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Picup promises parcel delivery in under 90 min

Businesses form a core part of Picup's target market and the company needed a solution that allowed them to place a Picup from their PC, says Picup.

Businesses form a core part of Picup's target market and the company needed a solution that allowed them to place a Picup from their PC, says Picup.

On-demand delivery service, Picup has introduced a new Web-based offering targeting businesses.

According to the company the service – PicupBusiness – enables businesses to collect and deliver documents and parcels in under 90 minutes — a fraction of the time it takes for traditional courier service. If the delivery isn't made within 90 minutes, Picup will credit the full fare to the client, it says.

Picup is an on-demand collection and delivery service for documents, packages, parcels and incidentals. Users request a driver to collect or deliver goods to and from a determined location.

The introduction of PicupBusiness follows the unveiling of its consumer offering on WeChat in May this year. The service is available on a smartphone through WeChat and the Web.

The revenue split is 70% for the driver and 30% for Picup. The company notes there are around 200 drivers located in and around Cape Town.

There are different modes of transport available – bicycles, scooters or cars – depending on the size of the package. Users will have to pay a minimum base rate for the delivery, in addition to a per-kilometre charge, says the company.

According to Antonio Bruni, founder and CEO of Picup, businesses form a core part of Picup's target market and the company needed a solution that allowed them to place a Picup from their PC.

"While today's consumer is constantly on the go and a mobile offering on WeChat is the perfect solution, the average business person still does most of their work from a desktop computer. And so, the business-friendly, Web-browser version of Picup was born – PicupBusiness."

In today's world, people need things to be done immediately and Picup is helping them achieve that, says Bruni.

Grant Isaacs, chief Picup officer, points out technology is changing people's lives – customers and businesses value their time.

They're demanding immediacy, efficiency as well as simplicity – which is what Picup aims to achieve by letting customers order a licensed, verified and fully trained professional driver directly from WeChat seamlessly, says Isaacs.

Also, Isaacs believes the Picup will prove a popular alternative for small businesses and fledgling e-commerce companies, especially as more South Africans start shopping online.

"We're so pleased to be associated with a start-up like Picup, which is disrupting the logistics market in Cape Town and will soon take on other cities in South Africa," says head of WeChat for Africa Brett Loubser.

The company has plans to expand to other cities – Johannesburg can expect to start seeing blue Picup bicycles, scooters, and cars in the next few months.


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