After an initial expansion to the East Coast in 2021, AxleHire is now going further, offering its last mile delivery services to customers in Washington and Baltimore. The company made the announcement on Thursday.
The new cities join Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York, giving AxleHire a presence in three of the five most populous cities on the East Coast. AxleHire has last mile operations in 16 of the 25 major US metro areas
“The transportation corridor between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore is one of the nation’s most important logistics markets and we are pleased to provide our customer list with the ability to ship to these two populous cities,” said Adam Bryant. , CEO of AxeleHire. “By expanding into larger locations across the country, we are able to offer our customers new options for high-quality, same-day or next-day deliveries. »
AxleHire, based in Emeryville, Calif., offers same-day and next-day delivery service through a light-duty transportation network that utilizes the gig economy, couriers, and traditional carriers. It leverages proprietary technology to create denser delivery routes that carry more packages in fewer vehicles. Routes are dynamically changed on demand as needed. All of its sorting centers are located near dense populations to facilitate faster delivery times with 98.5% on-time delivery with package tracking.
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In April 2021, AxleHire announced that it had closed a $20 million Series B funding round led by Ajax Strategies. The company then said the new funding, which included participation from Eclipse Ventures, Quiet Logistics, Bee Partners and Acorn Pacific Ventures, would be used to improve its sorting technology, expand its network of sites and add staff. Since then, the company has grown rapidly, first adding a sorting facility in Chicago in June, then looking east to add a presence on the Atlantic coast.
AxleHire has several large clients in its portfolio, including delivery company Deliverr and retailer American Eagle.
In January of this year, the company announced an agreement with electric cargo bike company Urb-E to help facilitate last-mile deliveries with electric bikes in New York and Long Beach, California. In New York, AxleHire and Urb-E launched a micro-container delivery system to deliver goods from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Urb-E vehicles can carry more than 800 pounds and still travel on bike paths. This model case study proved that the delivery network saved driving time and avoided parking tickets, resulting in a 6x reduction in traffic and a 3x cheaper model than the electric vehicle delivery vans, the companies said.
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