Astre's network is the first independent transport and logistics association in Europe, with its members covering a variety of part and full loads as well as smaller shipments. For the transport business in particular, TimoCom's freight and vehicle exchange comes in handy to the medium-sized freight forwarding companies and hauliers - and this has been the case since 2010. Jean-Claude Plâ, president of Astre, about the cooperation: "The advantages of working with TimoCom are obvious. In the freight and vehicle exchange a large pool of European providers is available to the users of our network, so they can offer their transports even more efficiently and avoid empty runs. We have had positive experiences with TC Truck&Cargo®. The online tool is perfectly in line with our international strategy. We are, for instance, founding our own organisation in Germany at the moment, so our French members can find and be found by partners in Germany more easily."
Closed user group and TC Connect interface included
In addition to the international freight and vehicle offers, Astre association also benefits from a "Closed User Group" (CUG) within the freight and vehicle exchange TC Truck&Cargo®. "For a prior determined period of time, our users can exchange tailor-made offers with other exclusive participants of the user group first before they are then made available to the public", says Plâ. He considers the programme interface TC Connect via which Astre partners across Europe are connected to TC Truck&Cargo® to be another advantage: "Thanks to the in-house interface all freight and vehicle offers only have to be entered in a single system which saves our members time and money."
Chief Representative Marcel Frings emphasises the shared European vision: "Like the European Union we would like to expand our international activities. While the French-speaking members benefit from our services in French, we learn from their expertise. On top of that we can, of course, diversify the range offered within the network. We are pleased that the long-term business relationship between Germany and France is also reflected in our freight exchange and that the fruitful cooperation continues."