US-based online personal grocery shopping service ‘Dumpling’ has closed a $6.5 million Series A funding round led by Forerunner Ventures and brought the start-up’s total raise to $10 million.
This round also witnessed participation from existing investors, including Floodgate and FUEL Capital. Notably, the Series A came after the company raised $3 million in 2019.
“Dumpling is a dramatic evolution in the face of the severely broken gig economy. We empower disenfranchised gig workers to be truly independent business owners and enable them to build financial stability and wealth for the long term,” said Joel Shapiro, co-founder and co-CEO, Dumpling.
“Now, with the stark reality that millions of jobs lost due to COVID-19 may not return, Americans more than ever need a more viable, sound and flexible way to earn a living,” Joel added.
Dumpling app facilitates shoppers to make their own personal grocery shopping businesses, allowing shoppers to cultivate a deeper relationship with a personal shopper and create a greater sense of trust and security. Users can, therefore, seek out the same personal shopper with each order and that allows them to provide instructions about how ripe they like their bananas or which substitutions are acceptable.
After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has seen a 20x surge in the orders placed via its platform. Although some of this rise might be attributed to the growing interest in grocery delivery in general, Dumpling’s co-CEO and co-founder Shapiro believes that the personal touches provided by Dumpling have made it a more attractive option for leery consumers.
Co-headquartered in Seattle and Berkeley, the company empowers more than 2,000 grocery shopping and delivery business owners in all 50 US states. It also gives financial support by fronting shoppers with the money to pay for an order in advance.