On-demand courier startup Zoom2u has announced a new partnership with bus service Greyhound Australia that will allow it to provide customers with a cheap next day delivery option around Australia.
Founded last year, Zoom2u’s offering has mainly revolved around same day delivery, with a 3 hour service across the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane CBDs. The partnership with Greyhound will now enable customers to send packages interstate overnight, at a fraction of the cost of sending them by plane.
Steve Orenstein, CEO and founder of Zoom2u, said that the new service provides individuals and businesses with “a real alternative” to a traditional courier company.
“At Zoom2u we’ve been able to grow our network of couriers quickly by using existing assets, rather than putting more vehicles on the road and our own technology enables our customers to know where their courier is at all times, so it’s a much better service,” he said.
A document from the Sydney CBD delivered to the Melbourne CBD before midday will set customers back $39, while a parcel of up to 10kg in weight will cost $50 – this is a saving of up to two thirds of the startup’s air interstate price.
Dan Smith, head of freight at Greyhound Australia, said he expects the service will incredibly popular, particularly in the lead up to Christmas.
“We have over 110 years’ experience, operate 365 days a year and know Australia better than anyone else. We’re happy to partner with Zoom2u, enabling Australians to use our network of coaches to send their parcels all over Australia,” he said.
The partnership is a great move for Zoom2u, which is competing in an increasingly crowded space where other startups have also looked to established businesses for opportunities to expand their services and reach new customers.
Fellow courier startup Sendle partnered with the NRMA earlier this year to give NRMA Business Motoring customers the Sendle premium service, normally valued at $120 per year, for free for the first 12 months.
The partnership is also a great move for Greyhound, allowing the company to make money from otherwise empty space on hundreds of coaches running around the country each day.
The news comes just a few months after Zoom2u closed a seed funding round of $850,000, co-led by Anthony Klok, non-executive director of Temando, and Tony Gandel, founder of Gandel Invest. The startup said it has seen 1000 new customers signing up to Zoom2u every month since its launch.