South Africa logistic platform

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How to send your packages online with lower cost in South Africa? Sendeddy built a disruptive logistics platform

Local PeopleAfricalocals team posted the article • 0 comments • 330 views • 2019-02-14 00:54 • data from similar tags

Q1: What's your background, what were you working on before this startup Sendeddy, What's your work experience, Can you introduce your business to our users?


My past roles were as non-executive Director to Transman 2002-13; CIO Strategist Radiospoor; management of the Anglo American Outsource in 2001 and 2008 as well as Program Manager for End User Computer Strategy build for Old Mutual in 2014. 

I am a co-founder and current CEO of Sendeddy Technologies and has developed the business over the past 3 years along side with co-founder Maria Tsingos. Together they developed a prototype which was released in 2016, for On-demand Logistics, securing investment, produced a phone app in 2017, then web app, in 2018, to confirm the white label and e-commerce demand requirements. 

As a co-founder I am fully responsible for all Financial Management and Reporting, Investor Negotiations and Relations and Strategic Planning and Projects. Maria Tsingos handles the operations and marketing aspect of Sendeddy.

Sendeddy is a disruptive logistics platform that disintermediates the supply chain, connects Logistics companies, Couriers and self-employed transporters, crowd-souring, with companies, or individuals, sending on demand and harnessing Convenience, Optimization and Economies of scale through the routing and system algorithms.




Q2: What are your thoughts on the current state of online transport services in South Africa?

The idea behind Sendeddy is to help enhance and improve the state of current online transport services. Our platform is designed to allow for any transport business (small or large) to jump on and use the site to their advantage. We are building towards offering a complete offering of all three major factors within todays logistics and delivery environment namely; convenience, affordability and optimisation.



Q3:  How did you find your co-founders and employees? What’s the story of how you setup your team? (please attach some team photos and co-founders photos)

I approached Maris in 2016 to help build the business up with me. Together we established a board of directors and started bringing in shareholders to help fund the business.



Q4: When you guys built the initial products and service, What were the difficulties your team faced and how did you fix them?

We initially faced a lack of available resources in terms of labour and we had to make up for it by working extremely efficiently and hard to ensure we kept up with as many expectations as possible.


Q5: How did you get initial money to start the business? Did you raise some investment from some angel investors like other internet companies?

I  used my entire savings as well as sold my Audi to initially fund the business. We were then fortunate enough to come across our first seed capital investor and used those funds to develop our first ever mobile application, which we intend to rebrand as to reflect our current sleek black and white CI.



Q6: How did you attract new users to your website and use your software?  What are the useful operation methods you can share?

We had a very limited marketing budget to begin with however we believe we effectively utilised our resources and pulled together some small to medium sized promotional and training events used to inform and educate prospects on Sendeddy and the disruptive technology that we are trying to introduce. The approach we took was to reduce unnecessary costs by trying to do it right the first time. We had acquired an in-house designer who’s level of skill was excellent and was in fact extremely affordable for the high quality service she provided. We also ensured that the people we did employ on a full time basis were equipped to wear many hats and work within various sectors of the business. It is so important to  hire the right people during the Dev/POC phases of the business because you cannot afford the costs of negligence or severe mistakes.



Q7: Have you experienced start-up failures before? If YES, what did you learn from it?

Not yet.


Q8: How did you grow your revenue? What’s the story behind how you got your first revenue from clients?

Our initial approach was to target the consumer to consumer market however we found that our best revenue generating market was in fact the small business to SME sectors. During our initial application launch we gained traction from users who saw our product as an “Uber” replicant and used us as an alternative to send themselves around, however we decided to shelve the application and build the current website to allow for businesses to utilise us for the purpose of true on-demand delivery. We approached these businesses face to face and with extensive calling and email marketing strategies as to avoid high Marketing costs.


Q9: What operational data you can share? The user amounts, revenues, employee numbers, GMV, etc.

Our site officially went live last year March/April and from then until now we have generated over 20 000 $ that we have paid out to transporters (Individuals and logistics companies)

There are two full time employees and several shareholders that operate within the business however we have employed people on a part-time and internship basis in between to help with administrative and operational duties.


