Australian parcel delivery startup Sendle has raised $1.8 million in seed funding in order to expand its customer reach.
The round was led by existing investor NRMA along with high-net individuals.
Sendle launched in November last year and aims to offer a frictionless delivery service for users in comparison to traditional options such as Australia Post through its online booking system.
Co-founder James Moody told StartupSmart it was great to see the startup go from just an idea to “having some good runway” for the next 12 months.
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“We’re really keen to build up the platform and most importantly build up the support capacity,” he says.
“We want to be Australia’s most favourite parcel delivery service. It’s currently a chore and we want to turn it into something that’s actually a really enjoyable experience.”
Moody says the pickup and delivery market is ripe for disruption, as seen in the flurry of activity in the on-demand delivery space.
“The opportunity has come now for startups – which really tech companies are at heart – to start to work out ways to remove a lot of friction from that delivery process,” he says.
“We’re focused on consumer to consumer delivery or small business to consumer delivery. There is a lot of opportunity at this moment for startups to really think about how we reinvent a lot of the models that have been around for a long time.”
Springing from social enterprise TuShare, Sendle also offsets the emissions generated from its parcel delivery service.
“To send a package can take upwards of three kilograms of carbon dioxide,” Moody says.
“In that case the amount of carbon dioxide created may weigh as much as the package itself.”