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Wassup, an on-demand laundry services app, has acquired the Mumbai-based laundry provider Chamak for an undisclosed amount, reports YourStory. With this acquisition, the Chennai-based Wassup, will be able to expand its services to Mumbai.

Note that Wassup had raised $2 million in a pre-series A round of funding in May, from Arun Chandra Mohan and Praveen Sinha, co-founders of Jabong. At the time, the startup mentioned that it would expand to over 100 cities in the next three years. Interestingly, the company mentions that it is also looking to enter the personal, car care, home care and handyman services, although it’s unclear if it will do this through further acquisitions.

Other than laundry and dry-cleaning services, the startup currently offers tailoring services like button fixing, stitching etc. It charges upwards of Rs 30 for these services with prices going as high as Rs 460 for dry cleaning a fancy sherwani. On placing a request, the startup sends a pickup person to pick up the garments and delivers them back once done. As of now, it operates in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Pune and has 30 offline locations where customers can drop off laundry.

Chamak provides similar services, the 7 year old company primarily operates laundry kiosks and takes orders via its website, app and call centre. At the time of writing, the company’s website is still operational, however, we expect the services will eventually be merged. Wassup currently competes with Tooler, Pick My Laundry, Doormint and MyWash, however by adding other services it will start competing with services marketplaces like Zimmber, Housejoy and Taskbob etc.

The services vertical is pretty crowded. Some of the recent developments are listed below:

– Earlier this week, Taskbob, a Mumbai-based on-demand home and services startup, acquired Bangalore based Zepper, which offers services similar to Taskbob.

– Late last month, online classifieds site Quikr has launched QuikrServices, a vertical which would focus on the unorganised sector of service providers in the country, while Bangalore-based Lookup raised $2.5 million in funding.

– In September, online directory services platform JustDial launched the new version of its Search Plus app.

– In August, Services marketplace LocalOye launched 12 India-wide services under its ‘Pan India Online Service Category’. The company, which went mobile only in April, seemed to have changed its mind and was available on desktop again.

– In the same month, BookMeIn, an online marketplace which lets users book hyperlocal services, raised angel funding worth $377,000.

– In July, Zimmber, a hyperlocal home solutions company, raised pre Series A funding worth $2 million.

– In June, Mobile services marketplace UrbanClap raised $10 million in a round of funding, while in August, Timesaverz, a marketplace for on demand home services, raised Series A funding worth $2.2 million.

– In April, e-learning marketplace ThinkVidya.com rebranded to UrbanPro.com, and pivoted to become a services marketplace, while Mumbai based errand-running and same-day delivery service GetMyPeon expanded its operations to Thane and Vashi and started accepting orders via WhatsApp and Twitter. In December last year, Wirkle co-founder Sunil Goyal launched a services marketplace called Near.in.