Retail-tech startup Perpule gets Series A cheque

Retail-tech startup Perpule gets Series A cheque
Founding team of Perpule

Bengaluru-based Delvit Solutions Pvt. Ltd, which operates retail-tech platform Perpule, has raised $4.7 million (Rs 34 crore) in a Series A round led by Prime Venture Partners.

Existing investors Kalaari Capital and Venture Highway also participated in the round, Prime Venture said in a statement.

Perpule will use the funds to expand in 10 cities over the next year, the VC firm said, without elaborating.

“Retail shopping is the next playground for disruptive innovation and is being transformed around the world, as (millennial) consumers demand a friction-free experience,” said Sanjay Swami, managing partner at Prime Venture.

Perpule was founded by Abhinav Pathak, Yogesh Ghaturle and Saketh BSV in July 2016. Pathak and Ghaturle were working at Goldman Sachs before launching the startup. Saketh is an alumnus of the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.

The startup had raised seed funding in March last year. It had secured $650,000 (around Rs 4.2 crore then) from KStart Capital, the seed investment platform of Kalaari Capital, Venture Highway and TaxiForSure co-founder Raghunandan G.

Perpule’s 1Pay platform offers mobile app-based self-checkouts and queue management solutions for offline stores. Customers can use the company’s app to discover items, scan barcodes and get pricing information. They can also use it to check out and make payments. Consumers can also use the app to shop in physical stores
or buy the products online.

The company claims its app is used by more than five lakh consumers. The startup’s clients include Big Bazaar, Vishal Mega Mart, More and HyperCity retain chains and fast-food chains such as KFC.

Vani Kola, managing director at Kalaari, said Perpule grew its customer base significantly over the past 18 months. The app is “tailor-made to suit Indian retail conditions” and adds significant value to offline retailers, she said.

The company has recently launched tailor-made solutions for fast-food outlets, which include cafeterias and food courts in office parks and shopping malls. The Perpule Digital Cafeteria Solution enables users to place orders and collect food while avoiding queues. At least 20 companies are using this product, the company claimed.

“Omnichannel retail and consumer commerce will redefine the shopping experience for customers,” said Pathak, who is also the CEO at Perpule. “We believe that by using the right technology and the power of mobile, we can better such experiences and build solutions which work seamlessly across all platforms.”