Bolt to Launch 15-Minutes Grocery Delivery in Prague

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The Estonian startup Bolt, which is known mainly for operating an alternative taxi service, will launch a new service in the Czech Republic. Bolt Market will start delivering food and hygiene products within fifteen minutes of ordering. 

“We are going to launch it in the coming months not only in the Czech Republic but also in other Central European countries,” said Jakub Dvořák, the company’s country manager.

“We will have several warehouses located in the city and we will use the current courier network to be able to deliver it within 15 minutes from the moment you click the order button. We see that there is a great demand for this service not only in the Czech Republic but in the world,” he adds.

Delivery will be provided by existing couriers and drivers using Bolt applications. This could be a problem for the new service, as the entire segment has been experiencing a shortage of drivers in recent months, leading to higher prices due to growing demand for the release of pandemic measures.

In recent months, Bolt has been attracting new drivers to a 25,000 entry bonus.

Bolt Market will focus mainly on groceries and basic hygiene needs, “but we do not want to compete with other services on the market, such as Košík or Rohlík, but precisely with speed.

In an interview with Forbes, Bolt’s chief product officer Jevgeni Kabanov said that moving into dark stores comes as a part of a “larger strategy” around Bolt’s food vertical.

Numerous online groceries have emerged in the past year with a similar “15 to 30-minutes delivery” business model if we take a glance.

“This [15-minute delivery] is what most of these dark stores are targeting and this is definitely what we will target,” Kabanov said.

Founded in 2013, by Markus Villig, Bolt is currently the biggest player on the micro-mobility market in Europe and Africa.

It offers ride-hailing and micro-mobility (with e-scooters and electric bicycles), plus food and parcel delivery, and has over 50 million customers in 200 cities in 40 countries.


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