Mobile users in Singapore can now use Easyvan, a Hong Kong-based delivery matching mobile platform, to move physical goods from one location to another.
Gary Hui, Co-founder and Director, Easyvan, told e27 that the Android version is available for download, and iOS will be out this week.
At the moment, users can input their location, destination, the weight of the physical goods, and other information via the app. Drivers in the user’s vicinity can then bid for the job in a first-come-first-serve basis. After the item gets delivered, users and drivers can rate each other through the same app.
Having first arrived in Singapore two and a half months ago, he said that there are quite a number of differences between home country Hong Kong and the city-state.
Gary Hui, Co-founder and Director, EasyVan
According to him, one important difference to note is the cost factor when hiring vehicles to transport goods. In Hong Kong, he said, people can hire the entire cargo tank of a van for less than S$8 (US$6.40), which includes loading and unloading services. In Singapore, the same services can cost anything above S$38 (US$30.39).
Another difference is that in Singapore, unlike Hong Kong, users of EasyVan are not allowed to be in the same vehicle as their goods when these items are being transported.
“In Singapore, you have to be very compliant with local regulations,” he said, adding that he has met up with the relevant authorities in the city-state to gather a better understanding of the transport scene. “In Singapore, we have to be a lot more careful.”
In addition, Easyvan appears to be rather stringent about verifying drivers. Upon registering, drivers are required to upload three things: a photo of themselves in said vehicle, a photo of their driving license, and a photo of their license plate.
“They would definitely act a lot more responsibly than a lot of the other outsourced drivers,” said Hui, who further explained that having such privy information can deter drivers from disappearing with the goods.
Just last week, Hong Kong-based competitor GoGoVan launched its services in Singapore as well. However, Hui does not count it as a ‘competitor’ in the Southeast Asian country, even though he acknowledged the seeming rivalry between the two back in Hong Kong. “To be frank, we’re not really that concerned with them (GoGoVan) in Singapore,” he said.
Hui clarified by adding that, “We really do not want to disparage other players in the market, and the only reason why we’re not concerned about them in Singapore is that we are a lot more different here than we are alike in Hong Kong, thus not really going head-to-head.”
He also said that the next wave of goods transportation platforms in Singapore is good for the market as it exposes customers to a new way of transporting physical goods and educates them about the advantages of using mobile technology over traditional platforms.
Currently, there are five staff members based in Singapore. The firm also has a group of part-timers in Singapore and Hong Kong, who conduct offline marketing at industrial areas, car parks and loading bays, where there are more of such van drivers.