Parcel Delivery Pioneer Caribou’s Latest Acquisition: Six Ten Logistics

Caribou, the UK’s logistics trailblazer, continues expansion plans to meet growing demand for its track-and-trace delivery system.

Last month, the domestic and international parcel consolidator Caribou made its latest expansion move, acquiring Six Ten Logistics to grow its delivery forces yet further. Caribou was pleased to welcome the delivery and distribution company, which has already earned a strong reputation for its white glove delivery service, onsite assembly capacity, and professionalism. This success is only set to grow with Caribou’s extensive digital tools and funding.

Six Ten Logistics

Swindon-based Six Ten Logistics is a well-known name in the UK and pan-European pallet distribution trade and retail sector. Thanks to the company’s experience dealing with changes in retail demand, needs, and preferences – especially during the pandemic – Six Ten Logistics will bring significant insights to Caribou. This will enable the fast-growing company to craft strategies that will personalise and streamline logistics experiences for retail businesses.

‘We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Six Ten Logistics team into the rapidly growing Caribou family,’ says Managing Director Daryl Dylan. ‘This was a very natural move for us, with Six Ten Logistics not only sharing our own vision for the future of UK and international logistics, but also demonstrating a forward-thinking approach and communicating a desire to drive industry-wide change that we are only too happy to support.’

Caribou’s Expansion

The acquisition of Six Ten Logistics follows several expansion initiatives that Caribou has launched over recent months. For starters, the tech-driven parcel carrier acquired Lincoln County Couriers last year. Caribou then went on to confirm plans to open a delivery and logistics depot in Colchester. This will open 20 employment opportunities in the local area. Since then, Caribou has also acquired C&D Transport to expand its global delivery services and TM Couriers, which both specialise in and dominate the blue-chip market. Together, these acquisitions have made for a busy start to Caribou’s 2021.

Each of these acquisitions brings an invaluable stream of expertise to Caribou, and Six Ten Logistics is no different. This latest acquisition will help Caribou grow its prominent place in the retail logistics sector by helping the company develop a strong position in retail supply chains. This couldn’t have come at a more important time, given the critical period of recovery we must now face as the government rolls back COVID-19 restrictions. Both Six Ten Logistics and Caribou dedicate themselves to ensuring organisational resilience and offering customers end-to-end transparency, from shipping order through to delivery.

Caribou’s Technology-Focused Approach

Caribou’s technology-focused approach to logistics makes life easier for businesses, shoppers, and drivers. While many couriers adopt third-party systems or rely on carriers’ portals to help businesses and customers track their parcels, Caribou has taken a more technological approach to logistics.

Amongst its advanced digital endeavours, the company has designed and implemented a proprietary carrier and marketplace management system to maintain complete visibility throughout all delivery processes. This allows both businesses and shoppers to track their parcels’ progress in real-time. Caribou consistently innovates and evolves to find the best ways to meet customer needs in the logistics space, monitoring its data to evaluate how the company can best improve efficiency.

Meet Caribou’s Founders: Scott Dylan and Dave Antrobus

Private equity and distressed M&A investor Scott Dylan founded Caribou with technology specialist Dave Antrobus in 2018, together building one of Europe’s most forward-thinking logistics carriers. Together, Scott and Dave manage a variety of business collectives, acquiring companies that thrive in these collaborative holding groups, where they share high-level resources and scale their offerings. As a result, both Scott and Dave have years of experience in various industries, including logistics, and are well-positioned to strategise new approaches to market in this fast-evolving sector.

Outside of his logistics expertise, Scott also has an extensive background in web and creative applications. He blends his digital skills with his in-depth financial and business-development knowledge as an investor and entrepreneurial mentor. Scott is also the co-founder of independent capital investment organisation Fresh Thinking Group. This private equity disruptor provides funding for many companies, including Caribou, so these businesses can grow and stand out in competitive markets.

Meanwhile, Dave develops software applications that put his acquisitions (and other businesses) in the best stead to attract, convert, and maintain customers. He has coordinated and overseen technical projects for many notable companies, including Google, JJB Sports, and SimplyBe. As a technology director, web developer, and software engineer, Dave tackles all corners of technology projects, even mentoring tech teams to develop the ultimate in software solutions and shape businesses into market-leading companies. Dave is also the technology director and co-founder of Fresh Thinking Group and technology director of award-winning digital collective Inc & Co.

We Are Caribou

Caribou was born out of a merger between various mail, parcel, and packet specialists. Together, these companies have injected over two decades of experience into Caribou, which now fuels the logistics industry with new approaches to affordable, timely deliveries. The company operates from multiple locations in the UK, including Manchester, Colchester, and Grantham, and around the world.

The logistics company integrates with several channels and marketplaces, including Amazon, Shopify, OnBuy, Cloud Commerce Pro, WooCommerce, eBay, Linnworks, MetaPack, Mintsoft, CSVuploader, PrestaShop, and StoreFeeder to offer a range of logistics services. These include freight forwarding, air freight, sea freight, and road freight services; domestic parcel and pallet networks; storage and warehousing; haulage; and same-day service.

Caribou values both its staff and customers. The company’s van drivers, warehouse staff, customer service team, and managers make the carrier’s innovative approaches to delivery services possible. Caribou’s people-centric culture reflects its appreciation for these employees, as reflected in the company motto: We are Caribou.