MuleChain Proposal: Decentalized P2P Logistics on the NEM Blockchain


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MuleChain NEM Community Fund Proposal

The global decentralized P2P delivery and warehouse services on a blockchain, for the people and by the people.

For a concise introduction to the MuleChain project watch the MuleChain Interview with CEO Ralph Liu at the Crypto Invest Summit or listen to Ralph Liu speak about the project on the FutureTechPodcast.

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Table of Contents

I. MuleChain Project

II. NEM Community Fund Proposal

  1. Why Now?

  2. Why NEM?

  3. Which NEM Features Will We Use?

  4. Mission

  5. Problems

  6. Solutions

  7. MuleChain Routes

  8. Benefits For NEM Community

  9. Milestones

MuleChain Project

The MuleChain projects will utilize the NEM blockchain and all the features of its API to create an impactful platform which will provide P2P logistics on a global scale and make a difference for millions of people.

We’re asking for the sum of 10,040,160.64 XEM, the equivalent of $2,000,000 USD (XEM at $0.1992 on 06/14/2018), to be used in the development of MuleChain. MuleChain utilizes the NEM blockchain and its smart asset system to build a trusted form of cryptocurrency collateral (mosaic) which is used to eliminate the need for middlemen in deliveries and logistics.

Such a platform has the potential to ultimately become a new kind of worldwide delivery and warehouse services and job opportunities for millions or even billions of people and we hope that the contribution and feedback from this community will help bring it live to the consumer marketplace.

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NEM Community Fund Proposal

1. Why Now?

It’s the right time because centralized corporate models such as Uber, Amazon and other companies are taking much of the consumer logistics and MuleChain can provide a reliable and secure alternative decentralized solution. Previous attempts at the creation of P2P logistic applications and networks had no real way to monitor and police the it, hence no scaling ability. The innovations in blockchain & cryptocurrency now make it possible to introduce a Token which acts as both currency and collateral and solves the trust (hence scaling) problem of P2P logistics.

2. Why NEM?

MuleChain is being developed as a hybrid (centralized/ decentralized) platform and we opted for NEM as the preferred blockchain to use. Here are a few reasons:

NEM’s blockchain platform has the ability to handle large volumes of transactions at low costs.
Technology is important to us. NEM places a lot of emphasis on supporting developers. They understand that the developers’ success is NEM’s success.
The NEM community around the world is active and growing and now has a global reach. We are very keen to help contribute to these global communities.
Unlike Ethereum, NEM does not require complicated cryptographic knowledge – our tech team can use the languages and tools they are most efficient with in order to deliver what we feel is a solid project.
NEM’s permissioned private blockchain delivers industry-leading transaction rates for internal ledgers and its proof of importance (POI) consensus mechanism and Supernode program ensure that NEM’s open, public blockchain can grow without ever compromising throughput or stability.

3. Which NEM Features Will We Use?

  1. NEM’s Smart Asset System will be used to set up a MuleChain Namespace and Mosaic for the MCX token.
  2. Financial and Mobile payments will be used to handle MuleChain transactions. We need to leverage the speed, low transaction cost, and reliability of the NEM blockchain. The ability to write new blocks in a matter of seconds on the Main Network is crucial as the first MuleChain product, MuleChain Routes, heavily relies on real-time communication and transfer of funds. For example, once a Requester receives an item and marks it as delivered, the Mule who provided the service should be able to see his updated balance via the mobile application immediately after that.
  3. MuleChain also requires the Escrow Services provided by NEM. We will need to set up trustless accounts that can hold, verify, and release funds to different parties based on multi-signature contracts. In the MuleChain Routes application, a Mule and a Requester that have been matched for a delivery must both put up the delivery fee for the Requester and the cost of goods in MCX tokens as collateral for the Mule before the services are completed.
  4. Since NEM makes it easy to create payment applications, we can even explore options to buy MCX tokens, send to friends, etc., by creating a byproduct, MulePay, similar to PayPal but for the MCX tokens.
  5. Many of the Business Management features go hand-in-hand with the abilities of the MuleChain API. MuleChain will need persistent, untamperable records to track all deliveries, requests, and pack station holdings. These must be 100% accurate at all times, never tampered with, and completely transparent in the eyes of any MuleChain users. Particularly with the immediate release of MCX tokens held in escrow as payments, we can’t afford for any documents or records of services to be inaccurate.
  6. Mules and Pack Station Owners will have their services and performances rated for timeliness and efficiency, with the Smart Asset design and Certificate Issuance features, we will be able to reward those who have had exceptional performances with publicly viewable certificates awarded by the MuleChain platform.

