Since its launch in May 2016, Rush courier service has completed over 8 000 deliveries and is seeing figures doubling every month.
It is one year since Rush brought a new business model to the courier industry in South Africa, with both innovative technology use and cost-efficient pricing. Since its May 2016 launch of a website (http://www.rush.co.za) to complement its official WeChat account, the company has completed over 8 000 deliveries and says it is now seeing its delivery figures doubling every month.
Rush’s courier aggregator model offers customers both choice and convenience, building its value proposition on combining trusted couriers which can then be chosen based on reputation, price or delivery time.
“Recently, we added a payment gateway that enables users to save their credit card details securely on the system,” says Glenn Whittaker, founder and CEO of Rush South Africa. “This means they no longer have to input the same details repeatedly when sending multiple parcels. It makes it more convenient for business owners who can now delegate such duties to employees, as they will be able to access the company’s payment details.
“Another innovation has been the launch of an e-wallet, which allows users to pre-load any amount from R2 500 all the way up to R100 000. In this way, regular deliveries are automatically paid for. In order to facilitate the topping up process, Rush will notify the company once it has used up 90% of the value of its e-wallet.”
According to Whittaker, the demand for parcel deliveries is increasing significantly as the festive season approaches. In response, it has added a shopping basket facility, which allows companies needing to send multiple deliveries to various clients to log on and perform multiple operations in a single session.
“We are also in the process of adding new couriers to our platform and our customers can expect to have additional choices by early 2017. Furthermore, Rush aims to continue building on its existing strategic partnerships, such as it has with Amrod Corporation. This gives it access to some 6 000 Amrod clients, offering them a quicker, easier and more convenient way of delivering their parcels throughout South Africa.”
Whittaker points out that Rush enables clients to conduct the entire process online, offers a cheaper alternative to the more traditional delivery options, and saves time.
“The Rush delivery process is managed from collection to delivery, thanks to a track-and-trace facility linked to an online dashboard. We also provide a parcel insurance option, so customers know that their parcel is secure throughout the entire delivery and fulfilment process.
“Our goal has been to save businesses and individuals both time and money. Rush creates large-scale cost efficiencies for companies, while reducing the headaches that parcel delivery can cause for individuals. Ultimately, by making the courier experience simpler, faster and cheaper, we are able to give our customers the kind of hassle-free experience that has never before existed in this space.”
Welcome to world of 2099
The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.
Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.
This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.
Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.
As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.
“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”
The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.
“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”
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- Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube
Street art goes electric
Kaspersky Lab and British street artist D*Face have unveiled the first-ever “art helmet” design at the Formula E finale for electric cars in New York.
The ‘Save The World’ helmets will be raced by DS Virgin Racing’s drivers, Sam Bird and Alex Lynn, as they traverse the New York street circuit during the final races of the Formula E season.
The announcement signals the first art helmet by a Formula E team, continuing the heritage of art in motorsport and the cybersecurity brand’s commitment to contemporary art, creativity and innovation. D*Face took inspiration from Kaspersky Lab’s tagline, “A Company To Save The World”, and hopes that his colourful work will inspire people to take positive action.
D*Face will announce his first-ever art car design with a custom-made livery for the DS Virgin Racing Team. Its design will be released at the “Art Goes Green” event after Saturday’s race. The helmets and art car are the latest installations in the “Save the World” collection, following a major permanent public mural that was installed in Brooklyn, New York, in May.
D*Face, whose real name is Dean Stockton, said: “It is exciting to work with Kaspersky Lab on this project and create art with a real message of hope for a better future. After all, this is our world and we need to look after it. It will take every one of us to make a real lasting, impactful change. I love the mentality of the DS Virgin Racing Team and that of Formula E by showcasing sport in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, but is still just as exhilarating and fun.
“It is time for us all to stand together and make a change… be that stopping data steals, climate change, plastic waste or using damaging fuels. I want everyone to make a pledge to do one thing that will help make a change.”
As a sponsor of DS Virgin Racing Team, Kaspersky Lab is responsible for protecting the team’s devices against cyber threats. The company sees the technical environment in the global sport of Formula E as the next frontier in furthering its research and development of new technologies to keep vehicles secure in the digital world.
Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at DS Virgin Racing, said: “The whole team fully supports this great initiative and our thanks got to Kaspersky and D*Face for their collaboration. It’s an honour to have such an innovative artist bring his talents to bear in our team ahead of the season-finale; the car, drivers’ crash helmets and mural all look amazing.”
Aldo Fucelli Pessot del Bo, Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorships at Kaspersky Lab added: “There is a need for innovation on a global scale, both in contemporary art and in the fast-growing sport of Formula E. Now, for the first time ever, Kaspersky Lab is proudly bringing together the two sectors in an effort to Save the World and unleash creativity, encourage freedom of expression and further innovation.”