ unused space to create a variety of smart transportation solutions. By using cryptocurrency technology La’Zooz works with a “Fair Share” rewarding mechanism for developers, users and backers.” I don’t know the state of the project, wheater they are working or not. Similar commercial alternative: https://cartaxi.io/
- CoopCycle (https://coopcycle.org): “CoopCycle is a delivery platform for worker-owned coops”. A very special aspect of this platform is that it’s in a Peer Production License in which “you have to organize as a worker-owned co-op to run it”.
- Common Routes (http://routes.fair.coop/): A FairCoop’s project which is “an application to rationalize the use of our cars and so reduce their environmental impact.” It also has an option to transport packages: “If you need to send packages to a certain destination, you can fill out the form to publish your need and ask for transportation.”
I found this interesting to share, hopping it’s useful to build solutions around this problem. Please, feel free to share some thoughts, experiences, approaches, tools or models.