Logistics tech platform Parcelly has appointed Ken Allen as the chairman of the board of directors.

As one of the most experienced logistics executives in the industry, Allen previously served 36 years at Deutsche Post DHL Group and as CEO of DHL Express from 2008 to 2018.

Allen is one of the most respected names in the logistics sector having steered DHL Express back into profit under his watch.

After his transformative time at DHL, he authored the book ‘Radical Simplicity’ and is now the chairman of the board at Parcelly, one of the UK’s most exciting last-mile logistics technology growth businesses.

Sebastian Steinhauser, group CEO of Parcelly, said: “I met with Ken first time in 2018, Parcelly had just started its partnership with DHL Express UK and had recently been awarded DHL’s prestigious ‘Last-mile Innovation of the Year’ award.

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“Ken’s expertise across all areas of the industry, from a macro level to micro technical detail is truly inspiring. On behalf of the executive team and the entire company, I could not be prouder and feel honoured to have Ken as Chairman on our board of directors, to benefit from his values, industry knowledge and guidance. The journey continues to accelerate, here’s to the years ahead.”

The newly appointed chairman said: “The logistics industry is constantly reinventing itself through technology and better asset utilisation to reduce cost and improve efficiency.

“With the Parcelly model logistics companies and retailers can provide innovative services with little upfront investment to better serve their customers.

“I am honoured to join the board and look forward to growing the business with the entrepreneurial spirit of Sebastian and the team.”

Parcelly was established in 2014 and is a parcel pick-up and drop-off (PUDO) solution powering first and last-mile challenges.

Today the company has employees across three offices, London, New York and Frankfurt and has seen exponential platform growth over the past financial year.

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Parcelly has a network of over 3,500 PUDO locations in more than 150 cities across the UK and in over nine states in the USA.