On-demand delivery startup Sendy has expanded to Kisumu, nearing its countrywide expansion move and as well launching Intercity courier services between Nairobi and Kisumu.
In an email to its users today, the firm announced, “We just launched in Kisumu! Now offering door-to-door delivery services in Kisumu and between cities.”
The firm said the base fee (up to 7km) will be Ksh 140 plus Ksh 30 in case of any additional kilometre and Ksh 50 for an additional destination. For Kisumu to Nairobi, the base fee is Ksh 623 and an additional kg will incur Ksh 18 and Ksh 1750 for an additional cbm. The firm says the base fee covers one package up to 20kg and 50cm x 50cm x 50cm . 1 cbm is 1m x 1m x 1m. Note that the higher price between cbm and kg is picked.
In November last year, Sendy raised undisclosed seed funding from the $1 million Spark Fund, Safricom’s venture fund with participation from Kernel Fund, Savannah Fund, Hello Media, Tom Macakiage and other angel investors.
Sources close to Safaricom Spark Fund say Sendy was given between KES 6 million – KES 22 million to help it build it’s marketplace for last-mile package delivery and logistics services, allowing customers to send packages and documents within Nairobi and its environs using a mobile application that connects them to motorcycle riders, and drivers of vans and pickup trucks.
The expansion will give the firm a wider market to cover meaning more revenues as well as impact. Earlier Meshack Alloys, CEO of Sendy said: “When we launched Sendy in September 2014 we had a vision of making package delivery as simple as sending a text message. We wanted to use technology do this, so we created an app that is easy to use, offers transparent pricing and supports cashless transactions.”
The expansion to Kisumu shows the growing demand of the service not only in Nairobi but around the country and the appreciation of Internet in people’s day to day lives. Kisumu’s City Rides will be the only competition to Sendy but Sendy can back on its technology and resources to aquire customers first and grwo its reach in Kisumu.