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Kayne Partners backs Shipfusion

Shipfusion, a provider of ecommerce fulfillment and tech solutions, has secured $40 million in funding.

Shipfusion, a provider of ecommerce fulfillment and tech solutions, has secured $40 million in funding. The investor was Kayne Partners. As part of this round of financing, Leon Chen of Kayne Partners will join Shipfusion’s board of directors.

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CHICAGO, April 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Shipfusion, a leading provider of eCommerce fulfillment and technology solutions, announced today a $40.0 million USD growth equity investment from Kayne Partners, the growth private equity group of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. The latest financing comes as the company further accelerates its growth and global expansion to support more customers with new strategic warehouse locations, along with advanced technology enhancements to its platform. As part of this round of financing, Leon Chen of Kayne Partners will join the Company’s Board of Directors.

According to the US Department of Commerce, total eCommerce sales for 2021 were estimated at $870.8 billion, an increase of 14.2 percent from 2020. As eCommerce volumes continued to grow, so did the need for technology-driven shipping and fulfillment. This industry momentum allowed Shipfusion to continue on its rapid growth trajectory, which saw its revenue more than triple since the start of the pandemic. “eCommerce merchants need powerful technology to integrate their sales channels and inventory management systems, combined with meticulous warehouse execution that allows for flexibility and customization,” says Brandon Luft, Shipfusion’s CEO and Co-Founder. “In building out our own proprietary software as well as our own strategic warehouse network throughout North America, Shipfusion has been in a position to execute on both fronts, creating an unrivaled fulfillment experience.”

In addition to established distribution centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Toronto, Shipfusion recently announced the launch of its 250,000+ square foot warehouse in Las Vegas, a growing hub for many leading logistics companies in North America. All facilities are operated by Shipfusion, and powered by its proprietary warehouse management systems. In addition to being a leader in D2C fulfillment, Shipfusion has also built robust technology around B2B fulfillment, partnering with EDI integrators such as SPS Commerce. “By focusing on both D2C and B2B channels, Shipfusion is in an ideal position to service high volume eCommerce brands that are pursuing both avenues for growth,” said Jared Cantor, Shipfusion’s Chief Operating Officer. ” We have seen many of our client’s scale in size and require B2B capabilities. This led us to build out our wholesale offering, allowing clients to fulfill any size order to a variety of customers.” While Shipfusion services clients across a range of verticals, it has invested heavily into the health & supplement and food-related eCommerce market, offering temperature-controlled storage, special handling certifications, end-to-end lot tracking, and FDA-registered facilities.

Shipfusion first opened its doors in 2014, making it one of North America’s first eCommerce-based fulfillment companies that developed its own technology. Founders Brandon Luft and Michael Stock both saw the impending opportunity in the eCommerce space. According to Stock, “We saw a massive wave of eCommerce volume starting to build, but limited options when it came to eCommerce enablement and technology. We felt shipping and fulfillment were going to be critical to scaling eCommerce companies and sensed an opportunity to start building out solutions.”

Shipfusion bootstrapped its growth over the first few years, focusing on building out its core product and ensuring the company’s foundation was rooted in healthy financial metrics. “The last thing we wanted to do was burn unnecessary capital in the early years by pursuing revenue for the sake of it – we felt that bootstrapping would establish proper discipline in the company and ultimately give us the most options down the road with investors or potential acquirers,” says Luft. “Kayne Capital is an ideal partner due to their large success in both technology and supply chain investments, but more importantly, because we share similar perspectives on “healthy” growth.”

“Shipfusion solves fundamental pain points for the eCommerce shipping and fulfillment industry, in a fast-growing but deeply fragmented market,” says Leon Chen, Managing Partner at Kayne Partners. “Shipfusion has cemented itself as a critical solution for small and mid-sized retailers needing to navigate a quickly evolving and highly complex landscape. We are extremely excited to partner with the company and leverage the resources of Kayne Partners to grow the business into a clear market leader.”

About Shipfusion: Shipfusion gives brands the best tools possible for building a successful eCommerce operation. Their fully managed and operated warehouses, expert inventory management, and powerful real-time technology lets businesses focus on fast growth without the stress.

About Kayne Partners: Kayne Partners, the Los Angeles-based dedicated growth private equity group of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., leverages its large firm resources to partner and invest in lower middle market, privately held, high growth, enterprise software and tech-enabled service businesses across North America. The team has developed a durable and repeatable investment strategy and process for applying its stage expertise through sourcing and investing in companies at an early inflection point, adding value and scaling through organic growth and M&A, and exiting these must-have assets to strategics & financial sponsors. The team has experience investing across media & telecommunications, supply chain & logistics, financial technology, healthcare IT, security & compliance, and business process outsourcing and automation. For more information, please visit kaynepartners.com.

About Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors: Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., founded in 1984, is a leading alternative investment management firm focused on real estate, credit, infrastructure/energy, renewables, and growth equity. Kayne’s investment philosophy is to pursue niches, with an emphasis on cash flow, where our knowledge and sourcing advantages enable us to deliver above average, risk-adjusted investment returns. As responsible stewards of capital, Kayne’s philosophy extends to promoting responsible investment practices and sustainable business practices to create long-term value for our investors. Kayne manages $32 billion in assets (as of 2/28/2022) for institutional investors, family offices, high net worth and retail clients and employs 320 professionals in five core offices across the U.S. For more information, please visit kaynecapital.com.
Goodmans LLP and Cascadia Capital acted as advisors to Shipfusion on this transaction.