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Direct Express Logistics looks to Advanced to deliver a Finance platform to accelerate its ambitious growth plans
Press //04-02-2021

Direct Express Logistics looks to Advanced to deliver a Finance platform to accelerate its ambitious growth plans

by Mark Dewell, MD of Commercial and Third Sector

Advanced welcome UK Courier and Distribution firm Direct Express Logistics (DEXL) onto their Cloud based financial management platform, Advanced Financials, moving away from its predecessor Sage.

Over the past two years DEXL have grown at pace, both organically and through acquisitions which led to them outgrowing their existing accounting solution and looking for a new platform which could support their business, now and in the future.

Sarah Newborn, Finance Director at Direct Express Logistics explained: ‘Our previous solution had various shortcomings for us. Our growth meant that all our companies were being held separately within the system and it was really difficult for us to compare them, this made it confusing for the finance team to get a clear view of business performance. In addition we never got direct communications or any specific help with how to use the product which left us feeling frustrated.’

DEXL now have multiple sites across the country and knew moving to the Cloud was critical for the finance team to be able to access the system remotely. When looking at options in the market, Advanced Financials stood out as a clear front runner. Sarah told us, ‘We did have a look at Sage Intacct, but the system seemed US focussed and we wanted a system built for the UK market. We found Advanced and from the outset it became clear that Advanced Financials was a really good fit for us as a business. Many of the other vendor solutions in the market seem to be designed for enterprise organisations and have a hefty price tag that was far too much for us, we felt Advanced Financials has the perfect balance between rich functionality and a system which we can continue to grow with over time.’

‘The reason we chose Advanced was the opportunity to work alongside a technology partner not just buy a product and run with it. We can clearly see that Advanced Financials is going to not only meet our needs now, but in the future as we continue our growth strategy. The solution is going to provide a huge amount of immediate benefits such as complete visibility of all companies, readily available information, automation of reports and so much more. We’re really excited to be beginning our journey with Advanced and can see us working with them for years to come.’

Mark Dewell, Managing Director of Private & Third Sector at Advanced, added: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming DEXL to Advanced. Advanced Financials is designed for organisations exactly like DEXL, who are growing at pace and recognise the need to move to the Cloud. Our customer success programme is designed to support our customers adopt our solutions in the most effective way possible and we’re excited to get started on our partnership with DEXL to make sure Advanced Financials aligns with their business goals and supports them in their strategy moving forward.’

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Mark Dewell

Mark Dewell


MD of Commercial and Third Sector

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