Courier firm to launch UK franchise network

August 9, 2021

A courier firm in Wellingborough, which has grown rapidly since starting as a one-man band in 2018, has created a UK network of franchisees, with the first one launching in Luton.

 
AJS Express Parcels was founded by owner Tony Spooner after he spotted a gap in the market for an eco-friendly, responsible delivery company. Fast-forward two years and the business has grown exponentially to a firm that now has a warehouse, a team of drivers, a fleet of vehicles and is now launching a UK network of franchisees.

The firm’s first franchisee is Hungarian-born Gabor Szalay who came to the UK in 2005. He operates across Luton, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable, offering Same Day Deliveries and an Urgent Service which covers any requirements customers may have, including pallets, packaging and medical deliveries. He also offers a Next Day Pre-Bookable Service to his customers.

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“For so long I wanted to own and run my own business but I didn’t have the confidence or the know and let people talk me out of it,” said Szalay.

“Now I have teamed up with Tony Spooner and Lauren Dean at AJS Express Parcels and am working with them to build a Franchise Courier Network that will serve the people and businesses of Luton, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable. With Tony and Lauren’s mentoring, I have learned a lot in the last few weeks and clearly there is plenty more to master on the way to success but I am really enjoying the journey.”

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“Gabor is doing fantastically well already,” said Spooner. “He has secured some repeat business and has some great quoting opportunities with organisations in his area. We have also signed another franchisee who will be covering Macclesfield, Buxton and Stockport.

“Since we launched, our organisation has undergone fantastic growth and we’re proud that we’re a local company that can now offer national scope to our customers. If the growth of our franchise network continues at this pace, we will soon become a national brand, taking on major parcel and pallet carriers.”

By Sam Metcalf

Source: The Business Desk

Wine delivery platform launches franchise scheme for nationwide rollout

May 26, 2021

Drop Wine, a London wine delivery app, has announced that it is launching a new franchising plan as it aims to expand across the UK.

Drop Wine, based in Covent Garden, is aiming for a nationwide rollout of its one-hour wine delivery service.

 
Under the new franchise model, franchises will be encouraged to open their own bar and store, which will function as a delivery hub.

It is aiming to operate 85 sites nationally within the next three years, with plans to open 15 new franchise sites over the next 12 months across the South East.

The national franchise expansion follows a crowdfunding campaign that saw Drop raise more than £500k.

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Ian Campbell, Drop’s co-founder, commented: “We are excited to be increasing Drop’s footprint and bringing our expertly curated wine delivery service to wine lovers across the UK.

“We have seen a significant increase in sales over the past year as customers not only opt for the convenience of one hour delivery, but also our feature-rich virtual wine cellar experience that allows them to discover the unique, quality wines without feeling overwhelmed or confused.

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“Lockdown has transformed consumer expectations around convenience and speed of delivery. What initially became a solution to supermarket queues and booked out delivery slots, has since become a long-lasting shift in customer behaviour.”

By Chloe Shakesby

Source: BDaily

InXpress Holdings Ltd. Names Four Senior Executives to its Board of Directors

April 22, 2021

InXpress Holdings Ltd, a software-enabled global franchisor of transportation and logistics services, today announced it named four senior executives to its Board of Directors: Omar Simmons, Executive Chairman of one of the largest Planet Fitness franchise and Managing Director at Exaltare Capital Partners; Arnold Goldberg, former Senior Vice President and Senior Product Technologist at PayPal; Brendan Mulryan, Vice President at Etsy; and Jan Uhrich, former VP Services at Dell.

 
The new directors add complementary skills to reinforce InXpress’s long-term commitment to provide world-class transportation and logistics solutions to small and medium sized businesses.

Last year Hudson Hill Capital (“HHC”) acquired InXpress. Commenting on the appointments, Eric Rosen, Managing Partner of HHC, said, “These senior executives within technology, ecommerce, and franchising will strengthen the InXpress business globally. Each individual brings many years of relevant experience that will strengthen our technology, franchise, and service expertise to enhance the experience of our customers.”

