As Washington Express celebrates their 40th year serving the Greater Washington, DC area, much has changed vastly over the years. Starting with around 100 couriers only delivering paper documents, they’ve since expanded with multiple specialized divisions, applied advanced technology and continue to thrive in the fast-paced, logistical realm.
1987 – Executive Couriers, another local courier service of equal proportions, merged with Washington Express creating one large company retaining the Washington Express name. The company soon after became the number one courier service for law firms in the DC-metro area and grew to 200 couriers.
1998 – Washington Express was sold to Dispatch Management Systems (DMS); a company participating in the large-scale acquisition of courier services and merging into one known as an industry “roll-up”. WEX effectively sold the business in exchange for stock, but in the same year, started advancing their technology by using Kiwi; a dispatching software that gave a countdown on the delivery.
2000 – As the commerce world flocked to the internet, Washington Express created their first website. WEX has always maintained the importance of staying up to date in the fast-changing technology-driven times. The website also allowed for the launch of the internet-based WEXlink online ordering system, which remains a vital component of the company to this day. Even though ordering by phone remained the popular method for years, WEX maintained a steady course of advancing their technology.
2001 – Washington Express was bought back from the bank following the dissolution of Dispatch Management Systems. However, through this process, they were able to keep the technology WEX received from DMS. Unbeknown to them, this whole transition helped set them up for greater success.
2007 – The demand of courier services was great, and Washington Express was continuing to grow and acquired several other courier companies in the area, including Apple Courier Merger. With growth also came finding better technology to handle the volume. They made the switch to e-courier; a delivery and dispatch software. The very next year, couriers started using their own smart phones to access this technology on the go, which is still used today.
2011 – Then came the launch of Washington Express Visas and Documents, which specializes in providing work visas and passport processing; eventually evolved into primarily document legalization and authentication. Washington Express was already providing these types of services, making up 10% of WEX’s total revenue, by delivering client’s application to embassies/state department, but ran into many rejected documents. This was due to the mistakes made on the applications themselves, so WEX saw a need and evolved their resources. This ushered in a dedicated department to help clients file the appropriate information per embassy/state department. In 2012, Washington Express Visas was up and running in their own office in the heart of DC to further expedite these documents.
2017 – Their newest division to date, Washington Express Movers, was established. This division specializes in commercial moving and performing short-notice office moves of any size, along with long/short-term storage of office equipment, furniture, etc… This came about because WEX was already being asked to move large items frequently, so a dedicated division to help with small, internal, last minute moves seemed to be a great next step. Additionally, Office Movers, who was the largest exclusive commercial office mover in the country, just had gone out of business, so it opened an opportunity. Since not many moving companies in the area specialize in this, they started sharing with their current WEX customers this new service. As the momentum grew, they started making investments in infrastructures, trucks, moving equipment, and warehousing for storage. This then quickly grew in helping with larger move projects and office relocations. They’re now known as Office Movers Express (OMX) as the owners really wanted a name that says what they do, especially in the age of internet marketing, and to differentiate from WEX’s services.
2019 – After 20 years at their headquarters, off Route 1 in Beltsville, MD, WEX and OMX badly needed a new space that included a much larger warehouse space to accommodate their growing moving and storage clients. The tables had turned and now their own office relocation was in order, and they relocated to a 30,000 square foot office and warehouse facility. This allowed for new services aimed at providing customers with flexibility and easy access to stored items.
2020 – Logistical needs continued to change in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. WEX moved quickly and continued to evolve with the changes while maintaining the same level of services. That year, 95% of their clients ordered through WEXlink as online order continues to be popularized and mainstream. Through these orders, they noticed a greater need for home deliveries, and food subscription box companies started seeking them out for regular deliveries. OMX noticed some office downsizing and provided office space reconfigurations and temporary storage while office create social distancing workstations.
Washington Express looks forward to serving their clients for another 40 years as they look the future of the exciting and ever-changing logistical industry.