Top 10 Courier Franchise Opportunities in India in 2021

This blog is about the top 10 courier franchise opportunities of 2021 in India.

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courier franchise opportunities

Today many people are interested in taking franchise of a Courier and logistics company. Definitely, high demand of courier franchise is because of the dependence of booming e-commerce on this industry. Also, most of the courier franchises are inexpensive to start. As a result there are many courier companies that are giving their franchise. Hence, it is critical to know which are the best courier franchise opportunities in India.

If you want to read a detailed analysis of this industry, then you can read it here

Hence in this blog, I will share the top 10 courier franchise opportunities, rank them on the basis of certain parameters, and give the reasons for the ranking. The parameters used in ranking are basic in nature and they are as follows

  1. How old is a courier company.
  2. On how many pin codes is that courier company delivering by itself.
  3. If the courier company is new then who are its investors.
  4. How easy or difficult is to get the franchise of a courier company.
  5. Most critical point is, how much information regarding the franchise model is officially there in the public domain.

So let’s go towards the top 10 courier business franchise opportunities in India. 

(10) Ekart Logistics Franchise

Ekart is a Bangalore based company and logistic arm of Flipkart. Flipkart started in 2007 and Ekart in 2009. As of today, Ekart does one crore deliveries every month on 3800+ pin codes.

Requirements to take the Ekart logistics franchise are as follows.

Office area – minimum 400sqft,

Security deposit 50 thousand -1 lakh

Other requirements for Flipkart logistics franchise include a computer with an internet connection, printer, scanner, mobile, and bar code reader.

The workforce required for Flipkart logistics franchise : 2-3 delivery boys, but the actual requirement depends on the expected number of parcel deliveries. 

According to the demand of Ekart courier franchise, it should have been in the top 3 of our ranking. But there is no information about its franchise business and contact details on its website. Because of which, the information gathered about its franchise model is from secondary sources. This scenario of no franchise information through an authorised source has created a situation, where people interested in taking the franchise do not know how to go ahead. Under such circumstances people are unable to differentiate between a genuine and a fake Ekart logistics franchise offer.

In an ideal scenario Ekart should share its franchise model on website. As a result, the complete information about the franchise models will enable people interested in taking its franchise to know how to take things further. 

(9) Blue Dart Franchise (DHL Franchise)

Blue Dart is a Mumbai based company that started in 1983. And in 2008, DHL took a majority stake in the Blue Dart. DHL is one of the world’s largest logistics enterprises, present in 220 countries and territories of the world. Blue Dart has two types of unit franchises. 

1. For urban areas .

2.  For rural areas.

Area required to take Blue Dart franchise: 200-400sqft depending on the number of deliveries.

Blue Dart franchise investment: 2.5 lacs to 5 lac with a deposit amount of 1.5lacs.

Blue Dart’s ranking is low because it is also a case like Ekart. There is no information related to its franchise model on the website. Hence, all the data collected is from secondary sources. But here, at least, address, phone number, and email ids are given to contact. Click this link to get more information.

(8) Xpressbees Courier Franchise

Xpressbees is a Pune based company that started in 2015. Initially, this company was part of the First Cry, which deals with children’s items. Xpressbees has got $175 million, approximately 1200 crore in Indian rupees, from venture capitalists. Jack Ma’s Alibaba is one of the investors in this company.

Xpressbees has access to 1900+ cities of the country and handles 25 lakh shipments in a day.

Xpressbees has tied up with companies like Bajaj Finserv, Tata Cliq, Snapdeal, Myntra, Netmeds, and ICICI bank to deliver courier and parcels.

There is no information about Xpressbees franchise business on their website. Being an upcoming courier company, Xpressbees has many franchise requirements across the country. Xpressbees has a contact form on the ‘contact us’ page of their website. Those interested in Xpressbees courier franchise have to apply online. Click this link to fill the contact form.

Had Xpressbees shared franchise information on its website, then it would have been among the top 5 courier franchise opportunities on this list.

