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Indian startups diversify their businesses to offset COVID-19 induced losses

E-commerce giant Flipkart is planning to launch a hyperlocal service that would enable customers to buy items from local stores and have those delivered to them in an hour and a half or less. Yatra, an online travel and hotel ticketing service, is exploring a new business line altogether: Supplying office accessories. Flipkart and Yatra are not the only firms eyeing new business categories. Dozens of firms in the country have branched out by launching new services in recent weeks, in part to ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, Instagram, Education, Entertainment, India, Tech, Walmart, Zomato, Logistics, Mumbai, New Delhi, Flipkart


China’s GPS competitor is now fully launched

For decades, the United States has had a monopoly on positioning, navigation, and timing technology with its Global Positioning System (GPS), a constellation of satellites operated by the military that today provides the backbone for location on billion of devices worldwide. As those technologies have become not just key to military maneuvers but the very foundation of modern economies, more and more governments around the world have sought ways to decouple from usage of the U.S.-centric system....
Tags: Mobile, Asia, Government, China, Tech, European Union, Policy, Beijing, United States, United Kingdom, Gps, Logistics, Trump, USCIS, Beidou, Russia Japan India


AfterShip makes its automated shipping API, Postmen, available for free

AfterShip, the e-commerce shipment tracking platform, announced today that Postmen, its shipping API, is now available for free, with no limits on shipment volume. Co-founder Andrew Chan told TechCrunch that the company decided to make the Postmen API, previously offered as a SaaS subscription for enterprises, free in response to the massive jump in online shopping caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. About 60% of Postmen’s users are in the United States. Since February, AfterShip has seen an 85%...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Hong Kong, Tech, UPS, United States, Asia Pacific, Shipping, Watson, Logistics, Fulfillment, CHAN, Suh, Andrew Chan


Amazon expands Flex delivery program to more than 35 cities in India

Amazon said on Thursday it has expanded its Flex delivery program to more than 35 cities in India, one of its key overseas markets, as the e-commerce giant looks to scale its delivery capability to service the growing number of orders. The e-commerce giant, which completed seven years in the country this month, launched the Amazon Flex delivery program in India last June. At the time, the program was available in three cities. Amazon Flex allows individuals to help the company deliver pack...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Asia, India, Tech, Walmart, Logistics, New Delhi, Flipkart, Amazon India, Diwali, Amazon Flex, FLEX, Prakash Rochlani, Rochlani Amazon


Geek+, the Amazon Kiva of China, lands $200 million Series C

Geek+, a Beijing-based startup that makes warehouse fulfillment robots similar to those of Amazon’s Kiva, said Thursday that it has closed over $200 million in a Series C funding round. That bumps total capital raised by the 5-year-old company to date to nearly $390 million. The new round, completed in two parts, was separately led by GGV Capital and D1 Capital Partners in the summer of 2019, and V Fund earlier this year. Other participants included Warburg Pincus, Redview Capital and Vertex ...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, China, US, Tech, Geek, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Alibaba, North America, Robotics, Logistics, Kiva, Robot, Warburg Pincus, Ggv Capital


Woman received Amazon box filled with narcotics and a form from the Drug Enforcement Administration

A woman in Glendale, California opened an Amazon box she was expecting but was surprised by the contents: numerous bottles of narcotics like oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, along with an invoice from the Drug Enforcement Administration. From KABC-TV: "Let me be clear, this package was not sent by DEA and these drugs were never in DEA custody," said Bill Bodner, special agent in charge in Los Angeles. Bodner says a pharmacy in New York was disposing the drugs through a Texas ...
Tags: Amazon, Post, New York, Texas, News, Oops, Los Angeles, Shipping, DEA, Logistics, Shipments, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bodner, Glendale California, Drug Enforcement Administration From KABC, Bill Bodner


Instacart raises $225 million at $13.7 billion valuation

Facing unprecedented growth, Instacart has secured new funding to keep up with demand. The San Francisco company announced today that it has raised $225 million in a round led by DST Global and General Catalyst. Existing investor D1 Capital Partners participated in the round, which brings Instacart’s valuation to $13.7 billion. Instacart will use the cash to invest in shoppers and partners, build out its advertising and enterprise business, and focus on customer experience, per Apoorva Mehta,...
Tags: TC, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Canada, United States, Logistics, Instacart, General Catalyst, DST Global, Mehta, Capital Partners, Equal Justice Initiative, Apoorva Mehta, Vanessa Bain, George Floyd


