CharterSync have gone from strength to strength since the company launched back in 2019 and despite the challenges of 2020 the go-now cargo charter platform has continued to provide charter solutions for all cargo demands.
“We couldn’t have hoped for a stronger first full year of trading for CharterSync,” commented Simon Watson, co founder of CharterSync. “Despite challenging times this year we strategically targeted a number of different markets and grew our customer base, allowing us to test our technology and platform under different applications. From a commercial perspective we finished the year in a profitable position.”
This growth has not gone unnoticed. The Sunday Times Fast Track shortlisted CharterSync in their Tech Track Top Ten “Ones to watch” category. Impressively, the young company also won the logistics UK Award for most innovative product of the year.
“At the start of the first wave of coronavirus earlier this year all of our team switched to remote working. This change actually gave us an opportunity and edge over our competition that may use more traditional, inefficient methods of working. Our cloud based platform centralises the workflow for the whole company, allowing us to process forwarders requests and offer options in a matter of minutes,” Watson told ACW.
It was during these early months of the pandemic that the charter sector was proved essential as commercial cargo capacity fell considerably. “The last quarter of this year represented a very busy period for the automotive industry as it tried to catch up for the downtime earlier in the year,” explained Watson. “CharterSync supported a high number of key automotive forwarding customers to keep the production lines running. We recorded well over 500 automotive charters in the last quarter of 2020, proving that our platform really has the capacity for scale.”
The stage set
The stage set for 2021 is already in a complicated state, with vaccine transportation and medical supplies and now effects of Brexit affecting the normal cargo flow.
“We have already witnessed the surge of activity before the post-Brexit transition period expired, and we are now prepared for the new formalities that leaving the EU single market will bring,” assured Ed Gillet, co-founder of CharterSync.“COVID-19 border restrictions will continue to add to the Port congestion into/out of the UK, and we are planning for a busy start to 2021! A lot of work has been done to add additional operator capacity to our platform, and we certainly feel CharterSync is the obvious choice for forwarders looking to secure the best air cargo charter solutions.”
After all that happened in 2020, what advice would Charter- Sync co-founders give to their January 2020 selves? The men say: “Optimising the right work/life balance, and ensuring enough time to celebrate the successes no matter how big or small.”