On 27 Sep 99, at 3:03, Lawrence Riungu wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> Interesting questions you raise here. Now I wonder about how delivery
> logistics will work (assuming that the web-related issues are addressed).
> For example in Nairobi where most people collect mail from centralised
> mail-boxes at regional Post Offices, how does a vendor say in the US get
> the product to them reliably and in the shortest time possible?
My impression was that the development objective most people are
seeking was to assure local delivery of local products, rather than
to assure local delivery of US products. The way Ethiogift in
Ethiopia handles it is with clear written directions and an in-house
local delivery staff.
So I order a sheep, and include directions "go to Meskel Square,
take Main Road north about 1 km to the Kebadu Bakery, turn right
just past the red gate, ask for Ata Kassahun." Ethiogift receives
the order and the payment. They have their own delivery
employees who take one of the sheep and walk it to the address.
So that's one possible system. Depends on the product I
suppose. If a telecenter were ordering from abroad, then
presumably the product would be available at the telecenter for
pickup by the purchaser. The problem can be resolved, I think, but
the solution will probably not usually look like what we have in the
Jeff @ Nairobi
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