A software developer has launched what is said to be the UK’s first online skip hire service which enables users to both compare prices and place an order via a single application – similar in operation to the Uber taxi scheme.
Morgan and Malcolm Lynch (pictured), directors of Dublin-based software outfit SkipScanner, developed the app to capitalise on elements of existing transactional and data exchange systems which have been produced for retail customers.
Customers enter their postcode, size of skip and the dates for which it is required. They are then presented with a range of quotes from local providers. Once they have selected the preferred service, payment is made through the app’s secure payment system.
When the transaction is completed, customers receive an email confirmation of their order with the service provider’s contact details.
For skip companies, the app provides an additional sales channel in a market where most competitors have online transactional capability.
Speaking at RWM in September 2015, Suez UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones warned that a new Uber-style waste management business in the US could put pressure on the UK industry to improve performance and customer relations.
US waste firm Rubicon Global recruited Uber’s original chief technological officer Oscar Salazar to help launch a similar app for the sector.
At the same event, Viridor chief executive Ian McAuley said the UK waste industry was a “technology laggard” and needed to invest more in this area.
Morgan Lynch (left in picture) said: “People simply do not have time to call around three or four companies to get quotes and, with the technology we have today, there is no reason they should have to.
“Customers can review the market and complete their order in well under five minutes. All the operators on the site are fully licensed, and our rating system enables customers to provide feedback to help inform future users.”
With more 1,000 operators already registered, the service will be available initially to customers in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
SkipScanner will soon be releasing a new version specifically for the construction sector with enhanced functionality, including the ability to set up an account.