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Based in Manchester, U.K., InXpress is an international franchisor of parcel, freight, and delivery logistics services serving SME customers through a software platform and global network of nearly 400 franchises in 14 countries. The company maintains relationships with tier-one parcel, air, and freight carriers around the world, offering discounted rates to franchisees that form relationships with SME customers through its direct salesforce. The Company also offers its SME customers and franchisees a SaaS platform, enabling franchisees to effectively manage customer service and customers to centrally manage their transportation and logistics requirements.

Mr. Simmons, a seasoned private equity professional with nearly 30 years of experience, currently serves as Managing Director at Exaltare Capital Partners, which he co-founded. He is also Executive Chairman of ECP-PF Holdings, one of the largest Planet Fitness franchise with health clubs in Connecticut, New Mexico, and New York. Prior to that, Mr. Simmons worked as a Director at Windjammer Capital Investors and co-founded Reliant Equity Investors. He also worked at leading private equity firms such as Summit Partners and McCown DeLeeuw. Mr. Simmons graduated from Harvard Business School with honors, after graduating from Princeton University.

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Mr. Goldberg spent the majority of his 30 year career as a senior product and technology executive working with four high-growth companies – PayPal, Box, LinkedIn, and eBay. He joined PayPal in 2013 and served in senior product and technology positions, including his most recent role as Senior Vice President, Chief Product Architect, where he partnered with the CEO to transform the product and engineering functions. Prior to PayPal, Mr. Goldberg worked as Vice President, Engineering at Box; Vice President, Platform Engineering at LinkedIn; and Senior Director, Systems Development at eBay. He also served with Hyperion Software, IBM, and ABB. Mr. Goldberg began his career at Harris Corporation after graduating from the University of Florida with a BS degree in computer engineering.

Ms. Uhrich is a Fortune 50 company senior executive with deep experience in technology and services. From 2013 to 2016, she was Chief Delivery Officer at Sutherland responsible for global services delivery, technology, IT, and human resources. Ms. Uhrich spent 17 years with Dell delivering new solutions and services, including starting and building Dell Global Support Services. Prior to Dell, she served for eight years as Senior Director Product Development with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and began her career at Apollo Computer after graduating from Penn State University with a BS degree in computer science. She received her MS degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Mr. Mulryan currently serves as Vice President, Member Services at Etsy. Prior to Etsy, he worked as Vice President, Customer Success at SaaS startup Docurated (acquired by Quark Software) and held various Program Management roles at Google. Mr. Mulryan possesses logistics experience as well, working with CEVA Logistics China and the Maersk Group. Mr. Mulryan earned a Diploma in Operational Research and Management Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BS in Finance from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Mark Taylor, Global CEO of InXpress said, “We look forward to benefiting from the diverse skills and insights that Omar, Arnold, Jan, and Brendan bring to help accelerate our growth, build strong relationships with our partners, and enhance our software platform.”

Source: Franchising

InXpress Recognized on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 Ranking

February 4, 2021

InXpress, a shipping and logistics franchise with a network of over 400 franchises in 14 counties, ranked No. 402 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s comprehensive Franchise 500 list.

The 42nd-annual Franchise 500 ranking was calculated with a proprietary formula built to evaluate franchises using five key factors: growth and size; brand strength; costs and fees; franchise support; and financial strength and stability.

 
The brand’s continuous placement on the competitive ranking, along with the franchise’s rising year-over-year system revenue growth even during the covid-19 environment (up 8.5 percent compared to 2019) and steady development, reinforces the recession-resilient franchise opportunity.

In fact, InXpress Americas doubled its deals and welcomed 22 newly signed franchise agreements for 2020.

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“The sought-after global logistics industry paired with our franchisees’ ability to solve pain points for small-to-medium size businesses, even through challenging times, has resulted in new franchisees eager to fast track their launch process,” said executive vice president for franchise development at InXpress, Christina Chambers. “The demand for our wide assortment of shipping services was made evident as the existing system and new owners saw firsthand the essential nature of the business in 2020.”

