Gojavas

Snapdeal-backed Gojavas will start offering delivery services to local businesses such as groceries, pharmacists, and supermarkets among others, reports The Economic Times. The report mentions that Gojavas is currently piloting this service in 15 cities across India.

The company had recently launched a new service with Snapdeal, which allows Snapdeal customers to place return or replace product requests and get it picked up within 90 minutes. This service is also currently live in 15 cities, and it is this delivery network that Gojavas will be utilising for local deliveries. Gojavas currently handles deliveries for e-commerce platforms such as HealthKart, Paytm*, Jabong, YepMe.com, and Lenskart among others, besides Snapdeal.

Snapdeal had picked up a minority stake in Gojavas in March this year. The size of the deal wasn’t revealed, though a Firstpost report mentioned that Snapdeal was looking to invest $150-200 million in the logistics space over the next year as it was planning to provide four-hour delivery service.

Making a beeline to the on-demand express deliveries segment

Snapdeal isn’t the only e-commerce company to be interested in local delivery services:

In April last year, Amazon India had piloted an in-store pick up service in Bangalore for products ordered from its site, in partnership with local kirana (grocery) stores in the city. That was an expansion from Mumbai and Delhi where Amazon had tied up with BPCL to test in-store pick up service. In March this year, the company launched an express delivery platform called KiranaNow to make everyday consumer products available to its users in Bangalore, through kirana stores. The service is still in pilot stage in Bangalore. Amazon had claimed that through this service, deliveries will take between 2-4 hours. The service is currently available only in some parts of the city, between 9am and 6pm. The kirana stores will upload their catalogues on Amazon’s platform and the e-commerce giant will take care of the backend and technology.

Flipkart is also reportedly looking to enter the local/express deliveries segment with its in-house logistics unit eKart, though no specific plans have been revealed by the company as of now. On the other hand a number of on-demand delivery services like Grofers and PepperTap have been aggressively raising funds and chalking out expansion plans.