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.”

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.

Source: UK Haulier

Delivery, Parcel And Courier Franchise UK – Should You Buy A UK Courier Franchises?

February 19, 2019

Courier Franchise UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running successful UK Courier Franchises.

They may not offer the best margins out there, but UK Courier Franchises do open up some interesting opportunities for those who are willing to carve out their own spaces.

 
We live in a hyperconnected world. With billions of smart devices floating around and the internet access deeper, wider than ever, it’s safe to say that communication is at its absolute peak.

Apart from the obvious changes the technology has made to interpersonal relationships, the internet has had a definitive impact on the way businesses run. The retail industry, for one, has been revolutionised beyond recognition.

More and more people now prefer to shop online for everything from computers and accessories to clothes and even groceries. The courier and delivery sector in the UK has grown exponentially larger as a by-product of these e-commerce trends. People may not be writing letters anymore – but they sure are making up for this by ordering tons of stuff online.

In this article, we will be taking a look and how UK courier franchises have been integral to this trend. We will also try to understand what the growth potential for delivery and Courier Franchises UK is in the context of the peculiar last-mile problem that routinely troubles the e-commerce businesses today.

Courier Franchise UK – Know Your Numbers

UK Courier Franchises have performed steadily over the last 10 years, thanks to the fundamental nature of the services they provide. Before we dig deeper into what keeps propping delivery and courier franchises UK up, it’s important to understand the vital numbers for this industry.

  • The delivery, courier and postal industry in the UK has been a constant market fixture for centuries. Evolving from the systemic, far-reaching global trading outfit of the Victorian era, the present-day courier industry in the UK boasts of revenue in excess of £21 bn.
  • Over 20,000 distinct business entities operate in the UK courier industry. A large number of these are estimated to be franchise units.
  • The industry employs over 250,000 full-time workforce, making it one of the largest sectors in the UK in terms of employment generated.
  • The market share is typically divided between a handful of major players (Royal Mail, being the largest) and scattered, regional operations. As far as courier franchises UK go, the market presence is limited to covering local, final stages of delivery.
  • From 2014 through to 2019, the courier and postal industry in the UK has grown at about 7% per year. This rate is at par with the growth of the overall economy.

Sources: Statista, Ibis World

These statistical insights should be adequate to convey the fact that the courier industry has more to gain from perfecting their services rather than disrupting them altogether. It’s tempting to think about all the futuristic promises of drone deliveries and AI-fuelled algorithms, while also remembering that that’s clearly something more suited to big players with deeper pockets.

Courier Franchise UK – Making The Most Of Others’ Pain Points

In the introduction of this article, we pointed out that the growth of UK courier franchises – and the courier/postal industry in general – has a lot to do with the meteoric growth rates experienced by e-commerce businesses.

The life, however, isn’t easy for an e-commerce business. The pain points are many and the heavy emphasis on the personalisation of every aspect makes things worse.

Take the actual delivery of a product, for example.

When you order a product from an e-commerce website, you typically get to choose when it’ll be delivered to you. About 20 years ago, this would have been utterly impossible.

This one little luxury means that e-commerce businesses have to invest heavily in the way their inventory moves – giving a well-primed scene for courier companies to enter and take over.

The last mile problem is very much real and isn’t going anywhere any time soon. As long these market conditions persist, parcel and courier franchises UK can be confident of enjoying the same growth rates for the foreseeable future.

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What Do Parcel and Courier Franchises UK Do?

Parcel and courier franchises UK are much like any other franchise operation – they aim to offer local, territorial support to the franchisor.

The costs of moving goods from one place to another are huge – unless you operate at a scale that justifies the investments. Combine this with the razor-thin margins of the business and you won’t have much trouble understanding why smaller courier businesses fail to expand beyond a certain point – the bottlenecks are just too expensive to crack open.

Many such businesses that reach the point of saturation resort to adopting the franchising business model.

A courier franchisee typically handles one or more aspects for the franchisor business at the local level.

Types of Courier Franchise UK

Broadly speaking, there are two major types of parcel and courier franchises UK.

Distribution Centres/Holding Centres/Depots

Distribution centres (also known as depots or holding centres) are ‘nerve centres’ of activity in a given territory. A depot franchise typically looks over all the incoming and outgoing parcels, mails and deliveries for the territory and coordinates with other depots as well as smaller units to run an efficient network.

