Local courier service nets $1m in funding

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CarPal aims to double staff strength, launch mobile app targeted mainly at consumers

A local start-up which leverages on the sharing economy to offer on-demand delivery services has netted $1 million in funding.

Launched two years ago, CarPal taps a pool of freelance drivers to deliver small items for businesses such as fresh food suppliers, bakeries and florists.

While CarPal is working with 300 businesses, the consumer segment is one which Mr Hemmes feels can grow to account for at least 10 per cent of his customers.

About 6,000 drivers have signed up with CarPal, but only 1,000 of them are active.

Some 700 of them take jobs for CarPal, the other 300 drive for a subsidiary called PetMate, which is an on-demand pet taxi service.

Mr Hemmes said that before drivers can start, they have to attend an hour-long training session. With the added funding, he said he can hire more staff to do the training at its new office in Anson Road.

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