Zoom2U to expand capabilities with new acquisition


Freight Match buyout will help widen its courier service network to include road and air freight operators

Zoom2U to expand capabilities with new acquisition
Orenstein is upbeat about the new acquisition.

 

Zoom2U has expanded its courier service network with the acquisition of Freight Match.

The latter is an online service that matches transport operators with customers wanting to move goods.

It connects freight carriers with new clients "without the hassle of having to chase clients or fuss around with paperwork and payments".

Details of the buyout, including the acqusition price has not been made public.

The deal means Zoom2U customers will have access to an alternative delivery method for interstate shipping, employing road freight carriers and air freight operators to deliver larger items such as pallets, building materials and shipping containers.

For interstate deliveries, lower charges "are possible as goods essentially ‘hitch a ride’ with vehicles that are already traveling to the required destination", the company states. 

Customers will have access of real-time tracking facilities for their freight.

Zoom2U CEO Steve Orenstein says this acquisition will enable the company to apply the same online booking and smart delivery tracking features introduced with Zoom2U to the freight delivery industry.

"Much like courier delivery, freight transportation is an area that can be optimised significantly," Orenstein says.

"The problem is that existing services use the same technology systems that were used ten years ago, making delivery jobs unnecessarily complicated.

"Bringing Freight Match into the fold gives us an opportunity to upgrade its capabilities and offer a much better experience for customers.

"The reality is that Australians have become used to tracking their taxis and food on a map in real-time, and there’s no reason why they can’t do the same for package deliveries."

Orenstein says the acquisition will put the company in a better place to offer its customers a dependable delivery service that can compete with the likes of Amazon.

"Zoom2U has carved out a sizeable niche in Australia for customers who need a reliable courier for VIP, three-hour, same-day or after-hour service. 

"We’ve had customers use Zoom2U for everything from getting spare keys sent over when they’ve locked themselves out of the house to express couriering a forgotten passport to the airport.

"With the impending local launch of Amazon, online retailers need to be looking at how they can overhaul their delivery infrastructure to match Amazon’s immediacy and breadth of shipping options.

"The recent acquisition of Freight Match means Zoom2U is well-placed to become the alternative delivery system of choice in Australia."

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