sennder, Europe’s leading digital road freight forwarder, has acquired Cars&Cargo, a Dutch-based freight forwarder operating across France and Benelux. The two companies have joined forces to bring 240 chartered vehicles onto sennder’s digital platform, creating greater capacity that benefits from the transparency and efficiency advantages of sennder’s operating system, sennOS.
sennder customers operating in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg will benefit from a significant capacity expansion and premium service quality due to Cars&Cargo’s fully chartered fleet joining sennder’s network. Cars&Cargo’s fleet will be embedded in sennder’s technology, gaining access to digital fleet management, route optimisation and seamless onboarding.
The acquisition demonstrates sennder’s targeting of partnerships and acquisitions that enhance its existing offering as the business seeks to deliver further value to both shippers and carriers. Cars&Cargo will continue to operate under its existing brand in the near-term. The Cars&Cargo’s team will join sennder, with the Founder Bob Snijder continuing as Managing Director of Cars&Cargo.
David Nothacker, Co-Founder and CEO of sennder, said: “sennder has been on a remarkable growth journey, which has included several high profile acquisitions, contributing to us becoming Europe’s leading digital road freight forwarder. 2021 is all about expanding our existing offering to carriers and shippers alike – our acquisition of Cars&Cargo delivers on this objective. We look forward to working with the talented Cars&Cargo team to digitalize its existing fleet and provide a premium service to the Benelux, German and French markets.”
A new digital offering
Both businesses connect commercial shippers with small and medium-sized carriers. Cars&Cargo operates a chartered fleet model with more than 240 trucks controlling 43,000 loads per year, meaning shippers can access a premium service delivering capacity on-demand to fulfil various ad-hoc transportation requests, all whilst fulfilling highest customer demands and service standards.
sennder is committed to making the logistics industry fit for a sustainable future: Cars&Cargo will benefit from the advantages of being a digital road freight forwarder, including efficiency gains and greater visibility of the transportation process. sennder will honour lease agreements with carriers, meaning it does not own the trucks.
The announcement follows sennder’s partnerships with Michelin and Zeitfracht, acquisitions of Uber Freight Europe and Everoad and, joint venture with Poste Italiane.
Bob Snijder, Managing Director and Founder of Cars&Cargo, said: “I look forward to moving our trucks onto sennder’s operating system, sennOS. We share sennder’s vision, to make logistics fit for the future and we feel digitalizing our chartered fleet aligns our collective goal. With sennder we will give the industry greater access to capacity that’s digitally optimised to run as efficiently as possible - that’s an exciting proposition.“