Have you ever forgotten something at home or somewhere else, and you haven’t had the capacity or time to fetch it? It’s happened to me countless times – my son’s school hat (he couldn’t play outside without it), a pram that we discovered we had left at home when we arrived at the airport, and even a MacBook charger as I was about to start a full day of training.
A new service Picup, launched last week in Cape Town, could be the answer to those awkward, inconvenient and hassled moments. Picup can be found on the free platform WeChat, and the service will fetch whatever you need in your area, and drop it wherever you need. At the moment it’s only in Cape Town, but I’m assured it’s coming to Joburg within the next three months, which means that if I forget my laptop at home, or my son’s soccer kit, and I can’t pick them up, I can get Picup to do it for me.
Everything is done via your cellphone (just download WeChat, follow the Picup account PicupSA, and register easily) and you can request a driver to collect and deliver items to and from a set location.
You can track your good online, and you can choose whether you want your goods delivered via bicycle, scooter or car, and there’s a minimum base rate, plus a per kilometre charge. There are no cash transactions – everything is done via WeChat’s Wallet (if you’ve ever used Uber, it’s a similar payment concept).
Since I was “only” at the launch event, and since I live in Joburg, I haven’t yet tried out the service, but I’ve heard some good feedback (and not just from the founders or PR company). When Picup comes to Joburg, I’d probably use it as an instant delivery service, when I don’t want to wait a day or two to deliver stuff for work etc. It could also be a great tool for getting stuff like groceries, gifts, flowers and food delivered to people quickly, when you don’t have time to deliver, yet still have time to shop.
For more info head to www.picup.co.za