Our Purpose: Bringing Transportation in Sync with the World.

Everyone needs purpose in their life: A north star, a raison d’etre, a compelling vision. At Transporeon we searched carefully for our mantra with internal soul searching, external interviews, strategic exploration and a series of workshops.

It meant a lot to us to find a purpose that would answer two questions:

  • how we earn the privilege of employing close to 1300 talented and passionate people

  • why we deserve the trust of so many customers (1400 shippers & 145000 carriers)

Our work re-confirmed our conviction that transportation is essential, it’s the magic tissue that keeps the economy going. And yet it is flawed. The transportation market is structurally inefficient and supply and demand come into equilibrium only very slow, there is considerable ‘waste’ in the processes that constrain efficiency and it is not yet enabled by the ‘close to perfect’ digital support we are surrounded by in other parts of our lives. So, one could say on many levels and in many ways, what happens in transportation is not in-sync with our reality – with our world.

We found, our purpose, our raison d’etre:

Bringing Transportation in Sync with the World.

This realization, this setting of our purpose, all happened ‘before’: before the pandemic, before the warin Ukraine, before the energy crisis, before the cost of living crisis, before the blockage in the Suez Canal … before many of us truly recognised just how vital transportation is to the flow of goods, life sustaining goods, globally and the chaos caused when transportation is compromised.

So many things in today’s transportation market are out of sync with the world and not yet as good as they could or should be: Idle assets, empty runs, lack of dynamic capacity, unnecessary waiting times and absence of collaboration are adding up to significant economic damage. In addition, lack of investment in digitisation has led to high administrative efforts, an excess of manual tasks, emotive decision-making, and a dearth of actionable insights. As if that’s not enough, there is also the ecological damage caused by an un-measured and un-contained level of CO2 emissions. On all levels, micros and macro transportation seems to be slow in syncing with our reality.

The good news is that this trend can be reversed. It is feasible to bring transportation in sync with the world and deploy the digital support readily available, to create efficiencies in transportation execution to positively impact the economy, individual business results and the environment.

We believe that bringing transportation in sync with the world relies on three primary components:

COLLABORATION

It is imperative enterprise works together to realise the economies available. There is no need for trucks to drive hundreds of empty miles to pick up their next load when a truck of the same equipment type is likely unloading around the corner. It is time for shippers and carriers to connect with one another, agree on common business standards, collaborate and embrace a platform that provides network-wide interoperability.

Connecting shippers, load recipients, service providers, brokers, forwarders and asset-based carriers is integral to creating a collaborative transportation community. Applying common standards and enabling interoperability will give all players new business opportunities whilst creating economies in their operations. This collaboration gives the transportation market the resilience and agility it needs to continue to respond to changing market dynamics and unforeseen events.

AUTOMATION

The use of excel spreadsheets, manual searches and endless browsing for routes, capacity and rates must become part of the past. This inefficient administrative burden is burning through valuable resources and failing to deliver the optimum outcome.

It is time to pivot away from collecting data from the transactions executed and start generating transactions from the data available. Automated data-driven decision making within a collaborative, connected network using optionality, past patterns, present data and future predictions, will bring transportation in sync with the world and create that magic tissue necessary to optimise both economic and ecological outcomes.

REAL-TIME INSIGHTS

Control is at the heart of optimising one’s ability to make the right decisions in a timely fashion, and control is all about having the necessary insights at your fingertips. Whether it is visibility into CO2 emissions, access to spot rates, an overview of capacity or simple ETAs for a transport, real-time insights combined with execution capabilities enable enterprise to predict future states, intervene in real-time when things go wrong and take control of the efficiency of their operations.

In a recently published article in the July 2022 edition of Logistics Management with the Title “State of Logistics 2022: Out of sync” the author John D. Schulz points out that in the last 2 years when global supply chains have been facing unprecedented volatility and challenge in the market “Rather than rethinking logistics to get better outcomes, the priority seemed to be a rush to get any outcome at nearly any price.” Likely this was out of necessity rather than desire. But the fact remains that this modus operandi will continue to undermine the state of this industry and the time for change and digitisation is now.

Similarly Jeff Berman wrote in Logistics Management a reaction to the above article “Despite the current ‘out of sync’ challenges, logistics and supply chain march on.

