uShip Acquires UK Courier Exchange boxby.co.uk

boxbyWe’re happy to announce the recent acquisition of boxby.co.uk as part of our recent global growth. Boxby’s courier services have been helping UK house removal firms and eBay couriers gain access to more delivery jobs since 2007, with over 2500 couriers registered on the site.

Boxby and uShip operate similar businesses:  each matches customers’ deliveries with extra space in transporters’ vans, resulting in fewer empty lorries on the road and more affordable delivery costs – uShip customers save an average of 40-50%.  With about a quarter to half of UK lorries operating virtually empty, helping them run full and more efficiently as they battle rising fuels costs and likely VAT increase.

Sandra and Alistair Patterson started Boxby in 2007 after operating the online Lochryan Furniture Store for 20 years. By selling items through their website and eBay, they found that in nearly all cases, items sold were too large, too valuable or too heavy to post. Seeing the need, they created the Boxby delivery business.

The boxby.co.uk site will remain while we incorporate uShip processes and functionality.  We’re also happy to announce that Boxby co-founder Sandra Patterson will join the uShip team as a consultant.

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