Running a depot courier franchise typically involves larger investments, stronger workforce, and is best suited to experienced franchisors who have some prior experience in the industry.

Local Couriers

Local couriers are often the last cog in the logistics chain for franchisors. From the franchising point of view, these also happen to be the best bets in terms of availability.

A local courier franchise takes over the given (smaller) territory to complete the delivery for multiple courier businesses.

Perhaps, an example would better illustrate this point.

A FedEx package originating from London exchanges many hands before it reaches its destination in, let’s say, a Midlands village. The courier franchise takes advantage of the franchisor’s agreement with FedEx, securing a guaranteed business scale in their territory. Of course, multinational logistics and courier giants like FedEx have many such partnerships – so, it’s important to choose a franchisor that brings in some sort of unique selling point that your unit can rely upon.

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How Much Do Parcel and UK Courier Franchises Cost?

As far as investments go, courier franchises UK are at par with most other franchise sectors. To read more about other UK franchise sector, do bookmark our blog.

On average, a Courier Franchise UK will cost you anywhere between £15,000 and £40,000. The minimum initial investment for courier franchises UK comprises of two major costs:

  1. Initial franchise fees: This is a one-time fee that franchisees need to pay to buy a franchise unit from the franchisor. It reflects the business structure, brand value, operational expertise and market share of the franchisor.
  2. Infrastructure costs: Most franchisors expect you to put up a certain percentage of the minimum initial investment towards building a workable infrastructural setup. This involves leasing a warehouse/office location, acquiring vans, buying computers, putting in place adequate IT solutions and training.

The operational expenses for courier franchises UK include:

  1. Rent (this is a major component of ongoing, operational expenses if you’re renting a commercial warehouse)
  2. Staff salaries
  3. Marketing expenses
  4. Franchisor commissions
  5. IT expenses
  6. Utilities like electricity and internet
  7. Vehicle maintenance and fuel costs
  8. Insurance
  9. Taxes

How Do UK Courier Franchises Make Money?

The business model for UK courier and parcel franchises is straightforward.

Since you’ll be working as the local unit for the franchisor, the incomings will almost always be directly attributed to them. In most cases, the franchisees earn commissions based on the volume of parcels/deliveries handled each week in various categories. Larger, heavier parcels and packages often yield better revenues for businesses, pushing more and more UK courier franchises towards a B2B model.

A typical, well-run UK courier franchise can hope to break even within 20-24 months of trading. To account for this period, you need to make sure that you have enough working capital and cash reserves.

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How To Market Parcel A Courier Franchise UK?

As is the case with most businesses today, everything eventually boils down to how effective and efficient your marketing plans are.

“Running a well-oiled courier franchise means constantly re-investing in marketing. The sector is fiercely competitive to say the least, and your clients will never think twice before switching to your competitor who offers cheaper services – even by a single penny.”

Since we are referring to smaller, localised courier and parcel franchises UK, it’s safe to focus on affordable but effective marketing.

This usually involves a three-pronged approach:

Business Networking

The best way to secure a good deal of business and improve your visibility is to strike ‘deals of scale’ with local businesses. Almost every business out there has some need for courier partners. If you can find local e-commerce businesses, that’s even better. In other words, use networking as an essential marketing tool.

Local Advertising

If B2C deliveries is your target market, it pays to advertise heavily at the local level. Offering on-call pickups, free quotes and express services are just some ways for courier businesses to win over customers.

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is an important marketing arm for modern businesses. By working with experienced digital marketers, you can tap additional lead generation channels like social media, organic searches and PPC/PPE ads.

Parcel Courier Franchises – Are You The Right Fit?

Not knowing whether you’re fit to run a business or not is probably the most common reason for franchise businesses to fail.

So, before you invest your hard earned money in a courier franchise, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Courier franchises do not give you the flexibility you typically expect from your own business.
  2. As a courier franchisee, you’ll be expected to be open well before and beyond the regular working hours.
  3. Larger businesses have pretty much every aspect of the business automated and streamlined – you’ll need to work extremely hard to align your services with theirs if you are to win their business.
  4. Things will often be tough. If you don’t have what it takes to make good business decisions, don’t shy away from hiring someone who does.

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Top Courier Franchise UK

Here are our picks of some of the most popular UK parcel and courier franchises.

