美国P2P代购平台Grabr获 800 万美元A轮融资
据外媒消息，近日总部位于美国加利福尼亚州旧金山市的代购平台 Grabr 获 800 万美元A轮融资。领投方Foundation Capital，跟投方为Gokul Rajaram和Javier Olivan。截至目前，该公司获得的融资总额为1400万美元。
Grabr 联合创始人兼首席执行官Daria Rebenok表示他们是受到 P2P 和共享经济体的启发，希望能将这两者结合起来，为全球各地的用户创造一个全球购物平台，并降低旅游支出费用，让更多的人拥有外出旅游的机会。该公司成立于三年前，致力于创建一个购物者和旅游者沟通交流的网络社区，让世界各地的消费者都能够买到其他地区或是具有地方特色的商品。Grabr 平台对于海外高运费商品及不同市场价格差异大的商品更具适用性。购物者一方面节省运费及税费等相关成本，以更优惠的价格买到心仪的商品。另一方面，消费者也可以平台上发布自己的购物需求信息，由将前往消费者所在城市区域的游客进行竞价，消费者根据自己的情况选择合适的价格和合适的买手，设置安全支付交易保障。
Grabr, a peer-to-peer marketplace that pairs travelers with international shoppers, has raised $8 million in a series A round of funding led by Foundation Capital, with participation from a number of angel investors, including Facebook executive Javier Olivan and Square’s product engineering lead, Gokul Rajaram.
Founded out of San Francisco in 2015, Grabr is essentially a platform that connects travelers with people in other countries who are looking to buy a specific item.
Grabr had previously raised around $6 million in funding, and with another $8 million in the bank the company said it plans to introduce “major product updates and new features,” as well as making some new hires.
Though most consumers in the U.S. and Europe are accustomed to procuring goods with free or cheap shipping, not all markets are well-served by ecommerce platforms such as Amazon — goods often have markups or expensive shipping fees attached. Indeed, Amazon has local retail websites serving fewer than 20 markets in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. And though Amazon does offer international shipping to other countries, it may be prohibitively expensive. This is just one reason Grabr’s service could meet a major demand — by turning travelers into couriers, it bypasses expensive fees.
What Grabr also does is build on the growing presence of “digital economy” marketplaces. Companies such as eBay, Amazon, and Airbnb have created billion-dollar businesses by connecting buyers with sellers, while Uber has built on this concept to become a transport and logistics powerhouse that can be re-appropriated for any transport needs.