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Next steps

Improved Design

The pilot proved that the first modifications were an improvement. However thanks to the pilot some other modifications are needed to create an even better working Chameleon.  First of all the bell, to attract attention, should be easy to reach. Therefore the bell will be placed in front of the bike attached to the handlebar. Besides this, the shelves should be replaced with a better material. Aluminium should be the best option since it is easy to attach to the frame. For safety on the road, mirrors should be attached to the Chameleon. A lock is also needed to prevent the Chameleon to be stolen. Finally the people on the street have to know what they can buy from the Chameleon, therefore a presentation of the products that are vended should be added. This presentations will be place on front of the Chameleon, in between the frame and on the hood. This presentations are easy to change since different products will be vended by the Chameleon. Velcro strips could be used to attach the adjustable presentations. A rotatable chair is not necessary since the vendor will step of his bike to vend the products. All the improvements should be executed by Stephan the mechanic, but the coordinator is responsible.

 

Working engine

There are still some problems with controller of the Chameleon itself. The Pedi-Teksi that became the Chameleon was a prototype and works differently than frame of the Pedi-Teksi which was used during the pilot. On the prototype there was no button for giving gas. Like part three described, there is pedal assistance on the prototype, but this one kicks in too late and therefore it is unusable. During the pilot phase, there has already been examined if the controller could be repaired, but it could not. The trunk of the Chameleon will be mounted to a working Pedi-Teksi. In the meantime, it is the task of the coordinator to import a new controller and a device to give gas and build this on the frame of the Chameleon.

 

Coordinator

In part 5, Business Plan, the fact that a coordinator would be executing the business of the Chameleon was introduced. A transfer paper for the coordinator has been made with a list of activities and advice how to set up and run the business. Besides this transfer paper, a manual for the coordinator with further details has been drafted (this manual is not in the appendix because it's not directly relevant for this research). Expected is that the coordinator will resume where the team of TU Delft left off. This means reading and applying the marketing plan and financial plan as described in part 5. Think of finding local companies who would like to advertise on the Chameleon. To look at possibilities of collaborations with more local companies to sell the products from is also a task where the coordinator is responsible for. Another promising task is to look if the Chameleon can be used for more segments than only grocery delivering and vending of products. Hotels and restaurants were also very interested in the concept. These are opportunities which needs to be examined. Furthermore, a vendor needs to be found who will drive the Chameleon.  

 

Vendor

The details and requirements for the new vendor have already been given in the stakeholders analysis. Also a “Vendor Wanted” poster has been made. This vendor needs to read the driver manuals, these are manuals from the Pedi-Teksi’s adapted to the Chameleon (this manual is not in the appendix because it's not directly relevant for this research). When a vendor is found, is it highly preferable to run a pilot the students did not have the time for. This means executing the pilot of the delivery service and extending the pilot of the vending service. Furthermore, designs has been made for business cards and a t-shirt for the vendor.

 

Competitors

In Kampala is a new business called “Hello Fresh”. This is an online shop and delivers fresh ingredients (also imported) to homes. The price of the delivery of Hello Fresh is 10.000 USH (approx €2,50). This may be interesting to look at if they are expanding their business to Jinja. Maybe they will become a big competitor of the Chameleon or they could collaborate.

 

Documents for execution

To make sure the transition goes smooth, a list with all the documents that are provided for the execution is given:

  • Final report
  • Documents for coordinator
    • Transfer paper
    • Coordinators manual
    • Poster ‘vendor wanted’
    • Checklist before and after
  • Documents for vendor
    • Drivers manual
    • Trainings manual
    • Business card
    • Design t-shirt
  • Documents for the businesses
    • Vending service
      • Contract
    • Delivery service
      • Pricelist
      • Poster about the grocery delivery service
  • Documents for the business plan
    • Financial plan
    • Marketing plan
      • List with potential customers
      • Chameleon Logo, Coloured, grey and white
      • Flyer with explanation about Chameleon
      • Flyer for Advertisements on the back

 

Expansion business

An idea to develop the business of the Chameleon even further, is to look at options for more Chameleons. This could be by expanding the business of the Chameleon in Jinja or implement the business of the Chameleon in other cities in Uganda. An implementation of the Chameleon in Kisumu would also be an option since CooP-Kenya is located there. Whether the services of the Chameleon would work there as well should be researched. When choosing to extend the business to other cities in Uganda, a new construction has to be thought of as CooP-Uganda is only located in Jinja.

 

There are many different options where the Chameleon can be multiplied. An interesting collaboration would be with SolarNow, the provider of the refrigerator. It would be nice to receive a discount or even free refrigerators and batteries for more Chameleons.

 

Although some research is needed when the choice is made to expand, it is advisable to first launch the business in Jinja and see how that goes. Because only execution of the plan is needed for this and the coordinator will be responsible, a group of the TU Delft would not be necessary.

 

Production plan

To make more Chameleons, more e-tricycles are needed. These can be imported from Kenya or the Pedi-Teksi’s that CooP-Uganda already has, can be used. Currently there are five Pedi-Teksi’s at CooP-Uganda’s compound that will be used for the Pedi-Teksi business. When it turns out that his business is not as profitable as the business of the Chameleon, the choice could be made to transorm the Pedi Teksi’s into Chameleons.

 

More Pedi-Teksi’s can be imported form Kenya or can be produced by the Green Hub in Uganda. However, the modification of a Pedi-Teksi is a big investment of a few million USH. First it  needs to be sure that the refrigerator on the Chameleon last for a long time before making new ones with these refrigerators. If this will not last a long time, it is better to look at other options for cooling, like a cool box.




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