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August 20, 2020 12:30 PM, EDT

Volvo Trucks Partners With India’s Delhivery for Express Operations

The new Volvo FM, announced in February. The new Volvo FM, announced in February. (Volvo Trucks)

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Logistics company Delhivery and Volvo Trucks have joined hands to test and deploy a new transport solution for express operations that will help address the challenges in speedy delivery and cost efficiencies of services.

Volvo’s FM 4x2, which has been running in Europe, will be deployed by Delhivery to help the startup achieve faster turnaround time, expand its fleet and increase productivity.

“We are building some of India’s largest trucking terminals at key locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, while expanding and upgrading our own fleet and bringing in more partner fleets,” said Sahil Barua, CEO and co-founder of Delhivery. “Our partnership with Volvo and the first deployment of tractor-trailers in express trucking is a significant step towards getting future-ready.”

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Volvo’s custom-built solution will enhance the efficiency of Delhivery’s Express cargo movement by way of higher-capacity trailers, as well as maintaining an average running time of over 20 hours a day.

“We are building a vital link in the logistic chain,” said Vinod Aggarwal, managing director and CEO of VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd., which manages Volvo Trucks India. “We have seen productivity improving by up to 20%.”

Delhivery’s Barua said the new fleet was introduced into their operations toward the end of 2019 as a pilot and has operated successfully on longhaul lanes. Fleet vehicles are averaging almost 12,500 miles per month, which is significantly higher than industry benchmarks and its own network average.

While the pandemic disrupted operations for companies like Delhivery, Barua said that business was booming once again.

“We are delivering 1.5 million orders per day today, which is more than what we were doing pre-COVID,” Barua said.

Currently, the Gurugram, India-based startup delivers across 2,300 cities, towns and villages across the country every day.

“India is an anomalous market, we don’t have large-scale logistics companies like FedEx and UPS, and that is the space Delhivery wants to be in,” Barua said.

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