Indian logistics startup Xpressbees raises $110 million

Manish Singh
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A Blue Dart Express Ltd. employee checks packages during the overnight sort at the company's joint hub with DHL Express India Pvt. in Cargo Terminal 3 at Bengaluru International Airport in Bengaluru, India, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Blue Dart, a unit of DHL Express, is adding a Boeing Co. 757 freighter to its fleet of five in the South Asian country and building warehouses for sellers using portals such as Amazon.com Inc. and Flipkart.com, Malcolm Monteiro, chief executive officer of DHL eCommerce, said in an interview in Mumbai. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Blue Dart Express Ltd. employee checks packages during the overnight sort at the company's joint hub with DHL Express India Pvt. in Cargo Terminal 3 at Bengaluru International Airport in Bengaluru, India, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Blue Dart, a unit of DHL Express, is adding a Boeing Co. 757 freighter to its fleet of five in the South Asian country and building warehouses for sellers using portals such as Amazon.com Inc. and Flipkart.com, Malcolm Monteiro, chief executive officer of DHL eCommerce, said in an interview in Mumbai. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Xpressbees, an Indian logistics firm that works with several e-commerce firms in the country, said on Monday it has raised $110 million in a new financing round as online shopping booms in the world’s second largest internet market.

The Pune-headquartered startup’s Series E financing round was led by private equity firms Investcorp, Norwest Venture Partners and Gaja Capital, the five-year-old startup said. Xpressbees, which concluded its Series D round three years ago, has raised $175.8 million to date, according to research firm Tracxn. The new round valued the startup at more than $350 million.

Xpressbees helps more than 1,000 customers -- including financial and e-commerce services giant Paytm, social commerce startup Meesho, eyewear seller Lenskart, phone maker Xiaomi, online pharmacy NetMeds and online marketplace Snapdeal -- deliver their products across the country. It has presence in over 2,000 cities and towns, and it processes more than 2.5 million orders a day -- up from about 600,000 daily orders last year.

“We have been truly impressed by their strong customer centricity and capital efficiency which has resulted in exceptional feedback from top players in the e-commerce sector!" said Niren Shah, managing director and head of Norwest Venture Partners in India, in a statement.

Xpressbees started its journey within FirstCry, an e-commerce for baby products, in 2012. But in 2015, it became an independent company with Amitava Saha, co-founder and chief operating officer of FirstCry, moving out of FirstCry to become chief executive of Xpressbees. Supam Maheshwari, who co-founded FirstCry and serves as its chief executive, is the other co-founder of Xpressbees.

The startup said it plans to deploy the fresh capital to further automate its hubs and sorting centres, and expand its delivery footprint to cover the entire country. “I am delighted to see the impact we are making in the logistics ecosystem in the country,” said Saha in a statement.

At stake is India’s growing logistics industry, which NVP’s Shah estimated to be worth $200 billion. “We continue to believe that new age technology led logistics players such as Xpressbees will continue to play a pivotal role both in the growth of the e-commerce sector in India,” he added.

E-commerce sales, which account for less than 5% of all retail sales in India, skyrocketed during the pandemic after New Delhi enforced a two-month nationwide lockdown. During their festival sales last month, Amazon India and Walmart-owned Flipkart reported a record surge in their sales. The firms have created more than 150,000 seasonal jobs to accommodate the growing demand of orders. Xpressbees works with over 30,000 delivery staff.

Xpressbees competes with a handful of established firms and startups, including SoftBank-backed Delhivery, which became a unicorn last year, and Ecom Express, which has presence in about 2,400 Indian cities and towns.