Amsterdam-based startup Brenger helps people send items by transporting them by someone who already drives a certain route. The deliverer receives a fee. The platform handles 150 transport assignments a week. By making better use of vans and cars via Brenger, 270,000 kg of CO2-emission can be reduced annually.
Brenger uses unused space
“We see that many cars and vans are on the road with unused space. By using this space, we can make the transport of particularly large items, such as furniture, more durable, efficient and cheaper. That is why we have founded Brenger. Our platform saves ours client time and money, and the deliverer earns money on a ride he or she is already making. Therefore, the deliverer, client and the climate benefit from Brenger”, Derk van der Have, co-founder of Brenger, states.
Saving CO2 emissions
An average ride is about 108 kilometers. Since you regular drive back and forth, Brenger saves 42 kilograms of CO2-emission. Every week, Brenger realizes 150 rides, resulting in a weekly saving of around 5,200 kg of CO2-emission. That is at least 270,000 kg of CO2-emission per year. The expectation is that the amount of CO2-emission reduction will rise, since traffic at the platform increases rapidly.
Marketplace, courier services, and lost goods
Brenger sees a certain number of types of assignments on the platform. Products purchased on Marketplace are transported via Brenger. They also see that lost goods, like a forgotten bag at a gas station, find their way back home through the platform. Strikingly, Brenger is used a lot by couriers, making better use of their rides.
Van der Have: “For a private individual, we are cheaper than renting a bus or a furniture transport company. Unlike other “share-economy” initiatives, Brenger is a complimentary service for the current market in which it operates. “Recently, I spoke a courier who drove up and down to Groningen, every week. Now he actually makes use of the ride back, with orders from our platform. We’re very content that also couriers use Brenger.”
Direct contact between deliverer and carrier
The client has directly contacted with the deliverer, also known as the Brenger, via the platform. They negotiate a suitable pick-up and delivery time. The platform facilitates and guarantees payment, secures the equipment against damage and theft and brings together both parties in a safe way. In return, the deliverer and the other party pay a commission on the reward for bringing the items.