Startup carrier PostPlus has handled 18 million items since 2019 launch

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European startup carrier PostPlus has revealed an eight-fold increase in turnover, having handled more than 18 million items within two years of its launch.

Established by former executives from Estonia Post, Post11 and some of Europe’s leading private-sector logistics operators, PostPlus specializes in shipping parcels, packets and printed material to Scandinavia, the Baltic states and many Eastern European territories.

Gunnar Aru, CEO at PostPlus, said, “Whilst we have a great wealth of experience within the business, we have still been somewhat taken aback by the progress that we have made in a relatively short space of time. I think that our collective know-how has been critical in generating that momentum in what is a very competitive industry.

“Instead of trying to establish ourselves in the major European markets, we made a very conscious decision to concentrate on those territories that we are most familiar with, and it is already paying off.

“Although we might not yet be as well-known as some of our competitors, our focus on speed, reliability and flexibility of delivery has proved enormously popular. In keeping with that emphasis, we don’t only rely on the trusted capabilities of national postal operators for final-mile deliveries. We believe that smaller, local courier services can offer even better quality in certain of our destinations.

“As the volume of items that we handle has increased, it has also benefited courier development in those places and that, in turn, means an even better service for our customers.”

Aru, a former senior manager with both the Estonian parcel business Post 11 and supply chain giant DB Schenker, said that although the main PostPlus hub is in Amsterdam, the company’s commercial operations are run from Tallinn.

PostPlus began trading in the second quarter of 2019 but is already processing more than 200,000 tons of products each month on behalf of a growing roster of clients in Europe, the USA and Asia.

The company now ships to more than 100 countries, with its biggest volume destinations including all of Scandinavia as well as the Baltic and Balkan states, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, France and Poland.

“We might not necessarily offer the cheapest delivery solution to every location but we are far from being the most expensive either,” added Aru. “Our clients place a premium on the kind of certainty and speed that we provide. That has been evident from the amount of items and new business that we find ourselves dealing with.

“Although the international state of lockdown over the last 18 months has seen tremendous growth in global e-commerce traffic generally, we are confident that the volumes we are handling are perfectly sustainable. As a result, we expect to make further strategic decisions in the very near future to support our operations and maintain the high standards that we have set.”

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