Ebay Millionaire Sets His Sights On A Billion Pound Company
Released on: September 28, 2010, 11:07 am
Transportation / Logistics
David Jason look-a-like Fil Adams-Mercer left school at 15 and
began his working life selling bruised fruit on a market stall before
founding Parcel2Go - the UK's largest online parcel company - largely
to serve Ebay traders.
"The parcel market in the UK alone is worth £4.5 billion and we would eventually
hope to have a £1.5 billion
share of this," said Mr Adams-Mercer.
Parcel2Go has witnessed 90% growth through the last twelve months of recession and
the company currently
turns over £17 million.
Parcel2Go are negotiating franchises in France and Spain and through their sister
company, Headland Freight
Services Ltd, are providing small traders with a new, cost effective way to ship
from the Far East.
Mr Adams-Mercer has also added a Miami warehouse to his shipping empire.
"Most American websites will not deliver goods outside the US because of customs
bureaucracy," he explains. "British traders can use our Miami warehouse as their "address" when buying from
American sites and we will
arrange worldwide delivery on from there."
The key to Parcel2Go's success has been the heavy investment in a sophisticated
management (CRM) system. This has cost £2.5m to create, and a further £30,000 a
month "and blood, sweat
and tears" to run.
"Other companies chase parcels," said Mr Adams-Mercer. "We chase people who may
be delivering parcels in
Parcel2Go takes and co-ordinates orders online that are then fulfilled by Federal
Express, UPS and City Link.
"There are many opportunities in continental Europe and we need partners to help
manage this growth, so we are entering into the franchise market."
Fil Adams-Mercer starred as one of the 'Secret Millionaires' in the last series of
Channel 4's show. He was
dispatched to a cramped, dirty terraced house in Doncaster to experience what it's
really like to live on
Mr Adams-Mercer, who is a cancer survivor, donated funds to the Firefly Cancer
Charity and other local good
causes in Doncaster.
Contact Details: Neil Champken
0207 482 8857
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