DHL expands freight platform Saloodo! into Turkey
First launched in Germany in 2017, DHL’s intuitive and user-friendly digital solution has remained on course for its expansion, with plans to launch in Turkey.
Currently the subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL is available in multiple European countries including Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland, as well as being available in the Middle East and SubSaharan Africa outside of Europe.
The expansion of Saloodo! into Turkey will help connect shippers and carriers via safe and transparent shipment contracts within a digital marketplace. The aim is to bring greater convenience and efficiency to the country.
"After successfully entering the Middle East and the African continent, we are continuing our strategic growth by expanding to Turkey," explains Antje Huber, Managing Director Saloodo!, responsible for Marketing. "Turkey is a key market for us. Besides being a gateway to Asia, we also see an increasing demand for smart logistic solutions in the country. We continuously work towards our vision of a world in which logistics are smart and digitalised, and we are therefore inspired to bring our innovative solution to life in more and more markets."
Having an efficient road freight network is key when it comes to international trade. By harnessing modern technologies, road freight operations are able to drive connectivity, transparency and safety.
The platform provided by Saloodo! gives organisations the freedom of an independent marketplace as well as the reliability and convenience of a digital freight forwarder, combining online freight exchange and digital freight forwarding into a single platform. Saloodo! is the first within the region to provide a single, reliable and easy to use solution for shippers and transport providers.
Saloodo! - a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL - is backed by DHL's global and regional footprint as well as its expertise. As a result, all contractual relationships on the platform are organised via the existing local DHL entity within the region to ensure trust and peace of mind.
"With real-time visibility, Saloodo! will inject greater transparency and efficiency into the regional road network, enabling shippers of all sizes - from small enterprises to large corporations - to find trusted and reliable freight carriers in Turkey. This, in turn, will help carriers manage existing fleets and optimise capacity with full truckload shipments. In addition, communication with drivers is simplified with our Saloodo! driver app, wherein all kinds of information - from order handling to drop-off - can be exchanged," adds Murat Kavrar, Managing Director DHL Freight Turkey.
In addition Saloodo! provides an innovative function for carriers, with ambitions to make their daily business easier and more efficient. Saloodo! also provides dynamic pricing for carriers based on real-time data, which can help make their daily business easier and more efficient.
The Saloodo service since its founding has grown to serve over 30,000 shippers and more than 12,000 carriers in 35 countries.
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SAS: Improving the British Army’s decision making with data
SAS’ long-standing relationship with the British Army is built on mutual respect and grounded by a reciprocal understanding of each others’ capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Roderick Crawford, VP and Country GM for SAS UKI, states that the company’s thorough grasp of the defence sector makes it an ideal partner for the Army as it undergoes its own digital transformation.
“Major General Jon Cole told us that he wanted to enable better, faster decision-making in order to improve operational efficiency,” he explains. Therefore, SAS’ task was to help the British Army realise the “significant potential” of data through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tasks and conduct complex analysis.
In 2020, the Army invested in the SAS ‘Viya platform’ as an overture to embarking on its new digital roadmap. The goal was to deliver a new way of working that enabled agility, flexibility, faster deployment, and reduced risk and cost: “SAS put a commercial framework in place to free the Army of limits in terms of their access to our tech capabilities.”
Doing so was important not just in terms of facilitating faster innovation but also, in Crawford’s words, to “connect the unconnected.” This means structuring data in a simultaneously secure and accessible manner for all skill levels, from analysts to data engineers and military commanders. The result is that analytics and decision-making that drives innovation and increases collaboration.
Crawford also highlights the importance of the SAS platform’s open nature, “General Cole was very clear that the Army wanted a way to work with other data and analytics tools such as Python. We allow them to do that, but with improved governance and faster delivery capabilities.”
SAS realises that collaboration is at the heart of a strong partnership and has been closely developing a long-term roadmap with the Army. “Although we're separate organisations, we come together to work effectively as one,” says Crawford. “Companies usually find it very easy to partner with SAS because we're a very open, honest, and people-based business by nature.”
With digital technology itself changing with great regularity, it’s safe to imagine that SAS’ own relationship with the Army will become even closer and more diverse. As SAS assists it in enhancing its operational readiness and providing its commanders with a secure view of key data points, Crawford is certain that the company will have a continually valuable role to play.
“As warfare moves into what we might call ‘the grey-zone’, the need to understand, decide, and act on complex information streams and diverse sources has never been more important. AI, computer vision and natural language processing are technologies that we hope to exploit over the next three to five years in conjunction with the Army.”
Fundamentally, data analytics is a tool for gaining valuable insights and expediting the delivery of outcomes. The goal of the two parties’ partnership, concludes Crawford, will be to reach the point where both access to data and decision-making can be performed qualitatively and in real-time.
“SAS is absolutely delighted to have this relationship with the British Army, and across the MOD. It’s a great privilege to be part of the armed forces covenant.”