Q10: How do you attract senders to place orders on your website?  What is the  average cost for per package in South Africa? What is the cost for sending a package on Sendeddy?

We ensure that we provide excellent customer service which in turn results in word of mouth and organic growth. The beauty about Sendeddy is that our pricing structure doesn’t work like your general couriers. We do not charge per volume, weight, height etc and instead we offer a service that is based on per km rates (local ofcourse). When it comes to intercity transportation, the couriers and logistic companies signed up with quote accordingly. Our system is also the first online platform with a routing function in which the user can select a vehicle and then route as many packages as he/she likes and witness the incredible price savings on being able to

With Sendeddy a user is able to fill a motorbike/sedan/van and only pay per as per the distance. Although the system is still being developed and AI will be implemented that takes in account volumetric considerations and time, we will always strive to be different to any other platform out there.



Q11: How do you ensure transporter quality?

All of our transporters are verified through Intergreatme and are required to have a valid PRDP licence before we allow them to transport and goods on our site.

Intergreatme is an online verification application that you can download off your IOS/Playstore that uses facial recognition to ensure the transporter is who they say they are as well as checks their proof of residence, criminal record and ID/Drivers License.

We also provide training prior to any delivery being done to ensure the transporters are capable of using the platform correctly as well as on customer service and any potential emergency procedures.



Q12: What’s your goals for your business? Why do that goals are important  for you?

We are aiming at onboarding thousands of transporters and hundreds of thousands of clients to create a true crowd sourcing on-demand service. We are also focussed on bringing Sendeddy into the township areas to help grow and stabilise the economies within. The township project has always been close to my heart and we are set on bringing on as many transporters as possible to help provide them with a steady income through our site.

We want to be the big brother of disruptive logistics within South Africa and to start off with, and to gradually grow within other African regions and internationally as well.



Q13: What’s your view on your competitors?

We like to know who are competitors are as well as what they are offering because it really helps us measure our performance and ensure that our service stands out from the rest. We have not come across anything quite like Sendeddy just yet, although there are smaller digital couriers out there which we have taken a stance of not seeing them as our competitor but too rather approach them and offer them Sendeddy as an add on to their income generation.






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Q1: What's your background, what were you working on before this startup Sendeddy, What's your work experience, Can you introduce your business to our users?


My past roles were as non-executive Director to Transman 2002-13; CIO Strategist Radiospoor; management of the Anglo American Outsource in 2001 and 2008 as well as Program Manager for End User Computer Strategy build for Old Mutual in 2014. 

I am a co-founder and current CEO of Sendeddy Technologies and has developed the business over the past 3 years along side with co-founder Maria Tsingos. Together they developed a prototype which was released in 2016, for On-demand Logistics, securing investment, produced a phone app in 2017, then web app, in 2018, to confirm the white label and e-commerce demand requirements. 

As a co-founder I am fully responsible for all Financial Management and Reporting, Investor Negotiations and Relations and Strategic Planning and Projects. Maria Tsingos handles the operations and marketing aspect of Sendeddy.

Sendeddy is a disruptive logistics platform that disintermediates the supply chain, connects Logistics companies, Couriers and self-employed transporters, crowd-souring, with companies, or individuals, sending on demand and harnessing Convenience, Optimization and Economies of scale through the routing and system algorithms.





Q2: What are your thoughts on the current state of online transport services in South Africa?

The idea behind Sendeddy is to help enhance and improve the state of current online transport services. Our platform is designed to allow for any transport business (small or large) to jump on and use the site to their advantage. We are building towards offering a complete offering of all three major factors within todays logistics and delivery environment namely; convenience, affordability and optimisation.



Q3:  How did you find your co-founders and employees? What’s the story of how you setup your team? (please attach some team photos and co-founders photos)

I approached Maris in 2016 to help build the business up with me. Together we established a board of directors and started bringing in shareholders to help fund the business.



Q4: When you guys built the initial products and service, What were the difficulties your team faced and how did you fix them?

We initially faced a lack of available resources in terms of labour and we had to make up for it by working extremely efficiently and hard to ensure we kept up with as many expectations as possible.