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4. Mission

Our mission is to transform the global P2P delivery and logistics industry and create millions of new jobs while doing so. Our initial projections based on deployment in 75 cities is 3.5 million users within the first five years. After these initial five years, our focus will shift towards reaching out to the vast underprivileged majority of the world’s population to allow them to use mules and pack stations as a day to day service, especially in areas where postal package delivery systems are not very developed. We hope that you will support this proposal, see the value it can bring to the community, and be a part of this revolution!

5. Problems

Low trust in current P2P logistic networks :
While there are many P2P networks available to deliver goods, none of them have grown to significant adoption levels. Most have relied on the good-will of the community, user profiles and reviews to generate trust in the system.

But compared to the delivery experiences that the current corporate-level centralized carriers offer, the trust mechanisms in the online P2P networks are sometimes seen as extra work and often leave users with a sense of risk involved in the transaction. The savings associated with using these networks are also minimal because of high cross-border processing fees.

Limited delivery options :
Speed is one of the leading considerations for customers. Next-day and two-day deliveries are currently the industry standard in all developed countries, but not same-day delivery. The next logical evolutionary step is affordable and reliable same-day delivery.

To provide same day deliveries retailers need ample square footage to turn existing aisles or back rooms into storage for online orders, and they must locate their distribution facilities near major metropolitan areas where real estate is expensive. A few have managed to do it well like Amazon, which was largely successful by making same-day delivery free of extra charge to their Amazon Prime memberships. They cut traditional fulfillment allowing a longer cut-off window to meet service levels and invested in new emerging technologies such as shuttles, robotics, and automated sortation and retrieval systems (AS/RS).

Unfortunately, these advantages are not accessible to the vast majority of retailers due to the costs involved.

6. Solutions

MuleChain: Secure & Reliable P2P Logistics
Imagine…

  • Millions of entrepreneurs working for themselves on a decentralized P2P logistics network. - Postal parcel delivery services operating in places where they do not yet exist.

  • Human logistics networks being deployed overnight to face natural or human disasters.

  • Public transport services becoming job providers for the unemployed.

  • Any person who has rented real estate space such as apartments, houses, local gas stations, restaurants, airport boutique shops earning constant steady additional income by performing the pack station owner’s role on the platform.

Seems impossible? Not anymore.

We are taking a platform approach to the development of MuleChain, that will enable developers to create a broad variety of logistics apps for all kinds of new P2P networks that request and transport items with very low risk and low level of involvement from a central authority. MuleChain-powered applications will require each participant to have “cryptocurrency collateral” in the form of MCX tokens to perform requests or deliveries. The token allows us to engineer MuleChain in a way where trust is inherent in the system and enforced by smart contracts. Enabling MuleChainpowered Apps to legitimately be able to mobilize third-party vehicles, bicycles, walkers, local commuters, cross-border travelers, and more.

7. MuleChain Routes

The first MuleChain product, MuleChain Routes, will provide part of the solution through the following parts:

Mules
The mules could be:

  • non-professional occasional travelers working as cross-border mules.
  • local professionals conducting last mile e-commerce delivery to households.
  • local messengers for documents, couriers for parcels or even food delivery drivers delivering items in local cities and neighborhood communities.

The “Mule” service is kind of like an “Uber” for goods and freight. However, unlike Uber, the MuleChain platform is completely decentralized, meaning that the mules work for themselves, with the assistance of the MuleChain platform.

Requesters

Requesters can be any individual needing to use a postal service. They can create requests for local or international products that they would like picked up and delivered. They will be able to set the price they are willing to pay for the delivery service, and the MuleChain platform will match Requesters with the Mules who have itineraries that fit the requests.

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Pack Stations

MuleChain will also provide opportunities for independent individuals to use their unused living space as a “Pack Station”. Pack stations serve as relay stations and warehouses. Several pack stations can be used throughout the supply route of a package and acts as an “Airbnb” for goods and freight. Every owner of a pack station can set fees to compete with others, and will also to offer complimentary services such as added security, refrigeration, etc.

