Markus J Doetsch, Co-Founder & CTO, Maximilian Schaefer, Co-Founder & Managing Director and Philipp Ortwein, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Today, the market for overland transportation is characterized by factors such as fragmentation, cost pressure, driver shortage, low transparency as well as ecological aspects – to mention just a few. In recent years, several new, disruptive solutions have emerged in logistics that are playing a crucial role in smoothening trade facilitation and business operations. Thus, shipping is no longer a mere requirement but an integral, value-added aspect for businesses. Along the same vein, InstaFreight enables shippers and carriers with its services to further increase efficiency of their business operations, thereby saving time and money and ultimately becoming more environmentally sustainable. The digital logistics company deploys modern technology and provides reliable execution of overland transports with a high degree of efficiency and transparency along the whole transport process. One facet of the digitally enriched service includes operational visibility along a broad spectrum, with real-time tracking and updates. An operationally customer-centric platform with BI tools enables all parties tied to a shipment to access the right analytics to make the best well-informed decisions. “We are a leading LogTech company in Europe, striving to make the fragmented carrier base accessible and manageable for large shippers,” states Maximilian Schaefer, Co-Founder and Managing Director at InstaFreight.
Born out of a desire to thrive in a complex logistics ecosystem and create world-class technology solutions that provide quick and profound results in an agile environment, InstaFreight started its digital freight forwarding service offer in 2016. With this service, customers receive immediate quotations for spot transports and attractive offers on tenders. The pricing algorithm considers parameters such as distance, weight, seasonality, sink and source balances etc and continuously learns from data points.
Once the transport is placed, InstaFreight’s carrier matching tool finds the right carrier, while InstaFreight remains the contractual party for both sides. “By digitalizing business processes and automating manual workf lows, we improve information efficiency and build the basis for increased transparency along the supply chain,” adds Markus J. Doetsch, Co-Founder and CTO at InstaFreight.
That said, InstaFreight also provides unparalleled insight into logistics operations with a track-and-trace solution, allowing shippers to locate their freight in real-time and with ETA calculations as it moves to its destination. The Berlin-based company has built a transportation control tower accessible by shippers who move high freight volumes. The company’s solution helps shippers coordinate several of their transports on an allin- one interface, eliminating the need for them to call up individual dispatchers to know their freight whereabouts. Shippers can not only use this and other functions via the web-based interface but also via an API. Consequently, the company’s clients can immediately receive answers to their queries and get their loads booked faster.
This end-2-end digital solution for overland transports is not only available in the freight forwarding business but also part of InstaFreight’s recently launched neutral service. In the so-called “Transport Management” a highly competent team of experts manages and optimizes the customers’ overland transports via the InstaFreight Transport Management Platform. Over the past year, InstaFreight piloted and developed this service offering with several large-scale enterprises, including a shipper from the DAX30. What steers InstaFreight ahead of the competition curve is not only the service’s high level of scalability and modular plug and play features but also the pace with which transparency and significant savings is achieved. Customers can avail of this service with already existing transport partners, for which InstaFreight takes care of the onboarding or access the InstaFreight carrier network which counts capacities of more than 25,000 vetted partners. Either way, the service is open book with InstaFreight being a neutral party.
All in all, InstaFreight Transport Management enables shippers to save direct and indirect costs and gain visibility on operational, financial, and sustainability-related performance. “With this service, we are promising complete transparency—end-to-end. And next to direct cost savings, we create higher productivity with digitalization and automation of processes” adds Philipp Ortwein, Co- Founder & Managing Director at InstaFreight.
With millions of freight dollars already running through their system, InstaFreight aims to change the logistics industry for good. Today, the company has over two thousand active customers on its platform, citing access to new capacity, end-to-end transparency, and hassle-free transport handling to be the primary reasons for using InstaFreight.
Striding ahead in full steam, InstaFreight aims to keep an unwavering focus on revamping and further developing the transportation network in Europe. Simultaneously, the company is committed to continuing support and cultivating technological innovation as well. “We look forward to delivering new and uniquely designed solutions to logistics customersfor many years to come,” concludes Ortwein.