Barcelona-based Glovo, the on-demand delivery platform has announced the appointment of a new Chief Technology Officer, Narek Verdian. With this, the company aims to help drive its tech strategy and expand its engineering team.
Oscar Pierre, co-founder of Glovo comments, “Narek shares our vision and values, and his previous experience scaling powerful tech teams will be pivotal as we continue to lead the charge in multi-category offerings and expand our Q-Commerce division. We’ve always been very proud of our tech capabilities at Glovo and we are excited to continue to bring to our users a truly seamless delivery experience that sets us apart.”
Narek Verdian’s past experience
Verdian has previous experience of more than 10 years working with big brands such as American Express, Expedia, and Hotels.com. At Glovo, his aim will be to drive the company’s tech strategy and strengthen the user experience of the platform, to provide an even better service to its couriers, partners, and customers.
The company will also be expanding its engineering team from 300 to over 500 engineers by the end of 2021 in Barcelona and Warsaw (Poland). Glovo is focusing its efforts on building the most innovative tech hub in southern Europe and is committed to hiring talent from across the globe.
Speaking on the development, Narek Verdian says, “The past year has seen a clear shift in consumer expectations and demand when it comes to how and when they want products and services. I’m committed to Glovo’s vision to create the best tech hub in southern Europe and bring the most convenient, fastest service for the user receiving whatever they want in a matter of minutes.”
Glovo’s recently launched Q-commerce division
Narek joins at a pivotal time for the company, as Glovo has recently launched its Q-Commerce division, delivering “everything” within cities in thirty minutes or less, through its network of dark hubs. The company aims to have 100 dark stores in its core markets by the end of the year.
The company wants the grocery shopping experience for users to be perfect and is working towards strengthening its catalogue and warehouse management systems through the use of enhanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities.
With the Q-Commerce launch, the company aims to bring an enjoyable, fast, convenient, and ultimately enjoyable experience to its customers. This means meeting the increasing demand for instant and same-day delivery, as a response to changing customer behaviour and needs as a result of COVID-19.
Narek says, “I’m excited to be a part of Glovo’s ambitious journey, leading the company’s tech strategy and scaling the team with some of the world’s best tech talent. This is set to be a monumental year for the company and with the increased focus on Q-Commerce and dark store delivery, we’ll see Glovo take its engineering capabilities to the next level.
The company was founded in 2015. Glovo’s mobile application connects customers with independent local couriers, who acquire goods from any restaurant or shop in a city and also deliver urgent packages for a variable fee. The platform’s features include geolocation, which allows customers to track their deliveries in real-time and locate the nearest glover (courier), thus optimising speed and distance.