Sendle expands 24-hour parcel drop-off service
Following strong uptake of its 24-hour parcel drop-off service over the past six months, small business courier Sendle has expanded the service to hundreds more BP service stations, newsagents and pharmacies across Australia.
There are now almost 600 locations where small businesses can drop off or pick up Sendle parcels 24 hours a day, and this figure is expected to grow to more than 1000 in the next few months.
This is off the back of strong demand for the service. According to Sendle, it has been growing 204 per cent a month since first launching in November 2018.
Sendle operates the service in partnership with Hubbed, a parcel management solution provider. Together, they say they will offer more parcel drop-off points by 2020 than there are Australia Post offices in the country.
“The early response to the drop off network proves that business owners want convenient 27/7 drop off and that the 200-year-old postal network is becoming increasingly redundant,” James Chin Moody, Sendle’s founder and CEO, said in a statement.
“Whether they are mumpreneurs, young professionals with a side-hustle, or a full time e-commerce operator, small businesses are the engine room of the Australian economy and deserve services that empower them to thrive.”
Sendle in January raised $20 million ahead of what it says will be a year of ‘hyper-growth’, including the launch of new products and expansion into overseas markets.
The Series B funding round was led by Federation, which invested alongside Full Circle Venture Capital, Rampersand and Giant Leap as returning investors.