Startup Business Name: Gophr
Tagline: Tech that connects professional same-day couriers to business customers.
Founder/Founders: Seb Robert
In a few sentences, tell us what your startup is all about!
Gophr is a same-day courier service that delivers across the UK. We’re all about logistics, in particular solving the last mile delivery problem via technology. There are a lot of players in this space but we believe we’re the only ones that are really looking at an end-to-end solution that provides couriers of all types and business customers with the tools to work directly together and in a more efficient manner then the current traditional courier industry provides
When was your startup founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?
September 2014 was when we got started on building the solution, March 2015 was when we launched and became revenue generating.
Why did you choose this particular idea and concept to build your startup on?
My personal and professional experience of couriers hadn’t been particularly good when I had the idea. The more I researched the problem the more I realised that this industry sector was one of the lowest rated in the world in terms of customer satisfaction. As I got further and further into it I came to understand that couriers and some of the smaller courier companies weren’t happy with the current state of the industry and their role within it either. And the paint points experienced on all sides could be solved by technology.
The concept is to build a platform that acts like an internet for logistics; managing physical packages the way the web manages packets of information. A decentralised, automated system that runs on protocols to manage work efficiently, reduce failures and becomes more useful and valuable the bigger it gets.
We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy problem to solve because of the enormity of the variables involved (e.g. type of item being sent, pick up and delivery locations, vehicles, loads, direction of travel etc.) – many have tried before and failed – but we felt that the opportunity was so huge if done properly that it was definitely worth trying.
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