PublicisGroupe, the world’s third largest advertising and PR firm, announced in January it would dedicate €10 million to its ‘Publicis90’ fund to support up to 90 start-ups from around the world. Selected from over 3.500 applications across 141 countries, Parcelly’s innovative ‘pick up your parcel where you want’ app was awarded Gold at an official Publicis ceremony at the Viva Tech conference in Paris on July 1st.
Parcelly is one of the fastest-growing logistics startups in the UK. Launched in December 2014 with a mission to make failed deliveries a thing of the past, their smartphone based click&collect solution puts full control into the hands of consumers, who determine when, how, and where they wish to collect their online purchases. Being entirely online retailer and carrier agnostic, Parcelly’s open loop technology can be used with any retailer online or easily be integrated into existing check-out systems along the supply chain. Parcelly’s network extends nationwide, providing over 600 on-demand collection points to resolve the existing industry problems associated with last mile delivery.
Testimony of their innovation and success to date, London-based Parcelly has recently been awarded the F2N ‘New Business of the Year 2015’ award, won the Scoot ‘Headline Awards 2016’, was a shortlisted finalist in this year’s ‘City of London Sustainability Awards’, the ‘Cloud & DevOps World Awards’ and is currently a selected finalist in two categories of the Retail Week Innovation Awards.
Just 3% of all applicants were invited to the final ‘Publicis90’ stage in Paris, of which only 14% were from the United Kingdom. To be considered one of the most exciting start-ups from a stern list of global competitors is no small feat. Sebastian Steinhauser, CEO and Founder of Parcelly, comments “We are extremely excited to belong to this selected group of GOLD winners. The support and investment of a prestigious global advertising and PR expert like Publicis will help further drive our brand building activities and fast-track our growth”.