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ZUUM Technologies eyes Series A early next year

Article originally posted on Mergermarket by Chris Metinko.

ZUUM Transportation anticipates starting a Series A round early next year as the company looks to disrupt the slow-to-change logistics industry, said co-founder and COO Matt Tabatabai. The Irvine, California-based logistics platform developer has not finalized how much it may raise in a Series A, but Tabatabai said USD 10m to USD 15m is a “fair” estimate.

Any new proceeds would be used to continue the “hypergrowth” the company is seeing, said Tabatabai. Despite the economic ups-and-downs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this should be the company’s best year, said Tabatabai, adding it should see between 2x to 3x growth. 

ZUUM’s platform for shippers, brokers and carriers helps streamline logistics and supply chains, said Tabatabai. The company is trying to create the industry’s first complete “logistics super platform” combining a digital freight marketplace with a shipper transportation management system (TMS), broker software, carrier TMS and driver app.

ZUUM Raises $8.58m in Seed Funding

ZUUM recently announced the close of a second seed round of USD 8.58m. Founded in 2016, the company has raised USD 12.58m to date. Tabatabai said “timing” was the main issue in raising a second round of seed instead of undertaking a Series A raise. He agreed the pandemic may have played some role in raising the second seed round in lieu of a Series A.

While the logistics market is more than USD 1.2tn in the US and USD 8tn globally, it is an industry that has been slow to integrate technology, said Tabatabai. However, as COVID-19 has forced digital transformation upon many industries, it also is doing so in the logistics world as shippers and carriers are looking to decrease operating expenses and increase production, he added.

Digital Transformation in Logistics

ZUUM also cites an IPO as an eventual goal – although likely more than three years away – but it already has seen some acquisition interest from buyers, said Tabatabai. The company is not interested in selling, so talks never progressed, said Tabatabai, declining to elaborate on the past interest. However, Tabatabai said he does think there is be more dealmaking activity than in the past as large logistics companies and those with older technology solutions look to finally update and digitally transform, he said. 

ZUUM began testing its platform and generating revenue in 2017. The company counts more than 235 shippers as customers and has started to sell to brokers, said Tabatabai. The company’s investors include Estes Express Lines, BNSF Logistics, Plug and Play Ventures, Logifruit of Spain, Estes Forwarding, SAIC Ventures and Holman Growth Ventures.

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How $12.58 Million in Seed Funding Accelerates Digital Transformation in a $1.6 Trillion Industry During a Global Pandemic

NEWSWIRE PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: OCT 13, 2020 09:00 PDT

The challenge COVID-19 is posing to global supply chains is unprecedented, drastically impacting demand, supply, manufacturing and transportation simultaneously. These sudden changes and resulting daily freight cost fluctuations force companies to evolve. Can new logistics technology, like ZUUM’s Logistics Super Platform, funded through venture investments, help businesses survive? Will the pandemic usher in the next efficiency revolution in logistics? ​

“COVID-19 has interrupted global supply chains, leaving businesses scrambling for new ways to keep operations running. During this unprecedented crisis, finding innovative ways to help communities and businesses is more important than ever. Our recent funding is enabling ZUUM to focus on bringing new, more efficient real-time solutions to the logistics and transportation industry,” says ZUUM Transportation COO and co-founder Matt Tabatabai.

Transportation and logistics perform some of the most vital services in the industrial world. Logistics account for approximately 8% of all economic activity in the USA, or $1.652 trillion in expenditures last year alone, according to the CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) 2020 report. 

ZUUM Transportation recently completed a second round of seed funding at $8.58 million for a total raise of $12.58 million to date. The seed funding accelerates technology innovation in logistics, launching the first Logistics Super Platform (LSP). ZUUM’s LSP connects a transportation management system for shippers, a digital freight broker software, a carrier TMS, and mobile driver application with a digital freight marketplace. ZUUM provides critically needed efficiency, real-time visibility, and higher productivity to help transportation businesses survive during COVID-19 and cope with the highest freight cost fluctuations in recent history.

“We have been working with the ZUUM team to help us digitize certain aspects of our brokerage. They have been great to work with and brought immediate value and quick deployment. These guys are the real deal,” says Dan Curtis, president of BNSF Logistics.

Venture Funding Accelerates the Digital Transformation in Logistics

We are humbled and inspired by the investors who share our vision and believe in our mission, including Estes Express Lines, BNSF Logistics, Plug and Play Ventures, Logifruit of Spain, Estes Forwarding, SAIC Ventures, and Holman Growth Ventures,” states Mustafa Azizi, CEO of ZUUM Transportation, Inc.

