Delhi-based AUTOnCAB, a cab and auto booking service, has acquired the Gurgaon-based online grocery delivery startup BigZop in a stock and cash deal, reports iamwire. It looks like BigZop has been assimilated in the company, as its website now redirects to AUTOnCAB. The financial aspects of the acquisition were undisclosed.
Post acquisition, BigZop claims that it will work on a new product in the hyperlocal segment that will offer “better earning opportunities for auto drivers and easing the daily commute of urban consumers”. We wonder if the company means it will offer food delivery via rickshaw and cab drivers, something similar to Ola’s food delivery service called OlaCafe.
Interestingly, according to the same report, NGA Technologies, the parent company of AUTOnCAB, will launch five new products in the coming one year. While it is not clear what these other products are, we expect food delivery will be one of them, with maybe a venture in grocery delivery as well. Again, this is a model that Ola recently started trying out.
AUTOnCAB currently offers auto and cab bookings via both Android and iOS apps. On booking, the platform automatically detect a user’s location and sends an auto to it. As of now the company claims to have over 1,000 drivers and 20,000 customers on its platform.
BigZop on the other hand is an online grocery delivery startup that claims to offer over 3,500 items from categories ranging from fruits & vegetables, grocery, beverages, personal care, household and dairy. Founded by Aaditya Goyal, Mayank Bana and Subhajit Ray, BigZop raised $600,000 from a group of investment bankers based in Delhi and Bangalore in August. Launched in June, the company said it would use the money for expansion to more areas in north India and even in eastern parts of the country by the end of this year.
MediaNama’s take: In the US, Uber has a grocery delivery service, called Uber Essentials, although competitor Ola beat them to it in India. Similarly, Uber also delivers food in the US via UberFresh, an online food delivery system introduced in August last year. Looks like AUTOnCAB too wants in on the action, and this acquisition will certainly help them start off with food delivery. It will be interesting to see what the other four services the company plans to launch, and if they will be related to its primary cab and auto business.