Rising fuel prices: inter-individual delivery platforms are booming

While petrol prices are rising at the pump, motorists’ resistance is being organized. To reduce travel costs, more and more of them are opting for carpool solutions. But that is not everything. The delivery area is also benefiting from this new enthusiasm for collaborative solutions. From now on, private individuals organize themselves to deliver objects, furniture and groceries. A way to optimize his movements and put a little butter in the spinach.

What if you took advantage of your trip to the hypermarket to pick up a neighbor’s Drive order and deliver it on your return journey? Or a long journey to deliver a nice second-hand find to the buyer? This is the solution provided by many applications such as Shopopop, Cocoli, Yper or Allovoisin. Since the beginning of the year, these inter-individual delivery solutions have been booming reports noethic on his site.

For example, the Cocoli site, which plays a matchmaker between buyers and deliverers of objects, furniture or groceries, has seen its turnover increase by 150% since January. “The cost of energy is clearly forcing people to look for solutions to make their trips profitable” confides Julien Lardé, co-founder of Cocolis noethic

Faced with the explosion of its community, it has even entered into several partnerships with major online sales brands to facilitate the delivery of packages for their users. If you order from La Redoute, Orchestra, Cultura or Selency, your package can now be delivered by a private individual.

Delivery to remote rural areas

Ditto with Shopopop, a solution created in 2015 that now lists more than 300,000 “shoppers”, the name of the occasional deliverers. The platform makes its courier fleet available to more than 2,500 retail companies such as Auchan, Carrefour or Leclerc, as well as brands such as Decathlon and Castorama, as well as small merchants for whom these services are cheaper than traditional solutions.

Ultimately, these platforms make it easier for buyers to get them delivered anywhere in France. “We are present in all areas and in particular in 70% of the remote rural areas, where uberised services are not present at all” explains Johan Ricaut, co-founder of Shopopop to the site.

For occasional delivery drivers, it’s also an effective way to make their trips profitable, both from an environmental point of view by rationalizing their carbon footprint, and financially by earning a welcome side income in this context of rising fuel prices.

Another proof that the sharing economy has a bright future ahead of it.

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