Hire1: delivering automated courier and trucking services with Google Maps

About Hire1

Founded in 2015, Hire 1 Technologies is a privately held technology company dedicated to improving the transportation systems of Sri Lanka. It is focused on finding ways to optimize, professionalize and modernize how businesses move.

Industries: Technology
Location: Sri Lanka

About MediaAgility

MediaAgility is a digital consulting company with the vision of making work meaningful for all. MediaAgility is a premier Google Cloud partner across Cloud, Maps, G Suite, Chrome with over 1000 customers in 9+ countries. With Google certified specialists on board and the Data Analytics & Location-based Services specialization awarded by Google Cloud, the company is a full spectrum digital consulting firm creating AI and Analytics based innovative solutions, building conversational intelligence and designing powerful operational intelligence and machine learning capabilities for customers.

Businesses frequently rely on multiple delivery and transportation companies, including couriers, truckers and freight forwarding services, for getting supplies to warehouses, products to customers and other shipping needs. It's difficult to track all the services and get a clear picture of costs. Sri Lanka-based Hire1 set out to solve those problems by developing a unified logistics platform for businesses to easily book, track and manage all their delivery and transportation services.

Google Maps Platform Results

  • Hire1 cut development time in half, saving money and bringing new features to market more quickly
  • Customers can see real-time progress of their goods being delivered and get highly accurate delivery price quotations
  • Because of optimized routing capabilities, only 20 drivers handle deliveries to all Hire1's customers

50% reduction in development time for web and mobile apps

"Google Maps was critical for helping us build a B2B logistics platform that makes deliveries go more smoothly, and provides a familiar interface that attracts and retains customers. We used Google Maps to build two web apps and a mobile app that connect businesses to drivers, track deliveries, and let our dispatchers efficiently route all traffic."

Yeshanth Gunewardena, CEO, Hire1

Hire1 built the service using Google Maps Platform. A web portal powered by the Maps JavaScript API and the autocomplete feature lets customers set destinations for package deliveries, and track their progress. A backend server using the Directions API and Distance Matrix API calculates the cost of each delivery. A dispatching web app built with Maps JavaScript API helps the operations team assign deliveries to specific drivers and monitor deliveries. The Android app developed with the Maps SDK for Android shows drivers the location of their pickups, and provides driving directions with Directions API. MediaAgility, a premier Google Cloud partner, provided licensing help and technical support. "Google Maps cut our development time by half, has highly accurate location information and and offers a friendly, familiar interface to our customers, making them more likely to sign up and use our services," says Hire1 CEO Yeshanth Gunewardena.

About Hire1

Founded in 2015, Hire 1 Technologies is a privately held technology company dedicated to improving the transportation systems of Sri Lanka. It is focused on finding ways to optimize, professionalize and modernize how businesses move.

Industries: Technology
Location: Sri Lanka

About MediaAgility

MediaAgility is a digital consulting company with the vision of making work meaningful for all. MediaAgility is a premier Google Cloud partner across Cloud, Maps, G Suite, Chrome with over 1000 customers in 9+ countries. With Google certified specialists on board and the Data Analytics & Location-based Services specialization awarded by Google Cloud, the company is a full spectrum digital consulting firm creating AI and Analytics based innovative solutions, building conversational intelligence and designing powerful operational intelligence and machine learning capabilities for customers.