A major ShipBob European expansion of 20 fulfilment centres has been announced, as the firm looks to uncover the next unicorn consumer brands in the UK and capitalise on the continued e-commerce surge.
ShipBob, which raised a $200m Series E round in June 2021 and includes the likes of Bain Capital Ventures and SoftBank among its investors, helps small and medium-sized brands offer an Amazon Prime-like experience by providing rapid and cost-effective deliveries.
The company has appointed Enda Breslin as EMEA General Manager. To kickstart the ShipBob European expansion, Enda’s first focus will be in building the company’s UK operations to at least 5 ecommerce fulfilment centres in 2022. By 2023, the company intends to have 20 fulfilment centres across Europe and create 300 permanent jobs in the UK and another 200 across Europe.
Enda has 30 years’ experience in European ecommerce, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer of European ecommerce firm Radial. He also founded Europe’s first ecommerce SaaS platform, Aspherio, and launched GSI Commerce/eBay Enterprise in Europe.
Enda Breslin, EMEA General Manager, ShipBob commented: “The UK is one of the most sophisticated ecommerce landscapes in the world with 45% of UK retail happening online during the pandemic. This trend looks set to continue but recent weeks have shown how supply chain flaws can bring growth to a standstill, and we want to remove this risk for these up and coming companies. ShipBob is focused on giving every brand the opportunity to sell cross-border and is the only player in global ecommerce that has the right balance between technology, operations and customer focus, with the ambition and agility to be number one in any market that we decide to enter.”
Dhruv Saxena, co-founder and CEO, ShipBob said: “We launched ShipBob to democratise fulfilment and give the world’s emerging brands the scalable sales and delivery capabilities of enormous multinational companies. Expanding into Europe will help us hand these powers to a vast number of new challenger businesses and I can’t think of anyone better placed than Enda to lead this charge. We’ve been working closely together in our London office over the last few weeks to welcome our first ten UK employees and I’m certain his guidance will help ShipBob rapidly scale across Europe from this initial UK foothold.”