The Alpega group, one of Europe’s leading publishers of SaaS software for the transport industry, announces today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Road Heroes, Pinetco’s truck driver platform. Road Heroes specializes in recruiting and connecting truck drivers with potential employers.
With the tensions currently observed in the global supply chain, the shortage of drivers is gradually creating a bottleneck that will not disappear with an increase in production, but with developments within the supply chains. While Alpega offers charterers the opportunity to employ long-term carriers, identify deals through its TMS solutions and manages some of the largest freight exchanges in Europe, the problem of driver shortages remains an obstacle. major within the chain.
According to one estimate, Europe today has a shortage of 400,000 truck drivers. The reasons are many and include the retirement of a whole generation of older drivers, the lack of work-life balance sought by young drivers and the toxic working environment due to traffic jams and the shortage of parking lots for trucks in major cities. Many young people who might be interested in the trade simply said “no thanks”.
The European Road Heroes by Alpega platform connects companies and potential drivers to showcase their respective strengths and give both parties a competitive edge to meet market needs. Cleverly designed, this platform closely matches job postings with truck drivers to maximize relevance.
The performance of supply chains, and more specifically the transport within them, is becoming an increasing priority as the demand for goods increases, the number of traffic jams on the highways explodes and inflation hits all wallets. worldwide. To this should be added the environmental damage caused by the circulation of empty trucks and unnecessary carbon emissions.
The ability to get the right truck, fully loaded, to the right place at the right time, to load and unload it as efficiently as possible, while allowing it to then move the next next load to the next location without downtime or an empty return trip, helps ease supply chain stress.
“At Alpega, our responsibility towards the transport industry is total. It involves people, processes and software tools to optimize the transport of goods. Connecting our community of drivers with our communities of carriers, freight forwarders and charterers is a role that we are eager to take on and which is a natural fit for us. Road Heroes is the next step in our goals of creating the largest digital logistics platform in Europe”says Fabrice Douteaud, Managing Director, Alpega Freight Exchanges.
The agreement for the acquisition of Road Heroes should be concluded in June and the Road Heroes by Alpega platform available in July.
Alpega press release.