Taxi Lineup, a new service launched recently in Sydney, allows taxi drivers to deliver parcels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Since inception at the end of March, the young start-up has seen a steady growth and after just a couple of months of operations, the Sydney-based company is ready to expand its activities to more cities across the country.
With a network of more than 300 registered taxi drivers operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Newcastle, Taxi Lineup already services daily bookings (with a weekly growth rate of around 40%) for individuals and businesses across these cities. It was developed by Australian business owner Anthony Lechner after he searched unsuccessfully for a cost-effective platform to get urgent deliveries across town at any time or day of the week.
How exactly does Taxi Lineup work?
The premise is simple. Taxis provide a large network of registered drivers that can be tracked across the city and suburbs, and are on the road 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Existing local courier services are mostly restricted to business hours delivery and a limited fleet of vehicles.
The Taxi Lineup application development team has been simplifying and improving its booking process to allow customers to book instantly, with no account requirements.
Users are able to track bookings from pickup to delivery. Taxi Lineup offers three delivery services, 1-hour, 3-hour and same day (6-hour).
In the fast lane with the pedal to the metal
Taxi Lineup’s driver network is increasing 30% per week, and taxi drivers are seeing the service as a new important source of income. Some drivers already earned more some days with parcel deliveries than with passenger rides.
The team is looking to expand to all the capital cities in Australia including Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart as well as important regional cities like Gold Coast, Wollongong, Geelong and Launceston.
And even that is not the chequered flag for Taxi Lineup. The start-up is also taking enquiries from interests internationally including Europe, USA, Asia and Africa.