19 October, 2023
Tata Motors and Freight Commerce Solutions Private Limited (‘Freight Tiger’) have today signed a Securities Subscription Agreement (SSA) and a Shareholders Agreement (SHA) for the acquisition of 26.79% stake in ‘Freight Tiger’ for a consideration of Rs 150 Crores. The SSA also includes a provision enabling Tata Motors to further invest Rs 100 Crores over the next two years, at the then prevailing market value.
‘Freight Tiger’ is a digital platform that provides end-to-end logistics value chain solutions for cargo movement in the country. The platform connects shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and fleet owners to a single digital marketplace, making it easy to find, book and manage freight whilst offering a variety of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to digitize and streamline logistics interactions such as freight tracking, assignment, carrier matching, documentation, and payment processing. The platform facilitates more than 10 million trips on annualised basis and has been successfully integrating and ironing out inefficiencies in cargo movements over the last 7 years.
Tata Motors has already introduced its connected vehicle platform ‘Fleet Edge’ for aiding fleet operations management. Tata Motors’ strategic investment in ‘Freight Tiger’ will accelerate the company’s initiatives in driving effectiveness and efficiency in the truck and freight ecosystem. Together, these innovative solutions (‘Fleet Edge’ & ‘Freight Tiger’) aspire to forge a comprehensive end-to-end digital ecosystem for the entire logistics value chain, covering both the truck and the trip ecosystem thereby bringing significant benefits to shippers, brokers and transporters who keep India moving.
The closure of transaction is subject to satisfaction of customary condition precedents.
Mr. Girish Wagh, Executive Director, Tata Motors Ltd commented, “At Tata Motors, we are committed to transforming road logistics industry with our innovative solutions and services. We believe that by playing a larger and deeper role in bringing all the stakeholders together to improve road logistics efficiency, we can create value for our core customers: the fleet owners. Hence, we are excited to announce our partnership with Freight Tiger, a pioneer in digitizing the logistics industry. Their vision is aligned with ours, as we strive to improve the efficiency and sustainability of road logistics. Together, we will create new opportunities for growth and value creation for our customers, partners and stakeholders”.
Mr. Swapnil Shah, Founder & CEO of ‘Freight Tiger’, added, “Software- led approaches are the lever to transform existing industry assets and supercharge them to work more efficiently for all stakeholders. We do this by building trust & facilitating collaboration across the logistics value chain. We are excited to have Tata motors as a strategic investor who shares our belief and vision to build a unified national platform at an unprecedented scale. With such incredible backing and expertise, the company is strategically positioned to lead India’s efforts in reducing logistics costs to under 10% of GDP from over 14%.”
About Tata Motors
Part of the USD 128 billion Tata group, Tata Motors Limited (BSE: 500570 and 570001; NSE: TATAMOTORS and TATAMTRDVR), a USD 42 billion organization, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, pick-ups, trucks and buses, offering extensive range of integrated, smart and e-mobility solutions. With ‘Connecting Aspirations’ at the core of its brand promise, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and amongst the top three in the passenger vehicles market.
Tata Motors strives to bring new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers, fuelled by state-of-the-art design and R&D centres located in India, UK, US, Italy and South Korea. With a focus on engineering and tech enabled automotive solutions catering to the future of mobility, the company’s innovation efforts are focused to develop pioneering technologies that are sustainable as well as suited to evolving aspirations of the market and the customers. The company is pioneering India’s Electric Vehicle (EV) transition and driving the shift towards sustainable mobility solutions by preparing a tailor-made product strategy, leveraging the synergy between the Group companies and playing an active role liasoning with the Government in developing the policy framework.
With operations in India, the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia, Tata Motors’ vehicles are marketed in Africa, Middle East, Latin America, South East Asia and SAARC countries. As of March 31, 2023, Tata Motors’ operations inter alia includes 88 consolidated subsidiaries, 2 joint operations, 3 joint ventures and numerous equity-accounted associates, including their subsidiaries, in respect of which the company exercises significant influence.
About ‘Freight Tiger’:
‘Freight Tiger’ is India’s largest software-enabled neutral freight network today. We have built an intelligent operating system, on-ground expertise, and a digital platform that together enhance every step of the logistics process. With our help, customers move material to their customers with full visibility, predictability and speed, all at lower cost.
We do this through three products: 1. Cloud-based TMS (Transportation Management Software) & Visibility platform. 2. Freight Assignment platform to facilitate efficient freight procurement by Shippers via Logistics Service Providers. 3. Marketplace platform designed to seamlessly align demand from logistics service providers with supply of trucks pan-India.
We take pride in processing an impressive 4% of India’s total freight on our platform, serving a vast network of 400+ shippers, 1500+ logistics service providers (LSPs), across 90,000+ locations. Our impact spans the length & breadth of the country and our goal is to move 20% of country’s freight movement on our platform by 2028.
Freight Tiger’s distinguished list of institutional investors includes Florintree Advisors, Lightspeed India Partners, and the Venture Capital Arm of Eastern Pacific Shipping and affiliates of Moguntia Capital.