British shipping technology company Shipster has secured investment from Manchester-based Fearless Adventures to help grow its business.
Shipster claims to make what it calls “extremely bespoke” shipping software more accessible to growing online retailers through a “no-price-per-shipment” model and a technical support team that can make same-day shipping rule changes for client warehouses. The company already works with brands including AYBL, Missy Empire, Lounge and Oh Polly.
Shipster will use the new funds to expand its team and develop its offering, including options for carbon-neutral shipping and end-customer experience features while Fearless Adventures’ co-founders, who specialise in supporting fast-growing D2C companies, will help with the company’s growth plans.
Shipster claims that customers like Oh Polly save tens of thousands of pounds per year with Shipster’s platform. Once a consumer pays for an order, Shipster automatically creates shipments and courier bookings, generates tracking information and all shipping and customs documentation. Today, Shipster is running on over 1000 warehouse packing benches and over 60 leading couriers have been integrated, including the addition of five services in the Middle East. Shipster processed over 26.3 million shipments last year alone.
Hayley Cowburn, Shipster co-founder, said: “It’s time to take our biggest leap to grow the company, and in more than financial support. We want people who have ‘done it before’ and bring valuable experience and expertise to the table. We spoke to a few companies about investment but found many to be overly corporate and impersonal. The Fearless Adventures team are different; they feel like a true extension of the team with a genuine sense of excitement for our company’s future. It’s breathed some new life into our ambitions and motivated us further.”
David Newns, Fearless Adventures’ co-founder, said: “No one has truly disrupted the ecommerce shipping space until now, so it’s an exciting opportunity. Before Shipster, the pain point for many growing ecommerce companies were products that were overpriced, sub-optimal quality, and under-par support. Now those companies love Shipster’s product, team, and what they’ve done to improve their shipping. They’re making a real difference in the warehouses of promising ecommerce brands, and in the process made themselves an essential building block in tomorrow’s ecommerce economy.”