This startup can tell you which delivery service best suits your needs
For the 25-year old employee of a logistics and infrastructure firm in Mumbai, it was disturbing to see the opaqueness and inefficiency of the logistics industry, especially when India spends around 14 per cent of its GDP on logistics as opposed to 9 per cent for developed countries. Sreenivas Saba sensed the immense untapped potential in this industry that is suffering due to lack of infrastructure, technology and their associated inefficiencies.
Saba was on a lookout for a business model that could bridge the gap in understanding between customers and companies by bringing in some transparency, which eventually led to eCourierz. It is an online marketplace for the courier and express industry that helps people make informed choices by providing them with the best and cheapest options. It also helps courier and express companies connect to the audience by enabling them to present their best offerings in the market based on trade lane, industry or customer profile.
A customer can search, based on their origin and destination city or pin code and can compare various courier options based on delivery dates and pick up options. Then, the customer can choose to schedule a free pick up from home and pay online or through cash on pickup. The company is planning to launch an app on the Android platform this month.
Sreenivas Saba, Founder and CEO, eCourierz
Even buying a domain name was too costly
“The first thing I did was to get a name for the website and register a domain. I had liked ecouriers.com, but the price for this domain name was US$80,000. For a while, I was in despair and thought that if I couldn’t even buy a domain name, how will I launch an entire business. I kept trying variations of the name till I arrived on eCourierz.com, which was for just US$10,” said Saba, Founder and CEO.
Since Saba did not have any technical background, he started to search for a person with whom he could partner with to start eCourierz. Eventually, he got three friends on board, who had experience in building tech platforms and logistics sales, in an advisory capacity. While his friends would guide him on the various technical and logistical challenges, he still needed developers to help make the platform.
Between April and July 2014, Saba hired 14 interns from Anna University to build the website and the mobile app. Though it was less expensive, it had its difficulties in terms of delays. “In order to find the best talent on campus, I held a hackathon at Anna University a few months ago as a result of which I found some fantastic students who helped me build the particular features I wanted for eCourierz,” Saba said.
On the domestic front, it is active in Mumbai, Indore and Bhopal. The international service is available in all these cities and Chennai as well.
The courier companies are the main advocates on the marketing side, as they see the need for a digital representation and solution for their business. Know More
Meet the 6 Indian startups attending Pitney Bowes accelerator programme
The startups will be placed in Pune or Noida for incubation and will have opportunities to network with prospective investors
By Sainul Abudheen K03 Aug, 2016
Global technology company Pitney Bowes has announced the six startups attending its summer accelerator programme.
The programme provides mentorship, access to venture funds and networking to innovative startups in the areas of customer information management, mobile, data analytics, location-based services, e-commerce management and machine learning.
The startups will have access to select Pitney Bowes software and APIs for six months. In addition, it will also provide mentorship with leading engineering and innovation experts for technical and business guidance.
The startups will be placed in Pune or Noida for incubation and will have opportunities to network with prospective investors.
“These six startups are developing technologies for the physical and digital worlds of commerce,” said Manish Choudhary, Senior Vice President, Global Innovation and Managing Director, Pitney Bowes India. “We’re especially pleased to host two women-led startups in the Accelerator Program, because diversity is also a great driver of innovation.”
Here is the list of the six startups
- eCourierz: An online automated shipping tool
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Posted by Arvind Mani over 2 years ago, listed under News & Views, Events
A Startup is where, instead of joining a company, we start one. We create a company and WE employ others. Although, it sounds cool & awesome, it has it’s pros & cons. Most of the time, the one main problem that everyone faces when launching a startup is finance. When you plan to launch a startup, you have to consider the fact that YOU are the only source of money. That’s why, to help us get a clear idea of a startup & to help us launch a startup for free, Entrepreneurship Development CEll, CEG brought a person who has successfully launched a startup with just Rs. 57,600, Mr. Sreenivas Saba, to give an expert lecture on ‘How to launch a startup for free’ on 19th of August, 2014 to CEG’s TAG Auditorium.
