What Is Gophr?
Gophr is a startup company with an app that provides technology services for efficient last-mile delivery. The delivery app company has a technology that services same-day delivery couriers by offering a total delivery oversight, real-time ETAs, and route optimization services.
Gophr was founded in 2014, with the goal of providing positive delivery experiences for customers and optimal working conditions for couriers, in addition to building a strong same-day delivery network. According to Gophr, more than 1 million jobs have been completed with the technology assistance from the startup company. Additionally, Gophr reports there have been over 160,000 delivery locations with more than 9,000 couriers signed up for the business technology. The business has been used by companies like HelloFresh and Boots.
Since the app delivery company is private, there is no information available regarding net worth; however, the business has raised $6.9 million in funding to date, with roughly $5.6 million raised in the most recent funding round.
The London-based startup company recently raised $5.6 million in funding, with Nauta Capital leading the investment. Furthermore, the startup company achieved 300% revenue growth in the last 12 months and was ranked #15 on Deloitte’s UK Technology Fast 50 ranking.
Seb Robert, co-founder and CEO of the business, said in an interview with TechCrunch that “Getting a toothbrush to you in 15 minutes is great. But what do you do with the courier who’s now coming back empty handed? That takes time and it costs money.”
In addition, Robert told TechCrunch the company reached monthly net profitability three years ago, but the business was net profitable all of last year. With the new funding, the app business will be investing further in the development of the technology.
Robert adds, “I think with most delivery apps and at incumbent carriers the courier is kind of incidental, and seen as replaceable; we try to focus on how we can make them better, and we’re still working on it.”
While couriers using the app business may be considered gig workers, the news of this investment comes less than a week after the UK Supreme Court ruled Uber drivers are employees. Startup Savant wrote about the story when it broke. This ruling, however, does not affect Robert’s outlook for the Gophr app, stating, “Fundamentally, we’ve always considered the courier as ‘the talent’ and not a cost centre or a commodity, and that the important relationship to build is between the courier and client, with our platform as an enabler, not a gatekeeper. And that’s always been key to how we operate.”
About the Author
McKenzie Carpenter is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.A.A. in Integrative Public Relations and French. McKenzie has previously worked for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.