The founder of this Guyanese food delivery company wants to use drones to deliver items
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Cherish Kyeyune | Posted on April 26, 2020
During the past decade, food delivery websites and mobile apps became more popular around the world. In the Caribbean, tech developers and entrepreneurs have created rising food delivery services through websites and mobile apps with promising features. One of these entrepreneurs in the region, Nigel Carter, has an ambitious goal for his food delivery company, Foodmonkey, in Guyana. He plans to incorporate drones into the delivery methods, given the current global situation. With a drone delivery system, customers can adhere to social distancing and still get the food they desire.
Nigel established Foodmonkey in 2018. He studied computer science at the University of Guyana and was always determined to create something that will have a positive impact on the world of technology. One of the projects he worked on in the past was Evybez.com, an entertainment website.
Currently, users of Foodmonkey can place orders on the company’s website or mobile app and receive their orders at a chosen destination through delivery agents. Nigel expressed that the company serves as a middleman between restaurants and customers, facilitating real-time interaction. Customers can choose to order from the company’s directory of restaurants and receive notifications throughout the process.
“The app allows the customer to interact with the restaurants in real-time, place orders and get updates on every step of the way, from order preparation to order delivery,” Nigel told us.
Foodmonkey also has a delivery approximation feature that uses Google Maps to estimate the time for each delivery based on the location of the restaurant and the customer’s destination of choice. Using this feature, customers can see an approximation of how long it would take for their orders to arrive from each restaurant shown in the app. Customers can also track their orders once placed.
When developing the tracking feature, Nigel aimed to be as accurate as possible with calculations. He considered factors such as traffic stop signals and signs, speed limits, and traffic, which could be unpredictable. The app takes these factors into account to calculate the best delivery route.
Nigel told us that he wants to implement similar methods into a drone delivery system that could deliver items directly to homes or secure boxes. Customers would need a code, supplied by Foodmonkey, to retrieve their items from the boxes at their convenience.
Given the benefits of online payment features, Nigel hopes to expand globally, allowing customers abroad to purchase items for others based in Guyana. He’s also planning to partner with pharmacies through a Foodmonkey subsidiary, Foodmonkey GO. With Foodmonkey GO, individuals will be able to have personal items, such as medications, delivered.
Nigel says that he has the framework for using drones to deliver items. The framework is ready to be used, but the current legislation in Guyana does not permit the use of drones to carry items inflight. But he remains optimistic and is opened to collaborate with anyone who has ideas or may be developing drones. He can be contacted at: +592 647 6478 or 592 684 5219
Cherish is a 19-year old writer based in Gros Islet, St. Lucia. In 2018 she graduated from Castries Comprehensive Secondary School, then took a break from school and rekindled her love for writing and art. During this time, she volunteered at a veterinary lab and interned at The Voice Publishing Co., where she wrote and proofread articles for the weekly newspaper and website. As a life-long resident of the Caribbean, she loves the beach and the ocean, and one day hopes to sail the world. She thinks STEM is intriguing because it teaches us how entities around the world work.