Logistics Leader Launches Digital Freight Service


Agility, a leading logistics company, has announced that it will invest US$100 million over the next three years to launch Shipa.com, a digital platform the lets businesses manage their deliveries online.

Shipa.com is to be powered by the global network and infrastructure of Kuwait-based Agility, which operates in more than 100 countries, and has warehouses in strategic locations all around the world.

Agility is also the largest private owner of industrial real estate in the Middle East and Africa, as well as a leading developer of logistics technologies.

Adam Yaron discusses digital freight forwarding in a recent Port Technology technical paper

The Shipa service has three separate branches: Shipa Ecommerce gives online merchants access to some of the world’s fastest growing and most complex e-commerce markets, with customers including cross-border retailers based in the US, EU and Asia.

Shipa Delivery offers businesses same-day, next-day or cross-border delivery across the Arabian Gulf, which is accessible on-demand through the Shipa mobile platform.

Shipa Freight enables companies to get instant freight quotes, as well as allowing them to book, pay and track ocean shipments around the world on a mobile device.



According to a statement, this is the industry’s first fully integrated online freight service.

Henadi Al-Saleh, Agility Chairwoman, said: “Shipa.com makes life easier through technology, whether you are a small business running your supply chain with a few clicks, or a consumer getting your shopping delivered with a few taps on your phone.



“Logistics is the backbone of commerce. But it’s complex, and that complexity is disproportionately difficult for small businesses to navigate. Small businesses often lack access to the logistics resources, tools and solutions that larger businesses have.

“No wonder then, that we interviewed 800 small and medium-sized businesses around the world, we found that 78% wanted to see their logistics move online.”

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