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About VAMS

VALUE ADDED MOBILITY SOLUTIONS

ADDING VALUE TO THE BUSINESS OF LOGISTICS

VAMS is a Bangalore-based, mobility and logistics start-up and the first in India to place an emphasis on hiring women as drivers. We seek to be agents of change in their lives as well as the lives of the customers to whom their flawless service makes a difference.

OUR FAMILY KEEPS GROWING

We currently have a fleet of 60 drivers and operate out of 3 stations—Electronic City Phase 2, Yeshwantpur and Uttarahalli in Bangalore but are looking to scale our operations rapidly.

WHO WE ARE

VAMS is a Small Business Group, created in 2019 to train a team of committed individuals to work as service delivery agents for online retail/ e-commerce companies.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES THAT CREATE GOODWILL

The opportunity to be service delivery partners for e-commerce companies arose out of a need to successfully engage a team of 20 women drivers trained by the Bangalore-based education, empowerment and skill-development not-for-profit organisation, Yuva Chintana Foundation (YCF) under their Janayaatri programme.

Janayaatri was created to train women drivers from low-income families to provide last-mile connectivity to and from metro stations in Bangalore as well as last mile delivery services for leading online retail companies such as Amazon.

2019

We Started

25 drivers were trained under this initiative, operating out of one service station in Bangalore.

2020

we are expanding our network

100 drivers are bbeing trained, will be operating out of 3 service stations in Bangalore.

PLANTING DEEP ROOTS FOR CERTAIN SUCCESS

VAMS is deeply invested in making a meaningful intervention in the lives of its delivery agents and we believe this translates into a higher quality of work for our clients.

BUILDING TEAMS ON TRUST

Our team of founders, supervisors and delivery agents has a strong foundation of mutual trust and respect, owing to the fact that VAMS was created out of a successful grassroots initiative to upskill marginalised individuals. Our supervisors are aware of the personal and professional challenges faced by each of their delivery agents and are thus able to offer them guidance that is specific and makes an impact.

Founders

VIJAY GAWATI

STRENGTHENING BONDS WITH THE GOVERNMENT

Vijay has a very strong background in liaising with government agencies. With decades of experience in the not-for-profit sector, he brings with him a very strong network and a keen understanding of the way government processes work. Vijay is our rock. He keeps us focussed on our goal and makes sure we get there.

TECHNOLOGY THAT BUILDS NETWORKS FASTER

Arpith works out new technological interventions to keep VAMS current and competitive. He makes sure we optimise our resources and stay efficient. Arpith is our tech whiz who brings young energy to the team and helps VAMS rapidly adapt to new developments in the field.

ARPITH RAJ

MALINI RANGASWAMY

HANDS-ON LEADERSHIP

Malini is an inspiration to all the women who join VAMS. A former housewife, she now spearheads VAMS' quest to identify vulnerable women who need employment. She takes the responsibility of training them and was the first to voluntarily undergo training herself to better understand the challenges that would be faced by our delivery agents. Mala as she is affectionately known by everyone at VAMS, radiates positivity and takes a personal interest in the career development of her trainees.

Supervisors

Prageet

Managing Supervisor

“I manage the background operations of all our current stations in Bangalore. Before VAMS I worked with a leading courier company as a manager. At VAMS I have to work more strategically. It is my responsibility to interact with the other supervisors and guide them. I have been involved with VAMS from the beginning and this has given me a chance to perform multiple roles. I don’t feel like I work at VAMS because I am a part of VAMS, I am invested in its growth. This is something that I try to convey to new recruits joining our organisation. They may earn Rs 1,200 a day at another company but they also have to consider their overhead costs. They pay for their own petrol and their lunch. This leaves them with just Rs 700-800 a day. At VAMS we provide our agents with petrol expenses as well as vehicles. We train all our delivery agents for a month before they start. This is very important because many of them come from rural areas and they need to be given an understanding of what customers expect from them. Our workforce has a lot of women in it so in many cases, it is our responsibility to visit their homes and convince their family members to support them. I think all this distinguishes us as employers and this makes the attrition rate at VAMS quite low.”

Supervisor

“VAMS was begun purely with the intention of employing women. Now to ramp up our operations we have begun hiring men. When I joined VAMS I did not think it was possible for women to work in logistics. The training period is a bit challenging, making them understand the routes and the new software they have to use. Once they understand the work, they don’t ask for much help. Now they take their bags, arrange packages according to location and go out for their deliveries on their own. At the end of the day, they call and inform me about how much was completed and how much money was collected. They also help each other identify difficult addresses. One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is when customers call us and tell us how much they liked the fact that we were employing women. We regularly receive such calls. Recently we changed one of our delivery agents and moved her to another location. Her replacement was a man. As soon as he started his deliveries, we received calls from customers asking us if the lady who was delivering their packages was alright. We definitely leave a good impression because of this unique vision we have to empower women.

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