Proof of Delivery is what happens when a package is scanned by a Driver. The time and GPS coordinates of the scan is sent by the delivery company to the shipper. That shipper may then notify the customer. Some newer more advanced proofs include sending a photo of the delivery to the customer as well.
Proof of delivery only captures when & where a package was dropped off. This can't communicate how or when it was found. Packages are often delivered damaged, taken to the wrong location, and sometimes stolen. Traditional proofs of delivery don't communicate this. True delivery confirmation is only possible with Customers verifying driver data.
Delivery Confirmation is what happens when a customer signs a driver's scanner. This proves the package was received by a person at the delivery location. Ideally, ALL deliveries would get confirmed by customers, but signature requirements have become unsanitary, inconvenient, & expensive.
Sure, but our world is definitely different today. Scanners and mobile devices are both germ magnets. So a digital signature on your own device, is safer & more sanitary than physical signatures on someone else's. Also, you can send feedback about the service or condition of your delivery directly to your retailer. That transparency redistributes power away from carriers and gives it back to buyers and sellers.
Proof of Receipt is what we call our more progressive form of delivery confirmation. Customers are able to validate a driver's proof of delivery scan, while rating the quality of service and condition of goods. Scans eliminate the need to sign a scanner, yet authenticates a digital signature with a private key.
Some shippers send emails to customers with notification of delivery. There may even be links to rate and review quality of service, similar to our PackagePortal ratings. The problem with emails is that they're often opened days after delivery is made, if opened at all. Plus there’s no incentive for the effort. But a customer indicates exactly when they retrieved it, and captures the rating immediately. Additionally, we can put some cool stuff in a mobile app, that email links won't provide.
Customers are better protected against viral transmission if signatures are required. If that's not enough, the PackagePortal Team has loads of creative ideas & prizes to reward users! Also, delivery drivers will treat your package with just a little more care, since you're able to publicly rate their performance. Better package handling translates into fewer damages and loss claims, saving retailers money. Which should lead to reduced pricing & shipping fees.
Retailers obtain delivery confirmation without a huge fee. This gives them finality on orders, & helps reduce loss & waste. They also gain a new way to communicate with their customers, days after purchase, upon receiving their goods. They can also use scan data to learn more about the delivery companies they choose to work with.
Drivers get freed from any liability of a package when a customer proves they received it. That's reassuring as many of them make hundreds of deliveries every day. We also plan to let drivers build profiles and earn rewards for their service and customer signups.
PackagePortal app is available now, for iOS and Android devices. You can download in Apple's AppStore & Google's PlayStore. We also provide a web-app version for integrating directly into a retailer's native app.
We preserve scan data using smart contracts on a decentralized public ledger, which enables transparency and accountability between all parties involved. The blockchain transfers network data using utility tokens, & we intend to license our platform to retailers. So this Proof Of Receipt Token And License is the PORTAL. You could also imagine space being ripped open, creating a trans-dimensional portal between shoppers & shippers, so they can hold accountable the delivery companies transporting their goods.
Blockchain technology allows the transfer of value and data across a decentralized network. This means it runs on computers all over the globe, instead of being owned by the delivery companies. That means greater transparency. Also, shipping labels and tracking numbers can be duplicated, so giving them a more unique ID is necessary for security. The Zilliqa blockchain enables Smart Contracts, & token transfers, so we will be able to automate & improve numerous aspects of the delivery process.
Zilliqa is a decentralized public network, that offers the safest & most scalable smart contracts available. Their programming language Scilla, allows for formal verification of code; basically a mathematical filter to check for errors. They are also the first to implement a method called sharding, which allows the network to process higher amounts of transactions, faster & cheaper than contemporaries like Ethereum.