Uber could lose its Grubhub deal to Just Eat or Delivery Hero

According to CNBC there are two suitors rivaling Uber for purchase of U.S. food delivery company Grubhub: Just Eat Takeaway (the union of Just Eat and Takeaway) and Delivery Hero. Both are European companies perhaps looking for a major entry to the United States market. Just Eat Takeaway is based in the U.K. and Holland, while Delivery Hero is based in Germany. They are both lavishly funded, with Just Eat Takeaway having raised around $1 billion (a combined tally for both companies that now m...
Tags: TC, Uber, Germany, Tech, United States, Holland, Delivery Hero, Logistics, Cnbc, Postmates, GrubHub, GrubHub Uber


YC-backed Tajir raises $1.8M to help mom-and-pop stores source inventory in Pakistan

A number of high-profile firms and startups have set up logistics networks in India in the last decade as they attempt to digitize neighborhood stores. Bangalore-headquartered startup Udaan, for instance, works directly with brands and sellers to source inventory and sells and delivers it to stores through its business-to-business marketplace. It’s a big opportunity. Most neighborhood stores that dot tens of thousands of cities and towns in India are still offline. The startup has warehouses spr...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, India, Tech, E-commerce, Pakistan, Khan, Logistics, New Delhi, Bangalore, Golden Gate Ventures, Gurgaon, Yc


Amazon Air adds 12 new aircraft to its cargo fleet, expands its ground operations

Amazon announced today it has added 12 new cargo aircraft to Amazon Air, bringing its total fleet to more than 80 aircraft, in part because of increased demand for shipments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The converted Boeing 767-300 were leased from the Air Transport Services Group. Amazon said one of the planes will begin transporting cargo this month, and the rest will be delivered next year. The company is also expanding Amazon Air’s ground network, starting this month with regional air hu...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Florida, Logistics, Boeing, Austin Texas, SAN JUAN Puerto Rico, Luis Munoz, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Marín International Airport, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Amazon Air, COVID, Sarah Rhoads, Amazon Global Air


Google makes sharing Plus Codes easier in a push to simply addressing system globally

Two years ago, Google unveiled Plus Codes, a digital addressing system to help billions of people navigate to places that don’t have clear addresses. The company said today it is making it easier for anyone with an Android device to share its rendition of an address — a six-digit alphanumeric code. Google Maps users on Android can now tap the blue dot that represents their current location to view and share their unique six-digit coordinate with friends. Anyone with the code can look it...
Tags: Google, Android, Apps, Asia, London, India, Tech, Logistics, Google Maps, What3words, CJ Delhi India Google


Google makes sharing Plus Codes easier in a push to simplify addressing system globally

Two years ago, Google open-sourced Plus Codes, a digital addressing system to help billions of people navigate to places that don’t have clear addresses. The company said today it is making it easier for anyone with an Android device to share its rendition of an address — a six-digit alphanumeric code. Google Maps users on Android can now tap the blue dot that represents their current location to view and share their unique six-digit coordinate with friends. Anyone with the code can loo...
Tags: Google, Android, Apps, Asia, London, India, Tech, Logistics, Google Maps, What3words, CJ Delhi India Google


Google outlines plan to get some employees back to the office

In a blog post, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai gave an overview of the company’s plan to return its workforce to some semblance of normalcy—or at least a new normal. Google will begin opening some of its office buildings in various cities starting on July 6, allowing a small amount of its employees who need a physical workspace “the opportunity to return on a limited, rotating basis.” The idea is to rotate employees in for a day every few weeks to keep facilities at only around 10 perc...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Remote Work, Atlanta, Logistics, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Dallas Denver, COVID-19, COVID, Pichai Facebook, Facebook and Twitter Google


China’s Geek+ brings warehouse robots to US via Conveyco partnership

Chinese robots will soon be seen roaming a number of warehouse floors across North America. Geek+, a well-funded Chinese robotics company that specializes in logistics automation for factories, warehouses and supply chains, furthers its expansion in North America after striking a strategic partnership with Conveyco, an order fulfillment and distribution center system integrator with operations across the continent. Geek+ is seizing a massive opportunity in replacing repetitive warehouse work ...
Tags: Asia, China, Singapore, US, Tech, E-commerce, Geek, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Dell, North America, Robotics, Logistics, Robot, Warburg Pincus, Ggv Capital


What Types Of Jobs Are In Logistics?

