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Raise your hand if your email inbox is out of control. While your first-world email frustrations grow, Fetchr just got $11 million to deliver mail — real, physical, paper mail — and packages to people’s doors in the Middle East. New Enterprise Associates led the round, and Fetchr says it is the “largest investment of U.S.-based venture funds in the Middle East for a Series A.”
Triple Point Capital, Ben Narasin, Delta Partners, Dhabi Holdings, among others, also backed the round.
Turns out, many places in the world lack a street address, which prevents most people from receiving deliveries like online orders, letters, and (of course) junk mail. Instead, people have to travel to their nearest post office to pick that stuff up.
Dubai-based Fetchr works by allowing you to use your phone’s GPS to set your location. From there, the startup handles delivery and pickup of just about “anything,” from mail to packages and even furniture.
If you have to ship out something, Fetchr picks it up at your location and even packs it for you.
Fetchr works similarly to U.S.-based Shyp. If you have to ship something, you take a picture of the item, and the company packs it in your home and takes it for delivery. It also drops off whatever you ordered when you tell it to, just like Parcel. However, Fetchr integrates GPS to set your location.
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