Efficient transport management made easy: Why digital logistics platforms are the future of e-commerce in 2024.

In our latest blog article, we take a look at the future of e-commerce transportation and present the benefits of digital logistics platforms for online retailers. Find out how these platforms can help increase the efficiency and sustainability of your business and handle your shipments quickly and securely. Read on to find out more!

Stable growth in e-commerce

The e-commerce market has seen enormous growth in recent years and has become an integral part of today’s world. Global e-commerce sales are growing at an annual rate of 11.16% (CAGR 2023-2027). According to statista, e-commerce sales in Germany will amount to around € 147 billion in 2023. According to forecasts, the market volume will reach € 201 billion in 2027. With these growth rates, it is of great importance for e-commerce companies to find a reliable and efficient transportation solution to deliver their products quickly and safely to their customers.

How digital logistics platforms support e-commerce

Digital logistics platforms provide access to a variety of carriers and transportation options so that companies can always find the best solution for their shipments. By automating processes and providing a user-friendly interface, companies can easily manage their transportation. In addition, digital logistics platforms offer transparent pricing and greater control over the transportation process. Companies can use the platform to create transport orders, compare offers from different carriers and monitor the transportation process.

The 5 biggest advantages for e-commerce companies

  • Cost savings: By using digital logistics platforms, e-commerce companies can reduce shipping costs and benefit from transparent pricing.
  • Increased efficiency: Automated processes and a user-friendly interface make it quicker and easier to manage transports.
  • Flexibility: Digital logistics platforms offer access to a wide range of carriers and transportation options, so companies can always find the best solution for their transport needs.
  • Scalability: e-commerce companies can adapt and scale their transport volumes as required without increasing administrative costs.
  • Reliability: Digital logistics platforms offer greater transparency and control over the transportation process, which can lead to higher reliability and customer satisfaction.


Saloodo! pioneer in sustainability in e-commerce

As an innovative, digital freight platform for road freight transport, Saloodo! strives to promote sustainability. By connecting companies with a large number of freight forwarders, empty runs can be avoided and transport capacities used more efficiently. By bundling and optimizing their transport orders via Saloodo!, companies can make road freight transport more efficient and environmentally friendly overall.

“As an innovative, digital freight platform for road freight transport, sustainability is an important pillar of Saloodo! After all, the use of our platform inherently ensures better truck utilization,” explains Dr. Antje Huber, CEO of Saloodo! “Our goal is to reduce unnecessary empty runs and make transportation more efficient. We have a clear vision on this topic: make your customers more profitable and act more environmentally friendly at the same time. We are therefore very happy to see how many of our customers are already committed to sustainability and environmental protection.”

Paperless processing is another aspect of sustainability that Saloodo! supports. The digital freight exchange allows transport orders, documents and communication to be processed electronically. This eliminates the need for paper documents such as transport contracts, invoices and other shipping documents. Paperless processing not only reduces the consumption of resources such as paper, but also the associated energy consumption.

An overview of logistics freight options in e-commerce

Now that we’ve looked at the benefits of digital logistics platforms for e-commerce businesses, let’s take a look at the different logistics freight options available to you to ship your products efficiently and cost-effectively.

LTL (Less than Truckload) is a freight option that is ideal for smaller e-commerce shipments. With LTL, individual packages or pallets that take up to 5 pallet spaces are loaded via a HUB system of terminals. The intelligent consolidation of shipments saves both costs and time.

PTL (Partial Truckload) Partial truckload shipping from 6 to 14 pallet spaces is a freight option in which shipments are mainly transported in direct traffic. These consignments can be combined with other partial loads, which makes it easier to plan the timing and reduces the amount of empty freight space for carriers. The efficient use of available freight space can reduce costs and make optimum use of resources.

FTL (Full Truckload) is a freight option where the customer books the entire cargo space of the truck. Depending on the size of the truck, this so-called full truckload usually offers 13.6 loading meters and a permissible transport weight of 24 tons. Optimum positioning makes it possible to place up to 34 pallets on the truck. Transport takes place without reloading in direct traffic. This option enables maximum utilization of the truck’s loading space and efficient delivery of large quantities of goods without intermediate stops. For larger e-commerce companies that rely on punctuality and efficiency, FTL is undoubtedly the preferred shipping option. It allows large volumes of goods to be shipped without compromising on speed and security. For more help in finding the right logistics solution, the Saloodo! sales team will be happy to help.


Janine Wolff
Get insights from Janine Wolff, a creative business economist and digital enthusiast. Combining economic expertise with a passion for logistics, Janine delivers top-notch content on a regular basis for Saloodo!.

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