The MetaPack Group acquires U.S. shipping vendor ABOL Software
The MetaPack Group, a provider of eCommerce technology delivery services, today announced the acquisition of ABOL Software Inc., a leading provider of multi-carrier shipping software in North America. The acquisition expands MetaPack’s global delivery services offering, opening up a new market for customers looking to drive cross-border sales. MetaPack’s expansion into North America follows the acquisition of the European shipping solutions provider XLogics last year and the appointment of Carmen Carey earlier this month to act as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and to focus on existing customers. This strategic expansion is underpinned by continuous investment in enhancing MetaPack’s eCommerce proposition for customers.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, ABOL Software has a tradition in building cross-border shipping solutions, as well as relationships with multiple carriers in North America, including DHL, FedEx, UPS and USPS through their product the Control Tower. The deal will enable MetaPack to leverage ABOL’s strengths in the U.S. to help European retailers drive overseas sales.
Patrick Wall, CEO and founder of MetaPack, commented: “The latest acquisition is key for our international growth and demonstrates our commitment to providing a first-class service to our customers. The move will enable us to offer more competitive cross-border delivery services to retailers, while allowing them to venture into new markets and drive business growth.”
“As delivery experience becomes more critical for keeping and attracting customers, retailers need advanced solutions that can help them cope with the increased demand for more flexible cross-border shipping services. We are really excited about leveraging ABOL’s strong technology portfolio to provide unique solutions to our customers that are perfectly suited to meet the emerging needs of today’s consumers,” he added.
Sir Terry Leahy, former chief executive of Tesco and a member of the board of directors of MetaPack, said: “This is a landmark event in MetaPack’s journey. The acquisition will enable MetaPack to help their ambitious European retail clients achieve their international revenue goals. It underlines the UK’s leadership position in global ecommerce and demonstrates the strength of UK tech talent. I’m excited about MetaPack and its capability to provide multi-carrier delivery solutions which are fundamental to driving the growth of online global retailing.”
MetaPack’s new cross-border delivery solution will combine capabilities from ABOL and XLogics’ shipping and logistics software, as well as MetaPack’s delivery management platform.
Backed by Index Ventures and former Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy, the MetaPack Group clients include Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, House of Fraser, ASOS and B&Q.