[This is a sponsored article with Lalamove.]
There comes a time in an online business’s life when it’s ready to scale, with the intention of expanding to other states or regions to attract more customers, and grow its market presence.
A catalyst for such an opportunity is peak shopping seasons like 11.11, 12.12, or Christmas, which are usually coupled with attractive discounts for Malaysians to purchase gifts for loved ones or themselves.
To bring businesses’ products to interstate customers more easily, Lalamove is ready to take on the load through its affordable long-haul, on-demand delivery service, even on a one-off basis.
Lalamove’s long-haul deliveries can be used in fulfilling last-mile deliveries to customers’ doorsteps, or to supplement a company’s supply chain by reinforcing mid-mile deliveries.
Did you know: Mid-mile deliveries consist of the transportation of goods between two facilities, such as a warehouse that temporarily stores products received from a supplier or production centre and a second facility that ships the order to the end customer.
The service is currently available for deliveries from Klang Valley, Malacca, Penang or Johor, to anywhere within Peninsular Malaysia.
Flexible on-demand and scheduled deliveries
Long-haul deliveries can be a headache as they require advanced planning and are affected by the availability of carriers.
Not to mention, traditional services tend to tie businesses down to a contract, which can be unsustainable for those intending to ship their products interstate on a one-off basis.
To curb these pain points, Lalamove introduced a contract-free, on-demand delivery model enabling businesses to place a long-distance delivery order anytime via its app.
It allows SMEs to quickly get matched with its crowdsourced fleet of 4×4 pickup, van, and lorry drivers to carry loads between 250kg to 4,000kg.
It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, as delivery partners can earn more for each gig when they drive longer distances while fulfilling a company’s logistics needs. Simultaneously, businesses can forgo managing their own delivery fleets.
While on-demand deliveries are favourable to SMEs needing to service urgent orders, there’s also an option to pre-schedule long-haul deliveries up to 30 days in advance.
The on-demand delivery model can enable businesses to scale up or downsize their long-haul delivery volumes easily, providing them flexibility.
Affordability to stay lean
Cost-wise, Lalamove states that its interstate delivery rates are affordable. It charges a fixed base fare for each vehicle type, and fees are added on for each subsequent km.
For example, if you were to order a small 10ft lorry to deliver a load of up to 1,000kg, the base price for the first 10km will cost RM60.
Subsequently, any extra km will be charged according to the pre-determined fares. You can also choose up to 19 stops en route to the final destination.
This one-off affordable interstate delivery service contributes to an SME’s agility as it stays lean, especially when the business only needs to leverage the service for seasonal shoppers.
Easy pick-ups and drop-offs
Another element worth highlighting is that you can get Lalamove to pick up your goods directly from your location, instead of dropping off your cargo at its dedicated logistics points.
Thus, if you’re running your small business from home, you can set that as your pick-up location and simply wait for the Lalamove vehicle to arrive.
With the coupon code LALONGHAUL, first-time users will enjoy 50% off deliveries, while existing customers will get 30% off deliveries for 4×4 pickup, van, and lorries (capped at RM100).
The long-haul delivery option can be found on the home screen of Lalamove’s app which is downloadable on the App Store and Google Play Store. On-demand deliveries can also be made 24/7, subject to driver availability.
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