Transportation in the U.S. is highly fragmented, requiring the coordination of  3.5 million commercial drivers, 565,000 manufacturing businesses, 700,000 carriers, and 17,000 freight brokers. COVID-19 has amplified this fragmentation which calls for closer collaboration among all participants.

To optimize complex supply chains and to react to the challenges of this pandemic, manufacturers have been looking for new technology solutions. Many of the current logistics software companies emerged during the great recession more than 10 years ago. Since then, digital technology has evolved even further, but supply chains are still not fully integrated and digitally connected, as businesses continue to use legacy software.

A few companies are attempting to disrupt traditional freight logistics by building digital marketplaces to aggregate capacity. They rely on eliminating freight brokers to reduce cost. However, broker expertise remains essential to reacting to daily capacity and cost changes. In contrast, ZUUM is creating value by connecting all participants and creating efficiency through automation, workflow integration and transparent information flow – not just capacity aggregation. Their business model is based on partnering with shippers, brokers, carriers, and drivers and bringing their knowledge, expertise, and capacity onto one universal platform. 

Digital Integration Creates Efficiency and Drives Defragmentation

Since its founding in 2016, ZUUM has grown to deliver thousands of freight-loads per month for more than 235 shippers, including several Fortune 500 companies. Freight is booked on an integrated logistics platform, matching shippers with vetted carriers. Automated bidding & dispatch, dynamic pricing, track & trace, workflow automation, document management, accounting, and predictive reports & analytics help maximize productivity. Universal connection through EDI and API connects both legacy and recent systems, including ERP, TMS, accounting, warehousing and other existing software. ZUUM offers the most comprehensive solution in the market to date and the first digital broker-in-the-box software. 

“We invested into ZUUM because of the agile, comprehensive technology suite they have developed. We anticipate strong demand from shippers, brokers, and carriers worldwide. ZUUM leadership has deep industry knowledge and a true partnership mindset. We look forward to expanding our cooperation,” says Pat Martin, VP Corporate Sales & Strategic Planning, Estes Express Lines (largest, privately owned freight shipping company in North America).

Solving Unprecedented Market Uncertainty and Freight Rate Fluctuations

With ongoing uncertainties in supply and demand due to COVID-19, freight rates have been fluctuating and finding capacity has become even more challenging.

ZUUM’s Logistics Super Platform is fully integrated and digitally connected, providing real-time capacity and freight visibility. Instant dynamic price quotes and automated notifications to all parties make ZUUM’s Digital Freight Marketplace the solution built for these volatile environments. Automated load matching, instant smart pricing, and tender acceptance enable fast response to freight price changes. Meeting demand efficiently and managing the transportation of goods and products from point of origin to point of consumption required a more seamless coordination of resources and businesses. ZUUM enables the efficient flow of information by connecting all logistics parties, ultimately establishing the synergy needed to drive the industry forward. ZUUM has grown rapidly since its inception and is projected to exceed a 300% growth rate in 2020. 

About ZUUM Transportation Inc.

ZUUM Transportation, Inc. is a rapidly growing tech startup transforming the logistics industry. Their vision is to optimize logistics and streamline supply chains globally with one efficient, automated, and easy-to-use super platform. Centralized information flow provides actionable intelligence, capacity aggregation provides instant access to vetted carriers, and back-office automation reduces errors and maximizes productivity. ZUUM combines a digital freight marketplace with a shipper TMS, broker SaaS, carrier TMS, and mobile driver app.

ZUUM – AUTOMATE YOUR FREIGHT™

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FreightWaves Reports: ZUUM ‘Unites and Defragments’ Digital Logistics

ZUUM Transportation announced a second round of seed funding at $8.58 million as the industry rush to automate and streamline freight processes continues unabated.

Linda Baker, Senior Environment and Technology Reporter of FreightWaves, interviewed our COO & Co-Founder, Matt Tabatabai, about the future of transportation.

The ZUUM story began in 2016. A digital marketplace connecting shippers and carriers was launched first, followed by a broker-in-a-box solution that allows freight brokers to automate and scale. The modules are now part of the first logistics super platform: A comprehensive platform that includes a shipper transportation management system (TMS), broker software, carrier TMS and mobile driver app.

ZUUM Leadership

While many of the new logistics technology entrants originate in Silicon Valley — and don’t necessarily understand the complexity or the relationship-based nature of moving freight — ZUUM’s executive team has deep roots in logistics as well as in technology development. That combination has informed ZUUM’s collaborative approach to freight and freight technology.

An example of the “connect and streamline” approach is the company’s broker-in-a-box solution, which is designed to help freight brokers who feel threatened by technology. The solution allows traditional freight brokers to digitize and automate their business. Replacing time-consuming manual check-calls, tasks and customer updates with automated notifications maximizes productivity and frees up time.