Q5: How did you get initial money to start the business? Did you raise some investment from some angel investors like other internet companies?

I  used my entire savings as well as sold my Audi to initially fund the business. We were then fortunate enough to come across our first seed capital investor and used those funds to develop our first ever mobile application, which we intend to rebrand as to reflect our current sleek black and white CI.



Q6: How did you attract new users to your website and use your software?  What are the useful operation methods you can share?

We had a very limited marketing budget to begin with however we believe we effectively utilised our resources and pulled together some small to medium sized promotional and training events used to inform and educate prospects on Sendeddy and the disruptive technology that we are trying to introduce. The approach we took was to reduce unnecessary costs by trying to do it right the first time. We had acquired an in-house designer who’s level of skill was excellent and was in fact extremely affordable for the high quality service she provided. We also ensured that the people we did employ on a full time basis were equipped to wear many hats and work within various sectors of the business. It is so important to  hire the right people during the Dev/POC phases of the business because you cannot afford the costs of negligence or severe mistakes.



Q7: Have you experienced start-up failures before? If YES, what did you learn from it?

Not yet.


Q8: How did you grow your revenue? What’s the story behind how you got your first revenue from clients?

Our initial approach was to target the consumer to consumer market however we found that our best revenue generating market was in fact the small business to SME sectors. During our initial application launch we gained traction from users who saw our product as an “Uber” replicant and used us as an alternative to send themselves around, however we decided to shelve the application and build the current website to allow for businesses to utilise us for the purpose of true on-demand delivery. We approached these businesses face to face and with extensive calling and email marketing strategies as to avoid high Marketing costs.


Q9: What operational data you can share? The user amounts, revenues, employee numbers, GMV, etc.

Our site officially went live last year March/April and from then until now we have generated over 20 000 $ that we have paid out to transporters (Individuals and logistics companies)

There are two full time employees and several shareholders that operate within the business however we have employed people on a part-time and internship basis in between to help with administrative and operational duties.



Q10: How do you attract senders to place orders on your website?  What is the  average cost for per package in South Africa? What is the cost for sending a package on Sendeddy?

We ensure that we provide excellent customer service which in turn results in word of mouth and organic growth. The beauty about Sendeddy is that our pricing structure doesn’t work like your general couriers. We do not charge per volume, weight, height etc and instead we offer a service that is based on per km rates (local ofcourse). When it comes to intercity transportation, the couriers and logistic companies signed up with quote accordingly. Our system is also the first online platform with a routing function in which the user can select a vehicle and then route as many packages as he/she likes and witness the incredible price savings on being able to

With Sendeddy a user is able to fill a motorbike/sedan/van and only pay per as per the distance. Although the system is still being developed and AI will be implemented that takes in account volumetric considerations and time, we will always strive to be different to any other platform out there.




Q11: How do you ensure transporter quality?

All of our transporters are verified through Intergreatme and are required to have a valid PRDP licence before we allow them to transport and goods on our site.

Intergreatme is an online verification application that you can download off your IOS/Playstore that uses facial recognition to ensure the transporter is who they say they are as well as checks their proof of residence, criminal record and ID/Drivers License.

We also provide training prior to any delivery being done to ensure the transporters are capable of using the platform correctly as well as on customer service and any potential emergency procedures.




Q12: What’s your goals for your business? Why do that goals are important  for you?

We are aiming at onboarding thousands of transporters and hundreds of thousands of clients to create a true crowd sourcing on-demand service. We are also focussed on bringing Sendeddy into the township areas to help grow and stabilise the economies within. The township project has always been close to my heart and we are set on bringing on as many transporters as possible to help provide them with a steady income through our site.

We want to be the big brother of disruptive logistics within South Africa and to start off with, and to gradually grow within other African regions and internationally as well.




Q13: What’s your view on your competitors?

We like to know who are competitors are as well as what they are offering because it really helps us measure our performance and ensure that our service stands out from the rest. We have not come across anything quite like Sendeddy just yet, although there are smaller digital couriers out there which we have taken a stance of not seeing them as our competitor but too rather approach them and offer them Sendeddy as an add on to their income generation.






