Original Title: MUB cargo
Category: Sustainable Economics
Project team: Maria Gomes, Nuno Silva, Catarina Loureiro, Pedro Vilas-Boas, Mariana Gomes,
MUB cargo is an innovative online platform connecting people who need to transport cargo in a fast and uncomplicated way with transporters that are willing to ship it, reducing unnecessary traffic due to deadhead trips. Launched in 2016, MUB cargo already has a growing community of 400 licensed transporters in Portugal, with more than 2000 cargo requests submitted.
The platform provides an easy-to-use interface where clients provide information about the item to be transported, which is then listed in an auction for bids by all registered transporters. Each transporter is rated to ensure the quality of the process. Once the bids are in, the client chooses the best option considering both price and the transporter’s rating. During delivery, the client tracks the product in real time and rates the transporter at the end of the process, ensuring quality and accountability. The positive effects on the environment and the potential for boosting local business make MUB cargo a winner.
“MUB cargo presents a platform which helps to reduce unnecessary traffic caused by deadhead trips of shipping companies. As transporters bit for a tour and are rated for their service there is a fair situation provided for all participants of the ecosystem. The number of clients and the already established network of transporters show the economic potential of the project. The creativity as well as the idea of the project is considered as very innovative and unique by the jury. MUB cargo is sustainable as it has a growing community and addresses a growing problem. This also presents a lot of economic potential. The idea and goals of MUB cargo can be easily transferred to other communities and regions. In the eye of the jury the positive effects for the environment and the potential for a boost of local business makes MUB cargo one of the winners of EYA 2017.” – EYA Grand Jury Report
Please note that all data refer to the time of winning the Award.