Saturday, July 2, 2011

VELOCOMMERCE:LIFE ON A BICYCLE

Velocommerce is commerce that is dependent on the bicycle

 India is a fantastic place to observe velocommerce in action.
This thread shows the crazy universe of activities, products, services, design, economy and humanity using bicycles.
The interesting thing about being on a bicycle is that it immediately frees you as an entrepreneur from the shackles of immovable real estate. 
Velocommerce is all about the mobility of property, and it challenges notions of ownership and private capital.
it is special because it exists at the intersection of entrepreneurship, mobility, sustainability, grassroots innovation, cultures, local economies and decentralized, last-mile service delivery.

In this thread i have posted 25 different velocommerce which provide livelihood to a significant number of people in India and we can see all these peoples in every corner of our country



Incense sticks(AGARBATHIES)


AGARBATHIES are incense sticks of various smells this seller carries a tremendous amount of the sticks on his cycle and also carries a small stool to park his cycle and sell from

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Incense sticks(AGARBATHIES)-2


as opposed to the previos example of agarbathies on a bicycle,this seller rides the cycle through neighbourhoods, and sells a different assortment


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BALLON+GIFTS


this cycle is fitted with a large helium tank at the back,and the front is loaded with gifts,novelties,toys and a long stick that holds ballons in popular forms

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BANANA+GINGER


Ripe bananas and fresh ginger complete for attention on this cart,which is part of many carts at this small market in a small town in Gujrat,India

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DOUGH ROLLERS+SPICE CRUSHERS


this lady is selling stone slabs and rollers meant to roll out dough,and spice crushers that are used in almost all Indian cooking

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BELTS+LOCKS+ACESSORIES


this bicycle is loaded with belts from all sided,and also squeezed in are sunglassed,religious beads,wallets and locks.Vendors like this one cannot ride the bicycle once the googd are loaded so push them along till its time to pack up and then ride back home on the bicycle

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BOOKS


found in specific areas and markets,these book sellers dealin pirated versions of popular bestsellers though the printing quality is poor,these books are sold at bargain rates.These guys also usually have a great sense of the fastest moving books in the market,though hardly any of them read these books

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BROOM+WIPES+MOPS


this seller sells a large assortment of cleaning aids like brooms,mops, and wipes

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POTATO PATTIES+BURGERS(ALOO TIKKI)


aloo tikki is a fried potato patty which is either served with spices and sauces, or as an indigenoius burger inside buns.The patties are fried on a locally made oil burner

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CANE FURNITURE


taking 2 hours to load up the cart everyday,and 10 hours of riding,this cart sells cane furniture on the streets.A visiting card that the owner carries has a cell phone number that can be called to call him to a specific home.the dairy in the picture above has addresses and numbers of customers

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caning+weaving


this product and service sellers provides wall hangings made from sticks and yarn, and also services house furnitures by redoing the caning and yarnwork.He uses his cycle to carry his merchandise but then sets up a base and stays there all day for several days

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CHICKPEAS+LENTILS


Chana Dal are chick peas in Hindi.This person also sells powdered chick peas,sweet and regular rice crispies, which are loaded in gunny bags and sold by weight.These ingredients are popular for festive and winter treats

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BOILED CHICKPEA SNACK(CHOLLE)


this bicycle sells a freshly prepared meal of toasted bread with spiced,boiled chichpeas with onions andsauces.The back part of the cycle uses space very effectively to provide for everything.Including a kerosene burner,small wooden platform that serves as an eating surface for customers

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DIGESTIVE PILLS AND TREATS (CHURAN)


Churaan refers to a wide variety f very popular,traditional,tangy and digestive concoctions made from spices and fruits.Several small jars hold these treats, and a weighing scale is used to measure them for selling

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DIGESTIVE PILLS+OLD CURRENCY+ACHING JOINTS


This modified cart sells a wide variety of very popular,traditional and digestive concotions made from spices and fruits.several small jars hold these trats, and the seller surprisingly also does a business of replacing old currency bills with new ones and curing aching joints with a special medicines.

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ICE LOLLIES+LEMONADE


A Chuski is like an italian ice,made from freshly scraped ice and dribbled with sherbets of various flavours.This seller also sells Nimbu Lemon-a concoction made of lemon,spices and sweetened soda that comes in a unique marble sealed glass bottle

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CLOTHES ON A RICKSHAW


This improvised rickshaw is actually delivering and taking away bundles of clothes from a flea market that operates on sunday in delhi.Several shops of the flea market are created by inventory that is brought and taken away on cycle rickshaws such as this one

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CORN+CORN SNACKS


This cart sells corn and snacks made from corn that is either boiled in saline water, or toasted on coal and rubbed with lemon, tamarind and spices

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CROCKERY AND KITCHEN PRODUCTS


An assortment of kitchen products and crockery is sold. Bought products are wrapped in newspaper and tied with string

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EGGS MADE TO ORDER


Eggs made to order as boiled,omelettes,scrambled and on toasted bread with onions and spices.The arrangement includes a kerosene burner

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PERSONAL PRODUCTS + EXTRAS


This seller and his son are setting up the cart for the evening market.They sell a variety of useful and personal products like torches,wallets,scarves,ornaments,cheap plastic products and so on

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MUSIC+FILMS+ACCESSORIES+EXTRAS


This person selss pirated copies of popular Indian music albums and films,along with a wide range of various knick-knacks and acessories like sunglasses and belts. though the law has tried to clamp down on these sellers often,they continue to thrive all across India

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FIRECRACKERS


This cart is selling fire-crackers of various types in the weeks following up to the festival of 'Diwali' a festival of lights.Once Diwali is over this cart will be replenished with a new goods relevant to the the time of the year, or generic products of use

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POSTERS AND FRAMES


This is an intresting situation where the seller carries posters and framing equipment on the tricycle cart and seats up shop on the street, displaying the artwork,and providing an on-the-spot framing service for customer

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GARBAGE PICK-UP SERVICE


This service picks up garbage from homes in the morning and deposits it at a place that separates profitable parts of the garbage and send the rest to the dumping grounds

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