AnyVan

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AnyVan
Limited company
IndustryCourier, transport, removals, and logistics
FoundedMarch 2009
FoundersAngus Elphinstone
Ben Goor
Headquarters,
ServicesOnline marketplace for transport services
Websitewww.anyvan.com

AnyVan is a European online marketplace for users to obtain delivery, transport, and removal services from its community of transport partners, who must bid for the work.[citation needed] It matches a user’s delivery route to that of a transport provider’s and connects them which, the company claims, minimises costs and cuts down CO2 emissions by optimising storage space and haulage.[1][2][3] AnyVan transport partners use their own vans.

As of December 2015, AnyVan’s services are available nationwide across the UK and in other European countries such as Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, and Italy.[citation needed]

History[edit]

AnyVan was founded by Angus Elphinstone and Benn Goor in 2009. While running a removal business called White Van Gentleman in his hometown, Elphinstone developed an idea that he claimed could help tackle problems such as the unregulated pricing of removals and the vast production of carbon dioxide due to inefficient logistics.[4] An online marketplace was created which Elphinstone believed would optimise capacity and minimise unused haulage and delivery space. AnyVan, as a provider, matches a consumer’s delivery route with an existing transporter partner already traveling that way.[5]

AnyVan began its operations in the UK in 2009. In 2012, it expanded to Germany and started allowing transporters based in that country to bid for delivery jobs.[6]

Ownership[edit]

AnyVan is fully owned by Goorstone Holdings, a limited liability partnership whose membership comprises AnyVan's founder Angus Elphinstone and Celer Investments, a limited liability company registered in the British Virgin Islands.[7]

Area covered[edit]

AnyVan operated exclusively in the UK between October 2009 and February 2012. In March 2012, the company expanded in Germany, opening a German website and allowing German transport providers to bid. As of December 2015, the company also operates in Ireland, Spain, France and Italy.

Awards[edit]

AnyVan.com has received thegoodwebguide.co.uk website of the year award in 2010, the Green Entrepreneur Awards' Green Project of the Year 2010 and the Rushlight Award for Environmental Sustainability.[8][9][10] It has also received a 5/5 rating from Webuser.com.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Jessica (12 November 2009). "Website to change way we transport goods?".
  2. ^ "Search the web for a man with a van". 9 May 2010.
  3. ^ Brignall, Miles (11 March 2011). "Make a delivery and cover your petrol costs" – via The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Moving with the times: There are new ways to shift your furniture and it needn't cost the earth".
  5. ^ Frost, Maisha (20 November 2013). "Moving with the times: Website innovation drives growth".
  6. ^ Lanxon, Nate. "New delivery auction websites save money and CO2".
  7. ^ "ANYVAN LIMITED - Filing history (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  8. ^ "Website of the year 2010 won by AnyVan". The Good Web Guide. November 17, 2010.
  9. ^ "Green Project of the Year". Digital Entrepreneur. November 2010.
  10. ^ "AnyVan wins Rushlight Award". Rushlight. October 2010.
  11. ^ web user (February 11, 2010). "Web User review".

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