With more than 500 billion euros in revenue, ecommerce in Europe is hot. A great part of this turnover unfortunately still goes to shipping. Consumers want their goods delivered whenever and wherever they need; flexible and fast shipping is the new standard. For online retailers it is hard to compete with the big players such as Amazon and Zalando. Sendcloud, a cutting-edge logistics startup, is revolutionizing international shipping for the ecommerce market. The shipping tool is centralizing European carriers and their networks to create a time and cost efficient shipping and returns process for all European online retailers.
Revolution in parcel shipping for e-commerce
To successfully operate in the ecommerce industry is becoming more challenging every day. Consumers decide when, where and at what time their package should be delivered. The biggest players in the market make arrangements with carriers or even start their own logistical service. The greater part of all online stores simply can’t. “This is problematic for online retailers who want to be successful in Europe,” said Rob van den Heuvel, Sendcloud founder and CEO. “Let’s compare a shipment from The Netherlands to Belgium. It is almost twice as expensive and the package will not be delivered in the same time frame, even though the actual distance might not differ from a domestic shipment.”
The solution is easy, a ‘shipping tool’ which levels the playing field for retailers competing in the European market. Sendcloud has partnerships with major international carriers including DHL, UPS, DPD and domestic carriers such as PostNL, bpost and Austrian Post. The company provides direct integrations with the shipping providers and merges all shipping options in the check-out of the shops. This allows retailers to offer consumers the best and most cost efficient shipping (and return) options, enabling them to compete with larger retailers on a global scale.
Parcelshops and returns in Europe
The demand for delivery to collection points has increased the past few years. Which makes it an important part of the check-out in ecommerce. With the new European shipping network, Sendcloud offers shipping and returns to parcelshops throughout Europe. Consumers select their desired local parcelshop in a simple map. By collective purchasing from the connected carriers, Sendcloud is able to offer shipments at a reduced rate. This all together makes it more easy for retailers to position themselves in a open European market.
The last mile in- and outside Europe
Online shopping is expanding exponentially around the world, as consumers embrace the ‘anytime, anywhere’ mentality fueled by the latest advancements in ecommerce. This creates chances also outside Europe. Sendcloud is therefore on a mission to create a worldwide shipping network, to help etailers grow and further reduce shipping rates.