There are numerous managerial jobs in logistics, particularly in the field of procurement, supply chain, and warehouse to name a few. Nevertheless, there is also an avenue for you to become an analyst or consultant. You also can use your superb communication skill being a customer service representative.
Tags: Jobs, Supply Chain, Logistics, Procurement, Discover Career Opportunities


USPS reportedly reassessing last-mile delivery deals with companies like Amazon

In a time when package deliveries are more essential than ever, the future of the United States Postal Service is very much in limbo. The president of the United States has waged a one-man war on America’s most-liked government agency, calling it a “joke” and insisting it raise prices before it receives the manner of bailout the White House has afforded to the airline and hotel industries. The USPS’s contract with companies like Amazon has been a particular sore spot for Trump, who has had a...
Tags: Amazon, Washington Post, White House, America, Tech, UPS, Policy, United States, Usps, Postal Service, Logistics, North Carolina, Fedex, Trump, United States Postal Service, Jeff Bezos Trump


Berlin’s Zenjob gets $30M to take its digital staffing service nationwide and beyond

Berlin -based recruitment startup, Zenjob, which operates a digital platform connecting students with highly flexible temp jobs in sectors such as retail, logistics and hospitality, has closed a €27 million ($30M) Series C led by Forestay Capital. Also participating in the funding round: Redalpine, Acton Capital, Axa Venture Partners and Atlantic Labs. Prior to this round Zenjob, a 500 startups growth hacking program alum, had raised just under $25M, according to Crunchbase. The 2015 founde...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Germany, Berlin, Tech, Logistics, 500 Startups, Startup Company, Fritz, Frederic Wohlwend, Recent Funding, AXA Venture Partners, Zenjob, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Redalpine Acton Capital Axa Venture Partners


A Grubhub-Uber tie-up would remake the food delivery landscape

Earlier today news broke that Uber is pursuing an acquisition of Grubhub. The global ride-hailing giant is worth a multiple of the American food delivery service, making the tie-up financially feasible, provided that a palatable price can be found for both parties. The Wall Street Journal broke the news; you can read TechCrunch’s coverage of the deal here. The deal could shake up the large, if generally unprofitable American food delivery market, a space contested by Uber’s Uber Eats servi...
Tags: Food, TC, Transportation, Uber, Tech, M&a, Food Delivery, Logistics, Uber Eats, Doordash, EBITDA, GrubHub, Market Analysis, Grubhub DoorDash, Extra Crunch, GrubHub Uber


India’s logistics aggregator Shiprocket raises $13M to expand overseas

Shiprocket, a New Delhi-based logistics aggregator that works with direct-to-consumer sellers including several social media influencers, has raised $13 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its platform overseas. Silicon Valley-based investment firm Tribe Capital led Shiprocket’s Series C financing round. Innoven Capital and existing investor Bertelsmann India Investments also participated in the round, which brings the three year-old startup’s to-date funding to $26 million...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, United States, Silicon Valley, Logistics, New Delhi, Arjun Sethi, Innoven Capital, Bertelsmann India Investments, Meesho, Tribe Capital, Shiprocket, Prosus Ventures


Uber Eats’ new sharing feature makes it less painful to send your friends food

Uber Eats is introducing a new feature that lets customers send food to friends, family or coworkers and share details to make it easier track the deliveries. Uber Eats customers have been able to order and send food to friend. But in the past, it required the sender to track the delivery and provide updates to the receiver. The new feature lets the person receiving the food track the delivery on their phone. Image Credits: Uber Eats As part of the roll out, the Uber partnered with Star...
Tags: Food, TC, Transportation, Uber, Tech, Ukraine, Food And Drink, Starbucks, Logistics, Uber Eats, Careem, Online Food Ordering, United Arab Emirates UAE, Middle East Just


Singapore’s logistics startup Ninja Van raises $279M

Ninja Van, a Singapore-based logistics startup, has secured an additional $279 million in fresh funding as it works to scale its operations to keep up with the surge in e-commerce deliveries in six Southeast Asian countries. Europe’s GeoPost, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital Group, Monk’s Hill Ventures, Carmenta, Golden Gate Ventures Growth Fund, Intouch Holding, Grab, and two sovereign wealth funds put money in the six-year old startup’s Series D financing round. The startup, whi...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Singapore, Funding, Tech, Vietnam, Logistics, Eduardo Saverin, Southeast Asian, Lazada Indonesia, Ninja Van, B Capital, GeoPost Facebook, Shopee Alibaba


Uber Eats exits seven markets, transfers one as part of competitive retooling

Uber Eats is pulling out of a clutch of markets — shuttering its on-demand food offering in the Czech Republic, Egypt, Honduras, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Ukraine. It’s also transferring its Uber Eats business operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Careem, its wholly owned ride-hailing subsidiary that’s mostly focused on the Middle East. “Consumers and restaurants using the Uber Eats app in the UAE will be transitioned to the Careem platform in the coming weeks, aft...
Tags: Uber, Apps, Europe, Saudi Arabia, India, Tech, Spain, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Egypt, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Romania, Uruguay, Food Delivery


KlearNow raises $16 million to bring customs clearance industry into the digital age

