Gumtree has teamed up with AnyVan to offer customers a delivery option when completing transactions on the classified website.

AnyVan analyses the space left in vans travelling up and down the UK. Its data model knows that 50% of vans on UK roads are usually empty and the AnyVan service can offer this space to consumers wanting to move goods around the country. Since launch in 2009, it has estimated to have saved 59 million kilograms of carbon.

The partnership with Gumtree allows buyers and sellers to more easily fulfil and receive products, which are normally managed by the consumer via post, pick-up or drop-off.

“We are constantly talking to our users to gather feedback and make improvements to our site and service,” said Michael Stoelwinder, head of product at Gumtree. “We know they want to be able to buy and sell items when they want, and crucially where they want, in the most convenient way possible. That’s why Gumtree is thrilled to be working with AnyVan, to offer our buyers and sellers a new option to cheaply and easily transport goods across the UK.” 

Angus Elphinstone, founder and CEO at AnyVan, added: “We founded AnyVan eight years ago to reduce the amount of empty vehicles travelling on our roads. Working with Gumtree is a fantastic opportunity for us to offer its customers a reliable and convenient way to transport those goods that people no longer need, or that they cannot wait to receive. Together with Gumtree, we’re offering consumers the best of the sharing economy to ensure they can shop or sell on their own terms. We’ve seen over 20,000 additional customers come through to us from Gumtree in recent weeks and we’re hoping to build on this success as we strengthen our ties with the site”.