Teleport on iOS Uses Uber to Deliver Your Friends and Family to You 

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Teleport on iOS Uses Uber to Deliver Your Friends and Family to You 

You can technically hail an Uber for someone else already, but it can be a long, frustrating process. Teleport on iOS makes it super easy to hail an Uber for someone else and have them delivered to you. They don’t have to sign up, download, or pay for anything.

Teleport, created by Michael Wang, Victor Wang, Eugene Yee, and Bob Wu, uses Uber’s API to let you hail a ride for anyone you have in your phone’s contacts. There are no downloads required on their end, and you can send them anywhere you like at no cost to them. You can invite a frugal friend to meet you out for drinks, impress a date with their own driver to take them to your surprise meeting place, or make things easier for an elderly family member who has a harder time getting around.

You have to sign up to send a teleport request, but once you do that and link your Uber account, you’re ready to go. Select someone from your phone’s contacts and you’ll be able to add a message and photo to your invitation, select the address you want to send them to (it defaults to your current location), and decide between all of the different Uber services they offer. It defaults to Uber Line, but you can send a fancy UberBlack to impress, or even an UberAssist if they’re in a wheelchair or require any special care. Once they accept your teleport request, the Uber will be hailed to their location. Keep in mind, however, all fares and ratings will be applied to your Uber account.

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Right now it’s only available on iOS, but the apps creators say that an Android app is on its way and should be available by early 2016. You can download the app at the link below, or learn more about it at their web site.

Teleport | iOS App Store via Product Hunt

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7 Essential Values For Companies That Deliver Products to Customers

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Along with the standard delivery services, we now have Postmates, Amazon, Uber Rush, TaskRabbit, and other services in the delivery business. Individuals are driving cars, riding bikes, and traveling by foot dashing around delivering items door-to-door.

After seeing these delivery men and women, it got me thinking about how our expectations over recent years have changed. Do we really need something within the hour, when only a couple of years ago we were happy buying something and waiting a few days for it to arrive?

Our high expectations evolved with the digital world

You can think about other aspects of the digital ecosystem. We no longer spend time in our local Blockbuster or video store meandering up and down the aisle looking for a film for the family to watch. Today, we simply stream it across our devices. Instantly. After we choose the movie, we just tap a button or two and our food is delivered to our door. We even replaced our supermarket shopping with the Internet, as well as our car services. Everything, it seems, is on-demand, immediate, and tech-infused.

Is there a downside to items delivered within the hour?

We should take a moment to think about the Amazon delivery men and women who work constantly, and face huge amounts of pressure to deliver your items on time. Drivers spend a considerable amount of time getting their orders ready before battling the chaotic roads. This is in addition to printing labels that typically must be completed in less than one hour.

There is no way a small business in the E-commerce and delivery business can match the capabilities of Amazon, but this doesn’t mean your company and shipping process shouldn’t be as seamless as possible.

1. Get It Right The First Time

Don’t allow any room for error. If the wrong product is delivered it will take time to return and re-send, and your customer will be upset. They might never buy from you again.

2. Keep The Item Safe

Whenever possible, ensure fragile items are well packed. There is nothing worse for a customer than receiving an item damaged in transit.

3. Be Quick

One hour deliveries might be impossible, but the faster you can process the order, and send it out, the happier your customers will be buying from you. They might receive an item before they expect it too.

4. Offer Options

A good courier service will offer its customers a range of delivery options, such as next day, several weeks, and other timeframes.

5. Stand Out From Your Competitors

It is the little touches that will turn a one off purchase into a regular customer. Adding bows and little sweets will get your customers talking for the right reasons

6. Marketing Is Essential

We all know about the leaflets that we get in our Amazon box. There is a valid reason why they exist. Offline marketing encourages repeat customers. Here are some tips.

7. Use An Insured Courier Service

If your items arrive to customers damaged, or even completely lost en-route, you will need to source replacements. This will cost you money and time. An insured courier service will give you the much need protection.

Amazon Prime completely changed the way individuals view and understand delivery of goods. Some of us might think it’s one of the best innovations in our history, while others are fearful for what one-hour delivery represents. Is it taking things a step too far, or using technology and individuals in amazing ways?

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