Roadie is the latest start-up to take the digital revolution one step further down the road to the future. Let’s say you have a rocking chair that you no longer need, but your Aunt Louise in Des Moines could use to help with her lumbago. You are in Phoenix. How do you get it there?
You could take it to UPS but it is too large to fit in a box. You could call a trucker but the price would probably make you weep. Or you could use your Roadie app to find someone who is going that way and has room for a rocking chair. A few taps on your smartphone and the deal is done. The agreed upon price even includes insurance up to $500. Higher insurance limits are also available through the company.
A short time later, the driver you have selected shows up at your door, takes the rocker off your hands, and is soon eastbound and down on the way to Iowa. Well, northeastbound and down, actually.
How does it work? Every transaction on Roadie is called a gig. According to the company website, “A Gig is a delivery, or a shipment. It’s basically anything that needs to go from here to there, whether its across town or 2 states away. Creating a Gig on our web or mobile app is fast and easy. Post it, and we’ll match you with a driver who’s heading in the right direction.” You control when the pickup occurs and you can track your stuff while it is in route to Aunt Louise.
Roadie is not just for personal stuff. It can be ideal for commercial deliveries, too. The Big Chandelier, a company in Atlanta, needed to get 4 large chandeliers to a customer 300 miles away asap. It posted the Gig on a Monday and the chandeliers were delivered from its shop to the customer’s door on Tuesday afternoon. No shipping hassles, boxes, or packing tape. The chandeliers were placed in the trunk of a careful, considerate Roadie Driver who was already headed in the right direction. And the company saved hundreds of dollars compared to normal shipping rates.
Is Roadie for you? Check it out to see how little it can cost to get stuff from here to there safely and securely. Score one more victory for the connected economy.