Bringing transportation in sync with the world relies on a change in approach and mentality. The challenge at hand is not within a single organisation, freight challenges occur in between companies, this is where the problem needs to be addressed … for all players. As such, embracing digital tools, collaborating with each other, automating decision-making and putting real-time insights to use are imperative to building that connectivity and inter-operability in order to build that magic tissue.

At Transporeon, all of these critical components are embedded within the Transporeon Transportation Management Platform on which a diverse portfolio of freight applications have been built for a diverse network of participants. Ambidexterity is the name of the game here, meaning the platform serves all participants in the network equally: shippers, brokers, logistics service providers, asset-based carriers as well as goods recipients. This is underpins our purpose and our total focus on digitising and transforming transportation for all parties.

A key component of a robust transportation strategy is resilience and agility. The 33rd Annual State of Logistics (SoL)* report supports this observation: “Logistics must be permanently about embedding “resilience and agility” into its capabilities before shifting its focus back to cost minimisation and efficiency.” What better way to insert these characteristics than to embrace a platform which provides a vast network for collaboration with functionally-rich applications to address all aspects of freight logistics across the supply chain.

If you want to ensure your transportation strategy is in sync with the world, connect with us www.transporeon.com.

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FIRESIDE CHAT SERIES

Stephan Sieber welcomes David Landau, the new Chief Network and Strategy Officer at Transporeon

Cosy, intimate, thought-provoking. Who doesn't love a fireside chat? Shut the world out and settle in to watch our leaders, experts, and guests chat about everything from the latest products and innovations, company news, as well as trends and developments in the logistics industry. Get to know Transporeon better and get involved with our community.

Facts & Figures

1300
connected industrial and commercial companies
24
supported languages
1000
+
employees
145000
connected carriers

Our Management

Stephan Sieber

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Ahmet Arslan

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Thomas Einsiedler

Chief Network Officer (CNO)

Peter Maluck

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Julia Shub

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Georgia Leybourne

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Nikolay Pargov

Executive Director Freight Procurement & Audit

Philipp Pfister

Chief Customer Experience Officer (CCEO)

Gruziana Hoxha

Executive Director for Carrier Management

Jesper Bennike

Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Nick Ghia

Executive Director Shipper Management

David Landau

Chief Network and Strategy Officer

Advisory Board

Dan Dershem

Dan brings a broad view of the global supply chain industry having worked as a member of the management team at a leading 3PL, had responsibility for a multi-billion-dollar global supply chain, been a founder of a global SaaS technology company, and an investor and advisor in numerous supply chain companies. Dan is the Managing General Partner for Supply Chain Ventures (SCV) where he has served as an investor and advisor since 2008. SCV invests and mentors early stage supply chain technology companies focusing on networks that are enabled by big data, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics. Previously he was the CEO and co-founder of LeanLogistics (BluJay Solutions), Senior Vice President of Global Logistics for Brambles/CHEP, and Vice-President of Operations for Total Logistic Control (Ryder). Dan served as the Chairman of the Board of Transporeon from 2016-2019 and continues as a Non-Executive Director post the acquisition by Hg Capital.  He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of LLamasoft, a non-executive Director for Transplace and Sandymount Technologies, and stepped down from the Board of MacroPoint upon the sale to Descartes. He serves as an Advisor/Investor to Alaiko, Foxtrot.io, LeafLogistics, Levadata, Lineage Logistics, LoadSmart, Lumina Analytics, Mercado Labs, Perishable Solutions Inc, RPA Labs, Shipmonk, Sixfold, Supply.ai, Resilinc, and Work Truck Solutions. Dan graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management, Highest Distinction.
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Hermann Ude

Hermann joined the Board of Transporeon in 2016 and was appointed chairman in 2019. After working at McKinsey & Co. for 7 years he joined DHL in 1998 where he held a number of senior positions. As the CEO of DHL Freight, he led the restructuring of the loss making 4bn € Roadfreight business. Subsequently he led the DHL Global Forwarding, Freight business, world market leader in Airfreight and global No. 2 in Oceanfreight and European Roadfreight as CEO and Member of the Board of Deutsche Post AG. During his tenure the business showed record growth rates and almost doubled Results. Since 2012 Hermann is actively investing in businesses that drive digitalization in their respective sectors. Next to his role at Transporeon he is chairman of the Board at Prospitalia a leading GPO and digitalization and Managing Partner at tts, a Technology company in the space of digital transformation.
„Digitalization should contribute to the wellbeing of people. It should deliver superior insights, allow improved choices and more sustainable living. The offering of Transporeon is manifest of this imperative. Less administration, higher levels of compliance, full transparency for participants on the platform be it shippers, 3PL or Carriers. In the future climate change will require solutions that accelerate the utilization of existing assets and sector productivity and Transporeon will be the key enabler.”
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Justin von Simson

