B2B ecommerce startup ShipsKart is aiming for an Amazon-like disruption in the maritime industry
In the maritime industry, to make any purchase requires seeking approval from the shipping company’s office, using complicated software to place orders, and still not being sure of the quality of the product. Hence, to streamline the complex process, logistics-focused technology is becoming increasingly important.
Realising the need for this while at the sea, batchmates from Applied Research International, Dhruv Sawhney (34) and Vivek Sahi (35) joined hands with former-lawyer and friend Sunny Bagla to start ShipsKart in 2018.
Delhi-based ShipsKart is a B2B ecommerce marketplace for all maritime solutions.
“We wanted to build an Amazon-like marketplace for the maritime industry,” says Dhruv.
The startup aims to revolutionise the fragmented procurement and supply chain in the maritime and offshore domain. The startup currently has offices in Delhi and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and plans to soon start its first aggregator centre in Mumbai and an office in Dubai.
“We intend to improve the speed, timeliness, efficiency, and quality of procurement process,” Dhruv adds.
In 2018, ShipsKart was selected by PortXL (partners of Port of Rotterdam, Ernst & Young, Shell), as one of the most innovative startups. PortXL also invested €100,000 in ShipsKart BV, their Rotterdam subsidiary.