Shipping parcels to Africa made easy
On average, Africans in diaspora are sending over $40bn each year – a tendency that keeps rising. This also includes billion dollars’ worth of packages, which begs the question: why is shipping parcels still so expensive and time-consuming?
A lot of Africans in diaspora think of major courier companies such as DHL Worldwide or FedEx as the only means of delivery. As such, many are compelled to send the bare minimum to their families – ultimately much less than what would be deemed necessary.
The user-friendly surrogate to pricey delivery services
In order to send a mere 1lbs parcel over to Nigeria, average shipment charges range from £20 to £40. Today, Africans who can no longer spend on orders that cost an arm and a leg have a new option.
Insightful web service Colis-GP was created as a platform emphasizing on cooperation between customers. Easy to use and cost-saving, Colis-GP came from the brilliant mind of 27-year-old Senegalese entrepreneur Aliou NIANG.
I founded Colis-GP looking back on my own experiences and seeing the African diaspora’s needs and struggles to send and receive parcels. These difficulties urged to be addressed with the appropriate solution.
Similarly to vacation rentals platform Airbnb, Colis-GP is a peer-to-peer “crowd-shipping” service linking suitable travelers and senders to each other. That way, arranging packages or estimating shipping fees is no longer required – Colis-GP takes charge of connecting both persons according to their respective ads.
Travel more, spend less, meet new people – one package at a time
“How can Colis-GP be both reliable and sustainable in the long run?” you may ask.
In retrospect, Colis-GP appears as an ordinary C2C web service. Yet by focusing on air traffic and targeting the African diaspora, it hit the nail right on the head. Every day, at any time of the year, thousands of people are traveling across the world, and Africans in diaspora are no exception. Back in 2009, there were only two airlines operating between Dakar and New York – now there is a countless number of them.
Potential senders fearing they might not find the right traveler can rest assured – the airline industry is a skyrocketing business in Africa, something Colis-GP ingeniously took into account when crafting their platform. Indeed, African airlines in 2016 had their strongest performance since 2012, up 7.4%. It is also estimated that by 2035, Africa will see an extra 192 million passengers a year for a total market of 303 million passengers.
While most delivery services have inflexible pricing, Colis-GP offers a feasible interface allowing the sender to pay up to 30 times cheaper. In return, the traveler receives a small payment proportional to the parcel he accepts to carry. Not only it is a win-win situation for both sides in terms of pricing but also regarding refreshing social encounters.
Based on trust and helpfulness, Colis-GP highlights the importance of solidarity within the African diaspora by favoring cooperation. With this in mind, senders and travelers meeting up is guaranteed to be an enriching experience.
Also wishing to fight against pollution caused by parcel shipping, Colis-GP adopted a green-friendly approach with its innovative system by killing two birds with one stone – the more there are crowd-shippers, the less there will be shipping by plane.