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13-year-old boy ties up with Dabbawallas, launches courier service

A 13-year-old boy from Mumbai donned the role of a budding enterpreneur by unveiling an app-based courier service that provides real-time tracking and will be used by the famous ‘Dabbawallas’.

Called ‘Papers N Parcels’, the start-up is dedicated to carry small parcels and important documents, along with tiffins for an assured same-day delivery at nominal prices.

Speaking to ANI, the boy, Kapil Mehta said, ‘The idea came up when I had forgotten my books at my uncle’s place. I was searching for courier companies which would provide me the delivery. But, I didn’t find much. And the ones which I got, their rates were between Rs. 200-250. It was way too high.

He added that one day he saw the Dabbawallas doing their delivery services and walked up to them with a few questions.

‘I asked how strong was their service, to which they replied that they have services all over Mumbai. I even asked how much they were earning. They (Dabbawallas) gave me monthly rates. They do double delivery – one is delivering the tiffin and second, going back and picking up the tiffin. After working out few calculations, it came to just Rs. 45-50 per day,’ Mehta explained.

He chuckled that he was ‘lucky’ that this idea cropped up his mind during his school vacations.

The budding entrepreneur revealed that he used to visit the Dabbawallas for 15 days and was involved with them in the entire process, starting from pickup to sorting and delivering.

Talking about the application of the app-based courier service, Mehta implied, ‘The app took three months to develop. You download the app from Appstore or Andoid. You can even go to www.papernpercels.com by registering basic information such as name and address. After that, you book the parcel within seconds and write your pickup either manually or through Google Maps. Then, you have three payment options – PayTM, PayUMoney and cash-on-delivery.’

Stressing that his school would re-open in next few days, the boy pointed out his hectic schedule.

Mehta said, ‘My school will open soon. It will go on till 3 pm. I will be there in their office (Dabbawallas) from 4pm to 6pm in weekdays. After that, I have other commitments like finishing my homework. In weekends, I will spend time in the office and in the evening, I will go out to play.’

The 13-year-old boy underscored that `Papers N Parcels` would soon expand their services outside Mumbai, adding that New Delhi is now their next target, followed by other metropolitan cities.

‘This is a growth potential in Indian market. If you want same-day delivery, then you need to book by 2:30 pm and we will expand this for other deliveries as well,’ Mehta further said.

Ghanshyam Parekh, the CEO of `Papers N Parcels`, said that it was a huge task to convince the Dabbawallas to be a part of the newly-launched courier service.

He told ANI, ‘The idea of the app was the brainchild of Kapil. We had a team who developed the app. Kapil used to review the entire process. Convincing the Dabbawallas was a huge task. But after that, they came to an agreement and understood that they would be earning more.’

Parekh added that the courier service was as simple as booking a cab in Ola and Uber respectively.

He continued, ‘The service provider will get a notification. Like where the location of the pickup would be; Dabbawallas will get the address. The logic behind this is that the addresses will be arranged as per the distance.’

Parekh continued that the Dabbawallas would deliver almost everything at nominal charges, starting from real estate documents to blood report papers.

Logistics firm founded by 13-year-old city boy targets Rs 100 cr revenue by 2020

Mumbai, Jul 18 (PTI) Tilak Mehta is like any other teenager. The 13-year-old attends a suburban school studying in Class VIII, and rues about his father coming home from work late and tired.

But the similarities stop there. Tilak is a budding entrepreneur who has founded a logistics startup, sold the idea to a banker and convinced him to quit the job and join him as the chief executive, and, also roped in the famed Dabbawalas of the city to help him with the last mile distribution.

“Last year, I wanted a few books from another end of the city urgently. My father came home tired after a day’s work, and so I could not ask him and there was nowhere to go,” Tilak told reporters here.

This is where the idea of having a startup dedicated to carrying papers and small parcels within the megapolis for assured intra-day delivery struck him. The idea was presented to his father Vishal and he came out convinced that this needs to be pursued.

His father is the chief executive of Rushabh Sealink, a logistics company that would have helped. But Tilak went through the grind, researching the concept and running a beta for four months before formally launching it today.

“Papers N Parcels (PNP) is my dream and I will work to ensure that the business becomes big,” the boy beamed.

PNP uses a dedicated mobile application for business and already employs 200 on its own and 300 Dabbawala partners, through whom it is handling up to 1,200 deliveries daily.

Any customer can log on to the app and place an order for a consignment. Same-day delivery is assured if the order comes in before 1430 hrs and the customer gets to see real- time updates on the movement of the parcel, including who is handling it.

PNP has a defined area of operation connected by the city’s famed train network, with a central hub at Dadar in central Mumbai. It handles parcels of up to 3 kg and charges Rs 40-180 per parcel depending on the weight.

The initial capital for setting up the operations and developing the mobile app has come from Rushabh Sealink.

The Dabbawalas will mostly be handling the last mile delivery for PNP after finishing their day’s work, Dabbawala Association spokesperson Subhash Talekar said.

“Our association has not officially tied up with PNP and it’s up to every individual Dabbawala to associate with them. I think it will give them an additional income,” Talekar said, adding a Dabbawala can earn up to Rs 10,000 a month by becoming a partner.

