OLX plans logistics service to enhance its classifieds operations


OLX India Pvt. Ltd, the web classifieds agency backed by South African media firm Naspers Ltd, is testing a logistics service because it seeks to broaden past its major itemizing enterprise and appeal to extra prospects to its paid commercial product, in accordance with three folks conscious of the event.

The agency, which launched its India operations in 2006, began the paid commercial service earlier this 12 months.

OLX is operating the logistics companies in partnership with start-ups in cities corresponding to Bengaluru, New Delhi and Chennai for cumbersome objects like furnishings and heavy digital items, in accordance with the folks cited above who spoke on situation of anonymity.

The corporate, which began paid listings virtually a decade after launching operations, might also facilitate funds on its platform within the days to come back, stated one of many three folks cited above.

OLX, at current, acts as a list platform connecting sellers of used items with consumers, whereas the precise transaction—cost and motion of products from the vendor to the customer—occurs with none intervention from OLX.

“OLX has in the intervening time chosen to not go via a third-party logistics firm. They’re approaching start-ups immediately. So, it would turn into a direct buyer acquisition sport for the logistics start-ups with OLX appearing as a facilitator,” stated one of many individuals cited above. “They don’t seem to be it purely from a monetization perspective. Will probably be an enormous worth add to their prospects.”

OLX didn’t reply to an e mail despatched searching for remark.

The transfer comes at a time when rival Quikr India Pvt. Ltd has added companies, corresponding to funds and logistics, to evolve past a pure-play on-line classifieds portal right into a market for used items.

Whereas on-line classifieds corporations have amassed large person base—Quikr claims greater than 30 million distinctive month-to-month guests whereas OLX doesn’t disclose the variety of customers or listings—monetization has been a priority as most customers by no means paid for the listings. Moreover, belief performed an vital consider closing transactions on such portals, as customers had been cautious of shopping for from strangers.

With the businesses turning into occasion to the transaction, customers might really feel extra assured about transactions on the platform, specialists say.

“An end-to-end service like assist in discovering a purchaser, enabling cost, then facilitating supply and high quality checks are essential companies as a result of many of the merchandise folks attempt to promote on-line are actually previous or in dangerous form. Logistics come in useful, so long as you’re shopping for from the neighbourhood. In India, pure itemizing doesn’t have a lot worth. Now we have seen this with Zomato which has explored further income streams past itemizing,” stated Harminder Sahni, founder and managing director of consulting agency Wazir Advisors.

Quikr, as an example, has recognized 5 key enterprise segments —vehicles, actual property, jobs, companies and customer-to-customer gross sales—to concentrate on, in an try and discover new sources of income and fend off competitors from different enterprise capital-backed companies which have emerged in every of those classes, Mint reported on 2 September.

The agency has since launched logistics and funds as value- added companies, which, in accordance with specialists, will lend it extra credibility and win extra customers with a bouquet of end-to-end companies.

Quikr has additionally been on an acquisition spree since late final 12 months, snapping up on-line realty agency Commonfloor (MaxHeap Applied sciences Pvt. Ltd); Indian Realty Change (123 Startup Ventures Pvt. Ltd), an actual property agent aggregator; and RealtyCompass, an actual property analytics start-up; and Salosa, an on-demand magnificence service supplier owned by Beawel Tech Pvt. Ltd. The corporate additionally made a strategic funding in A.N. Digital World Tech Ltd, a agency which offers 360-degree road views.

Quikr has raised about $346 million from Funding AB Kinnevik, Tiger International, Steadview Capital Administration Llc., Matrix Companions India and others since its inception in 2008.

Whereas classifieds companies, corresponding to Craigslist Inc., OfferUp Inc. and Kijiji Internation Ltd, amongst others, have thrived within the US, India’s OLX and Quikr have struggled to shore up income, primarily due to Indians’ apathy to purchase used items, given the chance of being duped as a consequence of lack of intervention by the itemizing platforms, say trade specialists.

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