The saying that every cloud has a silver lining couldn’t be truer than what is happening in the freight industry, where the Covid-19 pandemic has forced top players to come up with innovative ways to stay afloat.
On Monday, DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, launched its digital road freight platform Saloodo!, to shippers and transport providers in Uganda, connecting the country into its growing digital network on the continent.
Tobias Maier, CEO of Saloodo! Middle East and Africa, is convinced that logistics has and will continue to play a decisive role in shaping a country’s economic development.
“A robust logistics network will create the foundation for local businesses to succeed, and enhance trade. With the introduction and integration of a digital platform like Saloodo!, a more efficient logistics sector would increase Uganda’s potential for economic diversification and growth.”
“Every section of the Ugandan economy requires transport and logistics services including raw materials producers, manufacturing, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers,” he added.
The launch of Saloodo! in Uganda will inject greater transparency and efficiency to the country and regionalroad network by providing real-time visibility, enabling shippers to identify trusted and reliable freight carriers in Uganda and several neighbouring countries. This will in turn help carriers manage existing fleets and optimise capacity with full-truckload shipments.
Backed by DHL’s global and regional footprint and expertise, all contractual relationships on the platform are organised via the existing local DHL entity, providing trust and peace of mind to carriers and shippers alike.
“Digital transformation is a top priority for the industry and this push for digitalization will further enhance trade efficiency and help businesses to grow,” concludes Maier.