InstaFreight: Reliable transport execution for the digital age

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Markus J Doetsch, Co-Founder & CTO, Maximilian Schaefer, Co-Founder & Managing Director and Philipp Ortwein, Co-Founder & Managing Director, InstaFreightMarkus 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.


We are a leading LogTech company in Europe, striving to make the fragmented carrier base accessible and manageable for large shippers

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.

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InstaFreight

Company
InstaFreight

Headquarters
Berlin, Germany

Management
Markus J Doetsch, Co-Founder & CTO, Maximilian Schaefer, Co-Founder & Managing Director and Philipp Ortwein, Co-Founder & Managing Director

Description
InstaFreight is a leading LogTech company that revolutionizes how overland transports are done today. 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’s two core services include Freight Forwarding and Transport Management. Moreover, InstaFreight’s self-developed platform enables shippers to save direct and indirect costs and gain visibility on operational, financial, and sustainability-related performance. Likewise, for carriers, the company offers suitable long-term business and spot loads to optimize fleet utilization while paying fast and reliably at attractive freight rates.

InstaFreight News

Senior Tech Executive Adam Chassin joins InstaFreight as Chief Commercial Officer

Berlin - Adam Chassin, former Head of Business for Uber in Europe and the former Head of Strategic Business Development at Amazon, is joining InstaFreight as Chief Commercial Officer. He will bring his broad expertise in rapidly scaling digital businesses, deal making to drive growth, and disrupting industries to lead InstaFreight’s commercial activities as it expands operations across Europe.

“We are very proud that Adam Chassin joined our C-level team at the start of the new year. Having worked in senior roles at leading technology companies in both the US and Europe, he brings the right skill set and mindset to take InstaFreight’s growth to the next level,” said Philipp Ortwein, Co-Founder and Managing Director of InstaFreight. “We are now further accelerating our development to become Europe’s leading digital overland logistics provider and are very much looking forward to continuing this journey together with Adam”.

InstaFreight has grown significantly over the past four and a half years to a business managing thousands of truckloads across Europe every week and executing overland logistics for large and medium-sized enterprise customers. The company continued its strong growth in 2020 and launched its new service ‘Transport Management’ – a tech-enabled transport automation, sourcing and optimization service. “Our products and services have already proven their value to thousands of shippers and carriers across Europe. Now is the time to expand to make these products and services available to an even larger customer base. We are laser focused on growth and scalability and are excited that Adam will lead the commercial activities on our way to becoming a billion-dollar-company”, said Maximilian Schaefer, Co-Founder and Managing Director of InstaFreight.

“InstaFreight is building one of the most disruptive and valuable logistics platforms in Europe. The logistics sector is a € 350 billion industry in Europe and is shockingly inefficient and lagging in adopting technology. With three out of ten trucks in Europe running empty, there is a huge opportunity to bring better service and more efficiency for customers,” said Adam Chassin. “InstaFreight has a very scalable growth story and is on a good path to profitability. Philipp, Max and Markus are incredibly talented founders and leaders, and I am excited to join the leadership team and help InstaFreight achieve its next stages of growth.”

Adam Chassin has vast experience in growing new businesses and in driving disruption in existing industries in both the US and Europe. As the Head of Business for Uber in Europe, he built ecosystems of commercial partnerships from the ground up to accelerate growth in Uber’s major European markets. Adam Chassin devised the go-to-market plan, the negotiation and execution and then playbooking the strategy which drove growth for Uber’s core rides business across Europe.

As the Head of Strategic Business Development at Amazon, Adam Chassin led the go-to-market effort to bring Amazon Prime to millions of new customers through striking first-of-their-kind commercial partnerships with leading companies to bundle Prime with their products and services to drive the growth of Amazon Prime. He also led the effort to build the global tech platform to enable the scaling of Prime globally.

Adam Chassin began his career on Wall Street as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and then as an M&A lawyer with the global law firm, Skadden, Arps. He also held senior business positions at Yahoo! and was a transactional attorney at AOL.