Justin is a Managing Partner, Member of the Hg Investment Committee, the Realisation Committee and is also a member of the Hg board. Justin is also responsible for Hg’s Munich office. Justin joined Hg in 2002. He is currently a Director of Noventic, Mobility Holding, Transporeon and P&I. His previous investment activities included F24, Medifox, Raet, STP, QUNDIS, SimonsVoss, Teufel, SFC, SLV, Schleich, Hofmann Menü, Schenck Process, Hirschmann and FTE. Prior to Hg, Justin was employed by Goldman Sachs and Deloitte. He holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Cologne.
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Marc-Oliver Simon

Immediately after graduating in August 2000, Marc founded Transporeon in Ulm, Germany together with former fellow students. He held various positions in the company, such as CFO and CCO, as Co-CEO and CEO.
He helped grow the company organically from zero to 85 million Euros ARR, and from four to 750 employees, making Transporeon the leading logistics platform in Europe with a global presence in the US and Asia. The product portfolio was expanded through mergers and acqui-hires. He led the company through three sales processes to private equity investors and joined the board in January 2020.
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Martin Mack

Until end of 2019 Martin was the Chief Technology Officer of Transporeon and was responsible for the Product Management departments in our company. 
Martin has spent many years working deep in the detail of all technical things in our company. He led a team of highly experienced and dedicated specialists whose “collective intelligence” enables the provision of proactive technical services and powerful applications. Martin joined the Board Team in January 2020.
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Michael Kleinemeier

Michael was a member of the SAP Executive Board of SAP SE. He led the SAP Services and Support organization. He was appointed to the Executive Board on November 1, 2015. In this role he was responsible for driving software adoption, ensuring customers implement and run what they buy whilst safeguarding maintenance and subscription. Michael has held various leadership positions at SAP. In 2013, he was appointed President of the region Middle and Eastern Europe (MEE), where he was responsible for all market activities and the entire SAP product portfolio in this region. In 2012, he was Head of Global End-to-End Services. In this capacity, Michael was responsible for driving sales and market adoption of SAP’s latest solutions. In parallel, he served as President of the DACH Region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) from 2010 - 2012. In 2007, Michael was appointed Head of Industry Solutions and Corporate Officer of SAP. From 2001 to 2007, he was Managing Director of SAP Deutschland. During that time, he was also President of the former EMEA Central (DACH and the Benelux countries) sales region. From 1989 to 1999, he held key positions in Sales, Consulting, and Training at SAP. Michael holds a degree in commercial management from the University of Paderborn.
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Stefan Margolis

Stefan is a Partner at Hg, focusing on software and technology investments in the German speaking region and covering Supply Chain/ ERP and Healthcare Software across Europe. He is currently a Board Director of Transporeon, Medifox and STP. Further Hg investments Stefan has been involved in include e-conomic, Speedledger, P&I Personal und Informatik AG, Eucon, Visma and Teufel. Stefan joined Hg’s Munich office at the beginning of 2013. Previously, he spent three and a half years at private equity firm Warburg Pincus where he was part of the Services and TMT Team. Stefan started his career at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was part of the private equity team and worked across different industries and geographies for three years. Stefan holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nuremberg and studied at Babson College in Boston as well as UADE in Buenos Aires. Additionally, Stefan holds an MBA from INSEAD.
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Dr. Thomas Lieb

Thomas is currently chairing the Supervisory Board of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. Previously he was Member of the Management Board of Schenker for 15 years and accountable for different Business Units and headed the Board as CEO from 2008 till 2015. During his tenure as CEO of Schenker he joined as well the Executive Board of Deutsche Bahn for many years. His areas of Expertise are Global Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Leadership. He earned his Ph.D as a Research Associate at the Institute of Transportation Management and Logistics in Mannheim and his Master´s Degree in Business Administration as well at the University of Mannheim.
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Europe

