The London-based on-demand delivery service Quiqup has received a “multi-million pound Series A” funding from two backers, the takeout ordering company Delivery Hero and Global Founders Capital, which is the investment arm of Delivery Hero’s part-owner Rocket International, an eCommerce company based in Germany.
TechCrunch reported Tuesday (Sept. 15) that Quiqup, which serves central London, allows users to order virtually anything for delivery door to door. The company’s delivery staff, known as Quiquees, are tasked with traveling to a store, restaurant or other locale, buying the item and getting it to the recipient within an hour. Under the company’s revenue model, there’s a delivery charge and also a percentage charged on the item delivered.
In an interview with TechCrunch, Quiqup, which launched a year ago in September, said that its technology (specifically its app) allows storefronts to become eCommerce players. “We consider ourselves the white knight for local businesses, where we aim to provide them with more visibility and reach through mobile and Web platforms and access to a real-time logistics solution,” the company said. Thus far, the company said, it has served up items across fashion, electronics, food and other areas, with a total of more than 100,000 orders. Quiqup will allow hungryhouse to make further inroads into the U.K. with the eponymous hungryhouse Express, the companies told TechCrunch.
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The website posited that Delivery Hero might be planning to offer delivery from more upscale restaurants, which puts the duo up against other companies like Deliveroo. In reference to competitive positioning, Quiqup told TechCrunch that among other differentiators, it is the only on-demand service that delivers breakfast, and the company plans to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.