Quicargo from Amsterdam raises 2.7 million euros led by ROM InWest, the regional development agency in North Holland
Haarlem, Netherlands-based ROM InWest, a regional development agency in North Holland, announced on Wednesday that it is leading a €2.7 million investment round in Quicargo, a platform in Amsterdam-based line that connects empty trucks to any business in need of real-time transport. -time.
Founded in October 2021, ROM InWest has invested €1.15m, with the remainder coming from current Quicargo shareholders. ROM InWest aims to stimulate an innovative and strong entrepreneurial environment in North Holland.
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Janet Nieboer, CEO of ROM InWest, said, “We, ROM InWest, are pleased to be able to assist Quicargo with this investment. Besides investing, we also help Quicargo by including it in our extensive network of business experts. The company is innovative, embodies entrepreneurial capacity and its sustainable goals match ROM InWest’s ambitions to accelerate innovation and energy transition in North Holland.
Use of capital
Quicargo says proceeds from this cycle will accelerate its plan to launch the world’s first zero-emissions freight network.
The funds will also help develop new control tower software, “QC Hub.” The software allows SMEs to control and track their logistics activities in a simple, sustainable and transparent way.
Avishai Trabelsi, CEO of Quicargo, says: “Due to recent developments such as the pandemic, Brexit, war in Ukraine, rising fuel prices, rising shipping costs and inflation, companies are increasingly aware of the importance of their supply chain, and in particular their transport. Large companies allocate a lot of resources to solve supply chain issues, while most SMBs don’t have the resources or knowledge to do so.
“I think QC Hub can be a game-changer for these organizations because we use the experience gained and implement all the technologies we have developed over the past few years. QC Hub allows companies to manage all their logistics providers in one place, and therefore not just their Quicargo shipping services,” adds Trabelsi.
The growing demand for sustainable shipping solutions should lead Quicargo to continue its growth, not only in the Netherlands, but also in the rest of Europe. To enable this growth, Quicargo will hire more employees and set up new collaborations with local and regional partners.
Order partial and full truck loads online
Founded in 2015 by Avishai Trabelsi and Roni Liberman, Quicargo aims to make transportation more efficient, transparent and sustainable.
Trucks typically drive at full capacity to their destination, but return empty or partially empty, leading to inefficiencies and unnecessary CO2 emissions.
To solve this problem and bridge the gap between supply and demand, Quicargo has created a digital platform that connects shippers and carriers, providing affordable shipping solutions and making transportation sustainable with quantifiable CO2 reductions. .
Connecting these two parts also reduces the number of polluting trucks and increases the number of companies that contribute to the climate.
CEO Avishai Trabelsi says, “Our platform takes thousands of different data points and finds the best match between shipper and carrier. This greatly contributes to improving truck load capacity optimization across Europe, reducing CO2 emissions and costs, and reducing pressure on labour. We also take care of all operational flows between shippers and carriers, to ensure peace of mind for both parties.
Trucks in Europe are responsible for 22% of road traffic emissions. The European Commission expects truck transport to increase by 50% between 2010 and 2050.
Trabelsi says: “By filling empty trucks, we are already saving tons of emissions. Yet we believe we can do even better by acting quickly. That’s why we are currently working on launching the world’s first zero-emission freight network. »
With this new initiative, companies can choose emission-free transport in a fully automated and transparent way. First, the company will see its carbon footprint, then it can opt for the “green ride”. The system will plan and assign the most sustainable route to the expedition and, if applicable, match it with an electric truck.
Although there are many electric vans already in use in city logistics today, there are not yet many active electric trucks in the area of Quicargo, “the mile in between”. Quicargo seeks to lay the foundations for future developments in electric transport.
According to the RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland), the ambition is that at least a thousand trucks will be driving emission-free in the Netherlands by 2025. By then, the remaining emissions will be offset by certified local projects.
More than 400 partner carriers
To start the project, Quicargo has already been able to count on its large network of more than 400 partner carriers.
The company ran a pilot version of the project to analyze the value that active customers would attribute to improving the sustainability of their supply chains. In partnership with CityHub (mainly active in the logistics of electric cities), the experiment aroused wide interest, but not at any price. However, companies are ready to make concessions in terms of delivery times and distribution of goods between several trucks.
The aim is for 30% of all national shipments via Quicargo to be emissions-free by 2025. Quicargo says this is a real step towards achieving Europe’s climate goals.
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