September 13, 2023

Partnership for Europe-wide Additional Transport


13th September 2023

Logistics BusinessPartnership for Europe-wide Additional Transport

DPD Germany and Berlin-based LogTech company InstaFreight are entering into a strategic transport partnership. The aim is to further digitalise and optimize the purchasing and management of additional capacity in the DPD full truckload network. By using the platform, the transport process becomes more transparent and efficient, enabling DPD customers to use transport capacities in the DPD network even more quickly and flexibly.

The InstaFreight platform bundles freight space from a total of over 25,000 qualified carriers. In partnership with DPD InstaFreight acts as a cost-neutral Fourth Party Logistics Provider (4PL). In doing so, the company makes its platform and operational know-how available to DPD for the purchase and management of additional transport in the full load network. In a pilot project lasting around a year in northern Germany DPD has already multiplied its carrier base with InstaFreight, further increasing both the reliability and flexibility of the DPD network. During the freight space search, the best offer for the desired route is now selected and the transport order is transferred directly to the respective carrier via the platform. In the pilot phase alone several thousand full load transports were awarded in this way. In the meantime, all DPD’s national and Europe-wide additional transports are orchestrated via the platform.

InstaFreight is the leading digital logistics company for land transportation in Europe, operating on a single platform as both a 3PL (Third Party logistics provider) and as a cost-neutral 4PL operator through its Transport Management service. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Berlin, the company handles several thousand Full Truckload (FTL), Less Than Truckload (LTL), and Less Than Container load (LCL) shipments on a weekly basis. InstaFreight’s business model grants shippers access to freight capacity that would otherwise be challenging to secure at this scale. The technology employed by InstaFreight digitizes and automates the execution of transportation, resulting in efficiency and transparency advantages throughout the transportation process.

Besides noticeable cost reduction, InstaFreight and DPD have jointly digitized the process steps related to partner management. The digital coordination of the haulage companies also simplifies daily work processes and supports resource-saving road freight transport by avoiding empty runs.

“After the successful pilot phase and the Germany-wide rollout we are looking forward to the long-term cooperation with InstaFreight. This will enable us to handle our purchasing and the provision of additional capacity even faster, more transparently and more efficiently in these difficult global economic times,” explains Simon Nissen, Director Network Planning & Optimisation at DPD Germany.

“Being able to offer an experienced organization like DPD a variety of benefits in the purchasing and management of transport capacities fills us with pride. DPD Germany is an important anchor customer for us, with whom we have jointly developed and piloted our solution for spot FTL shipments. This freight cost-neutral 4PL solution will also be available to other shippers in the future,” says Maximilian Schaefer, Managing Director and Co-Founder of InstaFreight.


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