Shippo, a leading shipping platform for growing e-commerce businesses, have announced further international expansion – including the creation of 120 highly-skilled jobs – through the opening of a new European R&D Centre in Dublin. Shippo’s entry into Dublin aligns with its international expansion plans, which centre on growing its global workforce and expanding its shipping infrastructure and carrier ecosystem to an international market.
Shippo is the shipping platform where e-commerce businesses, marketplaces, and other platforms are able to connect to multiple shipping carriers around the world from a single API and dashboard. The company has raised over $150 million and was recently valued at $1 billion.
Simon Kreuz, President and co-founder at Shippo, said, “we serve a growing, international community of merchants who are looking for a global end-to-end shipping solution. With our European team working with our US engineering teams in building a world-class shipping service, as well as spearheading new initiatives for the European market, including platform API optimisations, carrier integrations, and building a brand new mobile app, this new location will enable us to deliver more tailored programs to our customers and partners across Europe.”
Shippo has hired tech veteran Ashutosh Saxena as Site Lead and Head of Engineering, Europe. Capitalising on his nearly two decades of industry experience, including his most recent effort establishing and growing another Bay Area company in Dublin, Saxena will lead the company’s expansion throughout Europe as well as building out and managing the engineering team, and will oversee day-to-day operations in Dublin.
Ashutosh said, “Shippo’s vision is to provide Amazon-like shipping to all e-commerce merchants, and it is a wonderful career opportunity to join the company at this stage. As a home to some of the best engineering talent in the world, Ireland felt like a natural next step for Shippo as we continue our international expansion, and I’m excited to help lead this effort locally.”
Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, said, “I’m really happy to welcome Shippo to Ireland and I’m delighted they’ve chosen Dublin for their first European office, creating 120 new jobs over the next couple of years. The pandemic emphasised the importance of e-commerce businesses for our economy and Shippo’s work in facilitating these companies is vital. This new R&D centre will greatly benefit from our rich pool of talent. I wish the team the very best in this exciting new project and ongoing success with their European operations.”
This announcement builds on several growth milestones Shippo has reached this year, including:
- A new multi-year partnership with Shopify. As the leading provider of essential internet infrastructure for commerce, Shopify is partnering with Shippo to provide an end-to-end shipping solution to its merchants directly within the Shopify platform.
- The launch of Shippo for Platforms. With this new product, e-commerce platforms and marketplaces can provide an improved shipping experience for their merchants worldwide directly within their existing platform experience – and do so without incurring additional development costs.
- International carrier expansion. Building on its already extensive carrier ecosystem, Shippo expanded its existing service area through the introduction of seven new carriers across five countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. This expansion represents the first phase of Shippo’s international growth.
Patrick Collison, Stripe co-founder and CEO, and a Shippo investor, said, “the internet economy is still in its early days. Shippo’s work orchestrating the world’s intricate shipping infrastructure will help millions of businesses around the world to expand their operations and reach new customers. That Shippo has chosen my home country–and location of Stripe’s second headquarters–as the basecamp for its European presence makes the company’s continued expansion all the more exciting.”
Martin Shanahan, CEO at IDA Ireland, said, “Shippo is a welcome addition to the SaaS technology space in Ireland. The availability of multilingual technology talent here will help the company with this expansion of its operations into Europe. I wish them every success here.”
Source: IDA Ireland