A new Irish on-demand courier service called Zendfast has been launched, with plans to create 20 jobs in Dublin over the next 3 years.
The package delivery market has just added a new competitor with the launch of a company called Zendfast, based in Dublin’s North Quay.
Similar to the Uber or Hailo model of being able to track a taxi in real time on a mobile app, Zendfast claims that a customer will be able to track and trace their package at all times using a crowdsourcing platform.
When a customer wants an item delivered, they enter their package details – including weight, size and delivery address – and then wait for one of the company’s couriers to say they are available to take the job.
Once it has been accepted, the customer can then track where the courier is, noting the status of the package and if it has been delivered by the time they requested.
Following its launch, Zendfast has now confirmed that with backing from Enterprise Ireland, it is to create 20 jobs at its Dublin office over the next three years.
These roles will be varied, in areas such as IT and software development; operations and support; and sales.
Plans to launch internationally
The company comprises tech and supply chain entrepreneurs as well as academics, and is led by CEO Declan Murray, a former director of Irish Express Cargo.
Murray said the fact that customers can track their packaged delivery in real time to its destination makes it different to other courier services.
“The business model is very similar to Uber and Hailo, but it’s for same-day parcel deliveries. We’ve rolled out the service in Dublin first and the reaction has been very encouraging. Enterprise Ireland has supported us every step of the way,” he said.
“Zendfast’s redefinition of same-day delivery is equally relevant anywhere in the world. We are already planning to launch the Zendfast service in other international cities.”
Courier on a bicycle. Image: Marco Aprile/Shutterstock
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