Shadowfax receives $22 million in Series C funding – poised to become the market leader in last mile express logistics segment
• NGP Capital leads this round with Qualcomm Ventures, Mirae Asset andexisting investor Eight Roads Ventures
• Company projects 150% YOY growth for the next 5 years
• Funds to be utilised for rapid expansion; aims to connect 4 lakh partners to the platform by 2021
Shadowfax, India’s market leader in the Online-2-Offline (O2O) logistics segment, announced today that it has closed$22 millionin Series C funding led byNGP Capital. Qualcomm Ventures (the investment arm of Qualcomm Incorporated), Mirae Assetandexisting investor,Eight Roads Ventures, also joined the oversubscribed equity round.
Shadowfax survived the O2O logistics industry’s chaotic infancy period to emerge as the winner amongst India’s hyperlocal delivery start-ups. The company’s unique futuristic platform makes delivery seamless for diverse categories of products like grocery, food, fashion and electronics.Shadowfax currently fulfils 90,000 unique orders per day. It has multiplied its capabilities three-times in the last 16 monthsalone and is projecting 150% year-on-year growth for the next five years. The company will use the funds for a concentrated 360 scale-upand by the year 2021 it aims to connect 4 lakhnewbusinesses and Delivery Partners to its platform, up from the current 40,000 connections.
Speaking on the funding, Abhishek Bansal, CEO, Shadowfax, said, “We are extremely glad that the market has recognised our work and our potential. This latest funding is a manifestation of the investors’ faith in us and our technology. We are ready to take multiple steps forward towards our mission of connecting the next million micro entrepreneurs and suppliers in logistics using a singular platform to bridge the information gap and eradicate inefficiencies across the value chain.”
He further added, “Shadowfax is continuously growing and delivering enviable results in a demanding and burgeoningO2O logistics sector where many other players have not been able to survive. Ourtechnology, Frodo, gives us the edge by driving cost optimisations and enabling us to achieve higher service levels. The unique Shadowfax platform works on the concept of flattening the demand curve across the day which also ensures a much higher earning for our rider partners”.
NGP Capital has been investing in the sector globally. Upal Basu, Partner at NGP Capital said, “The rise in Indian consumers’ expectations for door-step deliveries at a time of their convenience has created a critical need for a national last-mile, independent logistics provider that can serve the needs of these demanding consumers and diverse suppliers at scale. The team at Shadowfax has demonstrated its ability to scale and serve customers using sophisticated mobile technologies and strong execution capabilities to create India’s last-mile logistics leader. We are excited to be a part of Shadowfax’s team and look forward to helping the company continue its rapid growth”.
Speaking about this investment, Varsha Tagare, Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures India, said, “We were impressed by Shadowfax’s ability to deliver efficiencies in the hyperlocal segment by harnessing the power of mobile. We look forward to supporting the company through our investment and enabling collaborations with technical experts, who have domain expertise in mobile, to help the company’s quest towards delivering enhanced user experiences”.
Ashish Dave, Head – India Venture Investments for Mirae Asset said, “As we move into the next phase of Indian O2O story, the market needs efficient and distributed hyperlocal logistics platforms such as Shadowfax that serve evolving customer needs of faster and cheaper product delivery. Shadowfax marks our first of many other investments to follow in India”.
Shadowfax previously raised funds amounting to $ 18.5 million from Eight Roads Ventures in 2015 and 2016.
Affirming his faith in Shadowfax, Aditya GurunathSystla, Principal at Eight Roads Ventures, said, “Eight Roads Ventures’ backing of Shadowfax in this third funding round reflects our belief in the Shadowfax model and its ability to deliver outstanding results to customers. It’s been a fascinating ride so far, and weare excited to see the next chapter of the Shadowfax story unfold.”
Shadowfax, founded in 2015, has successfully outrun its competitors with its unique Frodotechnology, an AI based location stream processing engine which enables high frequency decision-making which in turn drives cost optimisation and enables the highest service levelsin the industry. Shadowfax has been able to maintainhigh partner efficiency which has enabled best in class unit economics of 20% on a transaction level.
Currently present in 80+ cities across India, the company plans to increase coverage to 100+ locations in the next three months.
Shadowfax, based in Bengaluru, a brainchild of two IIT Delhi alumni, started in 2015 with an aim to make instant deliveries a reality in India. Its logistics gateway for businesses, operating on a plug-and-play format, offers an on-demand delivery service platform to its clients. The technology enables customers to make fast, safe and reliable deliveries by instantly connecting them (businesses/e-tailers/retailers) with the company’s extensive network of 30,000+ Delivery Partners spread across 80+ cities and towns in India.