Tired of paying expensive shipping prices to send packages? And what about those excess baggage weight fees at the airport? Luckily, these things could become obsolete with this exciting new app, Luggin. It connects people who have items to transport with people who have extra luggage space.
You’ve probably been there before. After another great vacation, you’re returning home with a few more things than you arrived with. And now you have to pay the price at the baggage drop counter. Or maybe your sister lives in another country, and you’d love to send her a care package from home. But the cost of a parcel is prohibitively expensive, and you don’t know when she’ll receive it. Meanwhile, business and frequent travelers fly with half-empty suitcases every day. There’s a disconnect here, but perhaps it’s one that can be fixed. And Luggin, a crowdshipping app, hopes to do just that.
Luggin addresses real issues when it comes to travel and transporting goods. Not the least of which is the waste generated by passengers who are forced to dump excess baggage weight at the airport before they check their luggage. This crowdshipping app aims to reimburse people with extra room in their bags so that they will transport items people need. It’s sort of like a ride-sharing app, but for objects instead of people. Luggin shows us how it’s possible.
How does this luggage app work?
The company’s Kickstarter page writes that Luggin is an app that supports collaborative delivery. With just a few clicks between individuals, Luggin hopes to build on the unused potential of passenger air transport. It gives people an easy, flexible, and fast way to deliver parcels and luggage. The app itself offers secure online payments, and the transactions are traceable. Also, the app is pretty user friendly and lets you view verified profiles, ratings, and reviews about other users. This way, you’ll know if the person you’ve asked to transport that bag of Hershey’s Kisses to your sister in Europe has had good reviews. In a nutshell, this app connects travelers with extra baggage space to people who need it. Now that’s a useful travel gadget.
How does this app benefit the traveler?
This crowdshipping app benefits the traveler in several ways. First, people make their unused luggage available to other travelers or shippers in return for money. This minimizes the cost of their travel expenses and is a service to the larger community. For the moment, the creators of Luggin plan to charge shippers five euros per kilogram of weight, with five kilograms being the average additional weight. That could amount to an extra 25 euros off the price of your ticket, which is money you could spend on a new piece of clothing or a lunch out. The traveler looking to ship goods has the benefit of a cheaper way to transport excess baggage, keeping belongings, and gaining peace of mind that they won’t have an unpleasant time at the airport.
Does this shipping app benefit the sender?
Say you use Luggin to send that care package to your sister. You’ll pay a reduced price compared to more traditional shipping methods. So you can send your family member your love without worrying about your own bank account. This crowdshipping app also provides faster service than mailed parcels. That’s because a traveler transports your goods for you instead of a slower shipping company or government service. So, instead of waiting for months and calling the post office every day, your recipient can receive her parcel whenever the traveler arrives.
How does this collaborative app help the community?
Luggin is also quite beneficial to the community and has environmentally friendly aspects. As a crowdshipping app, it reduces waste by minimizing the objects taken from travelers at checkpoints. It also makes it less likely that people will abandon their unwanted luggage or excess waste at the airport. Additionally, it makes better use of the space that’s already on board the aircraft, which is a pretty sustainable solution. And it reduces overall waste by allowing people to send items they no longer use to people who need them rather than throwing them away.
The idea of sharing shipping costs with a crowd is an innovative one. How many times have you been blown away by the price of sending a package somewhere? And what about those excess baggage fees? You might as well check an extra bag. These shipping hangups are real. But, with an app like Luggin, they could be avoidable. We certainly hope so. In fact, we love that this crowdshipping app capitalizes on space that’s already there and makes connecting with travelers in this useful way so easy.
To learn more about this cool app, check out its Kickstarter page. What do you think about crowdsourcing apps? Are there any that you currently use and recommend? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.