A Location-based commodity ordering and delivery system: case of boarding schools in Nairobi
Otieno, Isaiah Ouma
MetadataShow full item record
There is general preference of boarding schools by parents in the bracket of middle and upper class to ease pressure of caring for the children vis a vis work pressure. The matter is compounded by new Kenyan government policies on employment of house helps and the distance of the schools from the location where the parents stay. From time to time, students in boarding schools require replenishing of simple supplies and consumable subject to school regulations. This scenario presents a new challenge in that families are unable to tend effectively to the needs of the students in boarding schools due to distance and time limitations. This research sought to explore the development of a system that allows online purchases and delivery of supplies to students in boarding schools by a touch of a button irrespective of the location of the school. The proposed solution consists of a Web-based and mobile application that allows a student to make a request that a parent approves before the delivery is made to the student. The system works by locating the supplier nearest to the school to reduce on the time taken to deliver the commodity as much as possible. The system utilizes a matrix that works by getting the nearest delivery person (Motorbike delivery person) that is closest to the supplier to save on time and cost. The supplier and the delivery person both get paid after successful delivery of the commodity Agile development methodology and object-oriented analysis and design were used in this. The final prototype of the location-based commodity ordering and delivery system was tested to ensure the functional and non –functional requirements were met by the system and the system was tested in fourteen schools in Nairobi County with eighty percent satisfaction rate from parents and students who used the system.