May 17, 2020

Amazon expands service into the logistics sector

Supply Chain
Logistics
Amazon
Logistics
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
The e-commerce giant, Amazon, has expanded its services to commence business in the logistics industry.
The e-commerce giant, Amazon, has expanded its services to begin conducting business in the logistics industry, according to CNBC.

As a result of Amazo...

The e-commerce giant, Amazon, has expanded its services to begin conducting business in the logistics industry, according to CNBC.

As a result of Amazon’s progress in the shipping sector, logistics firms FedEx and UPS has begun to make changes to their strategies moving forward.

FedEx has made an adaption to its relationship with Amazon, which has seen the delivery company put an end to the ground delivery contract with Amazon. With the decision made in early August, a FedEx spokesperson said at the time: “This change is consistent with our strategy to focus on the broader e-commerce market, which the recent announcements related to our FedEx Ground network have us positioned extraordinarily well to do.”

“We are constantly innovating to improve the carrier experience and sometimes that means re-evaluating our carrier relationships,” an Amazon spokesperson added. “FedEx has been a great partner over the years and we appreciate all their work delivering packages to our customers.”

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While, UPS is continuing to look at how new technologies such as drones and autonomous vehicles are modernising its delivery services.

Amazon has outlined its intentions to develop its delivery fleet as it begins the process of renting planes and offering $10,000 to its employees to leave the firm and start their own local delivery business ventures. Ken Hoexter, a research analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, commented: “I think Amazon has stated that they’re now a competitor to the transport industry. FedEx has clearly viewed them as an increasing competitor following their recent moves.”

In a June 2019 statement, FedEx revealed that Amazon made up around 1.3% of its total revenues in 2018 which equated to around $900mn.

The latest news adds to Amazon’s busy summer in the logistics industry as it was announced in June that the firm is set to add 15 Boeing 737 air freighters to its ever-increasing air cargo division and plans to have more than 70 in its fleet by 2021.

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Jul 22, 2021

Uber Freight to Acquire Transplace in $2.2bn Deal

UberFreight
Logistics
supplychain
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Uber Freight’s acquisition of Transplace will supercharge parent Uber’s move into logistics and supply chain

Uber Freight is to acquire logistics technology and solutions provider Transplace in a deal worth $2.25bn. 

The company will pay up to $750m in common stock and the remainder in cash to TPG Capital, Transplace’s private equity owner, pending regulatory approval and closing conditions. 

“This is a significant step forward, not just for Uber Freight but for the entire logistics ecosystem,” said Lior Ron, Head of Uber Freight, and former founder of the Uber-owned trucking start-up Otto.

Uber’s Big Play for Supply Chain


Transplace is one of the world's largest managed transportation and logistics networks, with 62,000 unique users on its platform and $11bn in freight under management. It offers truck brokerage and other capacity solutions, end-to-end visibility on cross border shipments, and a suite of digital solutions and consultancy services. 

The purchase is the latest move by parent company Uber, which launched as a San Francisco cab-hailing app in 2011, to diversify its offering and create new revenue streams in all transport segments.

Transplace said the takeover comes amid a period of “accelerated transformation in logistics”, where globalisation, shipping and transport disruption, and widespread volatility are colliding. 

Uber Freight plans to integrate the Transplace network into its own platform, which connects shippers and carriers in a dashboard that mirroring the intuitive experience found in its consumer vehicle booking and food ordering services. 

“This is an opportunity to bring together complementary best-in-class technology solutions and operational excellence from two premier companies to create an industry-first shipper-to-carrier platform that will transform shippers’ entire supply chains, delivering operational resilience and reducing costs at a time when it matters most,” said Ron. 

Frank McGuigan, CEO of Transplace, said the resulting merger will offer enhanced efficiency and transparency for shippers, and benefits of scale for carriers. “All in all, we expect to significantly reduce shipper and carrier empty miles to the benefit of highway and road infrastructures and the environment,” he added. 
 

History of Uber Freight


Uber Freight was established in 2017 and separated into its own business unit the following year. In 2019 the company had expanded across the entire continental US, established a headquarters in Chicago. Later that year it launched its first international division in Europe, initially from a regional foothold in the Nertherlands, and later moving into Germany. 



The logistics spinoff attracted a $500m investment from New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group in October 2020, and launched a new shipping platform for companies of all sizes in May, partly in response to a driver shortage in Canada.
 

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