Sri Lanka’s first and most innovative taxi hailing service, PickMe, has recently rolled out their newest service offering ‘PickMe Trucks’ through their award-winning smartphone app. The new service will now make the transportation of heavy goods on demand, much more convenient, safer and affordable for individuals and businesses in Sri Lanka, with the feature being available at the tip of their finger.
The latest addition to PickMe’s growing vehicle fleet comes in two categories: Light and Mover. The ‘Light’ category truck models come in 7 ½ and 8 feet sizes, and it includes well-known lightweight models including ‘Dimo Batta’, ‘Dimo Lokka’, ‘Yunimo Lokka’, ‘Tata Batta’, ‘Mahindra Maxximo’, ‘Tata super ACE’ and Bolero. Truck models in the ‘Mover’ category are Foton, Isuzu and Mazda, which are 9 ½ & 10 feet in size.
Patrons who wish to use the feature need to only launch the PickMe app on their mobile phones, and select the option ‘Trucks’, and thereafter the process would be similar to booking a taxi. In addition to being hassle-free and affordable, the service provides better efficiency and will ensure that the goods you wish to transport will be delivered to their location safe and sound, while enabling you to track the goods-in-transit through the GPS technology.
Commenting on their latest development, PickMe Chief Executive Officer Zulfer Jiffry said, “I am extremely pleased to introduce our newest service ‘PickMe trucks’ to every Sri Lankan. The unique service offered through a smartphone app in Sri Lanka will not only elevate PickMe’s current offering level, but also enhance the standard levels of Sri Lanka’s transportation industry. This is the journey we have set for ourselves, to revolutionise the transportation sector in the country, which would benefit the people, business and ultimately the economy. Every ride request that we receive every minute of every day in this country is a stirring testament to the trust that we’ve earned from all stakeholders in such a short time.”
“The commitment to finding solutions for the Sri Lankan transportation problems requires translating our vision into a solution that works for all Sri Lankans,” said PickMe Chief Operating Officer Isira Perera. “We are sensitive to the need to expand our fleet of vehicles to meet increased demand, to provide seamless door-to-door transport that arrives within 10 minutes of request, all while enhancing our customer experience. Our services would not only make life easier for households and consumers who wish to transport goods, but also help businesses improve efficiency and reduce capital expenditure which would contribute towards both top line and bottom line growth.”
The PickMe app, which has been downloaded by more than one million Sri Lankans, promoted accountability from the part of the drivers through the usage of a live taximeter. This triggered a host of other beneficial changes that challenged the status quo in the industry, including a fair and a transparent pricing method, passenger and driver safety and a faster and accurate ETA (estimated time of arrival). Coupled with the new-found convenience of booking a taxi and being able to rely on the service, many depend on PickMe for their essential day to day transportation, thus creating substantial demand for taxi services in general.
As the company reaches its milestone 3rd year of success, PickMe has today become a well-established, renowned brand name in Colombo and all around the country. It offers passengers a choice of vehicles to book ranging from tuk tuks, cars and minivans to VIP vehicles. Today, PickMe drivers enjoy the security of a reliable occupation that has elevated their social positioning. Currently, the PickMe platform provides 24x7 customer service, caters to over 17,000 drivers and offers professional services to over 1.5 million passengers spread across five districts in the country.