Carpooling, Yes, Carpooling for Goods: Sjipit

I can hear most of my non-Dutch readers think: Sji-what?? Sjipit. It’s Ship It written phonetically in Dutch. It may be the first time you hear about it, so let me start with how I first heard about it. I love LinkedIn and browse my timeline multiple times a day. It’s nice to see what’s happening with your connections, and it’s […]

People + Packages. Crowdsourced Logistics and Cab Service in One

Last month I wrote about the Uberization of Logistics; A Crowdsourced Logistics model where (almost) anybody with a decent car can join the ranks of drivers. These types of services have been deployed for transporting People (Uber, Sidecar, Lyft) and transporting Goods / Packages (Postmates, Lalamove, Gogovan). Each has some form of vetting and maybe minimum requirements for type and make of […]

Xeneta Pioneers Transparency for Shipping Rates, Raises €1.2m ($1.56 m) in Funding

Oslo, Norway (April 11, 2013) —Xeneta (, a price comparison service for sea freight, today announced that it has received €1.2m in institutional financing. The round was led by Stockholm based venture capital firm Creandum ( with Norwegian private investment company Alden co-investing. Using the principle of crowdsourcing, Xeneta delivers transparency to an industry burdened with supply chain complexity and […]

Walmart’s Crowdsourced Deliveries: Interesting Concept or April Fools Joke?

Some questions just can’t be answered by a single tweet (see below)… So here goes: First some background: On March 28th Reuters published an exclusive news story about Walmart’s new plans to crowd source deliveries (1). The basic concept? At checking out of a Walmart store the cashier asks you if you would be willing to deliver a shipment to […]