November 2020

UAE-based Quiqup closes over $5.5 million round of funding led by Delivery Hero

UAE-based Quiqup closes over .5 million round of funding led by Delivery Hero
  • Delivery Hero invested in Quiqup following its aggressive growth and joins Quiqup’s board to share its extensive expertise in the space
  • JOBI Capital continues to support the company and joins in the round after leading the previous ones
  • Iyad Kamal, logistics veteran and ex Aramex COO joins as a strategic adviser to bolster Quiqup’s vision
  • Quiqup is currently working with more than 800 brands in the UAE growing at over 2.5X YoY
  • The company is planning its next phase of expansion to champion urban on-demand and same day delivery across the GCC region

Quiqup, the UAE-based on-demand and same day delivery tech startup, raised over $5.5 million in its most recent funding round which was led by Delivery Hero and supported by strategic shareholders, Cedar Mundi, JOBI Capital, and Transmed. The company will use this capital to further expand their AI driven logistics infrastructure that enables all businesses to offer best-in-class, fast delivery services to their customers.<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-29436″ ” src=”×400.jpg” alt=”” width=”600″ height=”400″ style=”display:none”>

Testament to its regional ambitions and to bolster its vision, Iyad Kamal (logistics veteran and ex-COO at Aramex) joins Quiqup as a strategic advisor. Commenting on his appointment, Iyad said: “Quiqup is changing the game in the e-commerce and delivery space. They have a unique and transformative business model that is a game changer for the region. Same-day delivery is the next frontier in e-commerce logistics and Quiqup has what it takes to crack the model.”

Quiqup also reported the continuous and rapid growth of its operations in the UAE. The company is currently working with more than 800 brands. The past quarters have already seen favorable trends, accelerating the company’s development and helping to double the size of its business in 2020.

Launched in 2017, Quiqup was established as a tech scale-up building a decentralised, AI-powered, last-mile logistics infrastructure to offer on-demand and same-day delivery services for retailers and restaurants of all sizes. The company witnessed a significant expansion in the UAE where a young and digital-savvy population is driving the exponential growth of the e-commerce sector – which is poised to triple in size from $8 to $28 billion over the coming three years according to Bain & Company, a yearly growth rate of more than 28%. Quiqup anticipates that consumers will maintain their new digital purchasing habits regardless of the long-term side effects of the pandemic.

Last-mile delivery has become much more complex with the increasing urbanization of our cities. The problem Quiqup committed to solve is to offer quicker and more efficient delivery thanks to a network of professional couriers in constant motion.

Commenting on the recent milestones achieved, Bassel El Koussa, Co-founder and CEO of Quiqup said: “The pandemic has enabled us to turn challenges into opportunities. We managed to quickly expand by diversifying our portfolio to include new sectors such as pharmaceutical clients and also add more grocery businesses. These positive developments opened up a whole new universe of clients, which encouraged us to raise further investment.

“The power of our team has been another instrumental element to our success during the recent challenging times. Not only did we have the right technology and scalable system to cope with the intense spike of volumes, more importantly, we had a team with a deep sense of solidarity. As the crisis forced retailers to close and people to stay at home temporarily, our team dedicated time and efforts to serve a purpose to keep the community connected with critical medicines or food or fun trinkets that make people smile.

“Inspired by our success and the projected long-term trends of the space, we are now gearing up for a new phase of expansion to champion on-demand and same-day urban delivery across the GCC region.”

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