Courier services cash in on online market boom

Dhaka,  Wed,  26 July 2017
Published : 16 Jun 2017, 22:20:18
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Courier services cash in on online market boom

Ismail Hossain


The country's courier services are cashing in on online shopping ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr as most of the smaller size online markets do not have their own.

The customers also prefer buying desired dresses and gift items staying at home and going for shopping online due to nagging traffic jam on streets, heavy crowd at shopping malls and easy access to Internet.

The country's leading brands are also offering Eid products online through their Internet windows.

The courier services have added new vehicles to their fleet to ensure huge deliveries across the country.

"We have appointed personnel and arranged new trucks and covered vans on some routes to maintain huge deliveries," said Mahtab Uddin, a senior official of Elephant Road office of SA Paribahan.

From the very beginning of Ramadan, clients have been rushing to nearby agents to send gift items to their relatives living in other districts of the country or abroad.

During a visit to SA Paribahan office at Elephant Road, it was seen that the queue of customers went beyond the office.

Many of the 'customers' are basically deliverymen of online marketplaces.

Hasan Ali, a delivery man of Jamdani Kunjo, said he will deliver 11 Jamdani sarees to different districts.

He goes to SA Paribahan Elephant Road branch daily to book their deliveries

Major online shopping centres include amarponyo.com, amardeshehop.com, ekhanei.com, biponee.com, ajkerdeal.com, kaymu.com.bd, Bangladeshbrands.com, karigor.com, bikroy.com and rupkathajamdani.com.

None of them, however, has own delivery service across the country. So they take help of courier services.

Apart from leading ones, there are more than 1,000 online marketplaces in the country which are basically Facebook-based. They display their products on a page, take orders on Facebook or phone and deliver them through courier services.

There are around 90 courier services across the country up from only 15 to 20 a few years back. Of the 90, 20 courier services have delivery services across the country.

Siddique Alam, an official of Hatirpool branch of Continental Courier Service, said their earnings have risen by more than 60 per cent due to parcel booking spree ahead of Eid.

He said most of the customers were booking parcels in three sizes of polythene bags which cost Tk 70 to Tk 200 depending on weight.

It was seen on Thursday that a wide variety of freights were being loaded onto vehicles. These include garments, mobile phones, laptops, several other gadgets, home appliances, fridge, television and other necessary goods.

According to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, there are some 70 million Internet subscribers.

Many people, even in rural areas, use Internet on their smart phones and go for online shopping.

According to the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), online sales amount to nearly Tk 200 million per year in the country.

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