Berlin

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Heidenheimer Straße 55/1
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Philadelphia

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Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 19034
United States of America
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Berlin

Chausseestraße 103
10115 Berlin
Germany
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Ulm

Heidenheimer Straße 55/1
89075 Ulm
Germany

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Kempten

Heisinger Straße 12
87437 Kempten
Germany
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Paris

Les Collines de l’Arche
Immeuble Opéra E 76 route de la Demi-Lune
92057 Paris La Défense Cedex
France
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Krakow

ul. Gen. Bohdana Zielińskiego 24
30-320 Kraków
Poland
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Vienna

Taborstraße 1
1020 Vienna
Austria
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Tallinn

Telliskivi 60a/8
10412 Tallinn
Estonia
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Tartu

Paju 2
50603 Tartu
Estonia
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Breda

Hoge Mosten 22A
4822 NH Breda
Netherlands
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Kyiv

Forum Victoria Park
Okhtyrskyi Ln, 7
03680 Kyiv
Ukraine
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Mönchengladbach

Blumenberger Str. 143-145
41061 Mönchengladbach
Germany
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Nørresundby

Bouet Møllevej 3-5
DK-9400 Nørresundby
Denmark
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Mannheim

Augustaanlage 32
68165 Mannheim
Germany
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Singapore

60 Paya Lebar Road
Paya Lebar Square #10-18
Singapore 409051
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Hyderabad

Prashanthi Towers
H.No 8-2-293/82/564, A43, 2nd Floor
Road No. 92, Jubilee Hills
Hyderabad 500034
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Philadelphia

500 Office Center Drive, Suite 400
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 19034
United States of America
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Campinas

Av. Antônio Artioli, 570, Swiss Park
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Our History

2021

In January Transporeon partners with Peripass to offer enhanced Yard Management solutions and bridge the gap between the road and the loading dock. At the same time, Real-time Yard Management enters the pilot phase. Combining Time Slot Management with Real-Time Visibility information allows dynamic rebooking of time slots and provides a real-time view of yard activities. In June Transporeon acquired TNX Logistics. TNX provides autonomous spot freight procurement services. Their technology optimizes spot buying by reducing costs and increasing efficiency, with Artificial Intelligence leading pricing and decision-making. It is used by some of the largest and most demanding freight forwarders, brokers and shippers across five continents. This acquisition helps Transporeon by offering cost savings - through the use of advanced technology- to shippers and forwarders. This will allow them and current customers to save more than 7% on their usual spot freight costs.

2020

Transporeon celebrates its 20th anniversary. Today, the company is one of the world’s leading logistics platforms with almost 1,000 employees in 11 offices around the world all working towards the common purpose of bringing transportation in sync with the world. In March the company launches its new logistics portal Transporeon Insights including a dashboard view of the most recent data on its platform and their market intelligence work. This is further enriched with high-quality content such as eBooks, blog posts, videos and news content from media partners. In July Transporeon becomes a member of the European Technology Platform ALICE as the first TMS provider. The members of ALICE share the same ambition of making logistics in Europe more efficient and eco-friendly through constant innovation. In September Transporeon starts creating the largest visibility-enabled network and upgrades its network to make Real Time Visibility a standard for all their shipper and carrier customers. Also, in September, the company merges with ControlPay, the European leader in Freight Audit and Payment solutions.

2019

Transporeon is expanding its service offering and has entered a strategic partnership with Sixfold , a provider of real-time shipment tracking. Private investment company Hg, one of Europe’s most experienced software and growth investors, has invested in Transporeon Group. In November Transporeon reinforces the management team – Stephan Sieber becomes new CEO.

2018

The leading German supplier for market intelligence solutions, Tim Consult, joins the Group and expands big data and market intelligence offerings. With the start of the pilot phase of the “Connecting Load Agent”, Transporeon gives a first look at what logistics software can do in the area of predictive analytics.

2017

Transporeon is once again one of the fastest-growing technology companies and has received several international awards for its successes. The growth course also continues in France with a new office in the La Défense quarter of Paris.

2016

Transporeon places great value on comprehensive information security. Therefore, the company pursues its first DIN ISO/IEC 27001 certification for the Transporeon platform.

2015

Transporeon appears for the first time in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems . The annually published reports are used for guidance in many industries worldwide when evaluating and selecting service providers.

