First digital delivery system in India?

tkin

Adept
Hi guys, I recently bought a pair of Xiaomi Piston headsets from Flipkart. Got the item in 3 days flat(ordered friday, got today).

Now something very interesting happened when the courier came. After he delivered the item, he took out a big screen mobile, 90% sure it was Grand or Grand 2. Then he opened an application. There he selected some items, looked like item code and then followed by the relationship of the person accepting the item, had options like family etc.

Then he gave me the phone which had a white screen. He told me to sign there using my finger. I was taken aback for a moment and I was amazed. I scribbled a short signature. He pressed a button. Within 2 seconds I got a mail and a sms with delivery confirmation. That means the app is connected to the internet.

Flipkart had managed to digitize the last mile of the courier system they run.

Now had anyone else experienced this? Have you checked the app? I am planning to check the app thoroughly when I buy something again. But this is used only by eKart guys. But I'll definitely sneak a peek in. The concept looked amazing and very well designed.
 
^^ Lot of courier companies have been doing this for quite some time... DHL, FedEx, etc. Looks like Flipkart is a late joiner :p ... other guys use a proper device meant for such business and not just mobile phones.
 

mathrisk

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Adept
I had seen this with Amazon delivery guys. Few had some old resistive screens, very tough to sign properly. :)
 
Yeah, loads of companies using it now.
What surprised me was in a recent Easy Cabs ride, the driver had no meter. Rather, he had a smartphone on which an Easy Cabs app was installed. Tracking was via GPRS and GPS. He just pressed "Start". Got my receipt in the mail (no printed one).
 

smnrock

Skilled
Yeah, loads of companies using it now.
What surprised me was in a recent Easy Cabs ride, the driver had no meter. Rather, he had a smartphone on which an Easy Cabs app was installed. Tracking was via GPRS and GPS. He just pressed "Start". Got my receipt in the mail (no printed one).
Ola cabs in bangalore used to do the same around two years before...
 
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