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A Blowhorn driver unloads his truck in India.
Story: COVID-19 India

Blowhorn Moves Essentials Across India While Supporting Drivers’ Livelihoods

COVID-19 Project Overview

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Blowhorn played a crucial role in connecting customers with local truck drivers through a mobile app and website to move deliveries under two tons. A platform directly linking the customers with truck drivers helped in eliminating the middlemen and improving the incomes of the drivers.

During the lockdown in India, the company’s intra-city logistics work became even more necessary to enable swift deliveries of essential supplies. In the ongoing response to the coronavirus, Blowhorn ensures producers can deliver essentials to consumers quickly, small businesses can transport goods affordably, and e-commerce companies can deliver goods in the same day.

By leveraging innovative technology and a nimble business model that supports mini-truck drivers, Blowhorn is helping people in Bangalore get essential goods during the pandemic.

Blowhorn workers in India are helping move food and supplies for COVID-19 relieft efforts.
Blowhorn workers in India are helping move food and supplies for COVID-19 relief efforts.

We recognized how Blowhorn could help during the COVID-19 lockdown by enabling transportation of food, supplies, and grocery kits to individuals and families in need across Bangalore.

Mithun Srivatsa, Blowhorn CEO

How it Helps

Because of its focus on logistics within a city, its fulfilment capabilities, and its strong tech platform, Blowhorn is able to support a wide range of customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is building a fast-growing business in a sector that became a front-line defense in these challenging times. Because of the risks involved in last mile delivery, Blowhorn also raised funds to provide these COVID-19 response heroes with health insurance.

The national lockdown made it difficult for companies to get permission for moving essential goods across India. Many drivers lost work as a result and those who are migrants started moving back to their hometowns. At the start of the lockdown, Blowhorn navigated each city’s regulations to get all such drivers back to work. The company’s tech platform was critical to moving essential goods across cities and providing same-day service. The Blowhorn team also came forward to help relief workers distribute food supplies and grocery kits to citizens in need. Tejasvi Surya, a member of Parliament of India representing Bengaluru South, participated in the efforts and recognized Blowhorn for its service.

Moving forward, Blowhorn is incorporating lessons learned during the lockdown to continue providing stellar service. Its efficiency and two-hour delivery model are two differentiators that came in handy during the crisis.

Enabling Livelihoods During a Pandemic and Beyond

In a time when many people are struggling to keep their jobs, Blowhorn is enabling drivers to earn a livelihood and make a positive impact on people in need. To make this possible, the company handles fast-changing compliance requirements so drivers can move freely and focus on their deliveries. This work began before the pandemic — and it will continue long after with help from Blowhorn’s partners. The company’s coronavirus response and promising business model continue to attract investors who want to support its efforts.

To date, Blowhorn has increased the income of drivers on its platform by 20-25 percent during the lockdown period and average driver earnings on that platform are nearly INR 30k ($400) per month.

Foundation Project Lead

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