Mumbai based online advertisement portal Quikr has tied up with Fixy, a startup providing on demand maintenance services, to boost its home services vertical Quikr Services.
Recently in Nov 2015, Quikr added Quikr Services into their classification portal, which aims to provide home relevant services. Under the tie up, any queries in the home services segment at Quikr, for Mumbai and Thane, would be redirected to Fixy.
Tufayl Merchant, co-founder, Fixy, said, “We will be the exclusive partners for queries in the handyman segment, which includes electrician, carpenter, plumber services.” As per this agreement, Fixy would have the first right of refusal to all queries generated in the Mumbai and Thane regions.
Started in 2014, Fixy is currently receiving 40-50 requests in a day, but Merchant stated that they had the capacity to ramp this up to 500 jobs a day. Clarifying the future expansion plan, Merchant stated, “We have a clear focus on the home services category, and in addition to the three areas we are present in, we will also look at entering the personal devices and indoor entertainment devices repair and maintenance space soon.” The company plans to expand its footprint in the western region, starting with Pune, followed by Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot over the next year.
Since 2015, Quikr is introducing more and more business verticals in its business portfolio to attract more consumers and penetrate the market volume of established players. It launched QuikrJobs, to attract blue-collar and entry-level white-collar job seekers, QuikrHomes, a platform that provides customer engagement and lead management tools for builders and brokers, and QuikrCars, a free local classified platform to post online ads for new or used cars, bikes & commercial vehicles.