(7) Gati-Kwe Courier Franchise

In Gati-Kwe, KWE stands for Kintetsu World Express, which is a Japanese company. Gati is a Hyderabad based company that started in 1989, and the Gati-Kwe tie-up happened in 2012.

In 2020 ‘Allcargo,’ a Mumbai-based logistics company, took over Gati.

Today, Gati delivers at 20 thousand pin codes in India and across 140 countries of the world. 

Gati has three unit franchise models.

(1) Booking Centers

Here the job of the franchisee is to book all the parcels brought there, and only 50 sqft space is needed.

 (2) Pick-up & delivery model 

This model requires only a four-wheeler, and the franchise must pick and drop/deliver the parcels.

(3) Booking center with a four-wheeler

This is the combination of the first two models and requires a booking office and a delivery van.

Other Information

Gati prefers people who have experience in the logistics and courier industry.

As Gati has a presence in 20000+ pin codes of the country, franchise opportunities are in upcoming areas only.

The company has not given any information on its website about deposit amount, franchise fees, total expected expenditure, and the franchisee’s earnings. Therefore it is at number 7 in our ranking.

Here is the link to the company’s website, where you will get contact numbers and contact forms. By contacting there, you can get more information.

(6)  DTDC Courier Franchise

Full form of DTDC is Desk to desk courier & cargo. It is a Bangalore based company started in 1990.

Today, DTDC has 10500 + franchises through which DTDC serves the same number of pin codes.

DTDC has the following four types of franchise opportunities

1) DTDC Unit Franchise

This is our regular franchise, which we see in most places.

There are three categories in unit franchises.

Category A: Investment Rs.1,50,000 & manpower-4, Category B: Investment Rs.1,00,000 & manpower-3, Category C: Investment Rs.50,000 & manpower-2.

In this franchise model company charges 10% of the sale as royalty plus 5% of the sale as marketing expenses.

2) DTDC Master Franchise

There is a master franchisee for a city. Under master franchisee, there are unit franchisees who report to it. The company had not shared any information on the expected income and expenditure on its website.

3) DTDC Super Franchise

Super Franchisee has the responsibility of an entire district. All the DTDC’s franchisee in that district also come under it. Even for this franchise model, the company had not shared any information on the expected income and expenditure on its website.

4) DTDC Corporate Franchise

Corporate Franchisee is a specialised franchise model. On the whole, in this model, a franchisee does the tie ups with corporates. As a result of these tie ups DTDC gets the mandate to pick couriers from all offices or branches of that corporation. It is necessary to have useful contacts with corporates to take this franchise. Even for this franchise model, the company had not shared any information on the expected income and expenditure on its website.

DTDC is number six in the raking because of the following reasons:
  1. There are multiple franchise models.
  2. Unit franchise models are inexpensive.
  3. DTDC has tie-up with Amazon India to deliver their parcels on some pin codes where Amazon delivery is not present.

Only thing that goes against it is, franchise opportunities are mostly in the upcoming areas.

Following is the link to the company’s franchise page.

(5) Inxpress logistics and Courier Franchise

Inxpress started in 1999 in United Kingdom (England). Subsequently, the company entered India in 2013. Currently, the company has a presence in 14 countries and has over 350 franchises across the world.

This company currently provides shipping logistics solutions related to exports from India.

Inxpress business model is straightforward. Firstly, Inxpress ties-up with shipping companies for bulk container space, thus in return gets heavily discounted price. Subsequently, it sells to small and medium enterprises (SME) exporters the container rates at price cheaper than shipping companies. As a result, the difference between the container price it receives and the price it sells is its profit.

Inxpress logistics franchise is easy to start. All it requires is a laptop and mobile to start this business. Here franchisee also has an opportunity to build Passive Income.

The investment in taking this logistics and courier franchise is 9lac rupees + GST.

The reason for Inxpress being at number five is
  1. Easy to start business.
  2. Company has shared most of the information and is transparent.
  3. Excellent support to new franchisees.
  4. This is an excellent opportunity for salespeople.

