UK tech scale-up Quiqup, which offers last-mile logistics services, has launched its first international operations in Dubai.
The start-up, which caters to retailers of all sizes and across all industries, offers businesses same-hour and same-day deliveries to their customers.
As part of its soft launch in Dubai, Quiqup has been working with over 125 local trial partners, including Level Shoes, Wojooh, Virgin Megastore, Boggi, Pizza Express, NKD Pizza, and Just Salad.
The company said it recorded 70% month-on-month growth in its pre-launch period.
In May 2017, the company announced a £20 million ($27.5m) Series B funding round, led by JOBI Capital, to support its international expansion, strengthen its operations and build out its products and services through advancements in its proprietary tech.
Quiqup said it plans further launches in the UAE and across the GCC in the future.
“As our first launch internationally, our expansion to Dubai marks a huge step for Quiqup as a company and an important milestone in our long-term ambition,” said Bassel El Koussa, CEO and co-founder of Quiqup.
“The flexibility behind our tech allow us to bring Quiqup’s range of services to new locations all over the world and Dubai is a great place for us to apply this strategy and launch our international expansion.”
To facilitate local operations, Quiqup has been building out its Dubai-based team, conducting background checks and extensive training on quality standards, road familiarity, retailer Service Level Agreements and safety for its 'Quiqees', who are supported by a local team of 17 non-delivery staff, or 'Quiqsters', based in Al Qouz Logistics Park.
Since launching in London in 2014, Quiqup has experienced 170% growth year-on-year and delivered over 1,000,000 orders. The company now has a headcount of over 150 employees, and has on-boarded over 2,500 'Quiqees' since the company’s inception.
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