Lalamove expands its ride-sharing delivery system to the Philippines


Described as Asia’s ‘Uber for logistics’, Lalamove by EasyVan has launched its on-demand goods delivery service in the Philippines, making it the 29th market that the application-based system is available in.

Originally launched in Hong Kong in 2013 as EasyVan, Lalamove is the leading on-demand delivery technology platform in Asia. Through its groundbreaking mobile and desktop platform, Lalamove connects hundreds of thousands of customers with tens of thousands of professional van, motorcycle, truck and truck drivers, who use their own vehicles to deliver goods and packages of all types. The company has revolutionized this segment of the logistics industry with innovations such as instant order matching, GPS vehicle tracking, 24/7 services and driver ratings. The system fulfills customers’ goods moving needs and helps drivers get more business without increasing the number of vehicles on the road.

Lalamove has stated its game plan in the Philippines to be one of catalyzing the growth of Filipino MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) by tapping into the country’s ride-sharing economy, using drivers who are already on the road to provide end-to-end logistics services to its clients, with deliveries that can often be completed within the hour. By not deploying additional riders or drivers on the road, Lalamove efficiently enables end-to-end logistical fulfillment, while helping decongest the critical traffic situation in the Philippines.

The platform enables MSMEs to keep up with their customer’s demands in a smarter and more cost-efficient way. The company’s business model also enables both single and multiple drop-offs, helping business owners avoid having to make multiple bookings per delivery. By removing the overhead costs of owning a vehicle and hiring a driver, Lalamove is able to offer its services at a much lower cost for users. The company says that its business model not only benefits customers and businesses, as well as alleviating traffic situation in the Philippines, but also provides additional opportunities for full-time and part-time drivers to earn as much as three times a driver’s regular income.

Lalamove currently has operations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and many Chinese cities. The company is currently partnering with IKEA in Singapore and Google in Hong Kong. In January 2016 Lalamove announced that it had completed two million deliveries across 15 cities, and expanded its available fleet to 30,000 couriers.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).