Have you ever forgotten your laptop at home and wished you could have gone back to get it, only to rethink that because of the traffic? Ever wished for a transportation machine, so that you could be spared the hours of waiting in fumes and dust, all because you were absent-minded?
Srividya Nagaraj and her partner Harish Kumar have come out with an innovative solution for this forgetful problem.
‘Door-to-Door’ is a budding start-up that personally delivers anything, be it a cake to a birthday or a key, documents or a wrist watch that you forgot on your coffee table back home.
“When I got married, I moved to another part of the City from my parents. I would miss my mother’s cooking and when she would get me a gift, I wouldn’t be able to collect it for days at a time because of my hectic schedule. That’s when I realised that there should be some kind of service that can deliver things immediately, unlike couriers, which take a little time,” she says.
So what makes ‘Door-to-Door’ different from a courier service? “Ours is a unique, one-of-a-kind service because we don’t commit to more than one person at a time. No matter how far it is, as long as it is within 10 kg, we deliver it, either using a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler,” she says.
She adds, “Sometimes we need things immediately and that’s what we are there for. It doesn’t make sense to mix up orders because we have made a promise to deliver them as soon as possible and it wouldn’t be right to take the whole day.”
Started in May, ‘Door-to-Door’ already has a booming clientele.
“Although weekdays are slim, with 20 to 25 orders, we get almost 60 on the weekends. We have been approached by venture capitalists but we want to take baby steps for the moment.”
Srividya has taken a liking to helping women entrepreneurs. “A lot of my customers are bakers. My friend’s wife is a baker and I didn’t know how big the confectionery world was until I delivered for her. Most of them are restricted to one particular area because of a lack of transport. These people are home-based entrepreneurs who can’t afford to reach out to a large client-base.”
Once she realised she could be of help, she took to Facebook and was successful. “I posted on a Facebook page about my venture and within three days, I was flooded with requests from people to deliver their food,” she says.
Having already helped out 15 women entrepreneurs, Srividya is confident. “I know it’s going to be the next big thing, people want things instantly,” she