ManyShip Featured on the NextBigWhat

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This past week ManyShip was featured on the NextBigWhat, India’s biggest platform for tech entrepreneurs. The article titled “Peer to Peer Network ManyShip Wants to be the AirBnB for Posts & Parcels” marks an important step of progress for ManyShip and our peer-to-peer (P2P) social shipping platform, as it helps to validate and establish our presence as an up and coming reputable startup in the international market.

Here are a few of the highlight quotes from the article:

“If you love sending stuff to relatives living abroad, you are going to love ManyShip.”

“The site has an intuitive user interface and makes things easy for both travelers looking to earn some extra bucks on the side and for people wanting to send stuff abroad. ”

“…the service has many things going for it. It saves time and money. It’s also environment friendly.”

The article also covers our vision, by quoting Michael Bennett, who focuses on ManyShip’s business and growth, saying “By connecting the millions of people traveling each day on local, national, and international levels, we aim to create a global network of people sending goods and helping others by becoming ManyShip travelers” and makes reference to the value that trust networks and scale play into making sharing economy based companies like ManyShip successful.

Click on the link here (http://www.nextbigwhat.com/manyship-peer-to-peer-for-posts-and-parcels-297/) to read the full article from NextBigWhat writer Jayadevan PK.

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ManyShip Seeks to Re-Revolutionize the Shipping Industry

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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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Do you really think long trips are that boring?

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By Rui Wang

Seagulls travel long distances in search of food
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.

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Know the Value of Your Travel Time

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By Rui Wang

Value of travel time explained at ManyShip.com
Time is Money. Picture courtesy Pixabay.com

In transportation economics, the value of travel time refers to the amount of money a traveler is willing to pay in order to save a certain amount of time, or the amount of money the traveler would consider accepting as compensation for losing the time.

As a traveler, you probably do not judge the value of your time consciously. But you can probably imagine that the value of travel time changes with the purpose of your trip. For instance, a business trip usually has tighter schedules and hence the penalty from a longer trip is greater.

Researchers observed that the value of time of business travelers is significantly higher than that of leisure travelers. Among air travelers, the value of travel time is between $30/hour and $60/hour for business travelers, while the value is only between $4/hour and $17/hour for leisure travelers. This means that as a leisure traveler, you are willing to choose a travel alternative that is twice as long as a business trip in order to save money.

Besides travel purposes, the length of the trip also affects your evaluation of travel time. If the impact is studied for a travel time increase of 1 hour in a 1-hour trip versus a 5-hour trip, the impact of the increase is way more significant in the first case. Researchers also observed that the value of time diminishes as travel time increases. Therefore, for a flight longer than 4 hours, you are more likely to consider taking a connecting flight. While for a flight that is about 1-hour, travelers seldom consider a connecting flight. Also as a result, airlines seldom provide such services.

Next time when you plan a trip, think about the purpose of your travel and the length of your trip, and see how the value of time is reflected in your life.

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Trust, Security and Safety on ManyShip

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Prasad talked about ManyShip at SIPACON 2013 conference on November 9 in San Jose, CA. SIPACON is an all day event for technology professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs to connect with over 300 people and learn from industry leaders.

Prasad pitching ManyShip at conference
Prasad Pitching ManyShip at SIPACON 2013

Audience loved the concept of ManyShipa social shipping and delivery platform connecting people who need things sent with those traveling who have extra space. The result: senders get expedited shipping for less, and travelers are rewarded for their help. However, audience wondered how ManyShip makes the platform safe for the members.

We have taken several measures to build trust and security. ManyShip uses the proven and reliable industry practice of utilizing Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks, and further works to educate users to build a safe and trustworthy community:

Registration and log in

  • ManyShip requires that our users register using our secure log in process before using our services. In addition we allow members to log in using Facebook which helps to build and maintain trust.

Secure Payments

  • When an order is accepted, senders are charged but payment is held until confirmation of delivery. Travelers are paid upon confirmation of delivery by the sender.

