Kale Logistics partners with Private Sector Foundation Uganda to offer Logistics e-Marketplace

The e-Marketplace offers competitive pricing and transparency of the best shipment options across all modes of transport.

Vineet Malhotra, Director, Kale Logistics Solutions

Vineet Malhotra, Director, Kale Logistics Solutions

Kale Logistics Solutions (Kale) announces its partnership with Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) to offer a Logistics e-Marketplace to stakeholders across the entire multimodal logistics ecosystem in Uganda.

The e-Marketplace is an online portal for booking door-to-door cargo transportation services, offering competitive pricing and total transparency of the best shipment options across all modes of transport.

The system matches companies looking to ship freight using one or more modes of transport with service providers of suitable capacity, digitising the entire shipment process, including rates, schedule, booking, contracting, delivery, invoice and payment.

The platform connects supply chain stakeholders such as airlines, freight forwarders, customs brokers, shipping lines, transporters, consignees, warehouse operators, rail operators and regulatory authorities, enabling them to adopt modern logistics practices that will allow better response to customer demand, increased efficiency and a more competitive industry landscape in Uganda.

"Trade in Uganda is concentrated in Western and Central Corridors with ports anchored in Kenya and Tanzania, respectively. The sector is fragmented and the cost of logistics high, hovering between 18 and 20 percent of the sales cost. Therefore, there is a need to reduce monopoly of the neighbouring regions and ensure equal opportunity for everyone in the logistics value chain," said Vineet Malhotra, director, Kale Logistics Solutions.

Kale's solution will address the issue of higher logistics costs as well as other key pain points of the Ugandan logistics market, such as supply and demand, shipment visibility, and route and freight optimisation.

More integrated transport services will help to optimise the use of road, air, ocean, and rail movement modes and further help Uganda in achieving its potential to become a strategic logistics hub for the East African Community (EAC).

"Lack of freight optimisations drives up logistics costs making Ugandan services uncompetitive, and uncertainties of logistics services leads to increased carriage of stock. Kale is delighted to be able to facilitate with our flagship Logistics e-Marketplace to freight forwarders, Customs brokers, producers, manufacturers, shippers, consignees, transporters, and others who are part of PSFU," said Malhotra.

"With this, we are spearheading a digital revolution in Uganda and enabling them to stay competitive in an industry that is growing exponentially."

The platform can connect with third-party systems, Cargo Community Systems and systems of the airport authority and terminal operators to provide status updates.

"Identifying the right business opportunities, higher logistics costs, and delivery delays as well as lack of visibility are some of the key challenges that stakeholders in Uganda constantly face," said Allan Ssenyondwa, Manager COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response Programme, Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).

He added, "In order to facilitate seamless trade opportunities, PSFU has collaborated with Kale, being a multi-modal service provider that has implemented first-of-its-kind solutions such as digital freight corridor, North America's first Airport Cargo Community System and next-gen enterprise solutions."

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