Koch International Starts Digitization Project with Qwyk and SimpliShip
Koch International is starting a joint digitization project with the startups Qwyk & SimpliShip.

Osnabrück, Rotterdam, Boston, April 22nd, 2021: Freight technology providers Qwyk and SimpliShip have kicked off a joint project to build a holistic portal solution for German based logistics company, Koch International.

The innovative Portal solution will equip Koch-customers with self-quoting tools, online booking, track & trace options and end-to-end booking management for both air and sea freight. In addition, other global QwykPortal customers will have the option of calling up Germany wide pre and on-carriage tariffs through Koch International. An expansion to the European trucking tariffs provided by Koch Internationals Network Partner.

The cooperation with Qwyk and SimpliShip is an important cornerstone of Koch Internationals digitization strategy and a milestone in the optimization of Air and Ocean customer service. By providing easy to use access to live data and an innovative customer portal, Koch International aims to significantly increase the efficiency of their transport supply chains for their customers.

"The new platform allows us to further expand the service for customers. We are very pleased about this, as in future they will receive a comprehensive overview of all their consignments quickly and easily, with just a few clicks” said Silvia Schminder of Koch International. “In addition to transparency, the advantage is speed. The platform makes it possible to react flexibly to changing conditions in the supply chain. Furthermore, the customer/agent has the possibility to retrieve quotations daily, 24 hours a day. We are particularly pleased to be able to address new customers and offer them individual transport solutions. By working with Qwyk and SimpliShip, we are once again taking our sea and air freight services to a new level."

"We are very pleased that we have found Koch International as a new customer - but also a partner” said Harm Wessels, Qwyk's CCO. “With this new cooperation, we will not only become a vendor for the digitization of a clients' product range, but at the same time expand our own portfolio by providing an easy to integrate EU trucking API for door deliveries and pickups. This will enable our forwarders to automate their quoting even further and that has been our goal from the start! Koch International has a convincing strength in the German and European trucking market, and the fact that we can now give other customers access to this convincing product is a win-win situation for everyone involved”.

The completion of the digitization project is planned for the end of the second quarter.


About Qwyk

Qwyk is a venture capital backed company, funded by the TechStars accelerator and angel investors. Martyn Verhaegen launched Qwyk in 2017, with the objective of helping logistics companies leverage the benefits of new technology. Verhaegen worked at a senior level in the NVOCC/Consolidator and freight forwarding sector for more than 10years. With a global customer base, Qwyk is at the forefront of supporting digital transformation in the freight and logistics sector.

About SimpliShip

In 2015, supply chain veteran Cory Margand set out to create connectivity in a fragmented freight industry by launching SimpliShip.  Concentrating on API connectivity and freight procurement innovation, SimpliShip creates solutions that enable Freight Forwarders, BCO's and B2B Marketplaces of all sizes to procure or provide the best instant international air and ocean rates and services with an easy to use freight quoting tool. At the intersection of logistics and technology, SimpliShip is focused on creating products that amplify machine-scale communications and industry-leading expertise required to keep pace in today's rapidly evolving supply chain.

About Koch International

As a service-oriented provider, Koch International develops individually tailored transport and logistics concepts for customers in various industries: From national groupage and LTL/FTL cargo as well as European transports to sea and air freight handling, pharmaceutical transports and complete warehouse logistics.        

The company's entrepreneurial thinking and actions are based on more than 120 years of traditional company history. In the meantime, the family-owned company with a staff of more than780 experts has developed into a high-performance global forwarding and logistics company providing a wide range of services. Today, the business is managed by Heinrich Koch, Heinz-Peter Beste and Uwe Fieselmann.