The brand’s strength continues to gain the attention of qualified franchise candidates who are seeking a home-based opportunity with no territory restrictions and limitless growth potential. These candidates desire to be a local service provider for small-to-medium size businesses, providing them access to InXpress’ bulk-buying discounts, world-class carrier partners, and automated shipping technology.

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The franchise requires no upfront costly brick-and-mortar lease; rather many owners opt to start as home-based and then move into a small office environment after the first year to build up their team and scale the business, often times in order to move into a sales management role.

“Small-to-medium size businesses will always need fast and reliable shipping solutions for their international small parcel, domestic small parcel and LTL (freight) needs,” said CEO Dustin Hansen. “With our initial launch training, ongoing support, and network of franchisees dedicated to mentoring new owners, each franchise is able to establish itself as the trusted, knowledgeable partner for enterprises in need of shipping advocates and hands-on account management.”

InXpress is the only non-asset authorized shipping reseller logistics company in the US that can offer customers multiple shipping solutions through a global network of robust carrier partners. InXpress has reoccurring revenue potential for self-motivated business owners who want to provide a valuable service to a variety of business owners.

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About InXpress

InXpress, a global business-to-business franchise company in the shipping and logistics industry, with a network of over 400 franchisees provides SMEs with unrivaled time and cost-saving shipping solutions through consultative services and innovative software. Due to the franchise’s size and its partnership with multiple world-class carrier partners, InXpress franchisees can offer big shipping discounts to small and medium-sized business. With automated shipping technology and one-on-one account management, InXpress customers are treated with the care and services typically reserved for Fortune 1000 companies. The core services include international small parcel, domestic small parcel and LTL (freight). The company was founded in 1999 in the United Kingdom and currently operates in 14 countries. InXpress Americas began franchising in 2006.

Source: PR Newswire

Speedy Freight Glasgow restructures business to help deliver essential lockdown goods

July 8, 2020

The Speedy Freight Glasgow franchise has played a key role in delivering over a million consignments of both medical and consumer goods since the pandemic lockdown began in March.

 
Consignments for the franchise business ranged from supermarket signage and protective screens to aid social distancing to vital medical supplies such as PPE equipment, including protective masks, gloves, ventilators and other critical hospital apparatus.

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The lockdown required the business to restructure its branch resources and operational systems to adapt to customer needs.

Since March, the Glasgow team has also played a key role in delivering one million home consignments for a major UK retailer in collaboration with other Speedy Freight branches across the UK.

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The Glasgow franchise is now also beginning to increase its services for construction and manufacturing clients as the industry returns to normal business levels.

Damian Pacitti, director at Speedy Freight Glasgow said: “I’m hugely proud of my team who have made our deliveries possible by travelling the length and breadth of the UK.

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“We’ve had to act quickly in order to tailor our services to meet customer demands. Their willingness to adapt their working lives to support the national transportation of urgent supplies – from vital PPE equipment to eggs boxes, supermarket checkout screens and home entertainment goods – has helped others stay at home.”

By Carol Millett

Source: Motor Transport

DPD to create thousands of new jobs amid boom in online shopping

June 28, 2020

Parcel delivery giant DPD is creating 6,000 new jobs and opening more depots in response to the “unprecedented” increase in online shopping caused by the coronavirus crisis.

 
The posts, including drivers, warehouse staff, managers and mechanics, will be spread across the UK, with most of the recruitment in place before October – ahead of Black Friday and the Christmas peak.

Most of the jobs are full-time, with drivers having the option of an Owner Driver Franchise, which is a self-employed contract the company has run for more than 20 years.

DPD said even before lockdown restrictions were announced in March, demand for its delivery service had risen significantly as people started increasing their reliance on online shopping.

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The trend has continued and DPD is forecasting the growth to continue this year, despite shops reopening.

