xpressbees: Xpressbees enters D2C delivery business after Shiprocket’s Pickrr deal

Bengaluru: Xpressbees, one of the largest third-party logistics firms will now open up over 50 of its warehouses to service direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands
days after Shiprocket’s acquisition of Pickrr which was aimed to bolster its direct commerce business.

Xpressbees’ latest move comes at a time when delivery firms have had straining relations with logistics aggregators which led to a significant price hike in rate for aggregators
, as reported first by ET.

Xpressbees said it will offer same-day and next day deliveries to D2C brands and large offline brands which are tapping into online commerce. Faster delivery is a key area of focus for D2C brands as consumers are used to one-two day deliveries via marketplaces like Flipkart or Amazon India. So far, Xpressbees had largely serviced large brands and ecommerce platforms. It didn’t work with D2C brands in a big way.

In a statement, Xpressbees, said it enables same-day delivery service across 51 cities covering more than 1,600 pin codes and next-day regional delivery service across 1,000 towns and cities spread across 8,200 pin codes.

Last week, Delhivery also
announced a guaranteed same-day delivery service in 15 cities saying this will enable D2C brands to deliver their webstore orders on the day the order is received. Xpressbees said its D2C-focused offering will allow brands to ship orders from its own website, marketplaces, and any business-to-business (B2B) orders received from its offline franchisees or distributors.

“This is a natural extension of our existing capabilities to newer markets,” said Amitava Saha, founder, Xpressbees. “Our platform is time-tested and robust with a throughput of millions of orders every month. We believe this will open opportunities for established brands looking to expand their online presence and upcoming D2C brands trying to grow their customer base. The platform will help them increase delivery speed significantly while keeping the costs low.”

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