Pack stations need to hold an appropriate number of MCX as collateral of equal value for all stored packages. Pack stations are awarded a small percentage of the delivery fee as an incentive for providing services. Pack station owners are therefore able to earn an income for letting requesters and mules drop off and pick up small parcels, sentimental trinkets, or documents that they approve. On the technical side, Pack Stations are essential to the MuleChain system and are similar to drop off points of other large delivery service providers, making the MuleChain network more effective and efficient.

8. Benefits For NEM Community

Transaction volume
As the adoption of the MuleChain network grows, the transaction volume will also increase. By forging this partnership, we aim to create an entire ecosystem on NEM. The increased transaction volume will improve both the visibility and value of XEM as a currency and everyone’s ROI in the process.

Increased visibility of the NEM blockchain
MuleChain is proud to associate with NEM and excited to display NEM as the blockchain of choice at our website, mulechain.com. We firmly believe that the success of MuleChain and NEM are closely linked together.

Enabling NEM users to spend their XEM
We believe cryptocurrencies have got to move beyond being solely an investment asset. This initiative will enable XEM holders the ability to use their XEM holdings to buy MCX at a discount for a specified period during the first registration stage. On an ongoing basis, XEM holders will also be able to continue purchasing MCX tokens in secondary markets to use the services provided by MuleChain.

Increased usage of NEM and XEM
As MuleChain starts getting widespread adoption, it will increase awareness of the NEM blockchain, thereby encouraging the development of more use cases on NEM, with its plug and play smart asset blockchain platform.

Establishing NEM as use case for logistics and P2P delivery industry
The launch of MuleChain will put NEM on the radar of key-players in the global P2P and logistics industries that are thinking about incorporating blockchain technologies into their businesses.

Real life case study
Provide a real-world product in the form of an application where anyone with a mobile phone can evaluate and take part in, earning an income in the process.

Partnerships
Partnerships we create with mobile application owners through our platform will further increase the visibility and distribution of NEM.

Contribute to ecosystem development
Our developers will share their experience by creating articles about our challenges, milestones and success which will help the community at large develop applications with real life use cases.

9. Milestones

Current State

The MuleChain team has been working diligently to setup the infrastructure and workflow to bring this project to life.

  • Application mockups for MuleChain Routes have gone through initial design and are undergoing final revisions.
  • MuleChain Routes demo application has been discussed and added to the project board.
  • Development tools & workflows, web servers, company communication tools, project management boards, and leadership roles are in place.
  • Blockchain engineers have been given access to DevSlopes’ Certified NEM Developer course.

Phase 1: Initial Development ($200,000 USD/1,245,624 XEM released by September 2018)

July 2018 to September 2018 (2 Months)

  • Appoint crucial members for full-time work.
  • MuleChain Routes mockups finalized.
  • UI mockups have been developed with static data.
  • Development for user authentication, registration, KYC process, and NanoWallet (XEM wallet) associations are completed.
  • Appoint legal counsel. Prepare local language legal contracts.
  • Engage key regional directors to work on the preparation of test cities.

Phase 2: Development & Alpha Release Preparation ($200,000 USD/1,245,624 XEM released by November 2018)

September 2018 to November 2018 (2 Months)

  • Development of MuleChain API.
    • Match algorithm that acts as the business logic when it comes to users having requests matched with Mules and Pack Stations.
  • Further Development of MuleChain Routes.
    • Bare bones Mules, Pack Stations, and Requesters features.
  • Mosaic and Namespace created on test network.
    • MCX token mosaic created under the MuleChain namespace on the NEM blockchain.
    • Transactions and features tested on NEM’s test network.
  • Further website updates and development.
    • MuleChain’s website updated with content describing the functionality and benefits of using the MuleChain platform.
  • Static Demo Release
    • Static demo build of MuleChain Routes available for public.
    • Preparation for Alpha release.
  • Draft local language legal contracts and regulatory compliance.
  • Local marketing in test cities.

Phase 3: Development & Closed Beta Release ($200,000 USD/1,245,624 XEM released by February 2019)

November 2018 to February 2019 (3 Months)

  • Finalize Alpha build for internal beta testing.
  • Research and development for quick and reliable ways to convert MCX into Fiat.
  • Addition of feasible features into Beta release.
  • NEM blockchain integrations.
    • Escrow service functionality via multisignature contracts.
    • Transactions for MCX handled via MuleChain API on test network.
  • Development of Live Chat communication functionality into application.
    • Requesters, Mules, and Pack Stations involved in a request will be able to communicate directly via the application without having to disclose personal information (eg: phone number, email address, etc.).
  • MuleChain Routes’ Beta release with following production-ready features:
    • Mules/Pack Stations registration and verification process.
    • Create requests for items and get matched with Mules and Pack Stations.
    • Build geolocation and Google Maps API to search for nearest Mules and Pack Stations.
  • Develop further specs on local language and app functions for test cities.
  • Continue to draft local language contracts and regulatory compliance.
  • Local marketing in test cities.