A small point of concern is that the company is very selective in giving its franchise. The company provides its franchise only to those people, which meet its stringent criteria.

Those interested in Inexpress franchise should apply online click this link.

(4) Delhivery Courier Franchise

Delhivery courier was started in 2011 and is one of the fastest-growing logistics and courier companies in India. Today it has a presence in 2500 cities and over 17000 pin codes.

Importantly, Delhivery has raised $ 959 million (6600 crores Indian rupee) from venture capitalists in the last few years. Some of the venture capitalists who invested money in this company are Carlyle group, Tiger global, and Softbank vision fund. Investment by these venture capitalists shows that this company has excellent backing.

Delhivery courier franchise has two popular models.

1. Drop At Store (DAS) model of Delhivery Courier Franchise

To begin with, DAS of Delhivery courier franchise is a great business opportunity for those who have a retail business and want to build another income source without any additional investment.

And the best part of this business model is that this work can be done either part-time or full-time.

A franchisee can start DAS of Delhivery courier franchise by taking one of the three options.

(a) Booking only couriers and parcels. Here only orders are booked on the company’s behalf.

(b) Provide pick-up and delivery services that any other courier agent or franchisee gives.

(c) Acting as only pick-up and delivery point. In this company or customer, do the courier drops and pick. Franchisees have to work only for that courier’s custodian.

Delhivery Franchise Requirements

DAS franchisee is not required to do any additional expenses.

For more information, you can click this link . Those interested in Delhivery courier franchise need to apply online on this link.

2.  Regular Model of Delhivery Courier Franchise


Delhivery courier franchise needs only one office with a computer, printer, internet connection, barcode reader, and mobile phone.

Suppose you have an existing office of your own. Even if it is for another courier franchise, the franchisee can start the Delhivery courier franchise there.

Delhivery Franchise Cost

We can divide the expenses of taking the of Delhivery Courier Franchise into four parts.

  1. For taking office
  2. Office Infrastructure 
  3. Security Deposit
  4. Marketing Material

Additionally, for more information, you can click this link , if you are interested in filling the application form then you can click this link.

Delhivery Courier Franchise got this ranking because of the following reasons:

(a) There is no investment or very little in its franchise models.

(b) Company has tie-up with Amazon for the delivery of its parcels.

(c) Company has given a lot of information on the website. The provided information is sufficient to make a decision either way. 

(3) Shadowfax Courier Franchise

In case you are wondering what this company is and why it is number three, then be surprised.

Shadowfax Technologies Pvt Ltd is a Bangalore based company.

Shadowfax started in 2015. Today it is one of the fastest-growing logistics and courier companies in India, with a presence in over 500 cities and over 7000 pin codes.

Shadowfax has big investors like Flipkart, Qualcomm, International Financial Corporation (part of the world bank), and Mirae Assets. According to media reports, Flipkart invested 60 million dollars in this company in 2019. It should be noted that, when 60 million dollars are converted into rupees, then it becomes slightly more than 400 crores rupees.

Shadowfax franchisee needs an office with computer, printer, internet connection, barcode reader, and mobile phone.

People interested, can take the Shadowfax courier franchise in any one of the following five segments: 

  1. Food 
  2. Pharma 
  3. Groceries 
  4. E-commerce 
  5. FMCG
The reasons for ranking Shadowfax franchise model, number three are as follows

(a) Across India, there are multiple franchise opportunities.

(b) Company has tied up with companies like Unilever, Bigbazaar, Flipkart, and Swiggy. These tie-ups give the franchisees the possibility of getting regular business.

(c) Additionally Shadowfax delivers the parcels of Flipkart also.

Those interested in Shadowfax courier franchise can apply online from this link.

(2) Amazon Delivery Service Partner or Amazon Courier Franchise

Amazon started in the US in 1994 and entered India in 2013.

There is no doubt that there is high demand of Amazon delivery franchise in today’s time. For this reason, before taking any decision, it is important to know the requirements of taking the Amazon courier franchise, which are as follows:

(a) The number one requirement is the applicant’s involvement. Amazon does not give franchise to people who want to join part-time or only as investors.

