I actually got inspired by mis-interpreting this topic’s title
So the idea is to have a Distributed Parcel Management hApp, an open marketplace for transporting / delivering parcels. It could work like this:
Alice wants to send a parcel to Bob. She packs everything up in a nice, sturdy cardboard box and slaps a QR-code sticker with a unique DHT address onto its front.
She scans the QR-code and posts a delivery request to the marketplace, stating pick-up address, delivery address, desired delivery speed, value, size and weight of the parcel.
She also defines the lowest trust-level of a prospective curier she would entrust her parcel to.
Charlie coincidentally wants to travel to the parcel’s destination in an hour, so he accepts the request. He drives over to Alice and scans the QR-code on receiving the parcel. In doing so he places a deposit equal to the parcel’s value in escrow and off he goes.
Likewise, Alice’s hApp has placed the agreed upon delivery fee in escrow.
Charlie’s satnav hApp estimates an hour’s drive, so Charlie lets Bob know his arrival time. Bob however is at work and asks Charlie to deliver the parcel to his office instead.
Charlie arrives at Bob’s office. Bob scans the QR-code, confirming delivery. The delivery fee gets transferred to his account and the deposit gets released. Alice gets informed of the successful delivery of the parcel.
Alice gives Charlie a great rating and puts him on her favourite-list of couriers. In future, the system will give him preferential treatment when Alice sends another parcel.
When Bob re-uses the cardboard box to send a parcel himself, he can simply re-use the QR-code already on the box. No need to print out a new label!
This hApp would be a huge project and could comprise several sub-hApps like:
- Currency hApp, including escrow mechanism
- Reputation hApp for senders and couriers
- Location / navigation hApp to estimate delivery times / find delivery addresses
- Parcel-Tracking hApp to manage parcel-IDs
Just imagine how cool that would be. A fully distributed parcel delivery platform with way more transparency than current systems and possibly even personal relationships between senders and couriers (making the delivery business more humane). Plus, easy reusability of packaging / labelling.
Would love to hear your thoughts! Do you think this is possible, feasible, useful?