Onfleet, a provider of delivery management solutions to help coordinate deliveries with couriers, recently raised $2 million in funding led by CrunchFund, Winklevoss Capital, Stanford-StartX Fund, Lee Linden, Semil Shah, Fadi Ghandour and Andy Rachleff.
Onfleet real-time management and analytics dashboard
Its platform includes iOS and Android apps for drivers to help manage and schedule their deliveries and routes. It automatically tracks drivers and enables improved communication with recipients to offer a full overview of when deliveries can be expected to arrive and help ease issues with delays or destination changes.
Mikel Carmenes Cavia, VP of Engineering and Co-Founder, Onfleet, says:
“Onfleet features a comprehensive out-of-the-box solution and a robust API, designed specifically to solve the pain points of local delivery businesses. Features like automatic task assignment and real-time alerts allow delivery managers to focus on bottlenecks. Reporting of driver stats, seamless customer communication, and robust analytics round out the package.”
Having catered mostly to start-ups so far, Onfleet seeks to expand and bring enterprise clients on board as well as build a software-as-a-service tool for businesses and add driver behaviour analytics and background checks.
Khaled Naim, CEO and Co-Founder of Onfleet confirms:
“The longer term vision is to go to any merchant and make it easy for them to have deliveries via [an Onfleet-provisioned] driver network.” “We want to solve inefficiencies around local delivery, and believe that by leveraging the driver network we’re building, along with existing driver networks, we can enable collaboration across merchants and local businesses to drive down the costs of delivery.”
With the rise in internet and mobile usage, on-demand deliveries have experienced fast growth over the past few years. In fact, eCommerce spending is predicted to reach $1.5 trillion this year, according to eMarketer. Highlighting demand, Black Friday delivery failures in 2014 across carrier Yodel, Argos and Amazon, are a strong indication that more on-demand delivery services are needed to satisfy consumer spending.
But Onfleet isn’t the only provider of mobile solutions for delivery services. Competitors include Trackin and Dispatch. Having recently brought its solution out of private beta testing, it remains to be seen if Onfleet can cut through.