The logistics industry is changing. And it’s either going to adapt to digitisation or miss out on it. SHIPSTA’s eProcurement solution equips sea freight, air freight and road freight for the digital future. The SHIPSTA platform links shippers and carriers on a unique digital marketplace and, using crowdsourcing, bundles contracts for unbeatable cheap freight volumes for companies of any size.
Artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning are the keywords in innovative digitisation. But the transport industry is lagging behind. Many processes are still manual. This is so cumbersome that weeks can pass by before contracts are finalised. And this is exactly where SHIPSTA comes in.
Manufacturing companies can easily buy freight volumes digitally with SHIPSTA. Due to new digital technologies, tendering processes can be analysed in seconds. This doesn’t just save time, but also money – as well as the cheaper transportation of goods, there’s a saving of up to 65 percent when it comes to process costs. The system even does tasks that previously had to be laboriously done by hand, for example plausibility checks for offers. At the same time, it creates transparency like never before: shippers are kept informed of the current status of tenders and can contact freight forwarders at any time.
Next Generation E-Procurement: SHIPSTA Flex Democratises Freight Procurement
SHIPSTA FLEX forms the core of the SHIPSTA concept – whether for spot buying, short-term day-to-day procurement, contract buying or long-term contracts. Many tedious steps become a thing of the past as soon as shippers and carriers go online with the SHIPSTA platform. Instead of using phone, e-mail and fax, the procurement of freight volumes – i.e. the whole procurement process – takes place entirely through SHIPSTA.
Everything starts here with the shipper’s tendering process, the request for quotation (RFQ). This is where the time, length and size of freight volumes are offered. The shipper receives the outcome of the tender, the ‘tender evaluation’, in two clicks – instead of in two weeks as before. As the status and the position of the tender can be seen at any time and only certified service providers are allowed to use SHIPSTA, the parties involved also don’t have to worry about making their own enquiries and checks. As such, SHIPSTA FELX offers a professional, efficient and flexible e-procurement solution for medium-sized and large companies.
“We have finally made our dream come true with SHIPSTA – developing an autonomous and transparent platform for the digital procurement of freight volumes that can be used by companies of any size,” says Christian Wilhelm, SHIPSTA founder and CEO. “Those who work with our marketplace benefit from more digitisation, networking and automation.”
SHIPSTA was founded by Christian Wilhelm (CEO), Stefan Maratzki (CTO) and Oliver Ritzmann (CCO) as CLEAR LOGISTICS in 2015. The innovative software company is based in Luxembourg, has a digital hub logistics branch in Hamburg, and has become one of the market leaders for eLogistics applications in Germany. The specific focus is on eProcurement – electronic transport market procurement. The eProcurement platform optimises procurement and tendering processes and digitally links shipping agents with freight forwarders. SHIPSTA’s clients include global companies from sectors including food, high tech, pharma and automotive.
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