Sendcloud, the leading e-commerce shipping platform in Europe, today announced it has closed a €150 million Series C financing. The funding round was led by Softbank Vision Fund 2 with a significant strategic investment from L Catterton and participation from HPE Growth.
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Eindhoven, Sendcloud helps online businesses fully optimize their shipping process while delivering a superior end-shopper experience. As e-commerce has become the new standard, the global delivery market is expected to grow to over $590 billion by 2024. Yet most retailers still process shipments using a single carrier, even though 71% of consumers consider flexibility a key element of delivery. Sendcloud provides the solution, offering merchants a multi-carrier platform that simplifies flexible delivery. The platform is trusted by 23,000 merchants, including Gelato, Rosefield, Shoeby and Subdued.
Rob van den Heuvel, CEO and Co-founder of Sendcloud, commented: “At a time when consumers around the world want to decide where, when and how they want to receive a parcel, leading online merchants depend on Sendcloud to fuel their logistics process. To engage consumers in the long term and successfully process growing parcel volumes, a multi-carrier solution like Sendcloud is essential, and we are proud to partner with Softbank and L Catterton and embark on a new chapter of growth for our business.”
Sendcloud directly manages shipments with all major European carriers, offering a wide range of shipping methods, including cross-border shipping, delivery in parcel lockers, same-day delivery, and even delivery during a day and timeslot of choice. Additionally, the company offers access to over 400,000 service points across Europe, enabling customers to pick up their parcel at their most preferred parcel shop. Sendcloud’s technology transforms e-commerce logistics by replacing multiple Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) with a single solution, bringing a seamless delivery experience to both consumers and retailers.
Yanni Pipilis, Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, stated: “Growing parcel volume and demand for flexible delivery have increased the need for smart shipping solutions amongst online merchants. Sendcloud has built a leading all-in-one shipping platform that aims to help merchants easily integrate functionalities such as checkout, shipping, tracking, returns, and analytics. We are pleased to partner with Rob and the Sendcloud team to support their mission of fueling the next wave of e-commerce enablement.”
Following a 133% annual increase in parcel volumes, Sendcloud will use this capital to further accelerate growth, continue to expand its international presence, and fuel global adoption of the platform. Sendcloud currently has 400 employees and plans to hire another 250 in the next 12 months to support the company’s growth.