Sonepar plugs into a new era of freight matching with Transporeon Freight Procurement

About Sonepar

Sonepar France was founded in 1969 by Henri Coisne. It remains a family-owned business, but is now the world’s number one distributor of electrical equipment, generating record sales of €32.4 billion in 2022. 

However, Sonepar is not all about big bucks. In that same year,  the company launched its Green Offer to allow customers to purchase products based on a sustainability rating. They also had their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Sonepar in numbers:

  • €60 million spent on transportation per year 
  • €32.4 billion sales
  • 15,000 tonnes shipped annually in France
  • 40 countries
  • 80 brands
  • 2,400 branches
  • 170 distribution centres
  • 44,000 employees
We chose Transporeon because we wanted to digitise our calls for tenders. Using Transporeon's platform, we could precisely monitor the progress of our tender stages, compare the offers of our carriers on a common basis, and record all the elements returned for each carrier.

Kévin Arduino,

Transport Project Manager,
Sonepar France

The challenge

Sonepar’s diverse product mix generates significant volume per delivery point, which led to logistical bottlenecks.

With their own transportation at saturation point, Sonepar turned to solutions such as chartering, which disrupted their ability to ensure Day +1 deliveries.

In addition, Sonepar grappled with office inefficiencies. Without a dedicated, automated platform they were unable to assess carrier responses collectively and maintain control over prices. This lack of homogeneity also made it hard to find new carriers and grow their supplier network.

The solution

Sonepar needed a digital freight match-making solution that would help them better manage their calls for tenders and expand their carrier network.

The answer was Transporeon Freight Procurement and in 2019 they implemented the platform into their daily operations, giving them a better overview of the responses and prices coming in from carriers. In addition, Freight Procurement’s ability to analyse huge amounts of data means they can eliminate tedious manual work.

The results

Sonepar has experienced tangible benefits through its collaboration with Transporeon.

The distribution company has managed to integrate new carriers into their network, and streamline the evaluation process.

This optimisation has resulted in a 40% reduction in response tracking time and a 50% decrease in compilation and analysis time.


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Together our products work in harmony to increase transport efficiency along the full lifecycle of freight activities.

Transport Execution Hub

Best Carrier

Best Carrier
  • Access the spot market more easily.
  • Cut transaction costs by up to 19%.
  • React quickly to market fluctuations.
  • Improve process efficiency with better integrations.
  • Cloud-based system provides real-time transparency.

Transport Execution Hub

Transport Operations

Transport Operations
  • In one single, easy to use interface, logistics teams can manage FTL, LTL, groupage, and ocean flows like never before.
  • You no longer need to worry about manually finding and assigning the right shipment to the right carrier.
  • Full Visibility, Total Control.
  • Transport Operations uses smart, data-driven workflows to automate the whole transport execution and monitoring process.

Dock & Yard Management Hub

Digital Transport Documents

Digital Transport Documents
  • Paperless management of the consignment note through all involved parties
  • Easy usage due to conveniently comment and signing of the eCMR on a mobile device
  • Provide the eCMR in real time via Transporeon platform plus additional communication channels

Platform Capabilities

Carrier Interfaces

Carrier Interfaces
  • Optimize your processes by interfacing your TMS with Transporeon platform.
  • Use this advanced connectivity to mirror operations between the two environments efficiently.
  • Close functional gaps quickly, easily and efficiently. 

Insights Hub

Market Insights

Market Insights
  • Monitor the contractually agreed rates between shippers, logistic service providers, and the spot market.
  • Use important "indirect" indicators to illustrate the capacity situation on any given lane or market.
  • Define the lanes and metrics that you want to monitor.
  • Get a clear overview of the biggest market changes and top movers.

Freight Sourcing Hub

Carrier Premium Account

Carrier Premium Account
  • Apply for suitable calls for bids with one click and win new customers.
  • Make your business known on the platform and in the service provider database.
  • Clear distribution of competencies and tasks between Head Office and Branch Office.
  • Optimize internal processes through additional functions and reports.