Jyväskylä library to offer crowdsourced RePack home deliveries

22 April 2014

This ?crowdsourcing? of transport services means that ordinary people can take items from one place to another while doing their everyday travel, along routes that suit them.

?Online sales, online auctions, sharing and borrowing are increasing at a fast pace. Thanks to advanced IT and mobile technology it is not necessary to create a separate transport network or system for these; instead, we can make use of existing vehicles and their carrying capacity,? says Leading Specialist Lari Rajantie from Sitra. ?This means that goods are moved without any increase in traffic or emissions. Crowdsourced transport will be a common aspect of life in the future and is already a growing phenomenon in the United States.?

Crowdsourced transportation, also known as ?crowdshipping?, is becoming increasingly common all around the world. In Stockholm, the delivery firm DHL has included it in its service selection, seeking suitable potential drivers using a mobile application. In the United States, Wal-Mart is planning the same for deliveries of goods to its customers.

?Crowdshipping is in many ways an efficient method of taking care of unavoidable transport. It may increase demand for many goods and services, as home delivery makes them easier to buy. In the long run the objective is to reduce car traffic,? Rajantie says.

The Jyv?skyl? library pilot is intended to test how the crowdsourcing of transport works in practice, and to find out the requirements and challenges faced by new services of this kind in Finland. The pilot will be carried out by the PiggyBaggy ride-sharing service and RePack, which specialises in reusable packaging.

?It is exciting to be testing something here at the Jyväskylä library that hasn?t been tested anywhere else in Finland,? says Online Service Designer Juha Hälinen from the Jyväskylä City Library. ?It is wonderful if we can get customers to transport each other?s books. Home deliveries will make using the library even easier than before. We continuously receive complaints concerning the limited parking available at the library, and this may be a solution to that problem, too.?

Read more about the Bringing the library home! project and find practical instructions (in Finnish) for using the service.

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