Road freight digitalisation specialist Sennder forms €100m JV with Poste Italiane


European road freight digitalisation specialist Sennder has formed a €100 million joint venture with Italy’s largest logistics operator Poste Italiane, which hopes to generate savings of more than 6% on its full truck load (FTL) spending through the use of Sennder’s proprietary digital freight forwarding platform.

Sennder said the established €100 million per year joint venture between sennder and Poste Italiane focuses on improving the Italian postal and logistics group’s long-haul road transport efficiency and covers Poste Italiane entire FTL network, “moving parcels and mail between all sorting and distribution hubs of the leading Italian postal service provider”.

Sennder claims its proprietary digital freight forwarding platform “revolutionises the world of freight transport in Europe and is specialised in the ‘full truck load’ (FTL) market, aimed at organising, logging and optimising cargo for transportation”. It said the newly formed JV operates under the name ‘sennder Italia S.r.l.’ and will manage all Italian transport for sennder GmbH.

The company noted: “The mix between the knowledge and logistical experience of 180-years-old post office operators and the innovations of the leading European freight forwarder sennder makes the JV one of the most attractive companies in the Italian Logistical panorama. The young team of sennder Italia benefits from the entrepreneurial spirit, a multicultural environment of over 40 nationalities speaking more than 15 languages and is led by Andrea Monticelli (CEO), Gregor Nothacker (COO) and Alessandro Gallo (CFO).”

It added: “With the JV, the largest delivery network of Italy joins forces with the fastest growing digital platform to manage the FTL transports. Through this partnership, Poste Italiane benefits from full GPS visibility of trucks, state of the art operating technology and reduced CO2 emissions through the utilisation of vehicles with alternative fuels and higher utilization.

“In that way, Poste Italiane will benefit from generated savings of over 6% on its yearly €100m Full Truck Load spending.”

It noted that the rise in efficiency and usage of state-of-the-art technology was a key pillar of Poste Italiane CEO, Matteo del Fante’s ‘Deliver 2022’ programme, adding: “It will combine internal developments with external solutions to best address market opportunities. In that context, the key to success is the volume of orders managed by sennder’s digital platform that allows advanced algorithms to minimize the empty mileage of Poste Italiane trucks.”

David Nothacker, CEO and Co-Founder of sennder GmbH, commented: “The JV shows how a partnership combining nearly 200 years of Italian logistics operations and state of the art technology can unlock unprecedented synergies and opportunities for both Poste Italiane and sennder. We bring cloud-based communications and better record keeping, along with more efficient logistical mapping organization, to an industry that has been operating largely by way of faxed or shipped invoices. Our GPS tracking will help Poste Italiane with highly precise arrival estimates.

Matteo del Fante, Poste Italiane CEO and general manager, said: “The initiative is part of the broader commitment taken with our Joint Delivery Model to modernise our fleet and further optimize our logistic value chain through advanced IT solutions, delivering cost efficiencies as well as reduced CO2 emissions. Poste Italiane is successfully combining internal innovations with specialist start-up partnerships made possible by its new Open Innovation IT platform.

“We see a clear and present opportunity in delivering innovations to become more central in our customers’ digital world”.