Having a sister in the United States of A has its perks. And challenges. I get to eat exotic chocolates, donuts and French madeleines that my sister sends. The problem arises when I have to reciprocate. For instance, during the recent Raksha Bandhan festival, I wanted to send her a present from India. But buying something that would suit my sister’s taste, fit my wallet and accepted an delivered in ship shape by the postal service, notwithstanding their long list of disallowed articles, was a tedious task.
In such circumstances, a portal like Piggybee can be very useful. This is a platform that connects individuals who want to send items to recipients in other countries through travellers. People who need such shipping service list their requirement request and travellers interested in providing the shipping service post their journey schedules. They can find each other on Piggybee and the traveller may carry the shipment for a nominal reward. Piggybee has been active in a host of countries across the world since a couple of years. The good news is that they are now opening channels between India and Unites States of America where many of us have close relatives and friends with whom we may wish to exchange goods.
Why good news?
The advantages of this process are manifold. Firstly, it is more often than not cheaper than postal or courier service. Secondly, a courier service may not deliver at certain places that may however be on the itinerary of a traveller. Thirdly, as I mentioned earlier, parcel companies and courier services have a long list of prohibited articles. Most of them refuse to carry food or drinks. A traveller may be more flexible. Fourth, I have couriered clothes to my sister in USA through reputable agencies. However, she has received damaged packaged with mutilated content. Given the bulk that the shipping agencies handle, this is no surprise. However, a traveller handling only few such items would handle these with care. Piggybee’s crowdshipping system takes care of these predicaments.
Lastly, it helps in making friends for a traveller in a new country, brings people a little closer and creates stories and experiences for lifetime.
Next time I need to send or receive an item from USA, I am Piggybeeing for sure. Meanwhile Delhi-Fun-Dos.com recommends Piggybee as a fun way to connect and add some love to the shipment process.