2014

Mercareon expands its product range with an evaluation module. Ticontract launches the powerful “combinatorial optimisation” function; Transporeon focuses on telematics and mobile services. According to global research and advisory firm Gartner, software-as-a-service revenues will total 21.3 billion dollars by the end of the year.

2013

Ticontract adds freight invoice verification, a self-billing mode and benchmarking. Transporeon develops its first app, making real-time tracking of shipments possible. The workforce doubles within three years, and revenues again achieve double-digit growth.

2012

The Transporeon Group has almost 250 employees, and opens offices and companies in Singapore. New functions from Transporeon are aimed at transparency for goods recipients and integration of transport documents. Facebook now has 1 billion users worldwide.

2011

Transporeon is awarded the “Technology Fast 50 Award” from Deloitte and is ranked 27th among the fastest-growing technology companies in Germany. Projects are carried out in the United States, Russia and China; an office is opened in Philadelphia.

2010

The Transporeon Group hires its 150th staff member, meaning it has more than doubled in size within three years. Ticontract is expanded to include Rate Management. Instagram is available in the App Store and the first iPad makes its debut: Apple revolutionises the market once again.

2009

The Group develops a new platform to meet the specific requirements of incoming delivery management at retail warehouses and distribution centres. The name of this time slot management spin-off is Mercareon. Twitter is the Internet phenomenon of the year.

2007

The Group rises to become one of the European logistics market leaders and is now successfully active in the Benelux countries, France, Great Britain and Italy. The 70 Transporeon employees celebrate the company’s nomination for the Deutscher Gründerpreis award for entrepreneurship. Over 3.7 million iPhones are sold in the first year.

2006

Transporeon expands and successfully completes projects in Austria and Poland. This activity is followed by the founding of a subsidiary in Krakow to deal with business in Eastern Europe. Media speculation over the planned launch of a mobile phone by Apple intensifies.

2005

The Ticontract platform for electronic logistics tendering is born of a customer project and becomes a spin-off of Transporeon. The new platform’s team relocates to Kempten one year later. Author Tim O’Reilly coins the term Web 2.0.

2003

Previously available Transporeon solutions for transport assignment are complemented by a system for managing loading and unloading on ramps; one of the first time slot management systems appears on the market. Mark Zuckerberg launches a predecessor of Facebook.

2000

A few days after their final exams, the friends Axel Busch, Peter Förster, Roland Hötzl and Marc-Oliver Simon found the start-up Transporeon. The name is derived from "transport" and the ancient Greek word “emporeon” (marketplace).

1999

During the same autumn that sees the launch of the first music file-sharing site Napster, and with the whole world intoxicated by the “new economy” and the dot-com bubble, four students in Ulm decide to set up their own business once their exams are over.

REPORT

ESG report

As the largest European logistics platform and a global player, we have a responsibility to set ambitious standards across everything we do.Transporeon is in a key position to enable major sustainability goals for the transportation industry and beyond, in both the short and long term. Our latest ESG report shares detailed insight into our rich spectrum of activities, motivations and results that promise a more sustainable future for our customers, employees, investors and the planet.

Code of Conduct

At Transporeon, we pay particular attention to ensuring that our actions are in line with applicable laws and general expectations of rules-compliant and ethically correct behaviour. We want to be economically successful while preserving a high level of integrity and meeting our responsibilities to society. All employees and managers, as well as our business partners and customers, can trust that our work is marked by professionalism, dependability and fairness. To achieve these goals, we have established group-wide mandatory rules that guide us in our business dealings. They are the foundation for the decisions and actions of the company and of each individual.

Transporeon Anonymous Reporting Channel

At Transporeon, we do not tolerate misconduct or unethical behavior. To ensure the wellbeing of our people and our integrity as a company is protected, this system enables anyone to quickly, easily and confidentially report concerns about actual or suspected incidents of this nature. All concerns will be taken seriously and investigated.

Reporters are requested not to use this system to make general complaints. Under no circumstances should this channel be used to make false accusations and/or report deliberately untrue information.

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ending 31 Dec 2020. The statement sets out all the steps Transporeon Group has taken to reduce and to eliminate the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our business or global supply chains. It describes our business structure, relevant policies, and ongoing efforts to tackle this problem.

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