Family-owned Irish courier business Zendfast has announced the creation of 40 jobs and an expansion plan for its courier service business.

Dublin-based Zendfast has seen an increase in demand of 114% for its services over the last year as it specialises in an innovative delivery process for businesses using its own software.

It offers a premium, on-demand and fully tracked same day and next day delivery service. 

The company has secured backing from Enterprise Ireland through the Local Enterprise Office to expand the company and add to its workforce of 35. 

Zendfast was launched in 2017 by CEO Declan Murray as an "on-demand, Uber-style" courier company. 

It has seen a substantial increase from businesses trying to manage remote staff with documents, laptops, desks, chairs and care packages in the form of hampers being shipped to people now working from home due to Covid. 

CEO Declan Murray said the company was delighted to be expanding the business and be in a position to hire 40 new staff over the next three years. 

"Our business growth had been on a steady trajectory however due to the pandemic the demand from the population for courier delivered goods has of course increased, but so too has the number of businesses who have shifted from business to business delivery to business to consumer delivery," he said. 

He said that a lot of business people plan meticulously, work hard, and have great business ideas - but the ones that survive times of uncertainty are the ones that can adapt quickly to change and circumstances.

"We have seen many businesses who have used our services or any courier services for the first time doing a pivot from the 'normal' target market due to Covid. It is great to see such innovation in these times, and we feel fortunate to be part of their supply chain and to also be in a position to expand our business," he added.