CargoHound sniffs out new freight opportunities

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CargoHound, the online freight marketplace that connects exporters and importers with reliable freight forwarders and carriers, has announced ambitious expansion plans.

In just 10 months in business, the company has smashed its first year business targets.

It now plans to expand its services to include tender facilitation and express parcel delivery.

The brainchild of Kim Mauch, CargoHound is the “Uber” of international freight disrupting one of the oldest industries in the world.

It connects importers and exporters with “community rated” freight providers thereby reducing the time, cost and risk of shipping products internationally.

The start-up company has seen more than 720 importers and exporters register since its launch, and also won the Anthill Cool Company 2015 award for its innovative approach along the way.

Solid platform for expansion

New functionality around tender facilitation and express parcel delivery will further enhance the company’s product offering to an estimated 105,000 importers and exporters in Australia.

CargoHound CEO and co-founder, Ian Smith, said the overwhelming success of the company’s start-up phase had provided a solid platform for expansion.

“CargoHound has received extremely positive support from SME importers, exporters, and freight forwarders alike since its launch,” Smith said. “We’ve got a good base and it’s the right time to expand on our innovative approach to help larger businesses develop tenders for their international freight and to provide express parcel deliveries across the globe.”

“Many of CargoHound’s existing customers tell us the free service has helped them save up to 50% on freight costs, rescue failed orders or open up new markets and we believe larger companies will be able to reap similar benefits,” he added.

New Zealand launch

As an independent facilitator with more than 120 years’ freight experience in-house, CargoHound will work directly with companies to determine their requirements, put together tender documents and help choose a freight forwarder with the best fit.

The company will also be launching the platform in New Zealand next month and will look to expand into other key overseas markets later in the year.

“CargoHound is a not just a website, it is a managed marketplace and our team of freight experts is committed to helping reduce the ‘smoke and mirrors’ of international freight for companies,” Mr Smith said.

"We are disruptive, but we are also inclusive with our services being equally beneficial to both buyers and sellers of freight. We hope we can now bring that disruption, and our expertise, to a bigger segment of the market,” he added.

CargoHound has helped Australian businesses like Cycology, Brookfarm, National Plastics and Vitaman save money and expand their business internationally. 

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