Phase 4: Open Beta Release ($200,000 USD/1,245,624 XEM released by May 2019)

February 2019 to May 2019 (3 Months)

  • Bugs fixing and additional features required for Open Beta release.
  • MCX transactions on NEM’s main network.
  • Test launch of MuleChain Routes live service in three cities.
  • Three cities to be named
  • Begin development for MuleChain web application.
  • Aggregate user feedback and use data to improve MuleChain platform.
  • Develop local language and app functions for other test cities.
  • Implement local language contracts and regulatory compliance in MuleChain Routes.
  • Conduct further local marketing in the text cities.
  • Full product launch with extended features for MuleChain Routes and Web Application.
    • User ratings for Mules and Pack Stations.
    • Automatic suggestions via geolocation.
    • Advanced Google map views.
    • AI integration into matching algorithm in order to optimize complex itineraries.
  • Full REST API for MuleChain platform.
  • Begin research and engineering for third-party consumption of MuleChain API.
  • Devote resources to company security and data privacy.
  • Fine-tune local language and app functions for all operating cities.
  • Build local offices and conduct local day to day city operations.
  • Perform global and local marketing in all operating cities.

ICO Position Addendum

Due to the fact that a cryptocurrency token MCX is essential to the success of the operation of the MuleChain platform, we will continue to assess the timing of our intended ICO in order to generate the liquidity of MCX for the members of our platform to satisfy their business needs.

The other factors that will affect the timing of our intended ICO would be the future financing needs of our global business operations which will largely depend on the future potential revenue from business operations as well as the future potential success of obtaining alternative financial support from conventional VC sources and/or other regulated crowdfunding activities such as Reg CF, Reg A+, Reg D and Reg S after the funding by NEM Community Fund. If we conduct a public ICO before the deadline date as specified in the NCF new guidelines, we will refund in full the NCF grant awarded.

We will continue to update the committee of whether and when we will actually hold the ICO along the way of our business operations. As of now, we can say that it is in our plan to eventually hold an ICO.


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Your roadmap describes “Token Generation” in Q3 and a Beta Release to “Token Holders” but your milestones make no mention of the distribution for this? I assume this means you are planning an ICO? Please be aware of the community fund guidelines on this:


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Thanks for the reminder Dan to clarify this point with the community at the outset. As discussed privately before, we are fully aware of this requirement. I understand that you guys are also facing the same issue. So it would be really good to for us to have the opportunity to make it clear to the community. There are many other ways to achieve the token distribution. At the moment we plan to seek VC funding and maybe an equity oriented Reg A+ for our further platform growth so that we would not have to rely on an ICO only for the funding purpose in the future. As for token distribution, we have been and will continue to study the most efficient and effective way to do it. One of the methods could simply be to provide the mules and pack station owners who have signed up with us an incentive for them to gradually adopt it, perhaps in conjunction with another already widely circulated cryptocurrency in the beginning or even with some fiat currencies under certain jurisdictions. We will not rule out a potential ICO of our own utility token MCX if in the end it proves to be the most beneficial way for our platform member users to have an earlier adoption. If we decide to do so, we would certainly follow the community guidelines to return the fund back to the community as specified above. It would not be an issue for us and we are prepared for it if and when that happens in the near future. We have internally made it clear to the entire team that following the community fund guidelines as well as the securities laws and regulations in each country is our company’s utmost concern. The NEM community should rest assured that we will try our best to follow them closely every step of the way. Thanks again for bringing this topic up.


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Very aware of the complexities around token generation and funding so I feel your pain in that respect! Incentives sound good. In general I think these ICO returns in some aspect could be good for NEM as a whole as long as the community fund doesn’t turn into a financing method for ICO’s!


