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October 11, 2012 – London, U.K. – Shutl, the world’s fastest and most convenient e-commerce delivery service, today announced that it has secured an additional $3.2 million in equity investment. The funds will be mainly used to drive the company’s North American launch in Q1 2013 and was led by Shutl’s existing shareholders and two new investors e.ventures and Notion Capital. This news follows a $2 million investment earlier in the year from UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, Hummingbird Ventures and others.
Shutl’s point-to-point delivery model enables delivery of online purchases either within minutes of purchase or a 1 hour window of the shoppers choice. The service is already offered across the UK by a handful of major retailers. With these new funds, Shutl will launch across North America, starting with New York and San Francisco in Q1 2013 via a number of multi-channel retailers. Phase two will see the service roll-out across 10 additional North American cities, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, Montreal and Toronto.
Andreas Haug, Partner at e.ventures said „We are convinced that innovative logistics concepts that enable a faster, more comfortable and more reliable delivery will act as significant growth engines for ecommerce. In addition, offline retail will benefit from these solutions, which allow local retailers to acquire and retain customers online. Shutl is the pioneer in this segment and perfectly positioned to enter international markets. We are excited to work with Tom and his team on an international basis and grow this business to the worldwide leader in local delivery.“
“Notion looks to invest in fast-growing, internet-based businesses with the potential to disrupt large, and often complacent, markets – in this way Shutl is a great fit for us.’ Said Jos White, Partner at Notion Capital. “Shutl provides an innovative solution to the ‘last mile’ delivery challenge giving customers the products they want, when they want them. We couldn’t be more excited to be making this investment and believe they can build both a large and global business.”
“e.ventures and Notion Capital have a wealth of experience as both investors and entrepreneurs launching disruptive web-services all over the world,” comments Tom Allason, Founder and CEO, Shutl. “We are delighted to be supported by them and our existing investors in our efforts to build a brand that changes delivery forever, in the UK, the US and beyond.”
Shutl is the UK start-up that promises to bring delivery up to speed by letting shoppers get what they want, when they want. The service connects retailers to local same-day courier companies, enabling online and in-store customers to receive their shopping within as little as 90 minutes or within a 1-hour window of their choice. Shutl currently holds the record for the world’s fastest e-commerce delivery; a shopper taking receipt of their goods within 15 minutes of checking out online. Shutl was founded by veteran entrepreneur Tom Allason, also known for founding eCourier.co.uk. The company operates 24/7 in 50+ towns across UK with a virtual fleet totaling thousands of couriers already completing tens of thousands of deliveries every day. Shutl counts Argos, Aurora Fashions, Karen Millen, Maplin and Style-Passport amongst its retail partners.