 
330
Views

How to send your packages online with lower cost in South Africa? Sendeddy built a disruptive logistics platform

Local PeopleAfricalocals team posted the article • 0 comments • 330 views • 2019-02-14 00:54 • data from similar tags

Q1: What's your background, what were you working on before this startup Sendeddy, What's your work experience, Can you introduce your business to our users?


My past roles were as non-executive Director to Transman 2002-13; CIO Strategist Radiospoor; management of the Anglo American Outsource in 2001 and 2008 as well as Program Manager for End User Computer Strategy build for Old Mutual in 2014. 

I am a co-founder and current CEO of Sendeddy Technologies and has developed the business over the past 3 years along side with co-founder Maria Tsingos. Together they developed a prototype which was released in 2016, for On-demand Logistics, securing investment, produced a phone app in 2017, then web app, in 2018, to confirm the white label and e-commerce demand requirements. 

As a co-founder I am fully responsible for all Financial Management and Reporting, Investor Negotiations and Relations and Strategic Planning and Projects. Maria Tsingos handles the operations and marketing aspect of Sendeddy.

Sendeddy is a disruptive logistics platform that disintermediates the supply chain, connects Logistics companies, Couriers and self-employed transporters, crowd-souring, with companies, or individuals, sending on demand and harnessing Convenience, Optimization and Economies of scale through the routing and system algorithms.




Q2: What are your thoughts on the current state of online transport services in South Africa?

The idea behind Sendeddy is to help enhance and improve the state of current online transport services. Our platform is designed to allow for any transport business (small or large) to jump on and use the site to their advantage. We are building towards offering a complete offering of all three major factors within todays logistics and delivery environment namely; convenience, affordability and optimisation.



Q3:  How did you find your co-founders and employees? What’s the story of how you setup your team? (please attach some team photos and co-founders photos)

I approached Maris in 2016 to help build the business up with me. Together we established a board of directors and started bringing in shareholders to help fund the business.



Q4: When you guys built the initial products and service, What were the difficulties your team faced and how did you fix them?

We initially faced a lack of available resources in terms of labour and we had to make up for it by working extremely efficiently and hard to ensure we kept up with as many expectations as possible.


Q5: How did you get initial money to start the business? Did you raise some investment from some angel investors like other internet companies?

I  used my entire savings as well as sold my Audi to initially fund the business. We were then fortunate enough to come across our first seed capital investor and used those funds to develop our first ever mobile application, which we intend to rebrand as to reflect our current sleek black and white CI.



Q6: How did you attract new users to your website and use your software?  What are the useful operation methods you can share?

We had a very limited marketing budget to begin with however we believe we effectively utilised our resources and pulled together some small to medium sized promotional and training events used to inform and educate prospects on Sendeddy and the disruptive technology that we are trying to introduce. The approach we took was to reduce unnecessary costs by trying to do it right the first time. We had acquired an in-house designer who’s level of skill was excellent and was in fact extremely affordable for the high quality service she provided. We also ensured that the people we did employ on a full time basis were equipped to wear many hats and work within various sectors of the business. It is so important to  hire the right people during the Dev/POC phases of the business because you cannot afford the costs of negligence or severe mistakes.



Q7: Have you experienced start-up failures before? If YES, what did you learn from it?

Not yet.


Q8: How did you grow your revenue? What’s the story behind how you got your first revenue from clients?

Our initial approach was to target the consumer to consumer market however we found that our best revenue generating market was in fact the small business to SME sectors. During our initial application launch we gained traction from users who saw our product as an “Uber” replicant and used us as an alternative to send themselves around, however we decided to shelve the application and build the current website to allow for businesses to utilise us for the purpose of true on-demand delivery. We approached these businesses face to face and with extensive calling and email marketing strategies as to avoid high Marketing costs.


Q9: What operational data you can share? The user amounts, revenues, employee numbers, GMV, etc.

Our site officially went live last year March/April and from then until now we have generated over 20 000 $ that we have paid out to transporters (Individuals and logistics companies)

There are two full time employees and several shareholders that operate within the business however we have employed people on a part-time and internship basis in between to help with administrative and operational duties.


