Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Drive Through Grocery Stores
Explain your idea in details:
Social Distancing is going to be the new normal, whether a cure for the covid-19 is found or not, the global health pandemic we just witnessed will change the way the world does business and operates. Grocery shopping remained an essential service during the pandemic, because people have to eat to live, however we can only imagine how many people got the virus from shopping or from serving customers. In the wake of the 4th Industrial revolution technology will decide how we do things and this will include grocery shopping. The main objective of this initiative is to avoid crowds during shopping; in as much as ecommerce is growing in Africa it faces a lot of logistical and trust problems. The idea is to have kiosks on main roads so that people can make grocery orders on their way home and pick them up from the kiosks on the way home. This can be done on an app or through a USSD connection. The same concept can be applied by major grocery stores to have a drive through window and people can make advance orders and pick up from the drive through windows. Clients can register either through an app or through USSD technology, and clients will have to make orders at least 15-30 minutes before collection to allow for the order to be packaged and ready for pick-up. Like other similar apps clients will have an option to pay using the app, mobile money or cash on collection.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
At full scale the idea will have an impact on unemployment. Every kiosk will have a runner and the attendant. The runner goes to the grocery story to put the order together and the attendant ensures the order is collected and paid for. If an estimated 200 kiosks are operational in each country in Southern African this will create jobs for the youths.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Implementation strategy will be 2phased. The first phase will be collaborating with existing chain stores at shopping malls. The plan will be to have a drive through window where shoppers can collect pre-ordered groceries. In cases where no space is provided for a pick up through the window like typical drive through restaurants, then the next option will be where clients can pre-order and then the runners will do the shopping and wait for the client to pick up the order. Once this proves successful the next phase can be initiated. The next phase will be to have kiosks on major roads. Kiosks will be located at bus stops on major roads, clients make orders in advance for example while still at work, and pick up the order from from a selected pick up point. The major collaborators will be the grocery stores, and local councils who will need to approve kiosk location points on main roads. Funding will be needed to pay developers to code the app and pay for USSD subscriptions
My name is Michael Bwalya, a Librarian by professions. I love innovation, especially distruptive technologies. My working career spans 10 years, and in this period i have only worked for technology companies. The first company i worked for was a money transfer comapny, the first of its kind in Zambia, and then i worked for a prepaid solutions technology company in South Africa and my last job was for an Electronic Health Records system. This background has given me the confidence to venture into something desruptive. Because of my passion for technology i plan to pursue a second degree in computer studies