Malaysian logistics startup Zoom has raised a RM4 million (US$1.01 million) in a Pre-Series A round led by Gobi Partners. Other participating investors include Cana Asia, Spiral Ventures, and Cradle Fund.
Founded in 2015, the Klang Valley-based startup provides an online delivery service platform for businesses. Its features include a dashboard that manages all deliveries, and an app that allows Zoomers to track the tasks. The company also employs professional delivery riders called Zoomers.
Currently, Zoom has over 80 Zoomers but also manages 300 registered freelancers. To date, over 200 businesses have registered on the platform, with 80 per cent of them using it on a daily basis.
Zoom recently won the “Startup of the Year” award at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards.
The startup plans to use the newly-raised funding to strengthen its services in Klang Valley, expand its operation to Penang and Johor Bahru, then tackle the Indonesian and Thai market next year.
It will also start white-labelling the interface for corporate clients that want to manage their logistics internally, but use Zoom’s system for the automation of grouping and assigning deliveries.
“Traditional delivery agents are just not conditioned to do on-demand deliveries for them; they don’t have the effective mechanisms,” said Zoom’s co-founder Jeevan Kumar.
“Therefore, it becomes difficult and expensive for startups to use the current delivery options available in the market, due to their usually small basket sizes and scale issues,” said Kumar.
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