On a wintry afternoon in 2018, Abid Rashid, who had just returned from Dubai met his childhood friend Sheikh Samiullah. The duo sat over a cup of tea and looked into their challenging lives. They decided to do something more challenging and lucrative. FastBeetle was born.
The duo says that as Kashmir was witnessing a remarkable boom in online businesses with a lot of young entrepreneurs selling clothes and other merchandise using social networking sites, this MBA duo, originally hailing from Srinagar city's Downtown provided a solution to their daily logistic issues.
"I remember; we went to Batamaloo to check on some local shopkeepers in a dingy market. His reply surprised us after he said how much was our capacity to deliver," founder, FastBeetle, Abid Rashid, recalled.
"We later did a lot of business with him and many like him in the market."
Abid Rashid and Sheikh Samiullah, the beetles of Kashmir fly the flight of local businesses in the valley super-fast and safe to the destinations through their tech driven logistics-cum-messenger start-up.
With the realisation and analysis of a real life problem in hand, these two youth entrepreneurs set forth the journey of FastBeetle, which after a gap of nearly three years has now emerged as a pioneering solution for the local businesses especially women entrepreneurs by addressing their shipping needs.
"I worked with an e-commerce organisation for more than a year and realised how very needful and demanding the logistics platform is and how it is going to revamp the community driven by technology and businesses ruled by ecommerce," co-founder, Samiullah says.
"That is when I decided to quit my job and utilise my operations and management skills to empower my people," he recalls.
Meanwhile, Abid Rashid, a tech geek and the brains behind the technical idea, affirms that he decided to stand with his childhood friend, Sami, to come up with a technical solution to the problem. "When I discovered how my mother's paper mache handicraft creativity is dying within the four walls of our house., I thought of working on some unique idea for our own people," he recalls, adding seeing the same scenario related to hundreds of such women from the valley—who cannot fetch jobs out of their homes and want to carry their online businesses that vary from innovative ideas to online retailing, but lacked a platform to reach out to their customers.
The duo partners narrate that their story of success so far has seen many ups and downs. They say the journey began from delivering two orders a day on their two wheeler to getting more than 200 orders delivered by a team of our delivery executives each day now.
"We started recording the orders in an excel sheet to maintain order management system via 3 mobile applications on android as well as iOS and multiple web dashboards."
The two childhood friends say that from operating from a single city to reaching out to multiple cities; this two-year journey was ever challenging.
The Fastbeetles team launched their first mobile application in 2019, the unrest of the article 370 resulting in internet shut down took toll over their consortium.
"This was the most difficult time for us as after our app launch, Kashmir witnessed unprecedented times and internet clampdown then restoration of 2G network."
Staying back to roots
Having expertise in their respective fields and getting numerous opportunities outside their city during this unrest, Abid and Sami could have easily given up on the idea to switch to better options. However, they decided to stick around the dream project of empowering their people and revived it as the 2G internet got restored in the valley at the onset of the year 2021.
The role of courier service companies is indispensable for the smooth functioning of the e-businesses. Bootstrapped Fastbeetle.com is a great way to stay fast and reliable for these businesses and their customers as well. "With our team of dedicated staff, we ensure on-time delivery without any lags and delays," says Abid.