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With the Fastvan app, clients are able to create quotes and book courier, removal, and domestic delivery services. The nearest free courier will be notified for parcel collection. Once collected, the customers can track the package in real-time through the app’s built-in map.
The platform offers other Uber-like functionality, such as rating couriers, receiving invoices via email, and app notifications for collection and delivery.
Fastvan’s goal is to move every aspect of the logistics process online. This should, in theory, help to increase automation, efficiency, and transparency for clients by eliminating costly and slow processes such as phone calls and paperwork.
According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the South African logistics market is a lucrative business with an estimated worth of R486-million. The global industry is set to be worth US$252.1-billion by 2018. Even with major players, there is still space for startups to enter the market.
Fastvan plans on launching in January 2016 and its apps will be available on Google’s Play Store and the Apple App Store. The startup plans on expanding to other African countries by 2017, and Europe in 2018.
During 2015, we saw the rise of several courier startups in South Africa. It appears the success of on-demand taxi service Uber has inspired many other companies to follow suite.
WumDrop was born out of diaper subscription company WumWum and offers Uber-like pickups and deliveries. Rush allows users to compare courier pricing, services, delivery times, and then schedule a pickup of your item, while WeChat’s Picup has a dedicated team of drivers eventually incorporated businesses into its clientele.