Valid Express was founded in 1999 by Nicolette Mak. Her disabled brother was unable to find a job, which was the motive for setting up a courier company. Valid Express now employs sixty people, with branches in Amsterdam, The Hague/Rotterdam and Utrecht. The company has six hundred customers. It is the ambition of Valid Express to offer a job to people with a physical disability collectively with the business community. This view fits seamlessly into PostNL’s corporate responsible profile.
"We expect a lot of interest for this new service from our customers, because this way, retailers and webshops can differentiate themselves even more from their competitors. The fact is that we see the preferences of receiving customers becoming increasingly diverse. The customer wants increasingly more influence on where and when the parcel is delivered. With the acquisition of Valid Express we can deliver parcels even faster and give further meaning to our social ambition," says Gerrit Mastenbroek, CEO of PostNL Parcels.
The DOEN Foundation, former shareholder of Valid Express, is delighted with this acquisition. The foundation encourages people and companies who take the lead in the field of sustainable, social and cultural renewal.
Both parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction price.
PostNL is the inventive partner in the world of sending and receiving. We have been so for 200 years already. We are primarily active in the fields of mail, parcels and e-commerce, but we also offer services in the areas of data and document management, direct marketing and fulfilment. Outside the Netherlands, we are active in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Luxemburg. PostNL employs a total of more than 59,000 people. In 2013 our revenues reached € 4.3 billion.
We like to stay ahead of things. We are the most modern postal company in the world. We are proud of that. As the first listed postal company, we are an example to the rest of the world in automatic letter sorting. And our innovative parcels network is completely adapted to the wishes of web retailers.