inDrive Launches Name Your Price Freight Service in South Africa
By Adedapo Adesanya
Global mobility and urban services platform, inDrive, has launched the first-of-its-kind in South Africa known as name your price freight service – inDrive.Freight, targeting the needs of small businesses and individuals.
In a statement, the California-headquartered company said inDrive.Freight offers a comprehensive range of non-liquid freight transportation solutions, whether it’s the delivery of small parcels or large shipments.
The service also aims to deliver reliability and efficiency for last-mile in-city routes, with same-day delivery available on demand.
The service will launch in the South African cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, a move the company said signifies the first steps in its planned expansion across more cities in South Africa by the close of 2023.
The operation, which encompasses a same-day delivery service, was designed to serve diverse businesses and individuals, providing freight services that vary from 20kg to 20 000 kg.
The service’s offerings span from compact cars for small boxes or personal use to large trucks suitable for moving or business requirements, the company said in a statement.
Speaking on this, Mr Vincent Lilane, inDrive Business Representative in Southern Africa, said, “At inDrive, we understand the unique logistics challenges that small businesses and individuals face.
“We have introduced inDrive.Freight in South Africa to address these challenges. It is a comprehensive solution offering competitive pricing, timely delivery, and the flexibility and scalability needed in today’s fast-paced world.”
inDrive.Freight has its unique set-your-own-price model, allowing customers to choose from various delivery options, negotiate pricing directly with drivers, and select from a wide range of vehicles suitable for city deliveries. This approach, the company said, will ensure competitive pricing without compromising on quality.
inDrive.Freight will operate by allowing customers to decide the shipment details, including timing, location, and choice of vehicle.
Customers can also propose a freight price, to which drivers can respond by either accepting, declining without consequences, or suggesting an alternate price. The selection of a carrier is immediate, based on cost, delivery time, and driver ratings.
All drivers and their documentation are meticulously verified for shipment security, and real-time delivery tracking ensures the cargo is on track.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” said Mr Mike Anderson, Founder and CEO of National Small Business Chamber. “Solutions like inDrive.Freight, which offers flexibility, affordability, and efficiency in the logistics process, is pivotal for the growth and success of these businesses. We commend inDrive for this forward-thinking initiative.”
inDrive.Freight with this has set a new standard for freight delivery in South Africa, redefining flexibility and scalability in logistics while addressing the pressing needs of SMEs and private individuals.