Cookups shuts down its operations for app and food delivery

Acclaimed startup Cookups has announced a shut down of its operations in app and food delivery service. In a Facebook post earlier this evening, Cookups made the announcement, stating lack of sufficient funding as one of the reasons to discontinue.

However, the Cookups Facebook page will stay for their other venture, Cookups Rannaghor. Cookups Rannaghor is a delivery only kitchen serving Bangla cuisine.

Cookups released the following statement today:

Dear Diners,

It is with a very heavy heart that we need to announce that we have decided to discontinue and shut down operations for the Cookups app and food delivery service. Today will be our last day of deliveries. We are very sorry it had to come to this as we were unable to raise sufficient funding to continue. Thank you immensely for being part of that part of our journey and for believing in us and we are grateful for the opportunity we had to bring you delicious food from amazing cooks from around the city. We are however going to use this page for our venture Cookups Rannaghor going forward, which as of now you can order through Uber Eats.

Lots of love,

Team Cookups

-Cookup’s post from its Facebook page

Cookups began its journey in 2016, headed by entrepreneur duo Namira Hossain and Misha Ali. It rose to popularity in the following years as the largest online marketplace in Bangladesh for healthy homemade food.

HungryNaki goes green, introduces eco-friendly, electric delivery vehicles

The first on-demand online food delivery company of Bangladesh ‘HungryNaki’ is completely changing its delivery fleet to clean, eco-friendly electric vehicles to deliver food to its customers.

By the end of 2019, HungryNaki will change 200+ of its motorcycles to electric bicycles and install solar charging stations at its local hub offices. It will discontinue all petrol-driven motorcycles in order to eliminate the company’s carbon footprint. By 2020, they will deploy an additional 500 such vehicles to support the growing demand for food deliveries. Since its inception in 2013, HungryNaki has been serving 500,000+ customers across Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Cox’s Bazar, and Narayanganj through its network of over 4000 restaurants in these cities.

Read more: Country’s first bicycle-sharing service, JoBike, launches in Dhaka

Towards a zero-carbon future

The company management has identified that delivery operations such as their’s generate a significant amount of carbon emissions from motorcycles as the company grows every year. These observations lead to the planning for achieving zero carbon emissions from their operations, and this announcement is the first step towards that goal. And they are the first company among all the food delivery companies in Bangladesh to take this kind of initiative.

“The food delivery market in the country is growing rapidly, and HungryNaki is growing bigger year to year, so if we do not take proper measures now, then our carbon emissions will not go down further, rather it will increase in the future. Moreover, we are not only going to become more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, but we have been able to make significant progress in ensuring faster delivery time, better food quality and increased comfort for our delivery agents.”

Said Ibrahim Bin Mohiuddin, the Deputy CEO of HungryNaki

Local partners

In partnership with local electric vehicle manufacturer Advanced Dynamics, they have tested their electric bicycles on several routes in different cities of Bangladesh. They have already launched these electric bicycles in a couple of delivery zones inside Dhaka.