SparkList – Smart way to Discover and Sell – Mobile App

Sparklist – The smart new way to Discover, Sell and Chat to buy.

German startup accelerator Rocket Internet announced in September that it would launch four new startups in Asia every year. That’s despite the fact that Rocket already has 20 companies operating in Asia; it seems aggressive expansion in the region is a priority.

The newest venture to hit the fray is Sparklist, a hyperlocal mobile classifieds platform fashioned on a consumer-to-consumer model. Sparklist helps connect sellers with buyers around them and differentiates itself from the competition by integrating an instant messaging system within the app. Both parties don’t need to take the transaction offline; if there’s willingness to buy a certain product, then price negotiation and pickup timings can be agreed without having to make a phone call.

Pakistan is the first country where Sparklist launched, with the service having gone live approximately three weeks ago. Currently it’s serving the two largest cities in the country: Karachi and Lahore. Sparklist co-founder Nalla Karunanithy tells Tech in Asia that one of the main reasons they selected Pakistan is because of the rapid smartphone proliferation as well as the propensity for younger consumers to adapt to new technology.


“The beauty of Sparklist is that it allows users to discover new things and sell unwanted goods directly through our app,” says Nalla. “Anyone can download our app […] it’s very hyperlocal but also gives you the opportunity to further discover more items some distance away from you.”

In a drastic shift from other classified portals, Nalla says Sparklist will focus exclusively on facilitating transactions through its app. Users won’t be allowed to post or browse through listings on the web; if they wish to make a transaction, it’ll have to be through their smartphone. “It’s more secure from the sellers point of view as well. They don’t need to make their phone or email address visible to the public as the in-app chat functionality takes care of that,” he adds.

Nalla hinted at possible expansion of Sparklist in other countries where Rocket Internet ventures are present but didn’t disclose further details. He added that monetization is not on the agenda at the moment, and won’t be “at least for the next six months” as their primary goal is user acquisition and building traction.


Ref: Sparklist TechinAsia

Logistics industry – a good place to start a new business

Convincing people that the development of the logistics industry is a scintillating topic is difficult. Bring up supply chain management, cold-chain storage, or international freight shipments and you will probably get a blank stare. But logistics don’t just go round the world—it also makes the world go round, and that’s why some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Uber, Amazon, and Alibaba, are obsessed with it.


From Moving People To Moving Things

Uber is spending serious money on mapping and vehicle technology because it’s not a ride-hailing app. It sees itself as a full-fledged logistics network and the company’s experiments with delivery services—including Uber Cargo and UberRUSH show that its specialty may be handling 24/7 last-mile deliveries in congested urban areas.


Right Here, Right Now

At their core, other on-demand companies like Instacart, Postmates, and DoorDash are also logistics providers that compete to build the fastest and most frictionless connectionsbetween local businesses, delivery staff, and users.


Drones All Over The Place

Many people thought drone delivery programs were a joke or publicity stunt. Companies still need to overcome technical, safety, and regulatory hurdles, but drones can help e-commerce sellers and logistic providers (like Amazon, Walmart, and USPS) make faster and cheaper deliveries to addresses near distribution centers.


Enabling E-Commerce In Asia

India and Southeast Asia boost two of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the world. Unfortunately, they also suffer from woefully underdeveloped logistics networks. Companies using tech to solve that problem include Delhivery and Bangkok-basedaCommerce.


Chilling Out In China

Cold-chain logistics is the complex process of shipping items that need constant refrigeration, like fresh produce and seafood, over long distances. Chinese e-commerce leaders Alibaba and are both trying to grow their grocery delivery business, which has notoriously tight margins, and have invested millions of dollars into new temperature-controlled trucks and warehouses.


Making Freight Less Frightful

International freight shipments are managed with outdated technology, including faxes and emailed spreadsheets. Several startups, including Fleet and Flexport, want to make overseas cargo less hellish for small businesses with tech platforms that make the process as easy as, well, calling an Uber.

Ref: TechCrunch