E2open company Avantida, a digital logistics platform, has announced that it will partner with ocean carrier ZIM to offer street turn services in the US.
ZIM has become the second shipping line to offer this service to US transporters, following Maersk’s decision in January 2019 to introduce Avantida’s platform to its customers in the US and Canada.
According to a statement, Avantida’s platform facilitates empty container triangulation, which involves the reuse of an import container for an export booking.
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The fully digital process, now offered by ZIM, provides dispatchers and planners requesting street turns with an accurate, reliable response, reducing waiting times, transport costs and the level of CO2 emissions produced by trucks in the supply chain.
Since launching in the US and Canada, Avantida has welcomed over 130 transporters and logistics companies to its service, and users will now be able to connect with multiple shipping lines on one single platform.
Luc De Clerck, CEO of Avantida, commented: “We are quickly gaining traction in the US. The partnerships with Maersk and now ZIM reflect the market's eagerness to embrace the Avantida platform.
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“We hope to soon offer the transport community in the US a central hub for requesting optimisations to all major shipping lines.”
Gil Lehman, ZIM’s VP Logistics for the US, said: “We have a successful partnership with Avantida in Europe, and are sure the platform will provide great opportunities to the transporters in the US who are seeking to optimise their container transport planning, while reducing their carbon footprint.”
Ronen Meroz, ZIM Global Intermodal Manager, added: “The cooperation is part of ZIM’s ongoing effort to introduce new advanced platforms for the benefit of our vendors and customers.”