Sendy slashes its prices by 33 percent to bolster demand for its services

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On-demand courier service Sendy has slashed its prices in a move expected to bolster demand for its services across the country as competition in the space hits up.

Sendy, which competes Lorry Systems, Senga, Bwala Africa among others in the trucks segment and boda boda services sprouting across the country has operations in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and several other towns announced the update yesterday in an email newsletter to its customers.

“We’ve slashed our prices. It is now up to 33% cheaper to do your deliveries using Pickups, Vans and Trucks,” wrote the firm. ”

The firm says a Pickup will cost you just 1500 bob to deliver a home appliance from Nairobi CBD to Kahawa Sukari while 3T Truck will cost just 5,900 bob from Kawangware to Kahawa Sukari.  A 5T Truck will cost a user just 6700 bob to move goods from a factory in Industrial Area to a distributor in Wangige while it will cost a user Ksh 34,690 using 10 ton truck from Nairobi to Siaya.

The advantage of using Sendy is that all packages are insured while on the move and users can track the cargo in real time.

In February this year, Sendy raised $2m from DOB Equity to broaden its service offerings and team & expand into East Africa. The Series A investment round was led by DOB Equity alongside CFAO, member of the Toyota Group, and other private investors to enable it increase its platforms’ service offering and team, as well as expand into East Africa.

Sendy said it would use the cash to add more delivery vehicles to its platform, increasing the coverage area, expand its sales and technology teams, and prepare for future expansion into neighboring countries in East Africa.

Though highly fragmented, informal and highly inefficient, DOB Equity sees so much potential in the current logistics sector in Kenya –worth US$10bn. Poor infrastructure, limited technology and expertise, a high degree of bureaucracy, and potential security risks make transport costs in East Africa among the highest in the world.

In November 2015, Sendy became the first start-up to benefit from $1 million Spark Fund, Safricom’s venture fund,  Kernel Fund, Savannah Fund, Hello Media, Tom Macakiage and other angel investors.