17 May

Announcing the launch of PurplKite

PurplKite is a hyperlocal on-demand delivery platform. PurplKite allows the user to request for a delivery to complete a local intercity pick up and drop on-demand. When the user requires an item to be picked up from a specific location and to be dropped of at another location, the user can request for a delivery boy.
By using their extensive network of delivery boys spread across the city, the operations team is able to very easily support the request for on-demand pick-ups from a large number of users very efficiently.
The operations is very heavily supported by cutting edge technology making operations very efficient as well as very seamless.The technology has two main facets: An Android App for the End User and An Android App for the Delivery Boys. Both are powered by a powerful and robust backend server.
The app allows the user to check the availability of all the nearby “Kiteans” (delivery boys) and then place an order for a “Pick & Drop” – the user can place an order with immediate effect or can have it scheduled for a specific time in the future. Once the order has been confirmed, the user can choose to pay directly in the app using a Payment Gateway or using Cash at either the pick up place or the drop off location. The user can then track the delivery boy in real time.

The platform also offers another unique feature : “Get Me Something”. Using this the user can request for a specific set of items and also optionally specify a vendor. The Kitean will then procure these items either from the specified vendor or from an appropriate vendor and will deliver these items to the location specified by the user. The user will require to pay for the delivery charges as well as the charges for the item at the time of the dropoff.
Technologies
LAMP
Android Studio
Google Maps API
Push Notifications
SMS Integration
Real Time Location Updates and Tracking using a Socket Connection
Highlights

Geo-Fencing Boundaries using Geographic Polygons to identify serviceable areas.
Real Time tracking and updates on the location and movement of the delivery boys.
Handshaking mode – Allows one delivery to be completed by a series of delivery boys using a relay mechanism making use of two-wheelers and trains to effectively cover large distances in a cost effective manner.
Extensive and very creative use of all facets of Google Mapping API’s – Geocoding, Autocomplete Predictions, Distance Matrix, Google Maps API, Google Maps for Android API and several others.
GPS Turn By Turn Directions for the Delivery Boys
Links
http://purplkite.com/

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