It looks like there will remain a much greater reliance on e-commerce in the future – that’s going to be our ‘new normal’

Dwain McDonald, DPD

The company announced it will invest £200 million this year to expand its next-day parcel capacity, including £100 million on vehicles, £60 million on 15 new regional depots, and the remainder on technology.

Chief executive Dwain McDonald said: “We are experiencing the biggest boom in online retailing in the UK’s history and we are making this unprecedented investment in our infrastructure and people to ensure we can continue to meet the high levels of demand for our services.

“DPD has been one of the fastest growing major companies in the UK in the last 10 years due to the growth in e-commerce, but what we have seen in recent months is potentially a much more significant shift in behaviour, and we believe elements of it will be permanent.

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“As a company, we’ve been dealing with rapid growth and ongoing investment cycles for a long time, but this is a very significant moment.

“I do think the high street will bounce back from where things are now, but we have to base our modelling on our conversations with retailers and their projections.

“It looks like there will remain a much greater reliance on e-commerce in the future – that’s going to be our ‘new normal’.”

Employment minister Mims Davies said: “Clearly many sectors continue to feel the impact of Covid-19, but there are opportunities in other sectors and growing areas. These jobs span several regions of the UK and are hugely welcome as we switch our focus to renewing and rebuilding our country.

“Not only is this positive news for the jobs market but also the economy, with signs people are spending and increasing demand for logistics. With roles ranging from drivers to mechanics to managers, these positions are open to jobseekers with a range of skills and provide fresh options for those seeking employment.”

Source: Express & Star

Rochdale business delivers global success

September 22, 2019

A growing family business set up from a bedroom in Rochdale is now a global company trading in 14 countries worldwide.

With an office at the Lock 50 Business Centre on Oldham Road, InXpress is part of one of the largest shipping franchise networks in the world, now celebrating 20 years in business.

 
InXpress provides courier services for thousands of UK and international customers, helping move millions of items each year, from documents and packets, parcels and components through to shipping containers for businesses large and small. With 95 franchises in the UK and bases worldwide, their services are fully integrated and all managed online. They’ve been involved in everything from arranging seafreight to Los Angeles, to delivering replica red phone boxes around the world.

Fuelled by the boom in e-commerce it’s an amazing success story for a company started by Littleborough resident John Thompson. After outgrowing the family home in Rochdale, the company moved its head offices to premises on Fieldhouse Lane, before expanding to Blueberry Business Park in Rochdale.

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In 2012 John’s daughter Nikki Edwards swapped her career as a PE teacher to invest in the franchise herself, recruiting new staff in the process, meaning a new office was needed: “It was tough to walk away from the school and a job I loved, but I had lots of support from the InXpress head office. We looked at offices nearby as we needed space for a team of eight and were all impressed with Lock 50, so took the plunge and moved in.

“Initially, we had one of the smallest offices but with three franchises we wanted to work out of the same premises, so expanded here when space became available.”

And it has certainly proved to be the right move, added Nikki: “Our office at Lock 50 is great, the location is perfect and the facilities and services have really helped us. It’s a good environment to be in, with lots of like-minded business people around.”

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Though Nikki’s father has now retired, it’s still a family firm, with her sister and brother all very much involved.

Plans for further expansion are underway, with the high tech company recruiting more sales staff and unveiling new cutting edge shipping software this month, which Nikki says will further improve their service: “The business has heavily invested in a platform that can help our customers save time and money, keeping everything in one place and all tracked in real time.

“We’re really happy in Rochdale; InXpress employ local staff who like the location and it’s where it all began, so we’re proud to call it home.”

As well as celebrating 20 years in business, 2019 has been another good year for the global company, seeing them ranked twelfth in the prestigious list of ‘Franchise Direct’s Top 100 Franchises’, ahead of household names including Costa Coffee and Burger King. They’ve also made the final of the Franchise Marketing Awards.

