UPS has bought Freightex, the UK-based “asset-light” provider of truckload, less-than-truckload, specialised and refrigerated over-the-road services.
UPS anticipates that the move will give it a presence in the “growing UK and European third-party logistics (3PL) over-the-road brokerage transportation market”.
The transaction follows UPS’s acquisition of the North America-based Coyote Logistics in August 2015. According to UPS: “Coyote and Freightex business models are complementary and UPS expects to share the best system technologies, business processes, as well as leverage customers and carriers across the two units.”
Alan Gershenhorn, UPS Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “The U.K. and Europe are strategic 3PL freight brokerage growth markets for UPS and there is significant cross border opportunity.
“This acquisition provides UPS customers an immediate, knowledgeable and competitive UK and European presence. We intend to align Freightex with Coyote for greater efficiency and continue to invest for further growth.”
Tim Phillips, Freightex’s Chief Executive Officer, will continue to lead the Freightex business, which will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of UPS.