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I understand what you are saying Dan but my view is even if it ended up helping finance some good ICOs, it would have done the NEM community, the tech start-ups world and the society as a whole a good service. Why would that be a bad thing? After all, not every ICO is bad. ICO itself is just a tool, one of the ways to get further financing for company growth. The goal of the NEM community fund is also to help good start-up companies grow. If a company already funded by the NEM community fund ended up dying due to the fear of doing ICO later on simply because the restrictive fund return guideline, would that be a good outcome for the community fund? The community members should feel proud and get credit for having voted and helped grow some genuinely good tech ventures, irrespective of whether some of them ended up doing an ICO later or not as a way to further finance their late stage company growth. It is only natural that a start-up company may need further rounds of venture financing. The ICO word really should not become a taboo in this NEM community. :slight_smile:


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There are many people who have done ICO marketing as director of your team.

Do you work with a marketing team somewhere???


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Hello GodTanu,

We were prepared or conducting an ICO a few months ago but we have since modified our funding plan. We continue to leave the option open for revisiting the issue at a later stage. At the moment we are not looking for adding any more marketing help in that area in the near future. Thanks.


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Salve,ho letto il vostro progetto e mi sembra interessante,hai detto di voler iniziare da una serie di grandi cittĂ ,non specificando quali.Potresti elencarne qualcuna o almeno gli stati dove vorreste iniziare? Grazie


#9

Thanks for the note of support. We have arranged and hired many regional directors and managers since the beginning of our operation in order to train them to understand the MuleChain business model, required them to develop a business plan to get ready for the launch of our services on the platform. Many of those current ones you could see on our website. We are still going through the on-going process of hiring new ones and replacing some unfit existing ones. Our hope is that once the MuleChian platform is ready, we could press the button the following day to conduct the cross border mules business right away. Their expected job functions are online and offline marketing, local hotline customer support, assisting potential dispute resolutions and setting up local strategic partnerships with e-commerce vendors and airlines. During Phase 1, they will start aggressively the local marketing and recruiting efforts to bring about the local public awareness, soliciting potential email sign-ups by mules and pack station owners. We will deploy and train many pack stations in local major city airports in those test countries. Currently as stated in the milestones, we will definitely focus on Los Angeles, London and Singapore as the initial test markets. As for the decisions on which other major cities to be included, it will primarily depends on the availability of dedicated and capable local regional directors in those countries as we move along. It will be an on-going hiring and training process for the foreseeable future as we expand globally within the next few years. We welcome all the inspired and motivated individuals around the world who share our visions to apply to join us and lend a hand to our MuleChain global team!


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Grazie per la nota di supporto. Abbiamo organizzato e assunto molti direttori e dirigenti regionali sin dall’inizio della nostra attività al fine di addestrarli a comprendere il modello di business di MuleChain, richiesto loro di sviluppare un piano aziendale per essere pronti per il lancio dei nostri servizi sulla piattaforma. Molti di quelli attuali che potresti vedere sul nostro sito web. Stiamo ancora attraversando il processo in corso di assunzione di nuovi e rimpiazzando quelli non idonei esistenti. La nostra speranza è che una volta che la piattaforma MuleChian sarà pronta, potremmo premere il pulsante il giorno seguente per condurre immediatamente il business dei muli transfrontalieri. Le loro funzioni lavorative previste sono marketing online e offline, assistenza clienti hotline locale, assistenza a potenziali controversie e costituzione di partnership strategiche locali con fornitori di e-commerce e compagnie aeree. Durante la Fase 1, inizieranno in modo aggressivo gli sforzi locali di marketing e reclutamento per sensibilizzare il pubblico locale, sollecitando potenziali registrazioni via email da parte di muli e proprietari di postazioni. Distribuiremo e addestreremo molte stazioni di rifornimento nei principali aeroporti cittadini nei suddetti paesi di test. Attualmente, come dichiarato nelle pietre miliari, ci concentreremo sicuramente su Los Angeles, Londra e Singapore come mercati di prova iniziali. Per quanto riguarda le decisioni su quali altre grandi città essere incluse, dipenderà principalmente dalla disponibilità di direttori regionali locali dedicati e capaci in quei paesi mentre procediamo. Sarà un processo continuo di assunzioni e formazione per il prossimo futuro mentre ci espandiamo a livello globale nei prossimi anni. Diamo il benvenuto a tutti gli individui ispirati e motivati ​​di tutto il mondo che condividono le nostre visioni per chiedere di unirsi a noi e dare una mano al nostro team globale MuleChain!


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So when you talk logistics, you talk of uber, so you mean taxis and stuff?
Real logistics would be postal and package delivery services (at the very base level).

