Logistician for an American NGO for seven years, Anthony Lecossois created his own logistics company a year and a half ago in the port of Sète.
In the commercial port of Sète, Boost moved into a vast warehouse of 10,000 m2, remains of the fruit terminal built by RTS in 2011. We remember what happened next. RTS was put into compulsory liquidation due to the bankruptcy of its sole client, the Israeli company Agrexco. The Region became the owner of the warehouse, its management entrusted to Port Sud de France. End of parenthesis. A new page opens in the installation of this start-up created by Frontignanais Anthony Lecossois a year and a half ago. It is a logistics company for e-commerce but quite special because it only employs people registered in a partnership program and, in particular, women. They are sent by the Pôle emploi, the teaching league, the local Mission, Solidairté urgency sétoise…
The versatile logistics agent is not a profession that is readily associated with women because of load carrying, speed and status. However, Boost bet on them. “In our pool of candidates, we have very few women, explains Anthony Lecossois. Is this self-censorship? Does it come from prescribers who tend to refer men? So we launched a 100% female recruitment with our partners that we brought here to show them that the work is not that physical. We hired seven men and we thought that, for the balance of the team, it was important to make it female. Result: about twenty candidates applied in September-October. Two of them were accepted.
This is Sabrina’s case. Hired on October 26, this 42-year-old neo Sétoise finds himself available for three years from the Créteil academy where he worked in a mobile security team responsible for intervening in schools . Without income -“Sa availability, we are not entitled to anything”-, not finding a job that would allow him to reconcile the education of his two daughters, aged 10 and 8, this work appeared as a Hello board. “The last chance springboard” he said.
Labeled an integration company by the Ministry of Labor, Boost takes a fixed-term integration contract (CDDI) of six months 35 hours paid at the minimum wage. Or Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm “We have up to two years with the person we recruit to help him achieve his professional project and we also work on the obstacles around work: childcare, housing, health, transport”, explains Anthony Lecossois. After eight months at the company, Johanna is now a dental assistant at a practice in Balaruc (read opposite). Sabrina, she wants to be self-employed in family mediation. A social worker from Apije (association for the integration of young people through the economy) intervened for an hour every two weeks. More if needed.
A very young company
This very young company works with about twenty e-merchant customers where it manages the logistics: from the order to its shipment because the stocks are managed on site. They are products of the social and solidarity economy: olive oil and hand-painted dishes from Italy, cleaning products and natural cosmetics, bags whose fabric is from an Indian cooperative, eco- responsible jeans sold by Lunel-based Nagev…
Other logistics are possible
Boost attacks its first Christmas season which, commercially, corresponds to the highest activity and plans to hire ten additional people by the end of 2023. The bet of the young manager is to combine economic success, the welfare of its employees and environmental concerns. “All the negative aspects of the e-commerce giants, we tried to eliminate them. Another logistics is possible.” Plastic is prohibited, packaging sticks as much as possible to the product, employees are not guided by a voice in headphones, there is no speed bonus. “You can have a company that runs without using organizations. We also favor versatility, which is in line with the integration project: the person can recover transferable skills.”
Anthony Lecossois worked for seven years as a humanitarian logistician for the non-governmental organization (NGO) Mercy Corps in 45 countries. He intervened in Africa and the Middle East due to natural disasters or civil wars. “Back here, I wanted to create my own business but always with strong social and environmental values. Sète is the perfect place because there are big needs in terms of jobs and integration.” Boost’s customers are French e-merchants but also British, Swiss, Belgian, Australian… “More young companies are calling us, refers to the Frontignanais. Their growth makes us grow. Our client who sells organic tea arrives with five pallets. Now he’s in his forties.”
By the end of 2022, Boost’s turnover should amount to €600,000. “We have to grow up, examining the leader. This is a sector with very small margins. The volume that allows you to find yourself there.” Boost does not charge more for its services than competitors. “You have to be in the market. What customers want to call us is having logistics at the same price, with strong value and unmatched quality customer service. They can put it on their website.”