Ensuring Minimum Delivery Time, ‘The Water App’ Aims To Deliver Quality Drinking Water To Your Doorstep
Water is a vital nutrient and the major constituent of the human body. Humans can survive up to several weeks without food, but only a few days without water.
However, getting access to clean drinking water has become very difficult. And most people who migrate to other cities for work face issues surrounding access to quality drinking water.
To provide a solution to the unregulated drinking water industry, a Hyderabad-based startup created a SaaS platform that monitors water supply chain management, including doorstep delivery to end-users, inventory management, business intelligence reports, and live tracking of delivery among others.
Startup Story: The Water App | Online Water Can Delivery App
The Water App Founder
Founded by Satish Kumar Mohapatra and R Nikhil Kumar in January 2020, The Water App is a DIPP-registered Hyderabad-based startup that allows users to find the nearest water vendors and connect with them to get water delivered in jars, bottles, and cans.
Vendors can also list themselves on the platform, enabling them to move their business online.
The Water App is a SaaS platform that monitors supply chain management of water, including doorstep delivery to end-users, inventory management, business intelligence reports, and live tracking.
“The Water App tackles India’s imperfect water infrastructure. The integrated platform handles the lack of digital footprint and communication between vendors/water suppliers and customers.”
How The Water App Started?
Satish and Nikhil faced challenges in gaining access to clean drinking water when they migrated to other cities for work.
Both usually relied on vendors to get water for drinking purposes. However, sometimes the vendors did not deliver water on time.
And when the issues became unendurable, the duo started researching the gaps in the water supply chain. Both soon realised the drinking water industry was highly unregulated. Not only unregulated, but the industry also lacked tech platforms that could help track the segment.
So, to fill the void and rigidity in the water supply chain, Satish and Nikhil using cutting edge technology, launched The Water App in January 2020.
The startup is mainly targeting households, restaurants, shops, event organisers, companies, and catering businesses.
Explaining the signup process, Satish says,
“Whenever a supplier/vendor/manufacturer signs up on the app, our backend team verifies details like pricing, brands, serving locations, and approves them. If it is also a manufacturer, our quality team visits the plant location and verifies the quality metrics of the manufacturing unit such as TDS and pH, etc.,) and then approves them as an authorised partner.”
USP Of The Water App
To ensures minimum delivery time and reduced cost of delivery, The Water App uses AI-based mapping and routing.
The platform’s AI-based algorithm is designed to precisely reflect and make the most efficient connection, hence benefiting the user, as well as the supplier.
Satish says, “Our system automatically connects nearby users and vendors to reduce the wait time and enhance the efficiency of the supply chain. We also use AI-based re-routing technology for our delivery fleet.”
The startup also uses AI and analytics solutions to notify customers when they are likely to run out of water depending on their last purchase.
Present Situation Of The Water App
As per the founders, The Water App has over 1,000 users, currently, with the app clocking monthly revenue of Rs 50,000.
At present, the startup’s delivery fleet includes ten 4-wheelers and forty 2-wheelers.
Future Plans Of The Water App
The water delivery startup is planning to expand its services in the top 10 water-deprived cities in 2021. These cities include Bengaluru, Chennai, and Coimbatore, with expansion in 20 other cities by 2022.
“We have plans to introduce IoT devices to solve some major problems of the manufacturing units. We will be implementing inventory and accounting management tools in our app so as to ease vendor operations. We are also doing research to develop a product to replace the use of plastic cans.”
Bootstrapped with an initial investment of Rs 15 lakh, the water delivery startup plans to raise funds and expand its services, and include beverages such as milk, flavoured drinks, cold drinks, among others.
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