November 29, 2023

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Pakistani ecommerce logistics startup Rider seeking to purchase BlueEx

KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Pakistani ecommerce logistics startup Rider, backed by YCombinator, is seeking into acquiring BlueEx (UNIV.PSX) the only stated Convey Courier Logistics Firm in Pakistan, it advised Reuters on Thursday.

Undertaking funding in Pakistan plummeted to $6.8 million for the duration of the 3rd quarter of 2023, dropping 87.7% year-on-calendar year from the $55 million throughout the corresponding period of time in the former yr, immediately after a international funding crunch and troubling macroeconomic and political instances in the South Asian country.

“We are carving out and attaining the e-commerce logistics enterprise which at present operates under the brand name title BlueEx. This is not an acquisition of Universal Network Process Restricted as a complete,” mentioned Salman Allana, founder and CEO of Rider.

If the transaction goes via, this will be the to start with acquisition of a stated company by a startup, and the to start with big acquisition of a enterprise listed on Pakistan’s Expansion Company Market place (GEM) board at the Pakistan Inventory Exchange (PAKS.PSX).

The GEM Board is a listing system designed to aid expansion enterprises, no matter whether little, medium or greenfield organizations, for their capital increasing requires.

Even though Rider has not disclosed the transaction value, it statements the acquisition will make Rider the third biggest player in the ecommerce logistics place.

“That by now puts us ahead of certain legacy players. Our contenders in the leading a few are legacy enterprises who have managed their guide by way of nationwide providers,” he additional.

Allana explained the acquisition will enable the startup to reach its intention of delivering one particular million month-to-month orders for around 3,000 merchants across 700 shipping spots including that the acquisition would allow for Rider to make the best use of BlueEx’s robust presence in the compact and medium sized enterprise segment.

Rider has elevated $5.4 million in funding to date from intercontinental and nearby buyers including YCombinator, World-wide Founders Funds, Flexport Fund, i2i Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Soma Cash, Rebel Fund, TPL e-Ventures and far more.

Reporting by Ariba Shahid in Karachi Editing by Michael Perry

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Ariba Shahid is a journalist dependent in Karachi, Pakistan. She primarily addresses financial and fiscal news from Pakistan, along with Karachi-centric tales. Ariba has beforehand worked at DealStreetAsia and Earnings Magazine.