Digital freight platform Saloodo! now available for customers in the Middle East

Deutsche Post DHL Group logistics startup Saloodo! is expanding its digital road freight matching platform to the UAE and plans to serve customers throughout the Middle East.

Launched in Europe two years ago, Saloodo! now has a customer base of over 18,000 shippers and 7,000 transport providers, with more than 250,000 trucks available.

Thomas Grunau, chief executive of Saloodo! in Europe, said: “Saloodo!’s success on the German and European market has demonstrated the benefits of a digital solution.

“It allows shippers and transport providers to find each other more easily, and makes road freight processes more transparent and efficient.

“Especially given the strong growth of the logistics market in the Middle East, we feel this is just the right place to begin offering our solution beyond the European Union and develop it further.”

A spokesperson for the Germany-based global logistics giant said: “Customers benefit from end-to-end digital handling of their items without lengthy price negotiations on the telephone or contracts back and forth via fax.”

Saloodo acts as both the contractual partner and single point of contact, while transport providers‘ invoices are paid within just fourteen days.

Tobias Maier, chief executive of Saloodo! MEA, said: “Even though the UAE is one of the largest logistics markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), there remain untapped opportunities given the economic diversification and several road infrastructure investments underway.

“Equally, DHL’s deep expertise in the region and wide portfolio of service offerings will support the successful deployment of Saloodo in the UAE, and ultimately in the Gulf region.”