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Proposed Experiment: Malawi Minibus Distribution

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Josh Vinson
Josh Vinson | Jul 4, 2018 | in Knowledge Base

Background:

With a prototype product ready for sales the Malawi energy team is looking at finding a semi-autonomous distribution method which is reliable, scalable, and relatively cheap. The Malawian minibus public transport system is a solution worth exploring. A previous experiment was conducted over June where a driver was given an empty package to take to the NAYO Clinic in Nancholi. The driver charged the standard fare of 200 MWK and the package arrived after 30 minutes. Unfortunately, on arrival the driver demanded an extra 2000 MWK highlighting a potential problem of this distribution method. Further information was collected from minibus drivers around Blantyre who stated that; deliveries were possible and would be charged a standard fare. Additionally there is an extra fee (5000 MWK) for going direct or off the planned route of the bus as they will not pick up any passengers (possible option for large orders).

Aim:

To determine the viability of minibus' as a product distribution method.

Measures:

  • Success: Pass / Fail
  • Cost : MWK per trip
  • Time : Minutes between departure and delivery
  • Reliability : Extra complications?

Method (Time 1):

1. Negotiate with driver of minibus on Nancholi route about cost of package delivery.

2. pay driver and send package; a box containing MWK cash equivalent to fare (for time 2).

3. Notify contact at NAYO of incoming package and request a reply upon delivery.

4. collate viability measures after delivery.

Method (Time 2)

1. Negotiate with driver of minibus on Nancholi route about cost of package delivery.

2. send package (empty box) and explain that payment will be made upon delivery (if possible) from cash delivered on time 1.

3. Notify contact at NAYO of incoming package and request a reply upon delivery.

4. collate viability measures after delivery.

 

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edited on 6th July 2018, 16:07 by Wade Tink

Wade Tink Jul 6, 2018

Status label added: Proposed Experiment

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Wade Tink Jul 6, 2018

Excellent. Just be clear about learning to be achieved. Once this experiment has been adopted it will move to next stage.
Also consider how many times you will have to do this to validate whether this method could be effective.

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Wade Tink Jul 27, 2018

Status label added: Experiment adopted

Status label removed: Proposed Experiment

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Wade Tink Jul 27, 2018

As this experiment has been completed but is referred to in experiment results it will be moved to the Knowledge Box area of Basecamp.

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