Q10: How do you attract senders to place orders on your website?  What is the  average cost for per package in South Africa? What is the cost for sending a package on Sendeddy?

We ensure that we provide excellent customer service which in turn results in word of mouth and organic growth. The beauty about Sendeddy is that our pricing structure doesn’t work like your general couriers. We do not charge per volume, weight, height etc and instead we offer a service that is based on per km rates (local ofcourse). When it comes to intercity transportation, the couriers and logistic companies signed up with quote accordingly. Our system is also the first online platform with a routing function in which the user can select a vehicle and then route as many packages as he/she likes and witness the incredible price savings on being able to

With Sendeddy a user is able to fill a motorbike/sedan/van and only pay per as per the distance. Although the system is still being developed and AI will be implemented that takes in account volumetric considerations and time, we will always strive to be different to any other platform out there.



Q11: How do you ensure transporter quality?

All of our transporters are verified through Intergreatme and are required to have a valid PRDP licence before we allow them to transport and goods on our site.

Intergreatme is an online verification application that you can download off your IOS/Playstore that uses facial recognition to ensure the transporter is who they say they are as well as checks their proof of residence, criminal record and ID/Drivers License.

We also provide training prior to any delivery being done to ensure the transporters are capable of using the platform correctly as well as on customer service and any potential emergency procedures.



Q12: What’s your goals for your business? Why do that goals are important  for you?

We are aiming at onboarding thousands of transporters and hundreds of thousands of clients to create a true crowd sourcing on-demand service. We are also focussed on bringing Sendeddy into the township areas to help grow and stabilise the economies within. The township project has always been close to my heart and we are set on bringing on as many transporters as possible to help provide them with a steady income through our site.

We want to be the big brother of disruptive logistics within South Africa and to start off with, and to gradually grow within other African regions and internationally as well.



Q13: What’s your view on your competitors?

We like to know who are competitors are as well as what they are offering because it really helps us measure our performance and ensure that our service stands out from the rest. We have not come across anything quite like Sendeddy just yet, although there are smaller digital couriers out there which we have taken a stance of not seeing them as our competitor but too rather approach them and offer them Sendeddy as an add on to their income generation.






  view all
Q1: What's your background, what were you working on before this startup Sendeddy, What's your work experience, Can you introduce your business to our users?


My past roles were as non-executive Director to Transman 2002-13; CIO Strategist Radiospoor; management of the Anglo American Outsource in 2001 and 2008 as well as Program Manager for End User Computer Strategy build for Old Mutual in 2014. 

I am a co-founder and current CEO of Sendeddy Technologies and has developed the business over the past 3 years along side with co-founder Maria Tsingos. Together they developed a prototype which was released in 2016, for On-demand Logistics, securing investment, produced a phone app in 2017, then web app, in 2018, to confirm the white label and e-commerce demand requirements. 

As a co-founder I am fully responsible for all Financial Management and Reporting, Investor Negotiations and Relations and Strategic Planning and Projects. Maria Tsingos handles the operations and marketing aspect of Sendeddy.

Sendeddy is a disruptive logistics platform that disintermediates the supply chain, connects Logistics companies, Couriers and self-employed transporters, crowd-souring, with companies, or individuals, sending on demand and harnessing Convenience, Optimization and Economies of scale through the routing and system algorithms.





Q2: What are your thoughts on the current state of online transport services in South Africa?

The idea behind Sendeddy is to help enhance and improve the state of current online transport services. Our platform is designed to allow for any transport business (small or large) to jump on and use the site to their advantage. We are building towards offering a complete offering of all three major factors within todays logistics and delivery environment namely; convenience, affordability and optimisation.



Q3:  How did you find your co-founders and employees? What’s the story of how you setup your team? (please attach some team photos and co-founders photos)

I approached Maris in 2016 to help build the business up with me. Together we established a board of directors and started bringing in shareholders to help fund the business.



Q4: When you guys built the initial products and service, What were the difficulties your team faced and how did you fix them?

We initially faced a lack of available resources in terms of labour and we had to make up for it by working extremely efficiently and hard to ensure we kept up with as many expectations as possible.


