Bigblue raises €3 million to expand their e-commerce fulfillment platform

With its business skyrocketing during the COVID-19 crisis, the startup aims to accelerate the development of its e-commerce fulfillment platform to help more independent retailers sell online.

Bigblue (HEC Program, formerly Founders) just raised a €3 million seed round led by Samaipata to expand their e-commerce fulfillment platform across Europe. Other investors include Bpifrance, Plug and Play Ventures, Clément Benoit (founder of Stuart), Thibaud Elziere (founder of e-Founders), and Olivier Bonnet (CTO of Blablacar).

Within a single platform, Bigblue helps retailers take care of all logistics once an order is placed on their e-shop. The solution centralizes storage, inventory management, and last-mile delivery.

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Founded in 2018 by William Meunier, Tim Dumain, and Mathias Griffe (from left to right), Bigblue has developed a platform to orchestrate a network of warehouses and carriers. The startup currently works with 2 French warehouses and over 15 carriers, including Colissimo, Colis Privé, Chronopost, and DHL. 

Bigblue chooses not to manage their own fulfillment centers nor to launch their own carrier services. Instead, it relies on the expertise of its logistics partners so it can focus on creating a unified platform experience for their customers. 

In other words, once a retailer chooses to work with Bigblue, the retailer can integrate its online store with Bigblue and store its products at one of Bigblue’s partner fulfillment centers. The solution supports integrations with Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento, Wix Store, Prestashop, Fastmag, and Amazon’s marketplace.

When a transaction is made, the fulfillment center will pack and directly ship the order to the retailer’s client. The package and the delivery emails will be branded, giving retailers control over their brand image and their customer’s experience. On the Bigblue platform, retailers also have an overview of their e-commerce operations and their inventory.

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What’s next for Bigblue?

With this fundraising, Bigblue plans on recruiting 50 new team members in the next 12 months in sales, marketing, operations, and R&D to keep developing its technology. Bigblue aims to:

– Reinforce its AI to offer an ever more precise delivery date

– Continue to develop its customization tools for a better delivery experience: e-mails, SMS, and order follow-up pages.

– Deploy the second iteration of its e-commerce returns management system with a closer integration with its partner warehouses.

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Cindy Yang
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