Roadie, Inc. today announced that its “on-the-way” delivery network is expanding nationwide and is now available in all 50 states. Roadie made the announcement during the first day of the Montgomery Summit for leaders in technology and finance being held in Santa Monica, California.
The announcement comes just weeks after the company launched a partnership with Waffle House. As an official Roadie Roadhouse, Waffle House offers Roadie members roadside discounts at its more than 1,750 restaurants and a safe, convenient meeting spot to pick-up and drop-off deliveries. Items moved through the Roadie community so far include event tickets, antique furniture, TVs, baby gifts, motor parts and more.
“Since launching in the Southeast in January, we’ve seen a tremendous response from people nationwide and beyond,” said Marc Gorlin, Roadie founder and CEO. “Of the more than 20,000 downloads to date, more than 40% have been outside our coverage area. People interested in Roadie are contacting us daily asking us to turn on service in their area. We’re excited to be able to respond to that demand so quickly and give our Users what they want.”
By tapping into the more than one billion square feet of excess capacity in passenger vehicles already on the road, Roadie is bringing disruptive innovation to the $90 billion shipping industry, similar to what Airbnb and Uber have brought to lodging and transportation.
“For more than a decade, The Montgomery Summit has gathered the nation’s top entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors to discuss the most important innovations in business and technology,” said Jamie Montgomery, Founder of The Montgomery Summit. “The sharing economy is clearly one of the most exciting, disruptive and rapidly-growing models to emerge in recent years, and we’re excited to have Roadie join the conversation, and announce this important milestone at our event.”
About Roadie Inc.
Roadie, headquartered in Atlanta, is an app-based community that puts unused capacity in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people with stuff to send with drivers heading in the right direction. Roadie’s model enables efficient, low cost delivery for senders and rewards drivers for trips they were already taking. Roadie is backed by Warren Stephens of Stephens Inc.; the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund; Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures; David Bonderman, founder of TPG Capital; Guggenheim Partners’ Executive Chairman Alan Schwartz; Square Co-founder Jim McKelvey; the Mellon Group; former CEO of ISS Tom Noonan, and H. Barton Asset Management, among others.
The Roadie app is available for download in the iTunes Store and on Google Play. To learn more about the first “on-the-way” delivery network, visit https://www.roadie.com.