New growth alliance in the logistics sector: Shipcloud becomes part of the Waterland logistics portfolio.

Waterland expands its IT portfolio in the logistics sector and acquires Shipcloud, the leading cloud shipping service provider in Germany.

The merger of Waterland and Shipcloud is a further step in the strategic direction of establishing itself as a leading provider of cloud solutions for parcel logistics in the future.

“I am thrilled that we can join Waterland and expand our offering,” says Claus Fahlbusch, founder of Shipcloud. “This is a great opportunity for us to further expand our technology and expertise in e-commerce and logistics.”

New cooperation opportunities through acquisition

For Shipcloud, this opens up new cooperation opportunities in the area of parcel shipping with logistics companies and 4PL service providers from the Waterland group. The new cooperation is intended to exploit synergies and bundle strengths. The aim is to further expand the range of logistics services and offer customers even more flexibility and convenience.

Claus Fahlbusch says: “The e-commerce logistics industry is always moving and constantly changing. On the one hand, this requires a high degree of innovative strength and specialization, and on the other hand, a broad range of services. By combining joint strengths, we will be able to offer our customers an even broader range of services.”

Based on “everything from one single source,” ideally suited logistics networks and transshipment points will be created in addition to local partners and a comprehensive IT offering. This will make it possible to offer customers the best possible transport option, help them process their online store orders, improve the customer journey and reduce costs for the recipient. All in all, the aim is to create a holistic, effective and scalable offering in national and international parcel shipping.

For existing customers, the familiar environment will remain unchanged for the time being: Shipcloud will continue to operate independently and continue business operations as usual. The current management team will remain with the company and continue to support Waterland in all matters of strategic development.

About Shipcloud

Shipcloud GmbH was founded in May 2013 as a shipping service provider in Hamburg. The company has developed a cloud-based service for parcel shipping tailored to the needs of online retailers. Via an intuitive and easy to integrate uniform interface (RESTful API), the own store, CRM, ERP or warehouse management system is connected to all major carriers. This technical solution, which is unique in Germany, not only enables the automated printing of shipping labels, but also includes multi-carrier tracking, with which the online retailer is always informed about the status of the shipment.

About Waterland

Waterland is an independent private equity investment firm that helps companies realize their growth plans. With substantial financial support and industry expertise, Waterland enables its portfolio companies to achieve accelerated growth both organically and through acquisitions. Waterland has offices in the Netherlands (Bussum), Belgium (Antwerp), Germany (Hamburg, Munich), Poland (Warsaw), the UK (London, Manchester), Denmark (Copenhagen), Ireland (Dublin), Spain (Barcelona) and Switzerland (Zurich). Currently, nine billion euros in equity funds are under management.

Waterland has consistently achieved above-average performance with its investments since its founding in 1999 and has regularly been ranked among the top three leading private equity firms worldwide in past HEC/Dow Jones Private Equity Performance Rankings.

Hamburg, July 11, 2022

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