Glovo is opening a tech hub in Poland after gobbling a local food delivery rival

Barcelona-in line with-query offer startup Glovo is beefing up its engineering skill by opening a 2d tech hub, its first in Poland — with an preliminary intention to rent 40 extra engineers and bear a complete of 50 tech and product consultants working predominantly out of its Warsaw attach of job.

Glovo says it expects the Polish engineering hub to expand half of its technology skill in time. This would maybe possibly bear a predominant focal point on growing user-facing aspects for its marketplace product and for partners operating on the platform, it provides.

It additionally has plans for extra growth of the power down the line — and an overarching roadmap for its enterprise of a 300-solid engineering crew to enhance building out its on-query service providing.

Its pitch is “everything” delivered on-query, from shortly meals to groceries or pharmaceuticals, see you later as it’s small and gentle-weight ample to be handled by one of many couriers picking up jobs on its platform.

Whereas there’s puny doubt that shortly meals makes up the bulk of Glovo orders aesthetic now the startup has been searching for to push into online grocery deliveries, to compete with giants love Amazon — in conjunction with environment up its like warehouses in a position to handsome orders interior 20 minutes, 24 hours a day. (It calls these ‘darkish supermarkets’ SuperGlovo — ‘nice’ which manner ‘supermarket’ in Spanish. Though its ‘darkish’ mannequin has additionally attracted consideration from Barcelona City Council for lacking a legal allow.)

In August Spanish media reported that Glovo had itself been shopping — picking up Polish meals offer platform, Pizza Portal, for an acquisition mark-price that’s billed as as a lot as €35M (~$39M).

Glovo raised a $169M Sequence D relief in April which included funding from Drake, owner of global pizza franchise Papa John’s — giving it the manner and the motive to gobble smaller competitors within the meals offer condominium.

Poland being one of its contemporary markets in Europe. (Albeit Pizza Portal presents varied forms of shortly meals for offer, now not legal pizza.)

In all, Glovo operates in extra than 20 nations at this stage, even supposing its densest markets of operation live its dwelling market of Spain and additionally Italy.

In Poland it operates in precisely eight cities — so the Pizza Portal acquisition looks intended to present a boost to its footprint there, with the latter slated as the fundamental meals-service platform within the market — at the same time as Glovo doubles down on expanding its engineering skill by tapping up native tech abilities.

On the identical time, competition for on-query offer, and especially meals offer, remains fierce in Europe where a necessity of players — in conjunction with the likes of Deliveroo, JustEat and Uber Eats, are combating it out for territory. And, in some instances, ingesting one any other to sever out a better a part of lunch in key markets.

The attach Glovo doesn’t characteristic in Europe highlights some of that ongoing meals strive in opposition to, with out a providing in Germany or the UK, for occasion. Its regional formula specializes within the South and East. It has additionally been expand a world enterprise, opening in markets in LatAm and the Center East and Africa.

Scaling shortly is for sure core to Glovo’s playbook, even supposing. It says it launched in a up to date city every four days on common closing twelve months, while the 2015-essentially based startup now employs over 1,300 of us in all.

Glovo founder Oscar Pierre will doubtless be becoming a member of us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin in December to chat about growing an on-query offer enterprise — prospects are you’ll maybe possibly well discover extra about Disrupt convention passes right here

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