Peer-To-Peer Service Turns Travelers Into Couriers
Muber helps overseas workers get hold of much-desired items in exchange for a reward.
- 26 february 2014
Getting some of your favorite products delivered overseas can often be an extreme challenge, or at least an outrageously expensive one. Muber is a peer-to-peer package delivery marketplace that makes it easy for people to connect with travelers from other parts of the world who would be willing to deliver items in exchange for a small reward.
To use the service, you just type in a destination and date of arrival, after which you can select an item you are able to buy for someone who posted a request. Once you’ve confirmed your interest, the requester will hand over their money to Muber for safe keeping. Then all you have to do is buy the item, go on your holiday as planned, and find some time to make the exchange, which is when the courier will receive their fee. After everything is said and done, you can also leave a review to make sure the community stays as open and transparent as possible.
The idea was born from a cultural tradition in the Philippines known as Padala, in which Filipinos who have moved overseas to work send things to their families back home in the form of either money or material goods stored inside balikbayan boxes. Its an idea that has spawned both formal and informal networks in the Philippines, which is why Muber co-founders Francis Plaza, Leo Lofranco, and Life Lofranco want to share it with the rest of the world.