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Contxto – The pandemic is putting a damper on many businesses’ expansion plans. But Bolivian delivery startup Yaigo entered Guatemala just in time.
As of March 10, its delivery staff can be found zipping consumer goods here and there to users in this Central American country. And its timing is just right, as delivery startups are now overloaded with work, and any new participant may make the difference for users waiting for medicine or food deliveries.
Upon its arrival, Yaigo also stated it intends to enter El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica within the next three months.
Yaigo of Bolivia in Guatemala
The startup is all about deliveries in its various forms.
There’s a service so users can receive food, groceries, or anything from the pharmacy. Its team can also work to run errands whether it’s delivering documents, packages, or anything else that might eat up a chunk of your time.
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Lastly, there’s “Yaigo Business.” Through this option, the startup delivers goods on behalf of companies.
All these services are useful given that everyone is being encouraged (or obliged) to stay home because of you-know-who.
And the fact that it chose to enter Guatemala first was no coincidence.
Yaigo selected this country because of its strategic location within the region. The startup had originally planned to connect with 300 businesses for the next three months. In addition, sources report that Yaigo had intended to launch a new ride-hailing service sometime in March.
Although at the moment, the Guatemalan government has imposed an obligatory curfew due to the pandemic. As a result, the startup will only be able to complete deliveries until 3 pm. Not to mention that since people are going out less, it might not be the best time to release a passenger service.
Darn you, coronavirus!
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