Need to Deliver Goods To Customers? These 4 Nigerian Logistics Startups Could Help Out

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The logistics and transportation sector is a multi billion dollar industry. This is because businesses and individuals in Nigeria rely heavily on transport and logistics startups to get their goods/services to customers, friends and families, thus making the industry very lucrative.

Nigerian business heavily rely on logistics companies hence making the industry very lucrative
Nigerian businesses heavily rely on logistics companies hence making the industry very lucrative

Surprisingly, many people, most especially startups, see this industry as unattractive or a closed field. This may be due to the fact that the industry is already dominated by heavyweights such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL. But thanks to recent digital trends like mobile apps, interactive websites etc, young and dynamic startups now try to disrupt this industry. Gradually, their impacts are being felt that they cannot be ignored.

Which is why we have compiled a list of 4 logistics startups disrupting the logistics and transportation industry and can help you deliver those products on due time.

Kobo 360

Kobo360 was founded in 2016 by Obi Ozor, a former Director of Operations at Uber Nigeria. The startup operates like Uber, Taxify and other cab hailing companies, connecting Nigerian truckers to companies that have need for them. Kobo360 services cost 40% less than that of the existing players and ensurs that goods are delivered quickly – usually within 48 hours for local deliveries and 72 hours for international deliveries.

Over the last two years, the startup has helped transport 37.6 million kilograms of cargo for 324 businesses through a network of over 5,000 drivers. It also processed orders worth over N1 billion in 2017. The startup recently joined YCombinator and raised about $1.2 million in funding.

DeliveryMan

Deliveryman is a logistics startup that allows businesses and individuals request for pick up of their items by filling out the request form on their website. The startup then sends a deliveryman to pick up and deliver the goods to its destination. Simple and quick.

The Lagos-based startup offers a range of services including: e-Commerce logistics’ solution, pick-up and delivery services, bulk mail delivery service, errand services and food deliveries. The startup, founded by Freeman Osonuga, boasts of delivery within 5 hours for ‘same day delivery’ and 2 days for ‘next day delivery’.

Parcel-it

Launched in June 2017, Parcel-it is a Nigerian on-demand logistics startup. Offering an Uber-like service, Parcel-it aggregates information on courier services and connects to a “marketplace” dispatch riders. It operates just like Kobo360, the only difference being that it uses bikers and not truckers.

Since inception, Parcel-it has completed over 200 deliveries and registered ‘hundreds of users’ since its launch. It recently got a new round of funding from venture capitalist firm, GreenTec Capital.

Metro Access Xpress

Popularly known as MAX, the last mile-delivery startup is another startup disrupting the industry. Started 3 years ago by Chinedu Azodoh and Adedayo Bamiduro, the startup boasts of delivering your package in 3 hours or less. Also, the startup charges business owners on their delivery based on distance and not weight or other factors used by most logistics companies.

The startup also provides real time tracking so you know where your goods are at any period of time.


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