What is BIXIO?

Sharing economy ventures are mushrooming.

They constitute one key pillar of the new economy, they promote responsible business models, and they help mitigate consumption related waste, social fissures and ecological footprint. They gain widespread recognition and build donor communities through social media. On the other hand, sharing economy ventures usually lack adequate IT support to reach donors/customers and administer their everyday operations. Off-the-shelf administration and web tools are not adapted to their special needs, and they usually lack the financial and human resources to deploy or develop such solutions. IT tools are usually developed in house, that in turn need an important upfront investment, drawing away funds and attention from the core business. Their operation is not cost effective, and highly dependent on the (mostly small and/or part time) IT team, introducing a risk factor that makes key operation tools difficult to maintain in the long term.

They constitute one key pillar of the new economy, they promote responsible business models, and they help mitigate consumption related waste, social fissures and ecological footprint. They gain widespread recognition and build donor communities through social media. On the other hand, sharing economy ventures usually lack adequate IT support to reach donors/customers and administer their everyday operations. Off-the-shelf administration and web tools are not adapted to their special needs, and they usually lack the financial and human resources to deploy or develop such solutions. IT tools are usually developed in house, that in turn need an important upfront investment, drawing away funds and attention from the core business. Their operation is not cost effective, and highly dependent on the (mostly small and/or part time) IT team, introducing a risk factor that makes key operation tools difficult to maintain in the long term.

BIXIO covers the gap. BIXIO is a cloud based, cost effective platform that offers professional, secure operations to collect goods from donors, administer stocks and logistics, and allow beneficiaries to place their demands. BIXIO is modular, can be introduced gradually and adapted to each operation model. BIXIO is invoiced as a monthly flat fee service.

BIXIO supports all types of sharing economy ventures, including charitable food collection and redistribution, product recycling, food communities, electronic waste management, sample collection, small farmers’ buyer communities, etc. BIXIO can support most business and operational models used in the industry, including both non profit and commercial models.

BIXIO could be personalised to the image and services of each service provider, embedded into the venture’s website. Ventures use their own brand, data, network of partners, operation processes and business models, external partners or subcontractors. Using the BIXIO platform reduces the costs significantly and enables easy and fast introduction of new services to the market without important upfront investment.

The BIXIO platform is currently under development, to be released in September 2019.


How it works

BIXIO may host any number of service providers.

Usually service providers specify what products (food, clothes, electronic appliances, samples, etc.) they manage, what settlement model they use with various parties, what logistic channels are used, how products are administered and categorised, etc. All these are configurable at the start of operations, and can be changed later.

Start of services

• The service provider configures the BIXIO platform to its particular business model and operation processes, including products and pricing, partners, geographical reach, accounting and documentation processes, data exchange with local systems, branding and communication to customers.

• Donors, customers and partners access BIXIO branded to the service provider\'s image. BIXIO is usually integrated into the website of the service provider.

• No software installation is needed. BIXIO may be integrated to legacy systems. BIXIO supports online payment where applicable.

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Donations

• Donors register online to the services through BIXIO web or the BIXIO mobile applet.

• They place donations, indicating the type and quantity of products they donate, whether it needs cooling, the expiration date, information specific to its content (food example: type of meat, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free, paleo, kosher, halaal, etc. - these categories are configured by the service provider). The donor specifies the place and time intervals the donation can be collected (a collection proxy may be selected). BIXIO confirms receipt immediately.

• The service provider confirms the takeover of the donation (based on probable need, pre- orders, estimate logistic costs, etc). The donation is then confirmed.

• The service provider assigns a price tag to every donation. The donations then become accessible to receivers/beneficiaries.

• Receivers select donations from a list and place orders as in an online shop cart. In case payment is involved, it can be made immediate through VPOS or billed at predefined dates.

• Receivers may place pre-orders. In such cases BIXIO\'s matching algorithms will allocate donations to receivers’ pre-orders according to the priorities set by the service provider.

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Collection of donations, logistics, quality assurance

• Logistics partners receive the list of donations and addresses, including particular attributes (size, weight, need for cooling, collection timeframes, etc.) from individual donor addresses or proxy collection points).

• BIXIO includes a route optimisation algorithm that may be used by logistics partners. Route optimisation is proprietary to the collection model used in BIXIO.

• Courier personnel will register the collection of goods. The content of the collected goods is matched at package level.

• Donated goods are shipped to storage points, receipt is registered in BIXIO. BIXIO supports the high-level, real time tracking of the collection process.

• Quality assurance includes the control of collected goods and matching with the attributes given by the donors. This may be done at receipt at the donors address by the courier, at receipt at the storage point, or separately at the storage point. dates.

• Donors are evaluated based on the availability of donations at the designed address and timeframe, and how precisely they gave the attributes for the goods donated.

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Service provider Back office functions

• BIXIO provides administration and back office tools for Service provider users to capture and administer the donations received, processed and delivered.

• Donations received directly (in case donors do not place their donations through BIXIO) can be entered and administered in the system upon receipt, and thus integrated into the BIXIO storage, quality control, and ordering processes.

• BIXIO enables the Service provider to administer the goods produced and delivered by it based on the primary raw materials received from donors.

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Pricing, Settlement, Accounting, Documentation

• BIXIO administrators will define a price for each donation. Discounts may be applied for pre-selected donations (example: when expiration date is close, the price of products selected may be discounted in one step action). BIXIO may use an individual discount for selected receivers based on their contract with the service provider.

• BIXIO produces the reports that will be used by accounting and billing systems.

• BIXIO produces the address list for logistics partners and receives confirmations at different stages of the collection and delivery process.

