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Kewill Announces Acquisition of LeanLogistics

Press Releases — May 03, 2016



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Leading logistics solutions provider strengthens offering with global SaaS transportation platform

Kewill, a leading provider of innovative software for supply chain execution, has announced agreement to purchase LeanLogistics from parent Brambles, Limited. LeanLogistics is a global leader in transportation solutions for shippers, with hundreds of TMS customers across the US and Europe, and a supporting network of over 14,000 carriers. Their cloud-based platform reliably manages and optimizes over $10 billion of annualized freight spend for their customers.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have LeanLogistics join the Kewill team. Their solutions are feature rich, highly scalable and managed by a skilled team and we are excited to support the ongoing growth and investment in LeanLogistic’s platform. We believe our global platform will help accelerate LeanLogistics already impressive growth through leveraging our extensive European and Asian networks.”, said Doug Braun, CEO of Kewill. In support, Dan Dershem, President and CEO of LeanLogistics added, “Our tenure with Brambles has provided us the opportunity to invest in our solution, expand into different countries, and has been a tremendous learning experience, but as we strive to deliver value for our customers every day, there is power in combining with a global supply chain execution company. The global transportation market is ready for a clear leader.”

Kewill MOVE® is a comprehensive supply chain platform that enables shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and customs brokers to move product around the globe. “We see LeanTMS as a huge step forward for Kewill. New components, like LeanDex for freight rate indexing, have applicability across many of our 7,500 customers. And when you combine our two carrier networks, we will have by far the largest in North America.”, said Jim Hoefflin, President & COO of Kewill. The MOVE platform provides additional components currently unavailable in LeanTMS. Chris Timmer, Chief Commercial Officer of LeanLogistics said, “We believe we can quickly integrate some key capabilities into LeanTMS such as yard management, deficit rating, shipment tracking and settlement for rail, to more comprehensively serve the needs of our customers. We also see the opportunity to accelerate our parcel functionality while being able to add entirely new customs and compliance capabilities.”

LeanLogistics, located in Holland, Michigan will become Kewill’s largest office. Doug Braun added, “We see an exciting culture and talent pool in, and around, Holland, Michigan and view the team as a critical part of the combined organization. We fully intend to build around this office and leadership team in the coming months. We respect the LeanLogistics team’s ability to drive the business forward, and will look for ways to be supportive of its existing initiatives. We strongly believe we can accelerate the success LeanLogistics has been experiencing.”

About Kewill

A worldwide leader in logistics software, Kewill empowers organizations to efficiently MOVE goods and information across the global supply chain.

Kewill delivers quantifiable value to our customers by forging long-term partnerships that enable them to minimize risk, grow their business and respond to changing market dynamics. The Kewill MOVE® platform helps companies collaborate, reduce costs, manage volatility and automate processes across the entire supply chain – from transportation and warehousing to compliance and visibility.

Kewill, a Francisco Partners portfolio company, supports supply chain execution activities for 7,500 companies in more than 100 countries. To learn more about the company, visit, follow us on Twitter @Kewill_Ltd or check our LinkedIn page for company updates.

About LeanLogistics

LeanLogistics is a global solutions provider of SaaS transportation management system (TMS) applications and supply chain services enabled by the industry’s largest transportation network. LeanTMS® delivers complete transportation planning, execution, settlement, and procurement, as well as visibility and business intelligence, to improve transportation processes, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. LeanTMS enables shippers to scale infrastructure and business processes while gaining efficiencies to improve service offerings. Furthermore, the global capabilities of LeanTMS ensure compliance by providing complete supply chain visibility and access to industry data to meet multi-regional regulations and guidelines.

For companies outsourcing their transportation management process, Managed Transportation Services utilizes LeanTMS, together with a team of experienced logistics professionals to create the optimal solution for companies seeking to outsource transportation functions.

The LeanLogistics Transportation Network empowers shippers, carriers, and other participating members to reduce costs, improve services, and gain complete visibility.

LeanLogistics consistently ranks among top logistics solution providers and continues to win numerous awards for customer service. LeanLogistics’ customer satisfaction surveys consistently result in 90+ percent of clients indicating plans to renew or expand relationships, as well as willingness to provide referrals for LeanLogistics. Clients include many of the top consumer and wholesale brands, manufacturers, and service providers in the world.

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