Startup: goParcel may just reshape Sydney’s courier industry!
Shoe String Blogger and cofounder of goParcel James Marin officially launched his business two weeks ago and it looks like things are taking off a lot faster than expected!
goParcel is now delivering parcels within the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs including the all important business hub, North Sydney. Focusing on the needs of the customer, the start-up facilitates courier bookings for both businesses and individuals, all delivered within a three hour window.
Quotes for a parcel to be delivered start from a competitively priced $8.50. Customers can book through www.goparcel.com.au or by utilising Temando’s online booking platform.
goParcel partnered with Temando in July of this year. Temando, founded by Carl Hartmann, is the leading online courier aggregator in Australia and has been operating since 2007. They provide the technology to compare and book carriers and power many of Australia’s leading eCommerce sites.
goParcel was founded by James Marin and Taras Diakiw in February of this year. The vision is to “mix up the Australian courier industry and provide a service that is customer centric” says James.
According to getelastic.com, 38% of consumers abandoned their cart when the delivery estimate exceeded 7 days. 60% of consumers also believe a guaranteed delivery date is important and online shoppers choose the cheapest shipping option 2/3 of the time. goParcel aims to address these consumer concerns.
goParcel intends to be “disruptive” and “deliver parcels at a time when the customer is actually home. This is what’s being dubbed the last mile service issue” says James, the brainchild of the pair.
Taras, who oversees the technology development, has developed a delivery app for courier drivers. This is an integral part of goParcel’s service.
The advantage being that the courier drivers can access the app ‘on the go’ and pick up additional jobs during quiet times based on their location using GPS. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with James and goParcel” says Rob Hespe from Don’t Shoot the Messenger. “It’s the ideal way to get access to more jobs as an independent local Sydney courier. I get the booking directly.” he says.
The app is only available in IOS at the moment but an Android version is in the development timeline for 2013. The free courier app is available for download by couriers in the Apple Store now.
James also blogs monthly about his experience as an entrepreneur and the articles are published at shoestringstartup.com.au
Visit goparcel.com.au or temando.com.au for more details. goParcel can be followed on Twitter @goparcel and found on Facebook by searching for goParcel.