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An ‘Uber’ for vans: connecting cargo house owners with transporters

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Hassan Magufuli on his telephone, truck crosses, demonstration of how the app works, Hassan interacts with drivers, vans parked

Hassan Magufuli is trying to find a transporter amid a logistical nightmare. Nonetheless, he doesn’t have to hustle bodily. When he began working as a dealer ten years in the past, it could take hours to get cargo on the highway however now on a telephone, it takes only a few minutes to finish the method.

“Earlier than we had many challenges. Brokers would steal cash, cargo would get misplaced, even clearing on the border was problematic however now we thank Apex that’s fixing all these elements.”

Kenyan aerospace engineer Charles Thuo is the mind behind the intervention. Educated within the US, he ventured into logistics as a transporter.

“As a result of when you cease logistics persons are not going to get their medication, persons are not going to get their meals, folks weren’t capable of get the masks. That was what you’d name the silver lining for that Covid 19 cloud that folks had been capable of begin that dialog about provide chain. How does provide chain actually work?”

Thuo says Africa remains to be a decade behind developed areas in logistics expertise, however the truckers and corporations utilizing his app are already experiencing the benefit.

Apexloads is a cloud-based freight market that connects cargo house owners with transporters to streamline the freight-truck matching course of and facilitate sooner funds.

“However we’re giving a platform the place all these gamers come collectively to develop their attain and to develop their enterprise.”  Henry Kibnia who’s the regional enterprise developpment supervisor.  

On a mission to shut the logistics expertise hole between developed and creating areas, the app now covers Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.