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South Korean online grocery-delivery startup Kurly wins US$150m funding

South Korean premium grocery-delivery firm Kurly has procured funding of US$150 million from its existing investors. 

Backers contributing to the Series E funding round were Sequoia Capital, Hillhouse Capital, and DST Global, placing the firm’s valuation at roughly $780 million, according to Deal Street Asia.

Despite the positive outlook as successful attraction of more than KRW400 billion ($329 million) over five rounds, the firm remains in the red as labour and operational costs drain profits while competition intensifies. It is expected that the coronavirus epidemic may yield a positive benefit to the firm as South Koreans stay home to avoid infection and order their food online.

The Market Kurly app introduced the “full cold-chain” temperature-controlled supply chain system to the country, allowing users to order fresh produce in the evening to be delivered to the home by dawn.

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