Alaiko, Europe’s fastest growing fulfillment provider handling logistics for Direct to Consumer (D2C) eCommerce businesses, welcomed a visit from a government minister ahead of its UK expansion.

The startup is set to create 200 new jobs with the opening of a warehouse and an office in Birmingham and Milton Keynes, with support from the Department for Business and Trade.

Lord Dominic Johnson, the UK Minister of State for Investment, visited the Munich offices of the German startup during a two-day trip to Berlin and Munich.

Alaiko is already helping British online stores overcome challenges of selling in the EU and expand their reach in the German and European markets. This allows them to avoid high costs and long delivery times.

Now Alaiko is expanding to the UK, which will make it as easy as possible for European eCommerce companies to (re)enter the UK market and will closely connect both markets for stores and consumers.

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In the coming years, Alaiko will create hundreds of jobs in the UK to drive the expansion of its global logistics platform.

Lord Johnson said: “Germany is the UK’s second largest trading partner worldwide and a key ally for free and fair trade. Therefore, it is our priority to further strengthen our economic ties with Germany. We look forward to welcoming a greater number of tech companies like Alaiko into the UK’s unrivalled $1 billion tech ecosystem.”

The logistics start-up Alaiko was founded in 2020 and just three years after its founding employs more than 100 people in Munich alone.

As a fulfillment provider, Alaiko handles logistics for online stores and helps to meet consumers’ high expectations of the shipping experience.

With Alaiko, online stores not only offer their shoppers the fastest delivery times and proactive communication in the event of changes to the shipment status, but also a seamless platform for the independent management of orders and returns.

Moritz Weisbrodt, founder and CEO of Alaiko, said: “We are very grateful for the support and appreciation of our work in the UK. As a fulfillment service provider, we know how important a smooth and efficient supply chain is.

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“Regulatory adjustments and streamlined trade processes will greatly benefit German eCommerce companies looking to expand into the UK – and vice versa.”

Over 200 successful e-commerce brands, including Hey Marly, gitti, Paperlike, Jokolade and T1TAN are growing with Alaiko’s fulfilment solution.