On-demand Delivery Service Launched In London
The service is already running in the US and is based on the Shyp model, the company aim to “bring digital convenience to the first mile of a package’s journey”. The company said that it has raised £100,000 in early investments from angel investors, with a round of seed funding expected shortly.
The way it works is that customers take a picture of the item they would like to send using their app and press the ‘Pickup Now’ button. A Weengs Angel will then collect the item from their home or office within 15 minutes. Items are then wrapped at no extra cost at a central hub before being distributed by one of Weengs’ partner carriers, which include Royal Mail, ParcelForce, Hermes, UPS and DHL. If a customer wishes to send a parcel internationally Weengs will handle all documentation required for International Customs. Weengs charges a flat fee of £5.00 per collection plus the cost of delivery. There are three speed options for delivery: economy (default), and two express options guaranteed to arrive by the date in-app. If selected as an option, packages may also include tracking.
The service is currently available Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm in selected parts of East London. As the company progresses they are looking to offer the service 7 days a week with extended operating hours of 8:00am to 8:00pm. Commenting on the launch, Greg Zontanos, Co-Founder at Weengs said: “With on-demand TV, 24 hour shopping and services like Uber on the market, consumers now regularly expect instant gratification. So we built Weengs with that in mind, creating a service that made it easy to ship anything, anywhere for the best price at the tap of a button.”