Connect India, CSV and UPS partner on last-mile

Connect India, a last mile delivery company launched in August 2015, has announced their tie-up with United Parcel Service (UPS) and CSC e SPV, a special purpose vehicle formed by the Government of India.

“We aim to become the drop-box for all domestic, international and banking needs in India,” said L. R. Sridhar, founder and CEO of Connect India. “Th e Indian e-retail market is expected to grow to US$20 billion by 2017 and about 3-4 million packages will be delivered in next three years, which can only be achieved by creating last-mile distribution through strategic partnerships.

“Our objective is to connect 100% serviceable pin codes in India, thus, connecting rural India to urban India and India to the world. Th is will entail, fi rst and foremost, evaluating possible business models and riding the wave of mobile Internet connectivity to create a relevant marketplace platform for rural India.

“Even as we explore new alliances to improve our last-mile distribution capabilities, being UPS’s Authorised Shipping Outlet will open up a whole new international market for our customers. Th e tie-up with UPS will help connect potential economic village clusters in India to the 220 countries of the world through reliable trade lines provided by Connect India and UPS,” Sridhar said.

Commenting on the partnership, Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, CEO, CSC SPV, said: “Th e CSCs were designed to be Change Agents as it promotes rural entrepreneurship, builds rural capacities and livelihoods, enables community participation and effects collective action for social change by having a key focus on the rural citizen. It will be mutually benefitting to both CSCs and Connect India as we together establish a robust last mile logistic model and create more job opportunities through this tieup.