P2P Network Offers Enhanced Safety, Security, And Privacy Than Popular Social Media Channels

Luggage Pool
22 February 2021

Peer To Peer Delivery Service Using Social Media Channels

Peer To Peer Delivery Service (P2P) Offers Enhanced Safety, Security, And Privacy Than Popular Social Media Channels. However, The Question Remains If It Is Safe To Seek Such Help From Strangers.


P2P Network Offers Enhanced Safety, Security, And Privacy Than Popular Social Media Channels

As customer expectations for faster and more flexible delivery continue to rise, traditional delivery networks are coming under huge pressure and competition from crowdsourced delivery networks as many more customers continue to look for alternate shipping solutions. The biggest benefits of crowdsourced solutions are lower cost and flexibility - the ability to ramp capacity up and down on short notice, and more easily match supply with fluctuating demand.

Peer to Peer (P2P) parcel delivery is a rapidly emerging trend where travelers or crowdsourced drivers carry parcels from the senders to the receivers while undertaking a trip they already intended to take and receive a fee to contribute towards their travel costs. By not having another vehicle shipping the parcel, the platform saves thousands of barrels of oil and reduces atmospheric pollution through a reduction of emissions besides saving peers many hours of driving.

P2P is based on the shared economy concept and is expected to touch a whopping market size of USD 300 billion in the next five years and some peer-to-peer delivery businesses are also becoming hugely popular for crowdshipping in Europe.

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Security, Privacy, And Data Safety Issues With Social Media Channels

Most of us have memberships on popular Social Media (SM) channels and in the event of any need of any help and advice, usually post our queries in these channels for getting free P2P support. The most common help that we seek from these SM communities is with shipping and delivering of items either from other countries or within our neighborhood. However, the question remains if it is safe to seek such help from strangers.

Any kind of dealings involving crowdshipping is very unsafe and risky on these SM channels. The safety issues associated with these channels are due to the very purpose and functioning of these social channels which are not meant for such crowdsourcing activities at the first instance. SMs don't have stringent and mandatory multilevel checking of identities as the crowd shipping platforms do and invariably lack trust levels among the community members on these platforms.

Many people prefer to opt for such SMs for international luggage shipping as these are free and make P2P delivery arrangements with strangers  without realizing the following risks:

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1. There is no guide and controller for crowd shipping purposes on SM channels including shipping arrangements and monetary transactions

2. None stands guarantee for any lost and damaged shipment

3. As there are no multi-level identity checks on SMs, you never really know much about your community peers

4. As there are no personal pages and reviews, you can't choose the most trusted peers

5. No stats are available about the performance of your peers and you never know when your urgent shipment will reach you

6. There is no secured payment gateway with risks involved in monetary transactions

7. There is no controller for P2P delivery on these SM channels with whom money is held and kept secured till satisfactory delivery is confirmed by both parties

8. You can be blocked by your peers at any time and establishing further contacts may become almost impossible

P2P Delivery Platforms Offer More Safety And Security For The Users

The P2P delivery platforms are specially made for crowdshipping purposes and trust is a key driver for uniting people on this platform. Such platforms constantly focus and strive on building and improving trusted environments and secured approaches. Usually, the user has to pay a small platform fee which at the end is invested back in improving the platform and making it better for carrying out transactions.

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Crowdshipping platforms should be preferred over SM channels for any delivery or shipment than dealing with strangers on social media mainly due to the reasons of safety and security and the resulting trust built up in the P2P community.

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Safety and Security of all users including senders, travelers, and crowdsourced drivers are ensured through

     Rigorous selection criteria of travelers and drivers for parcel sending between European countries through verification of descriptive profiles for identities and registration through social media accounts e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Only identity verification is done from SMs and no user data is collected and privacy protected.

     Multiple levels of verification are carried out through phone, emails, and credit cards

     Online interviews are done as appropriate to gather additional information about travelers and drivers

     Checking up of background information of every user of the platform is also carried out if needed by engaging third parties

     All crowdsourced vehicles are verified for legally valid registration documents

     All driving licenses are cross-checked for correct validity with renewal details

     Strict implementation of feedback policy and analyzing performance statistics of every user

     Assessments are also made through reviews and response rate and frequent travelers with good track records are motivated at times through rewards and gift vouchers

     A secure system of payment through escrow adds additional safety when no payment is made to travelers till such time safe and undamaged delivery is confirmed by the receiver.

     Guarantee against lost and damaged deliveries are provided to premium users adding more safety to the users

     Excellent Support Service always ready to assist the users in any situation

Trust and safety tips are advised but not mandated for P2P delivery platform users and include

     All users making transactions need to first review the details of the other party

     Making delivery only after seeing through parcel opening, no pre-packed parcels are allowed

     Delivering of parcels ordered only or bought through the shop

     Communication strictly within the P2P network, so that the Support Team can easily assist users in any situation

     Senders to review all regulatory compliances with all applicable national and international laws such as import, export, and tax laws

     Rating of experiences and providing feedback to the platform community for building an  increased trust level

     Arrange meetings in public places only

     Trust your gut feeling and in case of doubt, communicate with the support team the of P2P platform

     Consider cultural differences before committing transactions as this can change communication and expectations

Even though SMs are popular social networks, these social platforms pose increased safety, s, security and privacy risks compared to P2P parcel delivery networks based on shared economy and decentralized networking platforms.