Hong Kong logistics unicorn Lalamove unveils foray into the US

Lalamove, an on-demand logistics service active in China, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, has officially entered the U.S. seven years after launch.

As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps millions of Americans home, Hong Kong-based Lalamove believes it can seize the growing demand for delivery services in the country. It makes its debut in the Dallas Fort-Worth area, a major hub for distribution and logistics in the U.S. In days the service will launch in Chicago and Houston.

The startup was one of the first in Hong Kong to hit the $1 billion unicorn valuation mark alongside its archrival GoGoVan. Its business is multifold and highly localized, but essentially it works as an Uber for businesses and individuals that need to move goods within the city.

In China, where it’s known as Huolala (货拉拉), it primarily serves as a broker between shippers who need to send cargo and a network of truck drivers. In Southeast Asia, the business functions similarly with the addition of food delivery for restaurants, a crowded and cash-burning space. In the U.S., its fleet of sedans, SUVs and pickup trucks are available 24/7, allowing it to target customers spanning catering, retail, e-commerce, manufacturing and construction, with fees starting at $8.90.

“Delivery is essential, especially during the pandemic. But many local businesses don’t have or cannot afford in-house fleets, so we’re excited to work with businesses in the Dallas Fort-Worth area to provide same-day, on-demand delivery services to their customers,” said Blake Larson, international managing director at Lalamove and formerly co-founder of Rocket Internet’s Asia-focused e-hailing startup Easy Taxi.

Like GoGoVan, Lalamove was founded by a Hong Kong entrepreneur who was educated in the U.S. Both companies have scored fundings from heavyweight institutions from China and elsewhere.

Lalamove’s investors included Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia Capital China and Xiaomi founder’s Shunwei

Lalamove Launches On-Demand Delivery Service in Dallas-Fort Worth to Help Small Businesses Thrive During COVID-19

With plans to onboard more than 1,000 delivery partners to its platform by the end of 2020, Lalamove aims to make delivery more accessible to local businesses.

Lalamove, a leading on-demand and same-day delivery service provider, today launched its service in Dallas-Fort Worth to empower small and medium-sized companies (SMBs) with the ability to offer fast, on-demand deliveries to their customers.

Prior to Dallas, Lalamove has been operating in 21 markets across Asia and Latin America since 2013, connecting more than 7 million customers with a pool of over 700,000 delivery partners.

Lalamove specializes in tackling last-mile delivery challenges for SMBs across multiple industries, including catering, retail, e-commerce, manufacturing and construction. Leveraging the power of the web, mobile app technology and the sharing economy, Lalamove provides fast, reliable and contract-free services for SMBs looking to add to and/or fulfill their delivery needs.

Lalamove doesn’t impose a revenue share model, so local restaurants can grow their business by adding delivery services to their customers using Lalamove without paying commissions common to specialized food delivery platforms.

Brick-and-mortar shops, such as independent bookstores and clothing boutiques, can fulfill their local orders all at once with Lalamove’s multi-stop delivery feature. Individuals can also use Lalamove to deliver items they sell or purchase at online marketplaces, from a bike to a couch.

“Delivery is essential, especially during the pandemic. But many local businesses don’t have or cannot afford in-house fleets, so we’re excited to work with businesses in the Dallas Fort-Worth area to provide same-day, on-demand delivery services to their customers,” said Blake Larson, international managing director at Lalamove. “Our trained delivery partners are available 24/7 at the touch of a button to take care of all types of delivery and logistics needs.”

Easy Delivery at an Affordable Price

Lalamove offers competitive pricing