Italian startup Bevy

Italian startup Bevy: Solving one of life’s greatest problems, Italian startup Bevy, “wants to make people’s everyday lives easier by removing the pain of carrying heavy water and beverage cases.”

An everyday problem that is still far too common in most parts of Europe is the process of carrying home water cases from the supermarket or discounter. Despite the rise of q-commerce players and supermarkets offering delivery services, there is a white space in the market for the fast delivery of bulky products and beverages.

Addressing the problem, Italian startup Bevy, (not to be confused with American startup Bevi) is delivering water and everyday beverages to a customer’s doorstep within 3 hours at supermarket prices, a senza delivery fee. It should be noted, however, that delivery is available between the operating hours of 8 am and 10 pm, Monday through Saturday. If you’re thirsty on Sunday, the Fortuna.

After rolling out same-day beverage delivery services in April this year, the startup has now raised $2 million in funding to kick off operations across Italy. The pre-seed round was led by FoodLabs along with the participation of angel investors including Matteo Pichi, founder of Poke House, and Vincenzo Ferrieri, founder of Cioccolati Italiani and Bun Burger.

Making the leap from Senior Consultant at McKinsey to co-founder at Bevy, Berlin-native Hendrik Wawers explains why Bevy and why Italy: “We want to make people’s everyday lives easier by removing the pain of carrying heavy water and beverage cases. Italy is the perfect market to launch this service as it is the country with the highest bottled water consumption per capita in Europe.”

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In 2020, 82% of Italian consumers drank water from PET bottles. In a bid to reduce PET bottles in the beverage space, the startup aims to make it easier to purchase and return recyclable glass bottles, traditionally an area reserved for the hotels, restaurants, and catering sector. Perhaps observed by Wawers during his time at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Bevy is instituting a deposit system, one that promotes and incentivizes the use and return of bottles. Naturally, keeping in time with the ESG tune of the day, Bevy plans to deliver said bottles via a fleet of electric vans.

“In the past 20 years, only one Italian startup has reached unicorn status. This is odd considering Italy is the fourth-largest economy in Europe and has a lot of homegrown tech talent,” added co-founder Federica Lettieri. “We want to lay the foundation for a thriving startup ecosystem in Milan that can compete with the likes of Berlin and Paris in the long term.”

Self-driving companies have repeatedly pushed out timelines to provide truly driverless trips at scale, with only a few limited fully autonomous programs available across the U.S. 

Uber on Monday also said it was launching a map of electric vehicle charging stations in its driver app in the U.S. this summer, and later worldwide, to promote drivers switching to a battery-powered vehicles. 

Uber, which aims to have only electric vehicles on its platform in the United States, Canada, and Europe by 2030, said charging was one of the drivers’ biggest obstacles to switching to EVs. 

The company also said it was launching an option this summer to rent party and coach buses, and passenger vans through its U.S. app in collaboration with rental service US Coachways.

Uber announced one food delivery service using autonomous cars, and a separate pilot using sidewalk robots. Both services are available to Uber Eats users in Santa Monica and West Hollywood in California, and consumers will have the ability to opt-out of the programs. 

The autonomous car pilot is in collaboration with Motional, the self-driving joint venture of Hyundai Motor Co and Aptiv PLC, and was initially announced in December. It launched on Monday, Uber and Motional said.

Uber said the sidewalk robots are provided by Serve Robotics, a spin-off of delivery company Postmates, which Uber acquired in 2020.

The vehicles in both services are actively monitored by human operators, Uber said, adding that “it will be some time before this technology is operated at scale.”

 

 

 

 

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