Droppa, the Johannesburg-based digital platform for transport delivery solutions has launched “Droppa Express” which offers express delivery for light-weight items within a 25 km radius in just 24 hours.
Droppa Express will cater for the delivery of goods such as food, parcels, books, stationery, and other smaller items under 25 kg via its droppa.co.za or app in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
Delivery bookings can be made through the company website which is available as a free download on Android and IOS platforms.
“Droppa is continuously looking to enhance current service offerings or to introduce new ones that meet the requirements of our customer base across South Africa’s four major cities” says Khathu Mufamadi, Droppa CEO.
Droppa moves into essential services
Earlier this month, the “Uber for bakkies” said it was shifting the focus of their business model in response to the new Covid-19 lockdown imposed by the government. The company’s original operating model allows patrons and businesses to request a truck/ bakkie for all furniture removals and logistics, also operates in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.
The on-demand e-hailing platform also offers its services to businesses rendering essential services such as retail stores, warehouses, fresh produce farms, medical suppliers and will be made available to members of the public who require essential goods delivered to them.
Just like Uber, the firm does not own trucks but instead has driver-partners that have registered their vehicles, thus empowering and providing employment opportunities for many South Africans. ‘’The Covid 19 pandemic poses an unprecedented threat to businesses worldwide. Companies must react in different ways to ensure business continuity, improve the resilience of their supply chain, or pivot to innovate ways to generate revenue” concludes Mufamadi.
In December, the firm announced it had raised funds from IDF Capital through the IMIN Accelerator to expand to Port Elizabeth and Durban, and other cities in South Africa.
The firm said it would also use the funds to expand its team, technology and build a robust retail management system for its retail customers.