Ever craved some candy or pep pills while hungover on a long, seemingly endless Uber ride? Then you might want to get behind Cargo – the tech startup turning cabs into mobile shops.
The premise is simple: after drivers sign up to the service online, Cargo will send a custom display case loaded with goodies and essentials. It comes with a URL and unique individual code. When passengers go to the URL and enter this code, they will be presented with a menu and can purchase items using a mobile payment option. The driver is alerted to the purchase by a linked phone application and hands over the goods.
What’s in it for the driver, you may wonder? Well, for every purchase, they’ll be commissioned 50c — a not insubstantial amount given Cargo claims the top drivers shift around 500 items per month. The company also tracks sales, which means they can replenish the goods when they run low.
Cargo is currently operating in New York, Chicago and Boston, and has plans to expand further.
Here’s a recent interview the CEO gave on Fox Business News