I will present a real life situation and then you can tell me how mulechain could solve this.

1.) My Boss orders packaging.
2.) The order is received and is sent off from the supplier.
3.) Due to transport routes the item must pass through 2 or three depots.
4.) Day of delivery, the packaging has not arrived.
5.) My Boss gets on the phone (put on hold much groovy music).
6.) My Boss is diverted to another office that will know where the packaging is.
7.) The other office has no idea but only knows it is somewhere between here and there.
8.) End of story, My boss needs to package and deliver goods tomorrow yet nobody has his packaging today.
9.) Money lost.


#12

Thanks for the excellent question Dan. It is past mid-night here but I can’t wait to give you a quick answer on this.

As a member of MuleChain platform, once your boss has a request in mind, he the Requester would post it on the MuleChain platform. He could specify the origin (say Shanghai), destination (say Sydney) and a rough description of the item he wants delivered as well as an optional information of the maximum price he would pay. A couple of Mules would contact your boss directly. Say Mule#1 and Mule#2 could go direct via Route#1 (Shanghai to Sydney) and quoted your boss Price#1 and Price#2. Some other Mules such as Mule#3 would only be willing to take it half way via Route#2 by dropping the item off at a Pack Station#1 in Singapore with a Price#3 quote. Another Mule#4 on the platform sees this situation and he seizes the opportunity right away. He would be willing to carry the item for your boss for the second part of the Singapore to Sydney trip via Route#3 and gives your boss a Price#4 quote.

So now your boss asks you to make the decision for him. You picked up your calculator and figured out that Price#3 + Price#4 combined is actually much much cheaper than either Price#1 and Price#2 for some reason. The delivery at the destination in Sydney between Route#1 and Route#2 + Route#3 is also only a few hours difference on the same day. So your recommendation to your boss would be to use Mule#3 and Mule#4. He confirms it on his mobile phone or on his desktop PC, pays the quoted fees to Mule#3 and Mule#4 as well as Pack Station#1 in Singapore via his MCX token in his wallet. These fees will be kept in escrow by the smart contracts on the NEM blockchain. The Mule#3 and Mule#4 put up collateral for the cost of the item being delivered via MCX as well under the same smart contract escrow.

While the item is being transported by the Mules and handled by the Pack Station, your boss gets a real time update every step of the way of where the item is with photo snapshots sent to his mobile phone. As soon as the item is successfully delivered, all MCX tokens would be released to the respective rightful owners. Your boss send a good rating to both Mules and the Pack Station. So do they to your boss as a Requester.

Your boss is happy with the speedy delivery, the many options he had beforehand, a piece of mind during the transport by seeing the pictures along the way but most of all, the amount of money saved by your good judgement. You get a pat on your back and a promise for a raise at the end of the year. Everybody seems to have a happy day at work.


#13

Great project. Will vote. Though I don’t have much poi :wink:


#14

4 questions

Why do you need blockchain?
Why NEM?
What is the use of immutability?
What is wrong with current system?


#15

Hello Lionheart,

Thank you for your excellent questions and sorry for the delay in responding.

For the first question, I think among other things two main advantages of the new blockchain technology stand out. The first is the ability of a cryptocurrency to be created on the MC platform. Since our MuleChain’s business by nature is global and there will be many cross border transactions, could you imagine the complexities and bureaucracy involved if the MC’s members in Kenya, Cambodia or Brazil have to use their local currencies to pay the fees for a service conducted by a Mule or a Pack Station Owner? It is almost impossible to scale the business without the common cryptocurrecny MCX to be used on the MC platform.

The second advantage of blockchain is actually linked to your third question on immutability. So I will address it shortly.

For the second question, would you kindly review the section in the proposal itself? There are detailed reasons stated there on why we chose NEM as the preferred blockchain to develop the MC platform. To be frank, the availability of the community fund and the support of the various established and friendly communities in the NEM ecosystem are indeed important factors that we are getting to appreciate even more day by day as we have started to interact with members in the communities.

So regarding immutability, it is inherent in the blockchain technology to serve as a perfect unchangeable “public ledger”. I actually wrote a detailed blog post on this very issue before. Please click here to read the post on Medium - https://medium.com/@ralph.y.liu/is-the-glass-half-empty-or-half-full-b5c97bbc1e89.

