Shipping article(s)
October 13, 2021

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. has announced the creation of a new subsidiary, Ship4wd, a digital freight forwarding platform offering an online, simple and reliable self-service end to end shipping solution.


In a statement, ZIM said Ship4wd  will target US & Canadian small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) importing and exporting from China, Vietnam and Israel.


Ship4wd will launch on October 18. 


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"The new digital freight forwarding company will provide small and medium businesses, as well as entrepreneurs worldwide, a simple and direct solution for shipping cargo – through an advanced 'one-stop-shop' digitalplatform," ZIM said, adding that the digital service offered by Ship4wd is based on one-stop-shop service covering all aspects of the complex international shipping process.


ZIM said the platform offering consists of both sea and air shipping services up to the final destination, including land & rail transport, with associated logistic services, all backed up by a variety of professional vendors. 


Eli Glickman, ZIM president & CEO, said: "As a leader of the accelerating digitalization trend within the shipping industry, we are leveraging our expertise to launch an independent digital multi-function freight forwarder, consistent with our strategy of developing growth engines adjacent to our core business."


"Ship4wdundertakes to manage the entire logistic chain end to end, harnessing our core assets as a leading global carrier with a unique customer-centric approach to provide the optimal digital solution for the SMB segment, backed up by a wide network of vendors including ZIM."


Need for digital services increasing 


Glickman noted that the global need for digital services via personal mobile phones and tablets is increasing, especially among small and medium businesses, and Ship4wd is the ultimate solution.


"We are confident that with Ship4wd's excellent team it can become a significant player in the multi-billion dollars freight forwarding industry as it will meet a much-needed demand for its services in the market," he added.


Assaf Tiran, ZIM VP Global Customer Service, also heading Digital Innovation compared the digital forwarding subsidiary to platforms such as Airbnb in tourism and Uber in transportation.


"We are aiming to enable everyone to be a self-shipper, by simplifying and streamlining the transfer of goods worldwide down to its essence – a 'few clicks' shipping solution," Tiran added.


Ship4wd will be headed by Carmit Hoshen-Glik, an entrepreneurial executive with vast experience in digital transportation and global freight forwarding solutions, Ship4wd is located in Herzliya, one of Israel's main innovative startup hub.

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