Kenyan logistics start-up eyes Uganda delivery businessWhen customers place delivery requests through the platform, Sendy dispatches these orders in real time to the closest available Sendy Partner Drivers.
Kenya-based logistics start-up, Sendy, wants to raise the profile of on-demand delivery in Uganda after recently receiving a $2m financing package from Dutch impact investor, Goodwell Investments. Last year Sendy generated $1.5-million in revenues.
Sendy is a digital platform that connects businesses and individuals with drivers of appropriate vehicles or motorcycles to make deliveries. When customers place delivery requests through the platform, Sendy dispatches these orders in real time to the closest available Sendy Partner Drivers. The company was started in 2014 by Meshack Alloys, Malaika Judd, Evanson Biwott and Don Okoth.
Speaking in Kampala recently, Sendy CEO and Co-Founder Meshack Alloys said the Uganda plans have been influenced by increased trucking volumes in the country and the positive impact of logistics on Uganda’s economic growth.
“We are excited to announce our entry into the Uganda market. This entry will not only accelerate trade in this country, but also increase efficiencies through our tracking system and technology platform. We use data to optimize how logistics is done and it is through this that we believe that Sendy will bridge the gap between partners and businesses,” Alloys said.
Goodwell Investments’ decision to provide the money was based on Sendy’s rapid expansion, which to date involves having 700 drivers on its platform and making over 180,000 deliveries during the past three years of operation.
Alloys said, “Logistics in Uganda is growing and is the backbone of economic growth for the Ugandan economy. We at Sendy would like to ensure that we drive economic growth by connecting businesses with partners for efficient trade in the country.”
Once signed upon its platform, Sendy offers drivers more delivery opportunities and access to carrier liability and driver accident insurance. It also offers considerable savings for businesses who make regular deliveries.
Speaking at the same event, Hussein Kiddedde, Chairman Uganda Freight Forwarders Association, hailed Sendy for embracing technology in addressing logistics needs. He said when oil and gas goes into commercial production, the industry will record further growth.