Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam releases Gray Routes interview by IIM Shillong
BITESYS-IIM Shillong, July 2014
Interview of Soubhagya Sahoo, CEO & Co-Founder of Gray Routes by IIM Shillong BITESYS magazine.
"Coordination among the various stakeholders (manufacturers, distributors and retailers, delivery staff) is a major issue of concern. A delivery person has several responsibilities such as receiving calls from customers to locate them, scheduling the agenda in addition to orders from his manager. It is difficult to optimize all these tasks at the same time which leads to loss of time and business. This is where Gray Routes came up with their novel mobile application GrayDrop to coordinate activities such as handling traffic, changing priorities to optimize cost & service levels for a company. It involves intelligent planning of operations and automates simple tasks increasing their profit margin."
Mumbai startup Gray Routes has mobile solutions for big FMCG problems
Snigdha Sengupta June 2013
“Large enterprises across sectors, not just FMCG, face problems monitoring distribution and delivery networks,” says Sahoo, an IIT Kharagpur and IIM Ahmedabad alumnus. He and co-founder Patel, who earlier worked at Google and was vice president of business development of IIT Bombay-incubated startup InOpen Technologies, started incubating the idea last June.
To keep costs down, and especially to make the solutions affordable for rural markets, the company is using cost effective Android solutions that can be deployed on low-cost smartphones.
Mumbai-based mobility solutions startup Gray Routes raises $100K in angel funding
Sonam Gulati July 2013
Mumbai-based mobility solutions provider Gray Routes Innovative Distribution LLC has raised $100,000 (Rs 59.5 lakh) in angel funding from a group of unnamed angel investors in Bangalore and Silicon Valley. The capital raised will be utilised for fresh hiring and patenting some of the solutions developed by the company. The funding was first reported by Startupcentral.in.
Founded in April 2013 by IIM Ahmedabad alumni Soubhagya Sahoo and Sapna Patel, the startup was among the top 75 businesses (out of 14,000-plus startups) at the Economic Times Power of Ideas 2012 competition.
Why Ecommerce Is Like Delivering An Infant!
Inc42.com, October 2014
Guest article by Soubhagya Sahoo, CEO & Co-Founder of Gray Routes for Inc42.com online magazine.
A US-based Fortune 500 Multi-format retailer looking to setup their India infrastructure, one of India’s largest pharma distributor, and a leading Mumbai-based courier service with an International & National delivery footprint are evaluating and delighted with GrayDrop Delivery Force Automation for their last mile delivery and courier automation needs.
It is time, forward thinking courier and e-commerce logistics providers or business owners woke up to a possibility that their manual delivery planning woes and painful delivery days are over, and that there are modern painless ways of delivering delicate or urgent packages with absolute brilliance and utmost care.
GrayDrop Delivery Force Automation receives top IBM Award
Nextbigwhat.com, October 2014
GrayDrop & GrayFOS Automation solutions by Gray Routes received top 30 award at IBM SmartCamp Asia.
GrayFOS provides sales intelligence on the go using real time location & sales analytics built on the cloud. GrayDrop solves the data gap problem in delivery compliance using a Cloud-based Delivery Force Automation software for Enterprises. It provides a unique one-stop solution for handling the most important logistical challenges of the order fulfilment process – delivery scheduling, delivery routing, GPS route navigation, proof of delivery, fleet management & Analytics, expense management on the go. As they work on an easy Pay-as-you-Go model without ANY internet and hardware commitments, clients have an easy choice to try using both to serve their service-hungry customers better or get trumped by competition.
GrayDrop has the Potential to Disrupt the GPS Tracking Industry Worldwide
Inc42.com, October 2014
The app makes the entire delivery process for courier and e-retail companies easy by making Geocoding, Proof-of-delivery, signature, customer details, and reverse logistics paper-less, with absolutely no map-hunting or manual data-entry in back offices ever.
For logistics firms utilising motorcycles for deliveries, the app offers hardware controls and audio guidance for total ease of use on two-wheelers. For service-crazy and customer-oriented B2C businesses, GrayDrop offers a Uber-esque frontend solution that converts any B2C app into a high-end real time parcel or vehicle tracking gizmo with two-way communication abilities with the package.
GrayDrop gets Worldwide Recognition as Top 4 Indian Tech Innovations in Leaders In Innovation Fellowship in London, UK
CIIEIndia.com, February 2015
CIIE at IIM Ahmedabad partnered with The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), London to support the finalists of Power of Ideas to give them global exposure. The LIF programme hand picks innovators from selected partner countries for an intensive residential course in entrepreneurship and research commercialisation. The participants gets access to the Academy’s network of investors, entrepreneurs and past fellows at the Enterprise Hub.
RAE has selected 17 early-stage scientific/hard-tech innovations that have high impact potential in India. Each participant travelled to UK for a 2 week residential programme with the primary objective of capacity building (through training and mentoring) with additional emphasis on commercialisation of their research. A wider benefit of the programme was the creation of international networks of innovators and technology entrepreneurs.