Mr. Sreenivas Saba established an online marketing company known as ‘eCourierz’. It provides an easy way to send couriers by placing an order online.
When he first decided to launch a startup, he went searching for a domain name. He first opted for the name ‘eCouriers’ but it costed $80,000 and so, he went a little funky by replacing the ’s’ with a ‘z’. And that domain name ‘eCourierz’ cost him only $10.
Another coincidence which boosted up his confidence was that, his company was registered on 2nd February, which was the same date that Facebook was launched 10 years ago. 87% of the expenses he used for making the website of eCourierz was for the IT team from our college
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Bengaluru-based eCourierz helps you compare prices of courier services and make bookings for delivery online
You’ve got airmail: Sreenivas Saba and Shiva Mahadi
Colleagues Shiva Mahadi, Sreenivas Saba and Shashi Shekhar were hard at work at a logistics company back in 2013 when it dawned on them that the biggest problem consumers had with the industry was its lack of transparency about prices. To make life easier for the end user, the trio brought friend Ajay Kumar on board and started eCourierz in September 2014 with help from Anna University and an initial investment of ₹50,000. This web portal is a platform where consumers can compare courier rates and make bookings for delivery in any part of the country or abroad, all in one place. Says Saba, “If there is a system online that helps users compare prices for travel bookings, why can’t we do the same for courier services?” Know More
Shiva Mahadi, Sreenivas Saba and Shashi Shekhar have spent a good part of their working careers with logistics companies in Mumbai. During a stint working together, they notice the glaring inefficiencies in the logistics industry. “A technology-enabled solution is required to bring some efficiency into this industry,” said Shiva when he represented eCourierz, their company, at the YourStory Logistics meetup. To build up this solution with the domain knowledge they had, they roped in Ajaykumar R, a solid technologist,as the technical co-founder. Thus began their startup journey.
They set out with the idea of aggregating couriers ranked by price, time and other attributes. “The whole idea of eCourierz is to be like makemytrip or redbus for couriers,” said Shiva. Customers today make their decision to send couriers based on a brand they remember or a location near their home or office. Also, there is no basis to compare courier rates and services and eCourierz provide this on one platform. “When customers are comfortable comparing and choosing between various airlines online, we believe that a similar problem can be solved in this industry by taking things online. Just as technology has made lives easier in a variety of industries for users and vendors, we hope to be able to do the same in the logistics industry,” saidAjay. Know More
Look what’s at your doorstep
No longer living the simple life but running a thousand errands? Hyperlocal delivery services in the city will rescue you from the drudgery of everyday chores, writes RANJANI RAJENDRA
There are a hundred things you have to do. There are the professional commitments, bills to be paid, planning that dinner party, catering to your family’s needs and running a thousand errands; and only 24 hours in a day and so much energy you can summon. Now, if only you could pay someone to run a few of those errands for you. Maybe a helpful somebody who would go pick up that medical report from the doctor’s office that you were supposed to collect a week ago. Or probably just someone to run to the nearest grocery to pick up that one spice you forgot and don’t have the patience to go all the way for again. Help is at hand. A slew of product/hyperlocal delivery services has entered the foray, like armed crusaders set to rescue you from the drudgery of everyday chores — for a fee, of course.
Be it a packet of instant noodles, a laptop that you’ve been meaning to go pick up, dry cleaning or even a split AC — they will do it all. Take Kwickdel for instance — the service that will deliver anything that is manageable on a bike; anywhere in the city. All you need to do is pick up the phone and place your request. Or if you’re the tech-savvy sort, log on to their website. Know More
9 Apr, 2015
ಬದುಕಿನ ಒಂದು ಹಂತದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೋತರೂ ಎದೆಗುಂದದೆ ಹೋರಾಡಿ ಗೆಲುವನ್ನು ಅಪ್ಪಿಕೊಂಡವರು ಇವರು. ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸ ಹೊಸ ಆವಿಷ್ಕಾರಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ತಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನವನ್ನು ಹಸನಾಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಮತ್ತೊಬ್ಬರಿಗೂ ದಾರಿ ದೀಪವಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. Know More