Accelerating Logistics Innovation

Today, the company has launched seven products on its logistics super platform, enabling freight matching, automated bidding, dispatch, track and trace, workflow automation, digital document management, accounting & payment integration, as well as predictive reports and analytics.

ZUUM is currently automating freight for 235 active customers, including several Fortune 500 companies, and 20,000 carriers on its network. This success is supported through strategic partnerships with investors and other organizations in transportation. 

ZUUM’s latest fundraising round included participation from logistics companies such as Estes Express Lines, BNSF Logistics and Estes Forwarding, as well as SAIC Ventures and Holman Growth Ventures.

“Partnering and collaborating with shippers, brokers, carriers and drivers is our business model,” Says Matt Tabatabai, Co-founder and COO of ZUUM. “We create value by connecting and defragmenting – not by replacing American jobs.” 

ZUUM is accelerating logistics innovation. The raised funds are used for faster growth through sales and marketing, while also developing more features on the technology platform. 

Read full article at FreightWaves.com.

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ZUUM Transportation Raises $12.58 Million in Seed Funding

NEWSWIRE PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: AUG 18, 2020 15:43 EDT

ZUUM announces the recent close of a 2nd round of seed funding at $8.58 million for a total raise of $12.58 million to date. The funding accelerates critical technology innovation in the fragmented logistics industry. ZUUM automates freight for shippers, brokers, carriers, and drivers on one universal platform.

We are humbled and inspired by the investors who share our vision and believe in our mission, including Estes Express Lines, BNSF Logistics, Plug and Play Ventures, Logifruit of Spain, Estes Forwarding, SAIC Ventures, and Holman Growth Ventures,” states Mustafa Azizi, CEO of ZUUM Transportation, Inc.

Since its founding in 2016, ZUUM has grown to deliver thousands of loads per month for more than 235 shippers, including several Fortune 500 companies. Freight is booked on an integrated logistics platform, matching shippers with pre-vetted carriers. Automated bidding, dispatch, track & trace, workflow automation, digital document management, accounting, and predictive reports & analytics help maximize productivity. ZUUM offers the most comprehensive solution in the market to date and the first digital broker-in-the-box software.

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“We invested into ZUUM because of the agile, comprehensive technology suite they have developed. We anticipate strong demand from shippers, brokers, and carriers worldwide. ZUUM leadership has deep industry knowledge and a true partnership mindset. We look forward to expanding our cooperation,” says Pat Martin, VP Corporate Sales & Strategic Planning, Estes Express Lines (largest, privately-owned freight shipping company in North America).

AUTOMATE FREIGHT

In 2016, CEO and Founder, Mustafa Azizi, and COO and Co-Founder, Matt Tabatabai, identified an urgent need for more efficiency in the $800 billion trucking industry. Fragmented processes, legacy software, unsustainable revenue models, and a lack of transparency are reducing profit and performance for all participants in the freight industry. For over 20,000 freight brokers in the US, the digital broker-in-the-box solution solves scalability issues. By allowing brokers of any size to digitize and automate, ZUUM increases broker productivity by more than 40%.

FIRST LOGISTICS SUPER PLATFORM

Today, ZUUM delivers efficiency by automating freight nationwide. Digital freight marketplace, shipper TMS, broker software, carrier TMS, and driver app are all connected on one Logistics Super Platform.

Are you a shipper? Shippers access instant freight quotes and gain real-time load visibility.

Are you a freight broker? Brokers accelerate load coverage and automate client notifications.

Are you a carrier? Carriers receive transparent commissions, profitable loads, and route optimization.

ZUUM delivers shipments reliably at a lower cost for shippers and at a higher profit for carriers, while reducing carbon emissions.

“We reduce transportation cost and improve service levels for shippers. Our software minimizes load failures and increases customer satisfaction for brokers. We reduce empty miles and maximize profitability for carriers. After just four years of operations, shippers, brokers, carriers, and drivers from all over the nation are counting on ZUUM. We are proud to automate their freight today, and will continue to build technology that solves the most critical challenges in logistics,” says Matt Tabatabai, COO of ZUUM Transportation, Inc.

About ZUUM Transportation

ZUUM Transportation, Inc. is a rapidly growing tech startup transforming the $1.2 trillion logistics industry. Their vision is to optimize logistics and streamline supply chains globally on one efficient, automated, and easy-to-use super platform. ZUUM combines a digital freight marketplace with a shipper TMS, broker software, carrier TMS, and driver app.

ZUUM – AUTOMATE YOUR FREIGHT ™