Getir rapid-delivery app plans to broaden throughout US in 2022

A Getir scooter in London.


In latest weeks, New Yorkers have began to note couriers in purple and yellow zipping round their metropolis on mopeds.

These couriers, who can be present in Chicago and Boston, are transporting groceries for rapid-delivery app Getir.

Based six years in the past in Istanbul, Turkey, Getir goals to ship on a regular basis necessities from its grocery shops to folks’s entrance doorways in underneath 10 minutes.

This yr, it expanded throughout Europe, the place it competes with the likes of Gorillas and Zapp. Subsequent yr, it is going to be much more centered on the US, the place it can face a complete new stage of competitors.

“One U.S. is the same as all [of] Europe,” Getir CEO and co-founder Nazim Salur advised CNBC in an interview, including that he thinks it is one of the best place on this planet for start-ups to function.

” basketball participant ultimately needs to play within the NBA and the NBA is within the U.S.,” Salur stated. “We performed basketball in Turkey after which the EuroLeague. And now it is time to present our abilities and attempt to make it within the NBA.”

Getir plans to broaden into “many extra” U.S. cities in 2022, Salur stated. The entrepreneur declined to provide a particular quantity, however it can “positively be” greater than 10, he stated.

“To offer you an concept, we opened London 10 months in the past, and at present we’re in 16 cities within the U.Ok.,” he stated, including that the U.Ok. market is 5 occasions smaller than the U.S.

Stiff competitors within the U.S.

Getir, which has virtually 30,000 workers worldwide, will face stiff competitors from a lot bigger corporations in the US, the place Gopuff is the most important and most established participant.

Elsewhere, meals supply agency DoorDash, which has a valuation 5 occasions that of Getir, has launched its personal rapid-delivery service, whereas Uber can be working experiments. Amazon, the world’s greatest e-commerce firm, may additionally transfer into the area.

“There are different corporations who’re coming into our space,” Salur stated. “Some current larger gamers, equivalent to DoorDash.”

There’s additionally a brand new technology of rapid-delivery corporations making an attempt to get a slice of the pie.

A number of New York rapid-delivery startups, together with Jokr and Buyk, have sprung up not too long ago, however Salur claims they do not pose any speedy menace to Getir.

“They’re very new and we’re far more skilled,” he stated. “The competitors there may be not going to trouble us.”

Backed by deep pockets

Getir has raised over $1 billion for its growth efforts, with traders most not too long ago valuing the enterprise at greater than $7.7 billion.

The corporate plans to boost extra capital in 2022, Salur stated, including that he raises cash another way from a few of his rivals.

“Others elevate in panic more often than not and the traders make the principles,” Salur stated. “Once we elevate it’s totally on our phrases.”

Reluctant to dilute his stake within the firm any greater than vital, Salur stated Getir will not tackle more money than it must.

Whereas Getir has been backed by large title traders equivalent to New York hedge fund Tiger World and Silicon Valley enterprise agency Sequoia, not everyone seems to be keen to make bets on rapid-delivery corporations.

Christian Angermayer, who usually invests in startups alongside Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel, advised CNBC that he is not bullish on rapid-delivery companies.

“It’s totally difficult to get the unit economics to work on this sector, and only a few will survive,” he stated. “I regard the present valuation of these corporations extraordinarily exaggerated and hyped.”

Salur plans to take the corporate public in New York finally. He stated this might occur as early as subsequent yr or 2023.

“We’d IPO when the appropriate time is there however then we need to keep on the helm of the corporate in the long run if the scenario permits us in fact,” Salur stated.

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