Home delivery has been one of the biggest trends of the last year. Whether it’s ordering your favourite takeaway food, or buying clothes, games and tech from online marketplaces, the majority of Europeans have settled quite happily into the routine of having everything they need brought straight to their door. This trend seems set to stay, even after restrictions begin to open again in 2021.
It’s no surprise that food delivery startups like Glovo, Deliveroo, and Delivery Hero are doing very well from the ‘stay home’ restrictions, but what about those startups that are working to actually help the delivery companies themselves, with different software and tools? These ‘silent’ partners are the ones behind the scenes, oiling the machine for smooth functionality, and reaping the benefits monetarily.
With this in mind, we have compiled this list of 10 fast-growing European startups focusing on supporting the home delivery market. Maybe some are even running in your city.
Gophr – Based in London, this startup was born in 2015, way before the pandemic happened. Gophr focuses on improving delivery performance at the individual courier level, using enhanced package and behavioural data, more efficient routing strategies and gamified incentives. The startup has achieved 300% revenue growth during the last 12 months, and landed €4.6 million in February 2021.
Bliq – This Berlin-based startup was founded in 2018, and works to primarily help delivery and ride sharing workers streamline their jobs – and work for multiple companies like Bolt, Uber, Deliveroo, etc. This means that the workers get a better deal, and the delivery companies work with more organised staff. At the end of 2020, the startup landed around €2 million in funding, to reach more riders.
Deliverect – Founded in 2018, this Belgian startup is streamlining the restaurant industry with its online food delivery management software, across different platforms like Uber, Deliveroo, etc. The benefit? It eliminates the need for restaurant staff to monitor multiple devices and manually re-enter orders into their existing system, dramatically reducing both staff workload and the probability of errors. The startup landed €16.25 million in April 2020, right at the time of the first lockdown.
Delfast – Founded in 2014, Ukrainian startup Delfast was started as an eco-delivery service. The company began been constructing its very own electric bikes to meet delivery business needs, and in particular, developed an e-bike with the longest range ever, setting the Guinness World Record. In 2021, the startup ran a cowdfunding campaign, landing €2.8 million to localize its e-bike manufacture and speed up delivery.
Scoobic Group – Founded in 2016, Sevilla-based Scoobic Group is specialized in multi-purpose electric vehicles for last-mile delivery. The 100% electric Scoobic vehicle is intermediate in size between a motorcycle and a delivery van. This three-wheeled vehicle can transport up to 750 kilos of payload and 1000 liters, and has a range limit of 300 kilometers. In November 2020, the team secured €2 million to consolidate itself as a key player in the sustainable energy future in Europe.
Instabox – Stockholm-based Instabox (founded in 2015) offers a hassle-free same-day delivery service through its many smart parcel lockers. The company provides smart and fast freight services for many of the largest e-commerce retailers in the Nordics such as H&M, IKEA, Boozt.com, and Lloyds. In April 2020, the startup landed €36 million, and in summer 2020 the startup launched Instabikes, a new smooth and fossil free home delivery service using bike couriers. You can read the interview they did with EU-Startups here.
Bringly – Amsterdam-based startup is a sustainable same-day delivery software. Founded in 2019, Bringly’s SaaS ship-from-store solution partners with sustainable delivery companies (i.e. bikes and electric vehicles), allowing retailers with physical stores to offer same-day delivery to their customers. Bringly’s algorithm subsequently assigns the deliveries to one of its partners via their APIs. In 2020, the team secured a pre-seed funding round from ASIF Ventures.
Boks – Paris-based Boks, a startup making it easy to receive parcels at home 24/7, offers connected ‘Boks’, or small secure storage boxes, that are accessed via a single-use code. Today, more than one million parcels a week are not delivered to people’s homes properly, and are either resolved with a failed delivery note and attempted re-delivery, or are sent to a nearby pickup point. Boks helps solves this issue – and has just picked up €1.2 million to reach even more people.
Budbee – Stockholm-based Budbee is a logistics startup offering last-mile delivery services with an emphasis on sustainability. Currently, it operates in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and The Netherlands, working with the likes of H&M, Zalando and Asos. Founded in 2015, the startup impressively managed to make 95% of its deliveries in Sweden fossil-free. In 2021, the startup landed €52 million to expand internationally, focus on its tech and grow its team.
Ziticity – Founded in 2017, Ziticity empowers local businesses owners to compete with Amazon dominance by providing a platform for affordable same-day deliveries. The Lithuanian last-mile delivery startup closed a €2.2 million seed funding round in June 2022, and also made it into the finals of our big annual pitch competition at the EU-Startups Summit.
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