Why I want Caddy

Ever since I dragged around my suitcase all weekend when I went home to New York, I have wanted an on demand-concierge service to take things from me when I don't want them and bring them back to me when I need them. People shouldn't plan their lives around things - bags, bikes, groceries, furniture - but around what they want to do. Caddy let's people do that by instantly offloading anything they don't need right now so they can continue on doing what they wanted to do in the first place.

How it works

  1. Sign up and schedule a pickup. A driver will come to your location, collect your items, and that's it.

  2. You continue on with your day the way you want to.

  3. When you need your items again schedule a delivery wherever you happen to be and your items will be promptly dropped off. If you aren't going to be around simply simply give your confirmation code to someone who will and they can complete the delivery for you.

Key Features

  • Scheduling Pickup/Delivery: The user ordering the caddy has their location automatically detected but can set a new one if their location is off. The driver (me for now) is notified that a pickup is required, pickups up the stuff and then marks it as complete.

  • Sending TIme Estima updates: The user is updated as to how far away their Caddy is via text.

  • Viewing Orders: A user can view all past and present orders, and schedule delivery for them as appropriate.

A different kind of logistics

Once Uber raised their most recent round, everyone wondered how a taxi company could possibly worth so much. Their answer: we're not a cab company, we're a logistics company. Route planning is a very hard problem, and Uber sees themselves as uniquely positioned to leverage their network for greater goals. I eventually see Caddy being the same thing, except that there is a subte distinction in the types of problems each would solve. Uber only needs to get something from point A -> B. Caddy's logistics looks something like this.

  1. Pickup item from A
  2. ?????? (some amount of waiting is involved)
  3. Profit (while also giving the customer back their items)

It's more akin to solving both the Uber problem (pickup and delivery) while also dealing with the Amazon problem at the same time (hold onto item for X amount of time then deliver). I sadly haven't solved these problems in the last 24 hours, but the world is a messy place and I believe that this sort of asynchronous delivery schedule is something that could be a huge boon to the world.

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