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Pathao
Native name
পাঠাও
Transportation network company
Industry
Founded March 2015; 3 years ago (2015-03)[2]
Founders Hussain M Elius
Shifat Adnan
Fahim Saleh[3][4]
Headquarters Banani, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Area served
Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Gazipur, Hathazari, Tongi, Savar, Ashulia, Narayanganj, Keraniganj [5]
Key people
Hussain M Elius
(CEO)
Products Mobile app, website
Services
Number of employees
500+ [6]
Divisions Pathao Food
Pathao Parcel
Website pathao.com

Pathao (Bengali: পাঠাও); is a Bangladeshi transportation technology company headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh and its operating services in 3 main cities of Bangladesh. Currently it is operating in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet along with several suburbs of Dhaka and Chittagong. Besides ride-sharing services, it operates E-Commerce, Marchant Delivery, Courier and Food Delivery services .[7]

Pathao is a Bengali word meaning 'To Send Something'. [8]


History[edit]

Pathao started their journey as a delivery service back in 2015 with own fleet of motorcycles and cycles. They acted as a delivery service for several E-Commerce Services of Bangladesh, including Daraz of Alibaba Group (then Rocket Internet). [9] Later on 2016, Pathao started bike sharing services on mid-2016 and had successfully signed up more than 100000 drivers and around 1 million users by March of 2018 across the country. [10] In an interview with TechCrunch, Pathao CEO Hussain M Elius confirmed that Pathao currently has a fleet of 50,000 bikes and the company is valued over $100 million as of April, 2018. [11]


Financing[edit]

Pathao received around $1 million in their initial Seed Funding from Battery Road Digital Holdings LLC. on 2015 and 2016. Later on 2017, Pathao received $2 million from GO-JEK for Series A funding. Pathao also successfully received $10 million as Series B funding from GO-JEK on 2018. Pathao currently has 5 investors in total along with 3 lead investors. [12] [13]


Operations[edit]

Pathao follows a 'One App for All' unlike Uber, providing all of their services through one app. They update their app on a frequent basis to make the overall app navigation simpler and easy for all.

Services[edit]

Pathao currently provides ride sharing, parcel, food delivery and On demand Transport Sharing services in 3 major cities of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. Food Delivery services is currently available only in Dhaka Metropolitan Region only. Pathao is planning to launch a Mobile Financial Service by 2019. [14]

Ride Sharing[edit]

Pathao provides on-demand ride sharing services through motorcycles and cars. Both the driver and the passenger requires to have a Android or iOS internet and GPS-enabled smartphone in order to avail the service. Pathao uses similar algorithm like Uber and Lyft to match the passenger with a driver nearby heading towards destination. It has more than 50,000 registered vehicles across the country. Ride sharing service is available in the following cities and suburbs:

Parcel[edit]

One can send small to medium sized parcel inside Dhaka city with a minimal cost using Pathao app. The parcel delivery is usually done through bicycles for nearby locations and motorcycle for longer distances. This service also requires the delivery person and sender to have a GPS enabled smartphone, and similar technologies like ride sharing to match with delivery person nearby. [15]

Merchant Delivery[edit]

Merchant Delivery solution was the basis of foundation of Pathao back in 2015. Pathao delivers in Dhaka, Gazipur, Savar, Narsingdi, Narayanganj, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Brahmanbaria cities using their own fleet of Bicycle, Motorcycle and Pickup Vans with a minimum cost of 60 Taka and maximum cost of 180 Taka. They also provide nationwide delivery using courier agents like Sundarban Courier and SA Paribahan. Pathao accepts Cash-On-Delivery and Return of Products on behalf of their merchants as well.

Food Delivery[edit]

Pathao delivers food to any corner of Dhaka city within 45 minutes of order using bicycle deliveries for avoiding Dhaka traffic.

Legal Issues[edit]

Upon Uber launching in Dhaka on November 22, 2016 , Bangladesh Road & Transport Authority (BRTA) declared Ride Sharing Services illegal in Bangladesh due to conflicts with Bangladesh Motor Vehicles Act.[16] Uber along with several local Ride-sharing services like Pathao, Amar Ride and Bahon petitioned against the rule and later lobbied the government to formulate draft bill to make Ride-sharing services legal. Though the government ban was still on effect, the services remained open to public and the general public welcomed the initiative as well. On December 03, 2017, the BRTA formulated a guideline for Ride-sharing services and most of the Ride-sharing services including Uber was given Operation License by February, 2018. [17]

The CNG Autorickshaw Drivers of Dhaka and Chittagong went on a strike from December 27 to December 28, 2017 with 8-point demands that included imposition of ban on ride-sharing services, especially Uber and Pathao. They faced a huge backlash from general public as the CNG Autorickshaw Drivers are notoriously known for taking extra fare than meter, breaking traffic rules and misconduct with passengers. [18] Later, the CNG Autorickshaw Drivers declared that they'll be joining the Ride-sharing services from February, 2018 in Dhaka and Chittagong. Though Pathao didn't confirm about integration of CNG Autorickshaw in their services, one of the official of Uber said that they've plans to integrate CNG Autorickshaw in future as they've done in India and Pakistan. [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Pathao', not just a ride service, it's a courier service as well". dailyasianage.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  2. ^ "স্মার্ট পেশা হিসেবে 'পাঠাও' বেছে নিয়েছেন শতাধিক তরুণ". jugantor.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Passing Jam will easily reach the destination of Pathao's bikes". ittefaq.com.bd (in Bengali). Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Meet the minds behind the success of Pathao". dhakatribune.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  5. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BiHD2OGFz4j/?hl=en&taken-by=pathaobd
  6. ^ https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/27/bangladeshs-version-of-go-jek-raises-over-10m-in-a-round-led-by-go-jek/
  7. ^ "বাড়তি ভাড়ায় শুরু হলো 'পাঠাও কারস্‌'". banglanews24.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  8. ^ "Uber and Pathao". thedailystar.net. Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  9. ^ "Pathao will now also send cars". prothom-alo.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  10. ^ http://www.thebangladeshpost.com/national/28906
  11. ^ https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/27/bangladeshs-version-of-go-jek-raises-over-10m-in-a-round-led-by-go-jek/
  12. ^ https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/27/bangladeshs-version-of-go-jek-raises-over-10m-in-a-round-led-by-go-jek/
  13. ^ https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/pathao#section-investors
  14. ^ https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/27/bangladeshs-version-of-go-jek-raises-over-10m-in-a-round-led-by-go-jek/
  15. ^ https://pathao.com/parcels
  16. ^ https://m.bdnews24.com/en/detail/bangladesh/1248033?
  17. ^ http://www.thedailystar.net/country/uber-and-pathao-ride-apps-get-government-nod-need-brta-permit-1520146
  18. ^ http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2017/11/27/cng-auto-rickshaw-workers-strike-in-december-not-in-november/
  19. ^ http://en.prothomalo.com/science-technology/news/169624/CNG-run-auto-rickshaws-join-ride-apps

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