Dubai start-up to speed up deliveries via new service

New feature from Fetchr promises “immediate delivery” for residents in some parts of Dubai
Dubai start-up to speed up deliveries via new service
By Staff writer
Tue 30 Aug 2016 09:54 AM

Local tech start-up Fetchr has said it will now offer immediate delivery services for residents living in some areas of Dubai.

The company uses proprietary technology to pick up and drop off packages using mobile phone GPS coordinates, tackling a common problem in emerging markets where there are often no actual postal addresses.

The new Fetchr NOW feature will enable customers to request collection and delivery of their packages immediately, and on a 24-hour basis.

“The closest available driver will get pinged as soon as a request is initiated,” Fetcher said, in a press statement.

“The driver will go directly to the pickup location, get the package, and deliver it to the receiver, without making any stops. Users can track the driver’s location in real-time, and will see an updated estimated time of arrival (ETA) on the app factoring in GPS positioning, directions, and traffic.”

The service will be available in most areas of Dubai, including Downtown, Bur Dubai, the Marina and Garhoud.

Fetchr is a first of its kind app for the Middle East region, and also the first Silicon Valley funded app to be launched in MENA, the firm said during its launch last year.

It has successfully raised $11 million in Series A funding, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the largest venture fund in the world.

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