Picup is a local start-up making its strides on the Cape Town and Johannesburg streets. It is an ‘on-demand' delivery service of documents, packages, parcels and incidentals.
Picup uses contracted drivers providing picup and delivery services faster and hassle-free. Using the Picup app hosted on the WeChat platform, users request a driver to collect or deliver goods to and from a determined location. Picup works just like the Uber app.
CapeTalk/702’s Redi Tlhabi spoke to Antonio Bruni, co-founder of Picup, who said the idea of starting Picup came to him when he was doing his online shopping and the parcel he urgently needed only arrived five days later.
After he established Picup, Bruni says he approached WeChat - a free messaging and calling app to partner with them and they liked the idea.
Listen to the full conversation with Redi Tlhabi below:
Picup makes use of different modes of transport like bicycles, scooters or cars – depending on the size of the package.
Going forward, Bruni said he is hoping to work with local courier companies because Picup has managed to bridge the gap and offer services that these companies have been lacking.
Rather than having a conflict in the market, we see our services as collaboration solution.— Antonio Bruni, co-founder of Picup
Bruni said they have recently launched Picup business, which is a web-based platform that allows businesses to register online.