I will quote two paragraphs from that post here:

"So if you are Pablo Escobar or El Chapo, would you be willing to go through the KYC process by holding your passport on one hand next to you face to take a selfie in order to use this blockchain based MuleChain platform to ship your drugs? The data you submitted would be recorded there for the easy perusal by the FBI and the Interpol together that even the new GDPR would most likely not be able to stop.

So wouldn’t this new public ledger technology be a better deterrent to discourage the use by potential criminals? They would indeed be too stupid to come on the platform to let their own identities and transactions data be captured and traced by the law enforcement agencies. That is really what new technologies can usually do. The new utility made possible by the new technologies would generally disrupt old industries to make it better, safer and cheaper for us humanoid to enjoy."

With this understanding, I guess I have also already answered your fourth question since the current system does not provide these new technological advantages that blockchain could provide. To rub it in even more, the NEM blockchain simply provides these advantages much better than any of the other blockchains out there and NEM has many proven track records that we could really rely on.

Thanks again for your excellent questions to allow us the opportunity to clarify these important points to the community.


#16

Ok I see, perhaps my example was not clear yet I have another scenario that this application would befit, I will get back to the first scenario later (just have one question on tracking).

1.) My Bosses machine breaks down and the only part is on the far outskirts of a major city 900km away.
2.) So he orders the part yet it is still 100kms away from the closest major city that offers the most frequent overnight transport services.
3.) Its 11am in the morning and all the major transport companies in that area have already left for the city.
4.) If my boss can get it to the city by that afternoon he can have it shipped to him before the weekend.
5.) So the problem here is finding someone in a short time that is actually making that trip.

I am thinking this app might work as an Uber for smaller package transport situations (or larger), yet of course there would be insurance and accountability to be taken into account.
I also find this interesting for companies already on the road and may not have the full payload onboard, an empty space on a truck does not make money.

Anyway I might have confused things a bit, so I will get back to my first question, and that is tracking.
Some tracking options I could see useful might be an RF scanner or simply a mobile phone QR code reader.
Then you would need stickers to put on the package (QR code or Bar-code).

I am not sure how a photo would be a the best method, since photos are resource hungry and take a lot of memory and could my boss get any other info from the photo than just a visual of a package?

I mean we have seen hardware such as the PundiX POS, have you considered using any form of hardware to support tracking?

Cheers


#17

Great thinking XemNewbie of the potential use cases. I would have to say your imagination will continue to take you every where you want it to be. It is indeed unlimited. That is how new technologies have kept helping us humanoid develop our civilization through the millenniums. The only thing I would add is that from your imagination roaming now you have broadened the thinking to more than just the requester-driven demand to mule-driven demand. We will indeed have both the Requester listings as well as the Mule listings on both the web and mobile apps.

So I hope you could get a sense of what we plan to do now. Although there are many other non-blockchain based P2P delivery ventures before, they have either narrowed themselves into a particular niche or a geographical area such as local deliveries within cities, neighborhood chore-runners, last mile deliveries for e-commerce, a particular usage such as overseas shopping apps, whereas we intend to focus on building a generic decentralized P2P platform and apps instead that could potentially be used for any applications based on anybody’s imagination, from local couriers, cross border deliveries, intercity trucking, oceanic marine shipping to air cargo deliveries through the generic concept of a simple combination of mules and pack stations to cater to any delivery route requirements. There is a reason why the generic name of MuleChain was adopted, rather than calling ourselves a CourierChain, a RunnerChain, a TruckingChain or an AirCargoChain to confine ourselves to a certain narrower potential area of applications.

The other aspect that I have not touched upon yet is to explain the true power of the decentralization P2P concept. Many people would be new to fully grasp and appreciate the significance. It will also answer your question on those other associated tracking technologies that may be involved. I will leave it for your later questions. Meanwhile, here is one of my Medium blog posts that could explain the decentralized power-of-the-crowd facilitated by MuleChain very well. https://medium.com/@ralph.y.liu/waiting-for-another-manifestation-of-the-power-of-the-crowd-cccbb61c3821


#18

Yes it is not only my imagination, those use cases actually occurred last week.
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#19

That’s great to know. The quote above was what I meant regarding imagination roaming. Let me share with you yet another blog post on this topic. https://medium.com/mulechain/how-much-global-energy-can-we-save-by-using-convenience-assistance-services-in-the-new-sharing-323595a77243


#20

OK Thank you,
Any info on the above questions?
BTW thank you for the links to the Blog, I will check them out.
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