Logistics is the backbone of the Indian economy. Bengaluru-based logistics startup Vahak is a community and a B2B marketplace for truck owners, transporters, and consignors. The app offers client businesses across India to book transportation online by connecting directly with lorry owners. In simple words, it is – Book, Load & Lorry Online. You can post your inquiry, attach lorries, book trucks online, and bid on truckloads with only a click from your mobile.
The need for trusted transportation
Karan Shaha’s family members, who owned businesses, faced many challenges while booking trucks for transporting their goods. According to Karan, “I got to know from some of my family members who run steel plants and rice mills that booking trucks are a hassle as the rates keep fluctuating and trust issues with transporters, among others.”
He further adds, “Currently, a major portion of the transportation business is done through telephone calls, which results in a lot of confusion, delays, and losses. At the same time, many of the transporters do not have an online presence, which results in a trust gap in the market.”
It prompted the IIT graduate and his friend Vikas Chandrawat to look deeper into the logistics business. After in-depth research and interacting with over 1,000 transport companies and lorry owners, the two IITians in 2019 launched Vahak, the online transport marketplace to provide reliable ground-level transportation.
The Win-win App
Since its launch, Vahak has already crossed 1+ million downloads The startup claims it does not charge the vehicle owners or the users for its services.
Vahak has developed a network of more than five lakh transport companies. With more than 10,000 daily active loads, it serves more than 8,000 locations across the country. The app network now covers transport and logistics hubs across India such as Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Raipur, Bhilai, Bhopal, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Kochi, Chandigarh, Vapi, Surat, Nagpur, Patna, and Indore.
The app is a win-win for both the transporter and the business owner. While transporters can generate leads and create an online brand for their business, business owners can reach out to lorry owners through the app in seconds.
The Way Forward
In order to generate revenue, the startup now plans to introduce additional financial services such as loans and insurance for truckers. The startup is also working on the Vahak app to enable online financial transactions for companies and truck owners.
In July 2021, Vahak raised USD 5 million in its pre-Series A funding through RTP Global, Luxor Capital, and Leo Capital. The startup is looking to deploy the funds towards strengthening the Vahak team and upgrading the app tech. The Bengaluru startup aims to increase its network to over two million transport companies and clock in $1 billion annual GMV in the next 12 months.