You need to get a package across town but you don’t have the time to take it yourself. Traditionally, you’d probably place a call to your local courier service, but soon there might be a new option.
TwedEx, a new concept for a delivery service that harnesses the power of individuals along with location data from Twitter, sends messages to people along the route your package needs to take. They can then choose to help deliver your package- without much disruption to them, since they’re already traveling along the route your shipment needs to go. Each person is told who, when and where the package needs to go next. Incentives are given based on how far individuals are willing to travel and wait for the next person to hand the package off to. TwedEx is still just a concept, but testing shows that packages should be able to make their way across the country in as little as 5 hours— pretty impressive results from a crowd-sourced method of shipping.
So do FedEx, UPS and your local bike messenger have anything to worry about? That’s unclear, as what still remains to be seen is if people will feel comfortable delivering a mystery package, or entrusting their shipment in the hands of a group of strangers—strangers who aren’t employed by a reputable shipping company or courier service.