Private name, email and phone

  • We do not share names with other users and only collect them for payment purposes. Phone numbers and email addresses are also kept private until an order has been accepted.

Reviews and Feedback

  • We encourage members to leave a feedback and write a review after each transaction. This helps to create a safe and trustworthy community.

Private messaging

  • Our private messaging system allows members to perform all communications, information and file exchanges within the messaging system without ever sharing the email addresses and phone numbers.

In addition, we educate members through out the order process:

  • Members are encouraged to perform transactions within their network of friends and family. We provide various tools to members to get acquainted with each other and form the trust before accepting to carry or send goods.
  • Traveling members are obligated to open the sender’s package and re-pack them into their bags.
  • Traveling members are not obligated in any manner to carry the goods of the sender.
  • Traveling members are encouraged to answer the questions at the airport truthfully and completely.

We built our platform with safety as a core value, and have a number of great tools specifically aimed at ensuring thisManyShip strives to create a safe and trusted community for shipping and delivery.

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ManyShip Helps You Find Travel Companions for Elderly

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Find Travel Companions with ManyShip
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Janvi is a 30 year old woman from the U.S. who has recently come across a problem. She tried to help her parents travel from India to the United States. Her father is 66 years old and her mother is 60. They needed help during the trip since there were issues with getting through security checkpoints, with carrying heavy luggage, and other emergencies that cropped up. Janvi tried four different ways to assist her parents in their journey.

Family and Friends
The first method Janvi tried was enlisting the help of her family and friends. She did this by planning their trip 2 months early. Janvi tried to find family and friends from the same area who were going to travel at the same time. That way they could book tickets together and travel at the same time. If this had worked, it would’ve been a great way to help her elderly parents feel comfortable in their trip and get by the various problems associated with travel. The problem was that she couldn’t find anyone who was planning on a similar trip at the same time.

Social Networks
Another method Janvi attempted was finding people in her social networks that could travel with her parents. After all, if you can’t find any friends or family members to help, the next best thing is an acquaintance, or even a friend of a friend. This turned up a few more leads, but still there was no one who quite worked out.

ManyShip
The next method Janvi attempted was using the ManyShip site. She searched for people who were planning on making a similar trip through the search function on the site. This initially resulted in very few matches. So, instead Janvi used the feature on the site to request whether other members on the site could help her parents with travel.

Wheelchair Service
Janvi also took the step of calling the customer service line for the airline a few weeks before the travel was going to take place. She asked for wheel chair service so her elderly parents would have an easier time moving around. The idea was that this step would at least help her parents move through the gates and get their bags taken care of.

So in the end, Janvi failed to get any help from her family, her friends, or her social network. Manyship didn’t pan out either, and she used wheel chair service to at least get her parents through the gate, but failed completely to guide her parents beyond that. Janvi is someone who understands just how important a travel companion to accompany parents in need really is. She is now determined to help out a member of ManyShip find a travel companion for her parents.
Easily find travel companions on ManyShip.com

Disclaimer: Names of people in this article have been changed to protect their privacy.

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Everything You Wish to Know About ManyShip – The Infographic

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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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Simply copy and paste the code below into the html of your website to display the infographic presented above:

<a href=’http://manyship.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/everything-you-wish-to-know-about-manyship-the-infographic/’>img src=’http://manyship.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/manyshipexplained.png’ alt=’Everything You Wish to Know About ManyShip – The Infographic’ width=’540px’ border=’0’/></a>

This infographic is brought to you by ManyShip.

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Why You Need Travel Medical Insurance – The Infographic

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According to this wiki article travel insurance is insurance that is intended to cover medical expenses, financial default of travel suppliers, and other losses incurred while traveling, either within one’s own country, or internationally. Plans which include health coverage for medical emergency due to accident or sickness is also referred to as travel medical insurance or visitors health insurance plans.

