Startups

 

Actually, Startups are at their peak. This new meaning of entrepreneur company with fast growth is revolutionizing the business. In Spain, we can find Startupexplore which is the biggest community of startups and investors. In addition, if we focus in Valencia, the department of Employment and Entrepreneurship of the City Council tries to promote the entrepreneurship through their initiative Valencia Emprende. Otherwise, the intention of this post is based on discover some logistic startups and analyze them.

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Figure 1. Activities undertaken for the City Council of Valencia for helping local startups. Source: http://www.valenciaemprende.es/es/que-hacemos

The word Startup involves those companies of new creation that are in the first stage of operation. They present a huge possibility of growth and profitability.  The fast growth is due they usually need lower funding, in comparison with other kind of businesses, for its implementation. This funding can be obtained from investors who, in return, demand for a percentage of the company. In addition, innovation through creative business idea is a key aspect which is commonly related with their success. Basically the main goal of them is to become a company but it requires having a good business plan and executing it correctly.

image 2.pngFigure 2. Investment activities of the Spanish startups. Source:  http://www.abc.es/economia/abci-startups-burbuja-mascool201604110826_noticia.html

Video of TEDx about startup (10:45-11:33)

Despite startups are becoming very popular specially in the technological field, they show reluctant to logistics being this a difficult ground of entry. Next, a list of some logistic startups is provided, therefore you’ll be able, by clicking on them, of seeing more information.logistic startups.

Transportation Systems

 

Freight Rates

 

Containers Crowd Shipping End to end shipping 3PL Local delivery Storage
Matternet

 

Transporteca
iContainers

Freight Filter
Xeneta
Shippo

ShipHawk
Veritread
Logistitrade

 

Staxxon
Holland Container Innovations

 

Friendshippr

Barnacle
Nimber

Zipments For You
TrunkBird
UberCARGO
Roadie

Shipster

Shyp
ShipBob
Schlep
Flexport

Shipwise

Shipwire
Cloud Fulfillment

Local Motion
MuniRent
 

Boxc

Postmates
DoorDash

Zipments

Deliv
Sidecar Deliveries

Rickshaw
Parcel
 

Lockitron
MakeSpace

Boxbee

ShareMyStorage

Cubbyhole.

Keycafe

Roost
Swapbox

Table 1. List of logistic startups.

To go deeper in one example, I would like to write about Shipwire, one of the previous platforms in the list. This startup allows the user to carry out and satisfy any logistic demand such as shipping, warehousing or processing. They count with some warehouses around the world in strategic places where they can store your product. Therefore, they are able to provide fast and flexible shipping. In addition, they try for you to optimize all the process with the aim of guarantee the best price. Moreover, the user is able to customize its delivery by adding labels and personalizing inserts such as announcements or stickers, among other things.

Video 2. Order fulfillment with shipwire (0-1:34)

To sum up, startups present a great future and are a good way of innovate and provide a new focus to logistics, making easy the communication and transport of products.

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