One of the country’s largest platforms for sale and buying of second hand good, Quikr has announced an intercity expansion of its doorstep services.
This will mean that consumers can buy and sell goods across cities and have their goods picked up from or delivered to their doorsteps.
Unlike rival OLX, Quikr had a doorstep service which managed payments, packaging, pick-up and delivery of goods. But this service was offered by charging a commission to the sellers.
As per a report in the Time of India, Quikr has expanded its doorstep delivery service to 900 cities.
"Historically, these transactions have been limited by where and when a buyer and seller could meet, exchange products and money. Intercity takes this smarter solution and amplifies it exponentially by bringing cross-country supply to buyers and demand to sellers," said Anurag Saran, Chief Product Officer at Quikr, in a statement.
As per a report in the Business Standard, Quikr says 30% of used mobile sales on its platform are already happening between cities. It is also seeing demand for shipping of fashion, electronic accessories and collectible products across cities. It expects the demand and supply of products to go up by opening intercity transactions, which will bring more business to Quikr.
Speaking to TOI, Sarath Chandra Gudlavalleti, VP, goods vertical, said, "What started off as a pilot saw great organic traction from get go. We've been amazed at the pace at which intercity has grown - over 30% of transactions happening on Quikr for mobiles are already happening across cities. And it's not just mobiles. We've been watching with fascination as consumers across different cities are buying and selling everything from fashion products to collectibles to computers to accessories. We think this will change the nature of C2C classifieds in a very fundamental way. "
With the launch of platforms like OLX and Quikr, the second-hand market has seen a surge in the country. Amazon too, is trying its luck with the launch of Junglee. The launch of the intercity doorstep service takes Quikr one step ahead of competition.
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