Alcott Global Podcast: Driving Innovation With InstaFreight

May 09, 2022

In an episode of Leaders in Tech & E-commerce Podcast, Rushit Shah, Regional Director – Asia Pacific of Alcott Global interviewed Philipp Ortwein, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Instafreight.

Listen to the full episode here.

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Key highlights of this episode:

  • How the idea of InstaFreight originated

  • Facing challenges during times of disruption

  • Growing the business – operational freight forwarding and technology 

  • Instafreight success stories

  • Reducing mileage for a sustainable supply chain

  • InstaFreight’s culture and values

In 2016, Philipp and his co-founders had the idea of building InstaFreight with the goal of making the road freight market more easily accessible to shippers. Philipp mentioned that one of the things they are proud of is bringing a change to the industry. He also shared how their team has grown through the years, from two guys on a desk to 230+ people. Roughly 30% of InstaFreight’s business comes from transport management and the other two-thirds comes from 4PL and freight forwarding. On the sustainability front, as a transport management partner, they are looking into ways on how to combine loads in order to reduce mileage. Lastly, Philipp shared how they are motivating their team members and showing them a clear vision of the company’s goal- building a culture that is open and is enabling people to grow.

About Philipp Ortwein

Philipp Ortwein is Co-Founder and Managing Director of InstaFreight, a digital forwarding company. He graduated with a Master in Management from the University of Mannheim and did his executive education at Harvard and Stanford. 

During 9 years of work experience at Bain & Company and 2 Startups, he gained expertise in digitization and Industry 4.0.

About Leaders in Tech & E-commerce Podcast

Leaders in Tech and E-commerce Podcast brings together some of the best entrepreneurs, experts, and executives in the supply chain tech and e-commerce space to share their perspective on the current trends, their stories about success and failure, and how they attract and recruit talent. 

The host, Rushit Shah is the Regional Director – Asia Pacific of Alcott Global. Rushit comes with 20 years of Executive Search and Selection with 8 years of Supply Chain Consulting service within APAC. Have worked for more than 40 countries with diversified industries and functionality.

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