Shippit acquires Luwjistik to ramp up regional expansion

Shippit acquires Luwjistik to ramp up regional expansion

Australian logistics tech platform Shippit today announced that it had acquired its Southeast Asian (SEA) counterpart Luwjistik, the company behind the unified API that allows freight forwarders, couriers and third-party logistics companies to connect into network partners globally.

The deal is worth AU$18 million (US$11.2 million) and will see Shippit Co-Founder and Co-CEO William On relocate to Singapore to head up the SEA operation and a team of 50.

This deal is Shippit’s second acquisition in 2022, after announcing the acquisition of leading Australian last mile technology firm Premonition in March.

In May, Shippit completed an AU$65 million (US$48 million) Series B2 capital to support its growth, particularly in the Southeast Asian Market.

Shippit has been operating in SEA since 2020. Through the acquisition, it plans to double down on growth in the region, including in its enterprise customers, by leveraging Luwjistik’s technology, local relationships and expertise.

Luwjistik has agreements with 100+ network partners across 18 countries with a deep focus on Southeast Asia.

“Today is an incredibly exciting day for Shippit and the realisation of a vision we have held since starting out in 2014. Adding Luwjistik to the Shippit group bolsters our team with Co-Founders who possess significant industry knowledge and relationships that will transform our go-to-market strategy in the region,” On said in a press statement.

“Ali, Yingming and the entire Luwjistik team share the same vision for e-commerce and bringing retailers, carriers and customers closer together. This strategic move will expand our growing and scaling business through product localisation and new market entry beyond Singapore. By offering multi-partner shipping from Luwjistik’s carrier partners, it’ll also enable us to diversify our offering, enabling small-to-medium-sized logistics providers to expand their reach by accessing Luwjistik network partners. It’ll also enable us to explore and execute key partnerships in the region,” he further explains.

Luwjistik counts carriers such as Ninja Van, J&T Express, and JNE Express as network partners on its platform and provides solutions for major logistics players in the region, including POS Malaysia, Lion Parcel and Gushcloud’s social commerce arm, Summer International.

Luwjistik has won several startup awards in the region, including Alibaba Cloud Demo Day 2022 (Malaysia), Startup Wheel International Track 2022 (Vietnam), Promising Startup Champion, LogiSYM (Singapore) as well as a finalist at the Cradle MYStartup Pre-Accelerator Program 2022 (Malaysia) and Mranti Global Accelerator Program 2022 (Malaysia).

Shippit said that over 3,500 retailers of all sizes use the Shippit platform to power their deliveries. In FY22 over 40 million deliveries were booked through the Shippit platform, with US$5.5 billion worth of e-commerce fulfilled through the platform since Shippit’s launch in 2014.

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