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Ride and Delivery App Whide Launches Smart Solution

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WHIDE has announced its launch to offer a smart solution to book favourite drivers, drivers people trust overtime for their daily travel and delivery needs at the best, honest and No Commission fares. The app built on a unique NO COMMISSION revenue model and started their services on  8th July’21.

Presently, the online aggregators – mainly in the taxi/cab industry have acquired a customer base and employed vendors on a commission-based business model. However, the model receives a backlash from drivers who want to have a sense of ownership and flexibility in taking multiple-use bookings. Therefore, WHIDE has come up with its flagship app that runs on trust and is built on the vision – ‘Creation belongs equally to everyone’. It benefits customers in managing their daily travel hassles and drivers in facilitating trusting business options at the NO COMMISSION MODEL.

Delighted with the launch, Rachitta Juneja, Founder, Whide said, “WHIDE believes in sharing technology and empowering businesses like tour and travel operators, restaurants, shops et  and individuals like drivers and riders to set their prices and offering and be direct with the customers.”

“At WHIDE, we bring a platform that changes the outlook of people towards life and the way they take care of their daily tasks. We look forward to managing the customers’ daily travel, delivery and related hassles seamlessly,” she added.

From benefiting the drivers’ perspective, WHIDE covers three different arenas – Vehicle, Driver and Vehicle + Driver. This opens Six distinct sources of income for drivers which eventually increases their revenue generation. It allows drivers to earn by delivering food, grocery, medicines and personal parcels, do offline shopping, hire driver & Self-Drive for their fixed customers. The driver gets paid in full for all its services as the company does not charge commission on every order. This creates a reliable source of income for them.

WHIDE offers an extensive range of services – ride out of town, rent a cab, hire a driver or require a self-drive car for a short period of time, pick anything up from an unlisted store or deliver anything from anywhere, with a trusted driver. Currently, the app is targeting to sign 1000 drivers in DELHI NCR before its launch. The app also allows the customers to add the services of trusted drivers to the list to book them for their regular rides.

WHIDE offers a wide range of cab rides including city rides for the daily commute, rental or outstation trips with a trusted driver, female trust rating, no surge pricing and transparent fare. For outstation trips, the app provides trusted drivers to its customers at a relatively lesser price than the rest in the market. It accurately calculates the fare as per the exact distance travelled based on the real-time GPS monitoring device installed in all WHIDE cabs.

Furthermore, WHIDE’s app boasts offline shopping for customers who do not get time to step out and shop for their groceries or medical essentials. The app allows its customers to shop from their favourite store by sending a trusted dispatcher on their behalf. The customers need to enter the name of the specific store and list of items they want to purchase, the app will get it delivered at the customer’s doorstep through a trusted dispatcher on the same day.

Being a people-centric company, WHIDE emphasizes managing the customers’ daily tasks with ease. Customers looking to send important and valuable parcels – documents, gadgets or jewellery to anyone and anywhere can use the app and book a trusted dispatcher. The app ensures timely and safe delivery of the customer’s parcel taken care of with due diligence.

WHIDE app is completely based on TRUST and hence, allows the customers to make their own list of Favourite drivers that they would like to hire for driving their own vehicle. Drivers added to the customers’ list of trusted drivers can be hired as private drivers to ride the customers’ cars.

Presently, the app is available in Delhi NCR and is planning to expand its reach to 5 more cities in the coming 12 months.

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Now Discover Hyderabad’s Popular Restaurants & Shops on ‘Paytm Halo Hyderabad’

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Paytm announced the launch of its city-specific mini-app ‘Halo Hyderabad’. It is the one-stop destination to discover Hyderabad’s popular restaurants, shops, events & news. Users will be able to avail the best offers & discounts from the listed merchants.

To gain access to the deals and scroll through all of Paytm partner apps, users can visit the Mini-App Store on their Paytm App and click on ‘Halo Hyderabad’.

The mini-app store will enable the users to book doctor’s appointments, ride cabs, order products for home delivery, purchase travel & entertainment tickets, and also book slots for COVID vaccinations. Through the company’s partners, users can order food from Hyderabad’s famous restaurants like Ulavacharu, Ram Ki Bandi, Churrolto, Chai Kings, Euphoria bakers, London Bubbles Co, Mamagoto, Pakka Local, Samosa Singh and Grand Trunk Road or order anything they want from pearl earrings, sandalwood oil & incense sticks to coffee, toys, and so much more.

Additionally, the health and wellness store within the Mini-App Store will give users one-click access to a large selection of health supplements, essential vitamins, immunity boosters & ayurvedic medicines through top health tech platforms including 1mg, Netmeds, Apollo 24×7, DocsApp/Medibuddy, Zyla, Mfine, and Credihealth among others.

