GPS positioning for couriers:tiramizoo relies on smartphone solutions from O2 Business

MUNICH. is the first platform of its kind in the world that customers can use to book bike and car courier services online and monitor deliveries in real-time via GPS. The independent delivery persons receive their orders via the website and handle the processing of orders using an app on their smartphones. Telefónica Germany developed a special tariff for this, which serves as the basis for the revolutionary business idea of this start-up company.
"The courier market is highly competitive", explained Michael Löhr, founder of tiramizoo. "We therefore needed a fair and affordable tariff for mobile Internet and telephone calls, which is geared towards the needs of our partners." After holding a number of talks, the Munich-based company chose Telefónica Germany, whose small business specialists were able to develop an individual solution in just a few days. The customer reference also refers to this: Three O2 business customer tariffs with data flat rates of up to 7.2 Mbit/s form the basis of this solution, but all couriers receive special conditions: All they need to do when registering with is submit a copy of their trade licence, they will then receive a discount voucher that can be redeemed in any of the around 1,000 O2 shops in Germany. With this special solution for, couriers can switch tariffs at any time without incurring any additional costs , the connection fee is also waived. "With our comprehensive services, we are underlining the importance of the self-employed, freelancers and small companies for our corporate strategy", explained Johannes Pruchnow, Managing Director Business at Telefónica Germany. "Reliable availability, security, service quality and planable costs are just as important for start-ups like tiramizoo as they are for large corporations. We want to provide convincing quality and service from the very beginning, as only this can ensure successful long-term partnerships." In addition to the personal support and attractive rates, tiramizoo also benefits from special O2 services for freelancers: For example, all couriers receive a landline telephone number, via which they can be contacted anywhere in Germany, and they can also make use of a free 24-hour service hotline.
Johannes Pruchnow also gave the young company a start-up package with 20 smartphones, which were immediately passed on to the couriers. "Most of the city couriers registered with tiramizoo were using walkie-talkies previously - something that was reminiscent of the 80's", explained Michael Löhr. "Now they are right up-to-date, however, thanks to their smartphones and the modern O2 network." tiramizoo is not the first start-up to choose Telefónica Germany. Over the past few years O2 has become known as a supporter of innovative business ideas. Telefónica Germany is also currently sponsoring the business founder competition enable2start, which has been organised by the Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) and the Centre for Innovation and Start-ups at the Technical University Munich (UnternehmerTUM). In addition to prize money, each winner receives an O2 start-up package worth up to 5,000 euros. They can also present business ideas to the global Venture Capital Programme of Telefónica S. A.

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Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG and its brands O2 and Alice belong to Telefónica Europe and are part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. "Kundenmonitor Deutschland 2011" honoured Telefónica Germany as the network operator with the most satisfied mobile phone customers in the German market for the fifth time in a row. Telefónica Europe has more than 57 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.