Sending stuff has just got more social with Nimber
Want to deliver a bed to Bedfordshire or collect some cheese from Cheddar then the latest entrant to the UK sharing economy may be able to help. Nimber a new start-up that has recently launched in the UK allows users to send items of any size with people who are already travelling that way.
What is Nimber?
Nimber is a collaborative peer-to-peer service that connects people who want to send something from one place to another with people who are already going travelling that way. Whether the 'travellers' are on the road, taking the train or travelling by other means, they can use their mobile phone to pick up and deliver, make some money and maybe save the environment as well. Smart,safe and sustainable.
How does Nimber work?
A location-based algorithm matches delivery jobs with people who are heading that way, while the pricing system offers a fair deal to both parties.
It is the first social delivery service to launch in the UK, and offers both parties an opportunity to either save on delivery costs or cut the cost of their journey. A skateboard would cost £20 to ship from London to Birmingham, for example.
How can I use Nimber?
Just go to the NImber website and register to start using the service. A smartphone app will be launched in early June 2015. The service is free to use right now, but once the network reaches scale, Nimber will take a small slice of each transaction, which is only payable upon delivery.
Nimber originated in Norway and currently boasts 30,000 users and is aiming for 400,000 users in the UK within two years. Users who deliver goods are known as 'bringers' and fall into three categories: people heading somewhere on a trip, commuters and a growing number of ''professional bringers'. Some of the professional bringers have earned as much as £50,000 in the two years since Nimber launched in Norway.