Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Transmate

Transmate is a central web platform with supporting mobile apps allowing shippers, carriers and end customers to collaborate during the different steps throughout the logistics process. The company, founded in Belgium by Philip Poppe and Noël Vranckx in 2016, stems from the belief that the future of supply chain lies not in competition, but in responsible, interdependent collaboration.

Its goal is to improve the efficiency in logistics and on Europe’s roads by tackling three key hurdles: 1) by helping shippers to work with larger carrier pools, 2) by build shippers’ trust in carriers, and 3) by breaking open the tender cycle, facilitating benchmarking not only on price, but also on service level and rating. The solution has been built from the ground up with simplicity in mind.

Partnerships are created in a matter of seconds, and data connections are established in minutes. Integrating with any ERP or FMS system can be done using standard interfaces including an embedded self-learning algorithm that finds links in the data. By enabling value chain partners to share information and documents quickly and easily, Transmate supports waste reduction in the supply chain processes, provides real-time updates on operations, enables performance measurement and improves flow management.

Scalable solution for shippers and carriers of all sizes

Transmate offers a scalable solution for shippers and carriers of all sizes, whether they have just one shipment a day or hundreds. Currently employing a versatile team of three people with a strong background in supply chain and logistics, the firm has received around €285,000 of funding so far, and expects to generate over €200,000 in revenue in 2018. Having validated the platform with primarily Belgium-based shippers, the ambition now is to extend the sales team and structure in order to expand awareness of the brand and the solution in Europe.

In 2017, the platform won the PICS VIB supply chain award for its groundbreaking approach on tendering and data exchange.