One of the challenges businesses face in Nigeria is how to move things around. Firstly, quite a number of the roads in Nigerian cities are bad. Additionally, demand is more than supply in some of the cities. In some cases there are no proper checks to ensure that vehicles are in good shape. This endangers the lives and properties of individuals and entrepreneurs. A number of startups are attempting to tackle these issues with on-demand logistics solutions. One of them is Parcel-it Nigeria. Another one is Metro Africa Express (MAX).
On Episode 117 of the podcast, Faith History had a chat with Gregory Asenime, Co-founder at Parcel-it. Take a listen below:
Parcel-it Nigeria Is Seeking To Disrupt The Traditional Logistics Model
Although Gregory Asenime is not a programmer, he has experience running a traditional logistics company. Subsequently, Gregory realized the industry was ripe for disruption. Firstly, there were long delivery leads. Secondly there were inefficiencies in the traditional logistics system. This was what gave birth to the startup. Gregory Asenime is the CEO while Anderson Oriahi & Samson Akanbi are the other founding team members.
The solution is app-based. It is a hyper-local on-demand solution. Essentially, it is Uber for parcel deliveries. The platform, according to Gregory, offers speed, ease and convenience to its clients. The startup aggregates riders and other delivery assets. It works with courier companies (Tier 1) and also individuals who own a bike (Tier 2). Additionally, it works with organizations who have a delivery team (Tier 3). These firms aren’t courier companies but simply have delivery infrastructure.
Here’s How the Parcel-it Nigeria Platform Works
In order to use the app, you simply download it from the website. Then you enter your delivery co-ordinates. After that, you simply place the order. Clients can get in touch via phone if they have issues with placing an order. However, the app is the primary communication channel. Clients will be unable to place an order via phone. Upon calling, a Parcel-it representative will create a profile for them on the app. The rep will then place the order on their behalf.
The startup has a very rigorous on-boarding process for its delivery partners (Tiers 1-3). This is because it realizes how sensitive it is to move items around. Delivery is the lifeblood of many businesses especially e-commerce companies.
Parcel-it Nigeria Offers The Following Services
One of the features of the platform is its insurance policy. This provides insurance cover for goods in transit. Another feature is booking pick-ups and deliveries. It also provides its Application Programming Interface (API) to businesses. Business can integrate the API into their e-commerce websites. This automatically schedules delivery once a customer places an order on their websites.
The startup understands that businesses have different needs. It therefore caters to them as such. In some instances, businesses want the platform as its only delivery partner. For other businesses, they are a second option.
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