1. InExpress

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £24,999 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Affordable logistics and courier solutions for SMEs
  • World class carriers
  • 350+ franchise units in 14 countries
  • Full training
  • Complete tech solutions
  • Ongoing support
  • Scalable marketing
  • Full BFA Member

2. Post and Packing

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £25,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Order fulfilment and packing services for businesses
  • Innovative business model
  • Full training
  • Ongoing support

3. Dor-2-Dor

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £8,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Leaflet distribution and mailing partner for businesses
  • Combines marketing with postal services
  • 30+ years in business
  • Full training and support
  • Low-cost
  • Home-based opportunity

4. Speedy Freight

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £38,500 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Leading same day courier and freight business
  • Over 2,500 vans on the road
  • 30+ franchise units in operation
  • Full training on offer
  • Business support
  • Full BFA Member

5. World Options

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £32,500 (plus VAT)
  • USP: B2B parcel delivery business
  • Large network of clients
  • Little to no overheads
  • Home-based courier franchise
  • Funding support available
  • Full BFA Member

Parcel And Courier Franchise UK – The Takeaways

  • Understand the competitive nature of the industry.
  • Talk to franchisees that are already in operation.
  • Know your numbers well.
  • Be prepared to withstand the period before you start booking profits.
  • Focus on franchisor businesses that offer locally favourable solutions.
  • Try to carve out a niche – competing with big players as a franchise unit will take you nowhere.

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If you have a first-hand experience of running a courier franchise, do let us know. We’ll make every effort to feature your submissions on our website.

Zedify expands Outspoken’s UK cycling delivery services

August 12, 2018

Zedify, the delivery arm of the Outspoken cycling franchise, has launched its zero-emissions transportation service in Edinburgh.

The new Zedify facility is Outspoken’s seventh in the UK, following Cambridge, Glasgow, Norwich, Waltham Forest, central London (Smithfields Market) and Brighton. Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool centres are expected to open soon.

“We’re aiming to be in 30 cities in two or three years,” says Outspoken’s managing director Rob King, who founded the courier firm 13 years ago. “We changed from Outspoken Delivery to Zedify because we wanted to give the delivery brand its own identity.”

Outspoken Delivery became Zedify on June 21 – Clean Air Day.

Bike display in the bicycle shop at The Bike Depot, which is run by Rob Turner, previously of Ben Hayward Cycles. Picture: Keith HeppellBike display in the bicycle shop at The Bike Depot, which is run by Rob Turner, previously of Ben Hayward Cycles. Picture: Keith Heppell

“We still have Outspoken Training and Outspoken Cycles doing events and training, and now we have the shop as well,” says Rob, referring to the retail section of The Bike Depot, Outspoken’s habitat near the Science Park.

The in-house urban cycling store sells a range of cargo bikes, tandems, triplets and electric-assist load luggers. The shop is run by manager Rob Turner, who joined from Ben Hayward Cycles in April.

The courier rebrand has allowed the Zedify team – which is led by Rob and Brighton-based co-founder Sam Keam, who founded Recharge in the seaside city – to enhance its in-town delivery service.

“We’re now bigger nationally,” says Rob, “but it’s not just about bikes, it’s about zero emissions transport.

Zedify, The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Rd, Cambridge. Picture: Keith HeppellZedify, The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Rd, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

“There’s been a sea change in the market because city emissions and congestion are now so significant, so the aim is to make zero emissions scaleable, and for a business to do that we have to be national. We’ve invested in the technology, so the big change for us is the ambition, and we can now offer big retailers the option to do something in terms of deliveries.”

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Zedify’s service involves both delivering to individual customers and moving goods in bulk for the crucial last-mile hike – “it’s actually the last four or five miles”, says Rob.An electric van is available for pick-ups outside that area.

The new locations are set up as licensee partnerships: each depot has its own manager, responsible for its local sales and operations but hooked up to a national IT system developed with Theale-based software sopecialist Skotonung.

Rob believes the future is bright for the sector.

“The next big step would be if politicians cracked down by introducing congestion charging. Some people with vans doing five or so deliveries a day would then look at alternatives.

“Change is difficult but it’s just the ‘how’ not ‘whether’ – you’ll never get change if you don’t incentivise the alternatives.”

Source: Cambridge Independent