Paytm Spokesperson said, “Hyderabad is an important city for Paytm. We hope that with the launch of the city-specific mini app ‘Halo Hyderabad’, we will bring convenience for our users by helping them discover the best deals & offers from nearby stores and also get access to local services.”

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Paytm Payments Bank Crossed 10 Million FASTags Mark

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Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) announced that it has become the first bank in the country to achieve the milestone of issuing 1 crore FASTags. This is almost 30% of the total FASTags issued by 32 banks in the country. In the last 6 months alone, PPBL has equipped over 40 lakh commercial & private vehicles with FASTags.

Besides this, Paytm Payments Bank is also India’s largest acquirer of Toll Plazas for the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) program offering an interoperable nationwide toll payment solution. The bank has enabled 280 toll plazas across the National & State highways to collect toll charges digitally. Paytm Payments Bank is also working closely with NHAI for testing and implementing multi-lane free-flow movement using automatic number plate recognition technology. This will further improve the overall customer experience while travelling on the national highways. Paytm FASTag is linked to the Paytm Wallet ensuring users don’t have to opt for multiple recharges.

The bank has also set up an efficient customer dispute redressal mechanism, which identifies incorrect deductions and immediately raises claims to reverse the extra charges. The meticulous dispute management process thoroughly audits all customer complaints, associated toll transactions and issues raised by the toll plazas to expeditiously resolve all customer complaints. Further, PPBL has diligently pursued all customer complaints so far through multiple stages of the dispute cycle, winning 82% of cases on behalf of its FASTag users.

Satish Gupta, MD & CEO – Paytm Payments Bank Ltd said, “It is overwhelming to lead the adoption of digital toll payments in India by offering a seamless & hassle-free FASTag service to both our users and toll operators. The innovations that we have made in technology and the deep trust in our bank has helped us become the top issuer and the largest acquiring bank under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme. We aim to continue taking the government’s initiative of building digital highways across the country further with our payments technology.”

PPBL FASTag has become the country’s most preferred toll payment method as it allows users to directly pay from the Paytm Wallet. Users do not need to create any separate account or download a wallet to recharge their FASTags. The issuance process is quick, easy & convenient, and doesn’t require multiple documents or separate login credentials. Unlike tags from other banks which may require a couple of hours to get activated, PPBL FASTags are activated instantly from the moment users receive them. All FASTag transactions can be monitored on the Paytm app.

India’s leading digital payments and financial services Paytm filed its DRHP on Friday, for SEBI’s approval for its $2.2 billion IPO. In its prospectus, the numbers of Paytm Payments Bank revealed how the company is faring in the UPI game. Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL), has 155 million UPI handles on its platform and is accelerating the growth of UPI payments at retail stores and even large merchants, as stated in its DRHP. As of March 31, 2021, Paytm Payments Banks had 64 million savings accounts, and over ₹52 billion deposits, including savings accounts, current accounts, fixed deposits with partner banks, and balance in wallets, as stated in the DRHP.

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Koo App Adds Yellow-tick Verification, Applications Now

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A Yellow Tick on Koo recognizes and celebrates a user’s eminence, stature, achievements, abilities and professional standing in Indian life. It implies that the user is well-regarded in the Indian framework – be it an artist, scholar, sportsperson, politician, businessperson or any other field.

Koo welcomes all those on the platform to apply for Eminence, as the Yellow Tick is known, at Koo. Requests for Eminence are evaluated based on internal research, third-party public resources and in the Indian context.  Eminence criteria are reviewed by a special team at Koo in March, June, September and December each year.  As on date, the Eminence Yellow tick has been confirmed for approximately one percent of requests received and these eminent voices are given prominence in their respective language communities.  This points to the rigour and importance Koo lays on ensuring that Eminence is not misued or granted at will.

Shedding light on the criteria for Eminence, Aprameya Radhakrishna, Co-founder and CEO, Koo, said, “The Koo Eminence Tick is a recognition that the user is a significant representative of the voices of India and Indians. We have formulated the process keeping India’s local realities and are committed to ensuring transparency to maintain a user-base that is verified and acts responsibly while interacting online.”

Adds Mayank Bidawatka, Co-founder, Koo App, “We are proud that Koo has made its criteria for getting the Eminence available in the public domain. Since Eminence is evaluated in the Indian context, it gives Indians a better likelihood of being able to get the Yellow Tick. This is a significant step towards making digital conversations intersting and constructive.” 

How to Download Koo:  The app is available for users to download on the mobile App Store. Users have the option to register using either their mobile number or email ID. Once registration is complete, they can follow their favourite celebrities, athletes, politicians, entertainers and thought leaders on Koo. Koo empowers users by allowing them to communicate in their native languages, should they wish to.

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