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Councillor Daalat Ali, deputy leader and cabinet member for resources at Rochdale Borough Council said: “InXpress is an innovative, multi-award winning company and I am proud to see how far they have come in the last two decades. Founded in Rochdale, it’s also very pleasing to see them still here, committed to the area and continuing to thrive with their head office in Rochdale and an office in our council-run managed workspace.”

Source: Rochdale Online

Speedy Freight Prepare For Major Awards

June 21, 2019

Courier and delivery franchise Speedy Freight are particularly excited having been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year Award, the ultimate award in UK franchising that demonstrates passion and commitment to ethical franchising, as well as one of their franchisees, Steve Morris, being shortlisted for the Multi-unit accolade in the franchisee categories, owning numerous franchise systems in the south west of England.

 
Mike Smith, Managing Director for Speedy Freight, stated: “We are very much looking forward to the awards. It’s fantastic for us to know our approach to franchising has been recognised by the association. We like to do things properly and we’re proud of that. We always put the franchisee and customers at the forefront of the company’s vision, and operate a model that is hugely successful.”

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Steve Morris, who owns numerous Speedy Freight franchises, including the Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, among others, stated:

“I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for multi-unit franchisee. My Speedy Freight journey started in 2015 and has grown and developed significantly. I am passionate about the business vision and alongside my dedicated team, through first-class customer service, have been able to expand my operation across multiple territories with backing from the support centre.”

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The awards evening is a celebration of ethical franchising and entrepreneurial excellence in the industry.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association (bfa), congratulated the company: “For Speedy Freight to get one nomination in the franchisor categories, and one in the franchisee arena is proof positive that the company is excelling in the industry.” “I wish them the best of luck on the evening.”

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Speedy Freight will go head-to-head against five other franchise units in June from a mixture of sectors, including cleaning services, pet food services and a recruitment franchise.

By Emma Lumley

Source: BDaily

Careful package and delivery of your valued items

May 2, 2019

FOR over nine years, PACK & SEND Shepparton has been carefully packing and sending the region’s delicate freight. When franchise owner, Rick Orr says they can send ‘Anything, Anywhere,’ he really means it.

Rick and the team are able to handle just about anything, domestically and internationally. From bikes, to all manner of car parts, tools, artwork, and irreplaceable family mementos, PACK&SEND can help with your worldwide postage solutions.

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“Some people still think of us as being the same as the post office, but with PACK & SEND we handle all freight; from small to large, domestic and international and we can import and export,” Rick said.

“We can pick up, pack and deliver items for customers and for those items we pack ourselves, we also offer warranty cover (loss and damage in transit).”

PACK & SEND also has the benefit of being part of a well-established network of over 100 service centres throughout Australia, with several in New Zealand and the UK.

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Speedy Freight nominated for major franchising award

March 9, 2019

Speedy Freight has been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year Award at the BFA HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27.

Speedy Freight offers a range of bespoke solutions to logistical challenges, such as linking with manufacturing systems, shipping, warehousing and final mile delivery across multiple industries, from retail to industrial, anywhere in Europe.

The company’s turn key package and strict guidelines to protect franchisees trading areas is key to the business’ continued success. It support centre employs a team of franchise development managers who, with a coaching approach, share best practice from across the network, support training programmes and provide reporting tools to track success and opportunities for improvement.

Mike Smith, Managing Director for Speedy Freight:

“Our vision is to be recognised for pride and professionalism in delivering innovative expedited solutions, whilst delivering a first-class service to all our customers. Becoming a finalist is a credit to our robust model and dedicated franchisees and colleagues.”

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“The awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination in itself is a major achievement, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff, fighting off many other companies vying for the accolade.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association (BFA), congratulated the company:

“Speedy Freight fully deserves its nomination for Franchisor of the Year after sending in a really detailed form showing how they have helped the whole network thrive.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said:

“We are using courier services more than ever, and Speedy Freight, which has been franchising since 2010, has really grown as a business and done so in an ethical manner.

“Its nomination is testament to its hard work and I wish the company the best of luck come the awards night.”

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Source: UK Haulier