- 22 September 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
Deutsche Post DHL and major Southeast Asian digital freight platform Ezyhaul have announced a US $20 million investment in UK based logistics tech startup DigiHaul.
The UK startup connects shippers to haulage companies on a frictionless digital freight platform and aims to tackle some of the challenges faced by the UK supply chain. It provides shippers with immediate access to capacity with upfront pricing. It enables haulage companies to take on new job, enabling them to grow or optimise their operations with new routes and backloads.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us. We are very happy with the investment and strong support from industry leaders like DHL and Ezyhaul. It’s a clear recognition that we are on the right path and have a true opportunity to transform and modernise the UK transportation industry,” says Martin Willmor, chief executive officer of Digihaul.
“We are designed to provide the simplicity and convenience users have come to expect from digital services. There’s no reason why freight management has to be time consuming and complex.”
One of the upshots of the service DigiHaul offers is that it can optimise truck use in the face of the UK driver shortage. Even with a shortage of 100,000 drivers, some 20% of trucks on the road are running empty. By filling those backhauls so haulage companies can benefit and so too can shippers.
Raymond Gillon, CEO Ezyhaul, says: “We are very excited with the opportunity to invest in Digihaul. The team has demonstrated their ability to rapidly scale the solution in UK, growing 20 times since the start of the year. Leveraging Ezyhaul’s technology and experience combined with DHL’s network and expertise, Digihaul will undoubtedly take a leading position in the UK market very soon and will drive positive change for both shippers and transporters.”
Oscar de Bok, CEO, DHL Supply Chain, says: “DigiHaul is a perfect example of a data-led solution to the real-world problems of empty running and network constraints for shippers. Digitalising this process is long overdue. By creating a national network, the freight industry can start operating much more efficiently.”