There are various reasons why someone needs a travel health insurance and how it can save him or her money when the unexpected happens. The infographic below may provide more information about the travel health insurance, it’s purpose and ways to buy it.

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Why you need Travel Insurance - The Infographic


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This infographic is brought to you by ManyShip.

The data in the infographic is obtained from various sources, including:
Visitors Insurance 101
How to Buy Good Travel Insurance
Travel insurance
Understanding Health Insurance Terms

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What is ManyShip all about?

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ManyShip.com is fast, cheap and green shipping
Shipping is affordable, rapid and eco-friendly with ManyShip – photo courtesy pixabay.com

With traditional shipping companies the expedited shipping option is expensive while the lower cost option is slower. An ideal shipping option, however, would be both cheap and quick. That’s the notion behind ManyShip. ManyShip enables you to get cheap, fast and green shipping.

ManyShip focuses on two important trends to achieve better shipping.
– The social networks.
– The travel that people are doing.

According to a research conducted by Pew Internet about 72% of the entire internet population uses social networking sites. That’s a whopping 1.4 billion people who are connected on social networks.

People are using social technologies to do more than just share ideas, activities and media. They now share their extra inventory and buy or sell from each other. Car sharing, house sharing, or co-working spaces are few examples that are setting the new movement in the sharing economy.

In the last few decades, travel has seen an increase. A look at a recent report from the World Tourism Organization shows that the number of tourists crossing the international borders has reached the 1 billion mark in December 2012.

ManyShip has combined these two trends and has created a platform that connects people through social networks and allows them to ship for each other. That means expedited shipping is then possible at lower rates, without worrying about hefty shipping fees for expediting or tracking.

With ManyShip, people can share the extra space in their luggage, vehicles and other carried items to help offer expedited shipping. This gives a better shipping experience for their friends. It also allows stronger bonds to be built, while creating a greener environment by reducing or eliminating the need for delivery trucks or manpower.

ManyShip enables people across the globe to take advantage of green shipping that is fast and affordable, by simply sharing the extra space that they have available. That gives everyone a better shipping experience.

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Manyship enables international shipping of a toy in record time and at an affordable price

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Overseas shipping using ManyShip
Kids love the mini indoor helicopter – photo courtesy Amazon.com

Roopali, a 30-year-old Indian working in USA, sends a lot of things to her family and friends in India. She says that they love American goods. Their favorite items are clothes, candy and toys. Roopali buys them in the local stores or malls and ships them to India. Lately the shipping costs have increased and she started seeing a rise in her expenses.

In one occasion, Roopali wanted to surprise her friend’s son on his birthday. She bought a wonderful toy, a mini indoor helicopter, and planned to ship it to India. However, the shipping cost estimate seemed exorbitant and was higher than the cost of the toy itself. So, she dropped the plan of shipping it.

Coincidentally, the next day she heard about ManyShip via Facebook from one of her friends, Swaathi.  Swaathi had posted her travel plans to India on ManyShip and was willing to help out Roopali with her toy delivery.  Roopali was delighted and immediately became a member of ManyShip community and placed a request to ship her helicopter.  Swaathi responded and accepted Roopali’s request to take the toy with her.  ManyShip enabled Roopali to pay a modest amount to Swaathi for the wonderful and timely help she provided.

ManyShip is a social shipping and delivery platform that connects friends to ship for each other. It leverages your already existing social network and enables its members to send messages to all your friends.  This is how Roopali and Swaathi were able to work with each other and solve their shipping problem. ManyShip, is built on the premise of making all exchanges a Win-Win exchange. Roopali was able to send the toy at an affordable price and Swaathi was able to get a little bit of extra money that compensated her for her efforts and travel.

ManyShip members also report that an exchange such as this also builds stronger relationships and bonds between people as the whole transaction is done primarily with the purpose of helping out each other more than for profit.  That’s the kind of social transformation that ManyShip takes pride in bringing about.

Disclaimer: Names of people in this article have been changed to protect their privacy.

 

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