Agility will invest $100 million over three years to launch digital logistics platform Shipa.com that lets businesses, entrepreneurs and consumers manage their freight, e-commerce, and urban deliveries online.
The company’s chairwoman Henadi Al-Saleh 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.
“Shipa.com makes logistics convenient, jargon-free, trackable, accountable and accessible.”
Features include Shipa Ecommerce – which gives online merchants access to some of the world’s fastest growing and most complex e-commerce markets including integrated freight, fulfilment, delivery and returns solutions across the Arabian Gulf with additional reach into the EU and Africa planned for the near future.
Customers are cross-border retailers based in the US, EU and Asia, as well as regional merchants based in the Middle East. Shipa Ecommerce solutions are underpinned by easy-to-use digital integration: APIs and web interfaces such as checkout integration with customer portals, websites and apps.
Shipa Delivery offers businesses and consumers on-demand same-day, next-day or cross-border delivery across the Arabian Gulf. Intuitive and easy-to-use, the platform is accessible by mobile or directly integrated with its business customers’ systems, and provides solutions to optimise for speed, convenience, and affordability.
Shipa Freight allows small businesses to get instant and transparent freight quotes, and to book, pay and track ocean and air shipments around the world on any digital or mobile device.
“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,” Al-Saleh said.
“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. Shipa helps close that gap, empowering small businesses to take advantage of the opportunities being created by the global digital economy.”
Shipa.com is powered by Agility’s global network and infrastructure. Agility operates in more than 100 countries with 22,000 employees, and has warehouses in strategic locations around the world.