Digital freight platform, Saloodo!, is expanding from Europe to the United Arab Emirates, offering shippers, dispatchers and carriers digital freight processes.
Saloodo!, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, matches shippers to transport providers with the digital freight platform offering a neutral marketplace.
Thomas Grunau, CEO of Saloodo! in Europe, believes the time is right for expansion: “Saloodo!’s success on the German and European market has demonstrated the benefits of a digital solution.
“It allows shippers and transport providers to find each other more easily, and makes road freight processes more transparent and efficient. Especially given the strong growth of the logistics market in the Middle East, we feel this is just the right place to begin offering our solution beyond the EU and develop it further,” Grunau adds.
Saloodo! is a forerunner in digitalising the transport and logistics industry with customers able to tap end-to-end digital handling of their items without lengthy price negotiations on the telephone or contracts back and forth via fax, the company says.
In Europe, more than 18,000 shippers and over 7,000 carriers with more than 250,000 available trucks are already working with Saloodo!.
From initial booking through to final payment – all documents and information flow through a single platform and are available in real time.
Saloodo! also provides transport companies with innovative functions designed to make their daily business easier and more efficient, the company says. With Saloodo!, the entire administrative process can be tracked and managed digitally, including freight documents, invoices and payments. Since Saloodo! acts as both the contractual partner and single point of contact, transport providers benefit from invoices paid within just fourteen days.
Through the innovative Saloodo! driver app, drivers are informed immediately of which order they will be handling, and all necessary information regarding upcoming tours is sent directly to their smartphone. Drivers can also use the app to document delivery, invoices, and any damages incurred to an item.
For Tobias Maier, CEO of Saloodo! MEA, the company’s systematic digitalisation strategy is key to the success of the platform in the Middle East: “Even though the UAE is one of the largest logistics markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), there remain untapped opportunities given the economic diversification and several road infrastructure investments underway.
“Equally, DHL’s deep expertise in the region and wide portfolio of service offerings will support the successful deployment of Saloodo! in the UAE, and ultimately in the Gulf region,” Maier adds.