29th April, 2020
Today 40,000 professional Drivers affiliated with 13cabs begin what is shaping up to be a nationwide pivot into grocery deliveries, launching a partnership with Australian grocery icon Woolworths.
“13cabs with its new 13things instant delivery service was in a perfect position to work with Woolworths to support the increase in demand for online grocery deliveries. We are delighted to provide a professional, ‘no touch’, 24/7 delivery service” says Andrew Skelton, Chief Executive Officer, A2B.
“We believe 13things is a key step in enabling businesses to continue serving their communities in a time of need. We hope 13things is a service that will be of real help and convenience right now.”
The trial commences on Thursday 30 April covering Woolworths stores in Maitland, Swansea, Toronto and Rutherford with deliveries available 7 days per week across several Woolworths delivery windows. Expansion of the partnership is expected over the coming weeks given the unrivalled capacity of 13cabs to provide coverage in regions and towns across the country combined with its fleet strength in our capital cities.
13things is part of a bigger play by 13cabs to meet the need and growing appetite of Australians for instant delivery of goods and packages. Consumers can literally expect their ‘things’ to be picked up in under 10 minutes, 24/7. 13things is a “no touch” delivery service via a fast and nimble 13cabs app and 13cabs web booking system. Australians can now organise the immediate pick up of all their essential (and non-essential) “things” in under 10 minutes without leaving their house.
“We’re finding that business are increasingly willing to engage with us. There’s a hint of nationalism creeping in with a preference for dealing with Australian companies like 13cabs, but once we get deeper into it we find businesses taking more comfort in the fact that each Driver is professionally trained/registered/Police checked, our vehicles are sanitised, gps is tracked by purpose built equipment not just mobile phones, we have safety cameras in each vehicle, each vehicle is commercially insured, and we are backed by 24 hour Australian call centres’ says Andrew Skelton.
The integration with Woolworths is a big moment for us. People might look at it and compare our integration capabilities to other disruptors and miss the actual story. We are a company with technologies, people and products that have evolved over 40 years to solve last mile transport problems for all Australians. We love working with companies that have created their own value chain and need a partner that can contribute by providing a professional transport solution to their value chain.