Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (ZIM) has announced the creation of Ship4wd, a digital freight forwarding platform offering a self-service end-to-end shipping solution.
The independent digital multi-function freight forwarder is set to target US and Canadian small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) importing and exporting from China, Vietnam and Israel by offering a direct solution for shipping cargo through an advanced one-stop-shop digital platform.
“Ship4wd undertakes to manage the entire logistic chain end-to-end, harnessing our core assets as a leading global carrier with a unique customer-centric approach to provide the optimal digital solution for the SMB segment, backed up by a wide network of vendors including ZIM,” said Eli Glickman, CEO and President of ZIM.
“The global need for digital services via personal mobile phones and tablets is increasing, especially among small and medium businesses, and Ship4wd is the ultimate solution. We are confident that with Ship4wd’s excellent team it can become a significant player in the multi-billion dollar freight forwarding industry as it will meet a much-needed demand for its services in the market.”
According to a statement from ZIM, the platform will offer customers the optimal solution, either the most economic or the fastest option- according to their preferences.
Additionally, it will cover both sea and air shipping services up to the final destination, including land and rail transport, with associated logistic services.
Carmit Hoshen-Glik, CEO of Ship4wd, added “We believe it’s time for international shipping to become simple, easy and trustworthy for SMBs. Our promise of unremitting reliability and support from industry professionals will offer a much-needed solution for small businesses and entrepreneurs relying on relatively small shipments for their ongoing business.”
Ship4wd will go live on 18 October 2021.
ZIM has also been expanding their digital footprint by partnering with the Data Science Group (DSG) to establish a ‘Center of Excellence’ which will develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions from the design stage to implementation. Announced in August 2021, ZIM said the center will provide it with a “decisive competitive edge” in the global arena of AI.