The entrepreneur duo and childhood friends from Srinagar have started valley’s first logistics service- FastBeetle giving much needed relief to the residents, business community and addressing the local shipping needs.
Sheikh Samiullah and Abid Rashid, both 30, started an online courier service to provide door-to-door delivery service and meet all courier needs of the clients, no matter how big or small they may be.
“It was mid 2018 when I started doing the research on how people were struggling to deliver their orders, especially women entrepreneurs and farmers from different parts of the valley. I spoke to my friend and decided to open a courier company through, which I could also serve my people,” said Samiullah, who has studied Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Kurukshetra University, Haryana.
FastBeetle has three types of apps. One is a customer, another is Merchant and the third one is a rider app. This is a 2G app which can work on less Internet speed too. In the app, the customer has to mention the pick up and drop location and the delivery boy will reach the exact spot. One can also monitor the location of the delivery boy through ‘live tracking.’
He said more than 800 Instagram and offline shops have collaborated with them. “My aim is that my customers should feel satisfied by the kind of work we are doing,” said Samiullah who has resigned from an e-commerce company.
FastBeetle not only accepts the cash on delivery but in case of return of a product by a customer to the seller, which happens a lot in these kinds of businesses, it does not charge extra.
Samiullah said that it was not possible to open the new venture without the support of the investors. “They are playing a crucial role,” he said.