Q5: How did you get initial money to start the business? Did you raise some investment from some angel investors like other internet companies?

I  used my entire savings as well as sold my Audi to initially fund the business. We were then fortunate enough to come across our first seed capital investor and used those funds to develop our first ever mobile application, which we intend to rebrand as to reflect our current sleek black and white CI.



Q6: How did you attract new users to your website and use your software?  What are the useful operation methods you can share?

We had a very limited marketing budget to begin with however we believe we effectively utilised our resources and pulled together some small to medium sized promotional and training events used to inform and educate prospects on Sendeddy and the disruptive technology that we are trying to introduce. The approach we took was to reduce unnecessary costs by trying to do it right the first time. We had acquired an in-house designer who’s level of skill was excellent and was in fact extremely affordable for the high quality service she provided. We also ensured that the people we did employ on a full time basis were equipped to wear many hats and work within various sectors of the business. It is so important to  hire the right people during the Dev/POC phases of the business because you cannot afford the costs of negligence or severe mistakes.



Q7: Have you experienced start-up failures before? If YES, what did you learn from it?

Not yet.


Q8: How did you grow your revenue? What’s the story behind how you got your first revenue from clients?

Our initial approach was to target the consumer to consumer market however we found that our best revenue generating market was in fact the small business to SME sectors. During our initial application launch we gained traction from users who saw our product as an “Uber” replicant and used us as an alternative to send themselves around, however we decided to shelve the application and build the current website to allow for businesses to utilise us for the purpose of true on-demand delivery. We approached these businesses face to face and with extensive calling and email marketing strategies as to avoid high Marketing costs.


Q9: What operational data you can share? The user amounts, revenues, employee numbers, GMV, etc.

Our site officially went live last year March/April and from then until now we have generated over 20 000 $ that we have paid out to transporters (Individuals and logistics companies)

There are two full time employees and several shareholders that operate within the business however we have employed people on a part-time and internship basis in between to help with administrative and operational duties.



Q10: How do you attract senders to place orders on your website?  What is the  average cost for per package in South Africa? What is the cost for sending a package on Sendeddy?

We ensure that we provide excellent customer service which in turn results in word of mouth and organic growth. The beauty about Sendeddy is that our pricing structure doesn’t work like your general couriers. We do not charge per volume, weight, height etc and instead we offer a service that is based on per km rates (local ofcourse). When it comes to intercity transportation, the couriers and logistic companies signed up with quote accordingly. Our system is also the first online platform with a routing function in which the user can select a vehicle and then route as many packages as he/she likes and witness the incredible price savings on being able to

With Sendeddy a user is able to fill a motorbike/sedan/van and only pay per as per the distance. Although the system is still being developed and AI will be implemented that takes in account volumetric considerations and time, we will always strive to be different to any other platform out there.




Q11: How do you ensure transporter quality?

All of our transporters are verified through Intergreatme and are required to have a valid PRDP licence before we allow them to transport and goods on our site.

Intergreatme is an online verification application that you can download off your IOS/Playstore that uses facial recognition to ensure the transporter is who they say they are as well as checks their proof of residence, criminal record and ID/Drivers License.

We also provide training prior to any delivery being done to ensure the transporters are capable of using the platform correctly as well as on customer service and any potential emergency procedures.




Q12: What’s your goals for your business? Why do that goals are important  for you?

We are aiming at onboarding thousands of transporters and hundreds of thousands of clients to create a true crowd sourcing on-demand service. We are also focussed on bringing Sendeddy into the township areas to help grow and stabilise the economies within. The township project has always been close to my heart and we are set on bringing on as many transporters as possible to help provide them with a steady income through our site.

We want to be the big brother of disruptive logistics within South Africa and to start off with, and to gradually grow within other African regions and internationally as well.




Q13: What’s your view on your competitors?

We like to know who are competitors are as well as what they are offering because it really helps us measure our performance and ensure that our service stands out from the rest. We have not come across anything quite like Sendeddy just yet, although there are smaller digital couriers out there which we have taken a stance of not seeing them as our competitor but too rather approach them and offer them Sendeddy as an add on to their income generation.