Gruzobzor, which roughly translates to “cargo overview” in Russian, has announced that it’s raised $1 million from Runa Capital and the startup’s founders. It offers a cloud-based service targeted at the transportation industry to enable carriers, shippers and freight forwarders to share electronic documents and communicate in real-time, therefore increasing efficiency when transporting goods B2B.
In addition to the document sharing and processes element, which Gruzobzor claims can reduce the number of empty trucks on the road, resulting in significant cost benefits, the service includes tools like distance calculators and weather forecasts.
The company is also talking up its potential to take the scalp of legacy players. “Market participants in the trucking sector often have no access to solutions to automate their activities or believe that products are always expensive and only for big corporations”, says CEO and co-founder, Zagir Rashitov, in a statement. By moving the way the transportation industry does business to the cloud, Gruzobzor aims to change this.
To that end, the Russian company counts over 36,000 companies and individuals who are already using the service — both free and paying — while most of its customers are from Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe.
Monetization comes via a freemium model. Posting freight and trucks is free, but paying customers get additional tools to simplify their workflow, thus, it is claimed, enabling shippers to make more money and cut costs.
GRUZOBZOR – is freight and trucks matching service for b2b logistics. Carriers, shippers and forwarders exchange offers and work online. They give tools to manage lots of freight and trucks online from anywhere. They help establishing closed information channels for exchanging trucks and loads between partners. They provide communication tools. They have useful features like distance calculator with cost of fuel and weather forecast. Their mission is to solve real problems in logistics.
Runa Capital is $135 mln technology-focused venture capital firm whose investments have created or incubated companies with more than US$10 billion in assets. It was established to seek growth opportunities in the rapidly growing areas of the tech sector, with specific focus on cloud computing and other hosted services, virtualization and mobile applications. The key execution point is to select promising teams and drive and support them in the global marketplace, turning them into international champions. ...