A new shipping and delivery app called Roadie has just been released from its beta testing phase and is now active in nine Southeastern states: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Roadie is a delivery ride-sharing app, similar in many ways to Uber. The business works by hiring "Roadies" who want to make some extra money by driving. Before hiring a Roadie, the company verifies that the individual has a valid driver's license, and takes note of the person's vehicle and insurance information. CEO and founder Mark Gorlin has reported that they will also be conducting driver background checks in the future and working off of a customer rating system.
If a customer has, for instance, bought something that is too big to carry home, they can use their app to hire a Roadie who is traveling their way. If a college student needs something from home, they can find a Roadie who is passing by to pick it up and drop it off. Users pay mileage plus a unilateral base fee, which ranges from $8 to $150, depending on your location.
This way, the user can get their items delivered in a quick and cost-effective manner and Roadies make some extra money by traveling routes they would have taken anyway.
The company is starting out with $10 million in Series A funding, and is working on penetrating the Southeast, particularly around college towns. They then hope to expand to other areas of the country.
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