• Settlement between services providers and receivers is done either immediately with VPOS or through bills issued at predefined time intervals.

• Settlement with logistics partners is done based on detailed reports issued by the system.

• Settlement with donors (i.e. business models where donors are paid) will be implemented in the next version of BIXIO

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Evaluating, reporting

• BIXIO may produce a variety of reports.

• BIXIO will evaluate the performance of donors, receivers and logistics partners.

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Business models

• BIXIO may support a variety of business and operation models.

• With parameterisation, it may confirm donations/collections based on existing orders only (pre-orders placed), or taking into account collection costs estimated or given by logistics partners.

• BIXIO can support donations or collection orders placed in random locations and time, in a predefined geographical area.

• BIXIO includes a categorisation of products that can be configured by the service provider. Attribute types may be defined by product category.

• Business and pricing models can be parameterised by each service provider independently according to these attributes


Research & Development

BIXIO includes a number of mathematical models and optimisation algorithms to facilitate operations.

Business models

• BIXIO may support a variety of business and operation models.

• With parameterisation, it may confirm donations/collections based on existing orders only (pre-orders placed), or taking into account collection costs estimated or given by logistics partners.

• BIXIO can support donations or collection orders placed in random locations and time, in a predefined geographical area.

• BIXIO includes a categorisation of products that can be configured by the service provider. Attribute types may be defined by product category.


Products and Solutions

BIXIO provides framework for a variety of verticals.


BIXIO for food banks

BIXIO is the ultimate web based tool to collect and distribute food products and reusable food waste, making collection and administration as efficient as possible. BIXIO can support most business and operational models used in the industry.

With the help of the BIXIO platform, food banks, non profit organisations, food communities can use their own brand, data, network of partners, operation processes and business models. BIXIO will facilitate both donor and client contact, and the internal administration, collection of food donations.

BIXIO is a system planned specifically for the needs and use of food banks, they will be able to use the software to:




BIXIO for consumer communities

Consumer communities, small bio farms selling to pre-ordering customers, horticultures, producers of handcraft goods may use BIXIO to reach their customers online, and administer orders, storage and deliveries. Pre-orders may be placed and administered; producers can see the volumes ordered for each item. Where applicable different matching rule may be used to pair pre-orders and goods produced (ex.: first order first served). Customers may register, reporting tools may track customer activity. Customers’ evaluating may be introduced. Produced items may be categorised and labelled according to customer preferences. Payment may be managed through BIXIO VPOS facilities; reports can be produced to support invoicing. Deliveries can be tracked online. Storage and quality assurance can be managed online. Evaluation of customers may be performed.




Procurement and supply chain management

BIXIO can be a very efficient tool for the direct management of suppliers. The customer company operates a BIXIO platform to administer its suppliers, order goods and use communication and online tracking facilities. A typical use is a restaurant, manufacturer or artist that uses regularly handcraft, horticulture, bio farming, etc. components in the articles it makes, so that middlemen and expensive channels can be made direct efficiently. Suppliers can be evaluated, deliveries, storage, quality management followed online, extensive reporting facilities can be used. Payment and settlement, invoicing is supported by the BIXIO platform. Another use is to find the best price among the products offered by suppliers, the items selected in the list of available products can each bear the price tag applied by the supplier, hence making an online auctioning approach to procurement.




BIXIO for recycled goods

BIXIO may be used to donate or sell any type of recyclable goods, and build an online platform to find customers. Contrarily to traditional web shops, BIXIO is efficient where either the donors or the recipients are regular or professional users, to which it offers extended facilities to exchange goods, track logistics, quality management, partner evaluation, payment and invoicing support, and manage daily activities. BIXIO is a handy and efficient tool to support B2B or B2C recycling management, and extend donor/recipient base. It can be extensively integrated into legacy systems including finance, inventory, courier, invoicing, and production management. BIXIO can be an essential tool for parties located on different sides of the value chain: producers, recipients or middlemen, each can build its own ecosystem to manage partners and operation. As such, a BIXIO based service can even be connected to another BIXIO based service, offering automatised operation on both ends.




BIXIO for retail stock management

BIXIO may support the exchange of products among members of a large retail shop network. Sites at different locations may have stocks or need products stored elsewhere or available on other retail locations. Shops may call each other to see if a product exists in a given size/colour, and either the customer is sent to the different location, or the products are exchanged through a centralised courier service. Variants of the above can be managed through BIXIO, acting as a communication and administration platform between the donor and the receiver, eventually the storage facility, each being a member of the retail network




BIXIO for logistics #1 - Route optimisation

BIXIO comprises a powerful new route optimisation algorithm developed by the Department of Applied Mathematics at Pazmany University, Budapest. The BIXIO algorithm permits to optimise collection of goods from randomly appearing donations, each having a particular size, weight, pickup time interval, and various attributes (cooling needs, fragility, etc.), in a given geographic area. Route optimisation is based on Google Maps route and traffic data, time intervals and time/financial costs associated to a pickup point, and time intervals for delivery points (storage facilities). The algorithm can be configured to take into account various customer satisfaction parameters, customer confidentiality evaluation, and eventually give feedback whether to confirm or reject a donation based on the collection costs involved. The optimised route can be forwarded to courier partners of a service provider operating a BIXIO ecosystem. The other way round, a courier service may use the route optimisation algorithm in itself, integrating the various collection requests arriving from several partners, thus optimising its delivery costs.

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BIXIO for logistics #2 - Basic administration tool

BIXIO can be a tool to facilitate a courier service. Although a standard courier service comprises much more user functionality, BIXIO contains the basics of courier service and stock management, quality assurance.

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