Furniture and home retailer WorldStores is spending some of the cash invested in the business by Goldman Sachs and existing backers in its own delivery fleet.

The Sunday Telegraph yesterday reported the ecommerce retailer as looking to buy 100 of its own vehicles as it develops its in-house delivery options for customers.

It said the firm was using some of the £25m investment — revealed by the Furnishing Report two weeks ago — to fund the initiative.

The Telegraph quoted co-founder Joe Murray as saying: “There are a number of carriers for smaller parcels but the delivery options for larger items is poor. As an online retailer the only touch point we have with our customers is at delivery and we want to be able to control that experience.”

It added that WorldStores wants to scale up its next-day delivery function and be able to offer narrow time slots and weekend delivery as standard options.

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