The new Envoy Taxi app, which is set to leverage idle Black Taxis in London to act as couriers, is adding in-app payments through Judopay, so that people living in London can use the app to order a collection and deliver items.
The COVID-19 pandemic is posing a huge challenge for individuals, such as those self-isolating, who still need to make basic trips to their local supermarkets and pharmacies, or for businesses needing to send goods across the city of London. The new courier app is being launched by Envoy Taxi app with some 20,000 London Black Taxis to pick up and deliver items such as food packages, prescriptions and parcels, giving London a fast, trusted and economical means of ordering and delivering goods, while reducing the downtime for taxi drivers that have lost business during the pandemic.
This new partnership forms part of Judopay’s UK-wide campaign, #KeepBritainMoving. Through the campaign, the company is helping small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by providing them with a platform where they can receive expert business advice, guidance or digital payment support to help keep their businesses running during this period of uncertainty.
This new venture between Judopay, SafeCharge and Envoy Taxi app comes at a time when taxi drivers are seeking to find work delivering items, as the number of people travelling across London has drastically dropped. This app, powered by Judopay’s mobile technology and SafeCharge’s acquiring services, will create an official and secure means of Black Taxis offering their much-needed services to the city.
Danny Mitchell, Founder of Envoy Taxi app, explains: "We believed that London, especially in these exceptional circumstances needed a cost-effective alternative to other standard delivery services to move goods across the capital. Partnering with Judopay and SafeCharge has allowed us to launch our full courier delivery service for our customers ensuring that people get medical supplies, food and other important items safely to their homes."
Jeremy Nicholds, CEO at Judopay, adds: “This partnership is about solving a clear challenge in the market. The innovative business model will give our capital’s black taxis a way of offering their services both during and after the pandemic, those living in London a means of receiving food and medical packages and will give businesses an economical way to continue shipping their goods to suppliers and customers."
Philip Fayer, Nuvei’s chairman and CEO, says: "Businesses are looking for innovative methods to continue operating and generating revenue during these uncertain times. By leveraging our payment technology partnership with Judopay, we are helping to fuel Envoy Taxi app’s resilience and continuity. We’re grateful that we could support them by allowing them to capture an additional payment opportunity to better serve their communities."
Yuval Ziv, MD of SafeCharge and head of global acquiring, adds: "We are pleased that our close partnership with Judopay empowered Envoy Taxi app with an alternative revenue stream to enable them to weather this storm whilst providing vital services. This joint venture is closely aligned with SafeCharge Local, our mission to support retailers throughout the COVID-19 crisis by leveraging our technology, knowledge and close partnerships within the fintech space to provide retailers solutions required to thrive."