Infibeam Launches ShipDroid, A Logistics Aggregator Covering 20k Pincodes & 600+ Cities
Ahmedabad based Infibeam, one of the leading eCommerce site in India, has come up with a unique logistics service that promises to help thousands of merchants selling their good online. Called ShipDroid, it essentially is a logistics aggregation SAAS platform that will help merchants to deliver their packages across length and breadth of India.
ShipDroid is focusing on logistical issues faced by small and medium sized merchants, who generally need to have separate tie-ups with different courier companies to deliver their packages. Also, the whole logistic process and policies are different with each courier company, which obviously creates lot of issues to merchants.
ShipDroid has forged tie-ups with major courier service providers in India and act as a bridge between merchant and the courier company. For merchants, it becomes extremely easy process with ShipDroid, as they have a single point of interaction and maintains uniformity of entire logistics/fulfillment process across all courier partners..
In addition, the pricing offered by ShipDroid is lower because of volume business they give to the couriers companies, which is again passed on to merchants.
The platform claims to have a reach of over 20,000 pincodes spanning across more than 600 Indian cities.
ShipDroid is currently integrated with Infibeam’s SAAS ecommerce platform BuildaBazaar and is available to all merchants who have their online shop on it. ShipDroid has already been used by thousands of merchants on BuildaBazaar.com for past couple of months during their pilot testing phase.
Features & Benefits of ShipDroid
- No Multiple Courier Agreements Required by Merchants
- Automatic & Smart AWB (Air Waybill) management
- One-Click Pickup generation
- Easy to use shipping pipeline
- Single tracking interface for all couriers
- Cost-effective and Economical
- Cash on Delivery (CoD) support
- Post Shipping support
- Easy Accounts/Billing management
- No minimum volume commitments
Merchants using ShipDroid can choose from variety of cost-based service-plans that suit their needs, budget and products being sold. The platform also offers variety of delivery commitment SLAs and mode of delivery. That way merchants can opt for surface, rail or air mode for their product deliveries. Alternatively they can opt for express delivery time or regular delivery time.
According to ShipDroid FAQ page, the only functionality that they currently don’t have is handling product returns from end users, however, they plan to launch it shortly.
This is undoubtedly an excellent offering from Infibeam, especially for small and medium sized merchants. ShipDroid is the only platform that provides such courier aggregation service and lot of platform’s success will depend on how soon they expand their offering to merchants who are not on BuildaBazaar.
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Pickparcel.com already provides such a service but there is no affordable courier solution for low volume sellers. India Post’s Parcel is cheapest but it does not provide tracking facility and is not a friendly service.