Courier Lite launches as budget franchise buy

By Sarah Stowe | 04 Aug 2020 View comments

Courier Lite is a brand new courier franchise option costing less than $10,000.

It might be new on the scene but it’s backed by a heavyweight business, longterm courier and logistics firm Aramex Australia (formerly Fastway Couriers).

Aramex is launching Courier Lite to support its existing Courier Franchisees in managing the e-commerce delivery boom without compromising customer service or delivery times.

The company reports an increase in delivery of 48 per cent, compared to this time last year.

E-commerce is set to grow even more across the country, says Aramex Australia CEO Peter Lipinski.

“Online shopping has been booming in Australia in recent years, and the current restrictions have turbo charged this growth. We expect this to continue in coming months and years.”

The launch comes just as Melbourne’s Covid-19 restrictions get even tougher. Under the new lockdown rules for Victoria’s capital, non-essential businesses and retail will close for six weeks.

For Aramex and other courier firms, the upside of this is that online retailers and courier businesses will continue to operate.

Across the country, Lipinski says the e-commerce sector fuels the need for fast and reliable deliveries, and Courier Lite picks up the challenge.

“The simplicity of this delivery model is innovation as it creates more time for our traditional Courier Franchisees to focus on pick-ups, which are the most profitable part of their business, and more guarantees for our customers that we will deliver a positive customer experience as well as creating a significant opportunity for the new Courier Lite franchisees.”

The new franchise model is focused on high demand areas. Franchisees only collect parcels from the home depot once a day, freeing up time for established couriers to nurture relationships with existing customers and cultivate new business.

Low start-up costs make this an easy entry-level opportunity, and could lead Courier Lite franchisees to later buy a full courier franchise, says Lipinski.

“Courier Lite is a delivery focused model that works as a first step for those considering becoming a successful courier, and is the perfect fit for any current contractors working within a logistics network,” he says.

“If you want the independence of running your own business and are a customer-focused person, Courier Lite provides the security of a franchise agreement, support and training from our team and the opportunity to join a globally recognised brand.”

Franchisees wear the same uniform and operate from the same vans as Aramex Courier Franchisees. A Courier Lite franchise will cost between $5000 and $10,000, depending on location.

Aramex Australia is a network of more than 800 independently owned and operated small businesses across Australia. It offers international shipping through its membership of the global Aramex family to over 220 countries.