(b) Amazon prefers people who have experience in the courier and logistics industry.

(c) Area required for Amazon delivery franchise – approx 400sqft,

(d) Setup Cost of Amazon courier franchise: Approximately 1.5 lakhs-5 lakhs, including a delivery vehicle and two bikes, computer with an internet connection, printer, mobile, and bar code reader.

Manpower requirement Amazon courier franchise: 

First and the foremost, Minimum two delivery boys and a parcel van driver. Subsequently, the requirement depends on the expected number of deliveries.

Amazon delivery franchise is number two in our ranking for following reasons: 
  1. Its franchise model is excellent.
  2. Amazon has mentioned all the information related to the franchise model on their website.
  3. Amazon expects its franchisees to do only necessary expenses.
  4. Last but not the least, Amazon being the largest e-commerce company of India, has lot of parcels to deliver hence its franchisees will always have sufficient deliveries to make.

The only downside to the Amazon courier franchise is the availability of franchise opportunities at limited locations. The company is currently offering the franchise at Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. Interested people from the rest of the country can fill the application form on the website. As and when the company has the requirement, they would be contacted.

Those interested in Amazon courier franchise should apply online at click here.

(1) India Post

Yes, the same India post, which we also know by the name of the post office.

India post has two franchise models.

1. Postal Agent

Under this franchise model, a franchisee sells the Postal stamps and stationery. A franchisee can run this franchise business along with the other existing business as well.

2. Counter Service

This is a full-service model for areas with a demand for postal services, but there is no post office. 

Criteria for taking this franchise

Age: minimum 18 years 

educational qualification: 8th pass

area – 200 sqft

setup expenditure: approximately INR 1.25 lakh, deposit – 5 lakhs in NSC

India Post is our number one choice because of the following reasons.

(1) Setup cost is meager. 

(2) As India Post is a Government of India undertaking, so there is no chance of its closure or running away.

(3) India post has openly shared their franchise model, and all the information is on its website. 

Such as, India post has even shared its commission structure, which is as follows

for registered booking: Rs. 3 

speed post: Rs. 5 

postal stamp & stationary: 5% off sale amount

On Target Achievement: 20% extra commission

In this way, all the required information is on the website, including the franchise agreement.

Like every coin has two sides, India post franchise too has its downsides; 

(a) It requires a little more patience to deal with the government department and its employees.

(b) Also payouts are on the lower side, but that is understandable as low risk – low reward factor comes into effect.

Following is the link for the India post franchise.

If you understand Hindi you might enjoy this video on the topic

Documents Required

Before winding up this blog, let me also share information on the documents required to take a courier franchise. It is not necessary that all the below mentioned documents will be required is all the cases.

  1.  Id-proof
  2.  Address proof
  3. Photographs
  4. GST number
  5. One canceled cheque or passbook copy
  6. Property ownership or lease agreement copy
  7. Aadhar card
  8. PAN card

Conclusion

In conclusion we can say that most of the courier franchise opportunities in India are well below ten lakh rupees. Moreover many courier companies have benefited with the boom in e-commerce segment hence their franchise is a safe bet. Additionally, people interested in taking a courier franchise have to choose between established courier companies where franchise opportunities are limited and upcoming courier companies which has plenty of franchise opportunity but their track record is not old enough.

Summary

In this blog we went through the following courier franchise opportunities:

10. Ekart Logistics franchise

09. Blue Dart franchise (DHL franchise)

08. Xpressbees franchise

07. Gati-Kwe franchise

06. DTDC franchise

05. Inexpress franchise

04. Delhivery franchise

03. Shadowfax franchise

02. Amazon delivery service partner

01. India Post franchise

Disclaimer

I am in no way associated with any of the above mentioned courier and logistics companies. Further more,reading this blog does not create an advisor-client relationship between us. This blog should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a competent franchise professional on the topic of courier franchise.

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