Delhivery, India’s largest impartial e-commerce logistics startup, has raised $277 million in what is anticipated to be the ultimate funding spherical earlier than the agency recordsdata for an IPO later this 12 months.

In a regulatory submitting, the Gurgaon-headquartered startup disclosed it had raised $277 million in a spherical led by Boston-headquartered funding agency Fidelity. Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, Abu Dhabi’s Chimera, and UK’s Baillie Gifford additionally participated within the new spherical, a reputation of which the startup didn’t specify.

The new spherical valued the 10-year-old startup at about $3 billion. Delhivery — which additionally counts SoftBank Vision Fund, Tiger Global Management, Times Internet, The Carlyle Group, and Steadview Capital amongst its buyers — has raised about $1.23 billion up to now. The startup didn’t touch upon Sunday.

Delhivery started its life as a meals supply agency, however has since shifted to a full suite of logistics companies in over 2,300 Indian cities and greater than 17,500 zip codes.

It is amongst a handful of startups trying to digitize the demand and provide system of the logistics market by means of a freight alternate platform.

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Its platform connects consigners, brokers and truckers providing street transport options. The startup says the platform reduces the position of brokers, makes a few of its belongings equivalent to trucking — the preferred transportation mode for Delhivery — extra environment friendly, and ensures around the clock operations.

This digitization is essential to deal with the inefficiencies within the Indian logistics trade that has lengthy stunted the nationwide financial system. Poor planning and forecasting of demand and provide will increase the carrying prices, theft, damages, and delays, analysts at Bernstein wrote in a report final month about India’s logistics market.

Delhivery, which says it has delivered over 1 billion orders, works with “all of India’s largest e-commerce companies and leading enterprises,” in response to its web site, the place it additionally says the startup has labored with over 10,000 clients. For the final leg of the supply, its couriers are assigned an space that by no means exceeds 2 sq km, permitting them to make a number of supply runs a day to avoid wasting time.

Indian logistics market’s TAM (whole addressable market) is over $200 billion, Bernstein analysts stated.

The startup stated late final 12 months that it was planning to speculate over $40 million inside two years to develop and enhance its fleet measurement to satisfy the rising demand of orders as extra folks store on-line amid the pandemic.