At present, the company is paying a fixed amount to every Dabbawala partner but will shift to per delivery basis, Ghanashyam Parekh, the banker who quit to join as the chief executive, said.

Parekh said PNP is also open for strategic tie-ups with companies like Swiggy if there is any possible synergy.

Its clientele already includes pathology labs, boutique shops and a brokerage which will only grow bigger with the formal launch, Parekh said, adding plans are also afoot to expand into Delhi and other large metros.

The company is targeting to capture 20 per cent of the intra-city logistics market and a turnover of Rs 100 crore by 2020, Parekh said.

Logistics start-up by minor Mumbai boy targets Rs 1 bn revenue by 2020

Tilak Mehta is like any other teenager. The 13-year-old attends a suburban school studying in Class VIII, and rues about his father coming home from work late and tired.

But the similarities stop there. Tilak is a budding entrepreneur who has founded a logistics startup, sold the idea to a banker and convinced him to quit the job and join him as the chief executive, and, also roped in the famed Dabbawalas of the city to help him with the last mile distribution.

“Last year, I wanted a few books from another end of the city urgently. My father came home tired after a day’s work, and so I could not ask him and there was nowhere to go,” Tilak said.

This is where the idea of having a startup dedicated to carrying papers and small parcels within the megapolis for assured intra-day delivery struck him. The idea was presented to his father Vishal and he came out convinced that this needs to be pursued.

His father is the chief executive of Rushabh Sealink, a logistics company that would have helped. But Tilak went through the grind, researching the concept and running a beta for four months before formally launching it today.

“Papers N Parcels (PNP) is my dream and I will work to ensure that the business becomes big,” the boy beamed.

PNP uses a dedicated mobile application for business and already employs 200 on its own and 300 Dabbawala partners, through whom it is handling up to 1,200 deliveries daily.

Any customer can log on to the app and place an order for a consignment. Same-day delivery is assured if the order comes in before 1430 hrs and the customer gets to see real- time updates on the movement of the parcel, including who is handling it.

PNP has a defined area of operation connected by the city’s famed train network, with a central hub at Dadar in central Mumbai. It handles parcels of up to 3 kg and charges Rs 40-180 per parcel depending on the weight.

The initial capital for setting up the operations and developing the mobile app has come from Rushabh Sealink.

The Dabbawalas will mostly be handling the last mile delivery for PNP after finishing their day’s work, Dabbawala Association spokesperson Subhash Talekar said.

“Our association has not officially tied up with PNP and it’s up to every individual Dabbawala to associate with them. I think it will give them an additional income,” Talekar said, adding a Dabbawala can earn up to Rs 10,000 a month by becoming a partner.

At present, the company is paying a fixed amount to every Dabbawala partner but will shift to per delivery basis, Ghanashyam Parekh, the banker who quit to join as the chief executive, said.

Parekh said PNP is also open for strategic tie-ups with companies like Swiggy if there is any possible synergy.

Its clientele already includes pathology labs, boutique shops and a brokerage which will only grow bigger with the formal launch, Parekh said, adding plans are also afoot to expand into Delhi and other large metros.

The company is targeting to capture 20 per cent of the intra-city logistics market and a turnover of Rs 100 crore by 2020, Parekh said.

Courier service start-up to ‘Uberise’ Mumbai’s dabbawala network

App-based courier service Paper N Parcels has tied up with Mumbai’s famous dabbawalas to leverage their network to facilitate door to door delivery of packages within the city.

The founder, 8th-grade student Tilak Mehta called this “Uberising” courier services as leveraging this network of over 5000 dabbawalas also meant deliveries could be made at prices as low as Rs 40 to a maximum of Rs 180. The courier service has a weight limit of 3 kgs.

Currently, the company has over 300 registered dabbawalas working as part of the delivery team and an additional 180 of their own workforce. The startup is completely bootstrapped by the parent company Rushabh Sealink. The beta run of the company has witnessed up to 1200 deliveries on a daily basis.

“Our business model is B2B, B2C and C2C all of which we will aggressively foray into. We are targeting 1 lakh deliveries per day by the end of 2019 and plan to employ around 2000 people,” said Ghanshyam Parekh, CEO, Paper N Parcels.

While they did not share the exact nature of investments so far but the company is targeting a Rs 1 billion turnover by 2020.

Initially, for up to three months delivery persons will work on a fixed income model beyond which the model will change to accommodate per delivery payments. The service will be available for pick and drop of couriers across the Churchgate-Borivali Line, CST-Khargar line and CST-Thane train lines as the trains are the primary mode of transport for the dabbawala network.

The business model depends on dabbawalas making deliveries post their usual food delivery shifts and while the Mumbai Dabbawala association hasn’t partnered with the company they are encouraging delivery persons to boost their regular income through the courier service.

Across the country, hyper-local delivery services are increasingly being leveraged by startups and conglomerates alike in a bid to reach the last mile customer. E-commerce players like Google, Amazon and Flipkart apart from retail giant Future Group and Reliance Jio are all in the fray to provide hyper-local services to a small community as the next big market opportunity. Even, online grocery platforms such as BigBasket and Grofers have also already managed to create a presence in this space. Unilever Ventures has earlier in the year invested in a hyper-local delivery startup Milkbasket.

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