Yalla Pickup app receives AED1million in funding
Yalla Pickup has registered over 50 businesses and 300 individual customers since 2016
UAE start-up Yalla Pickup has received AED1million in funding from its strategic partner The Box, a provider of self-storage and transportation of goods in the UAE.
Yalla Pickup enables smartphone users to transport large-sized goods by booking the nearest available truck. Within the app or web browser, users can enter the details of the pickup and drop off locations using Google Maps, select the size of the truck required and find out the estimated cost.
Furthermore, the service allows users to track transactions, check account history and generate invoices. Orders can be placed as both pre-scheduled and on-the-go requests, allowing customers to book with as little as 30-minutes processing time for the service.
First formed in 2016, Yalla Pickup has since registered over 50 businesses and 300 individual customers, with the business growth at 200% month-on-month since January 2017.
Elie El Tom, founder and CEO of Yalla Pickup, said: "The shortage of a reliable and safe lorry service dawned upon me when it took me an entire day to move a crate from one place to another. With Dubai advancing towards becoming a ‘smart city', we need to bring more businesses under the fold of efficient technology and connectivity.
"I felt that the days of large trucks painting their contact numbers on the rear are a thing of the past, and Yalla Pickup could fill the gap by connecting these service providers with people who need them. Think of it as ‘Careem', but for large and valuable belongings."
The start-up arrived on the scene when Sheraa, a launch pad for aspiring entrepreneurs in the UAE, unveiled Yalla Pickup as one of the 10 successful start-ups in its inaugural accelerator.