Startup Spotlight #25: UlakApp

In the Ottoman Empire, the messengers who conveyed important news or document from one place to another were called “Ulak”.…


In the Ottoman Empire, the messengers who conveyed important news or document from one place to another were called “Ulak”. This messenger organization had a very different systematic. In order to transport a new, a document or an item, first “Ulak” used to take the road. After the first “Ulak” had completed a day’s distance, he would transfer what he was carrying to another messenger. The second “Ulak” used to continue the mission. Then the second messenger traveled a day and then handed over the task to the other messenger. This process used to continue until the goal is achieved. Thus, the messengers were less tired and the delivery man was vigorous and healthy at the time of delivery.

Although it is quite surprising that the word “Ulak” gave its name to a technology company after centuries, UlakApp really deserves its name. UlakApp, plays an important role in the delivery sector and seems to show more in the coming years.

What is your first name?

Sabri Sami

 

Welcome, Eylem! What is your surname?

Toker

 

What is the name of your startup?

ULAK

 

What is the website address of EKMOB??

https://www.ulakapp.com

 

Where is your startup based?

Turkey

 

What are your targeted verticals for your startup?

SmartCity

Machine Learning / AI

Mobility / Logistics

 

Tell us what your startup does.

ULAK is a last-mile delivery problem solver that uses crowdsourcing for couriers and dispatch algorithm with artificial intelligence for same-day fast delivery.

 

Tell us about your team.

ULAK consists of 4 passionate people who have more than 15 years of experience in their own field, who now want to provide a unique solution to last-mile delivery problems.

 

When and why did you found your startup?

It all started in South Africa when I first used UBER in 2014. I was fascinated by its simple solution to fast delivery in a metropolitan city. I started to think about its possible implications in same-day delivery.

 

What are your key and unique features?

ULAK provides risk-free delivery for the e-commerce and food industry by providing a courier pool that has 5000+ freelance couriers in its database. The right assignment to right courier is done via the AI dispatch algorithm, which with its multi-pack and multi-address delivery option, shortness the delivery time.

 

What is your growth like?

ULAK integration with Yemeksepeti Vale brought 120 K deliveries in 1 year, with 1 M KMs driven in all Turkey. Right now we are working on our integration with E-bay.

 

Tell us about the numbers that matter to you.

ULAK integration with Yemeksepeti Vale brought 120 K deliveries in 1 year, with 1 M KMs driven in all Turkey. Right now we are working on our integration with E-bay.

 

What are your plans for next year and the next 5 years?

As we are going to become eBay vendor, next year will be our growth year in e-commerce within Turkey. From there we are planning to expand to Dubai and London in 3 years. Our R&D for 5 years is focused on autonomous delivery via drone delivery that can deliver 15 kgs of package.

 

Did you receive any investments?

No

Tell us 3 startups that excite you, and why?
Ubereats, Orkestro, Talabat

 


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