Customs is the sieve of international supply chains. And yet despite its critical role, clearing customs for freight brokers can be a slow and opaque process reliant on manual data entry and prone to errors. Silicon Valley-based KlearNow has developed a platform that aims to bring customs clearance into the digital age. Now, with $16 million new funding, KlearNow aims to expand its geographic reach and to improve its product to cover increasingly complex export-import verticals and time-sensitiv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, UK, Germany, Tech, Spain, Ceo, Economy, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Silicon Valley, Fda, Customs


Developing Resiliency

Maj. Gen. Patrick C. Higby is the director of DevOps and lethality, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In this role, he devises and implements strategies to responsively combat cybersecurity threats while rapidly delivering cyber, digital and information technology capabilities to the point of need. During an interview with Airman magazine, Higby discussed his mission and responsibilities and the roles of DevOps, cyber resiliency and ...
Tags: Congress, Germany, Boston, Digital, America, Department Of Defense, Military, United States, Mta, Testing, Cyber, Coding, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, Nevada


How Freight master Flexport’s Ryan Petersen learned to CEO

“I didn’t know what the term ‘freight forwarder’ meant until a year into starting the business.” Considering his shipping logistics startup Flexport was last valued at $3.2 billion, that quote from my first interview with CEO and founder Ryan Petersen back in 2016 seems even more surprising now. But it also hints at why he’s one of the most talented and exciting executives in tech: He learns. Humbly. Relentlessly. About whatever the role requires as it evolves. Right now, it means learning...
Tags: Apple, Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Apps, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, China, Softbank, US, Management, Tech, Ceo, David, Silicon Valley


If we let the US Postal Service die, we’ll be killing small businesses with it

Laura Behrens Wu Contributor Share on Twitter Laura Behrens Wu is the co-founder and CEO of Shippo, which is building a shipping platform for 21st century e-commerce. Since moving to the United States, I’ve come to appreciate and admire the United States Postal Service as a symbol of American ingenuity and resilience. Like electricity, telephones and the freeway system, it’s part of our greater story and what binds the United...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Ecommerce, Column, Opinion, Government, Tech, E-commerce, Policy, United States, US Postal Service, Usps, Postal Service, Logistics, Package Delivery, Shippo


Warehouse pallet jack driver falls asleep... incredible calamity ensues

"Attention please! Clean up needed on aisle 14. And aisle 15. And aisle 16. And aisle 17. And..." This pallet jack driver appears to have dozed off at the wheel. Fortunately, it doesn't seem that anyone was injured.
Tags: Video, News, Pallets, Logistics, Warehouses, Messes, Domino Effect


Financial tech startup Previse raises $11 million to help suppliers get paid faster

Previse, a fintech focused on helping suppliers get faster payment, announced that it has raised $11 million in new funding led by Reefknot Investments and Mastercard. Returning investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Hambro Perks and Augmentum Fintech also participated. Founded in 2016, Previse says it currently processes about 100,000 invoices a day, and its goal is to handle payments for five million suppliers within the next five years. This round brings Previse’s total raised so far to more...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Supply Chain, Tech, Logistics, Mastercard, Christensen, Kuehne Nagel, Temasek Holdings, Paul Christensen, Previse, Augmentum Fintech


India’s FarEye raises $25M to grow its logistics SaaS startup in international markets

More than 150 e-commerce and delivery companies globally use an Indian logistics startup’s service to work out the optimum way before they ship items to their customers. That startup, Noida-based FarEye, has raised $25 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its footprint in international markets. M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, led the seven-year-old startup’s Series D financing round. Eight Roads Ventures, Honeywell Ventures, and existing investor SAIF Partners participa...
Tags: Asia, Microsoft, India, Funding, Tech, Walmart, Asia Pacific, DHL, Logistics, TechCrunch, Fedex, SAIF Partners, Eight Roads Ventures, Fmcg, United States Europe, Noida


Former Uber exec raises $31M for his Jakarta-based logistics startup Kargo, announces relief fund to battle coronavirus

Kargo, a Jakarta-based logistics startup co-founded by veteran Uber Asia executive Tiger Fang, has raised $31 million to scale its business and help firms in the Southeast Asian nation fight the coronavirus. Silicon Valley-based Tenaya Capital, Sequoia India, Mirae Asset Management, and Intudo Ventures among others financed Kargo’s Series A round. The startup, which has raised $38.6 million to date, counts Uber founder and former chief executive Travis Kalanick as an investor. Kargo ...
Tags: Uber, Asia, Indonesia, Funding, Tech, Silicon Valley, Travis Kalanick, Logistics, Jakarta, Tenaya Capital, Jakarta Indonesia, Southeast Asian, FANG, Kargo, Intudo Ventures, Tiger Fang