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Periodic Reporting for period 2 - Simacan LINK (Europe-wide Connected Transport)

Reporting period: 2020-12-01 to 2021-11-30

Since its establishment in 2013, Simacan has set itself the objective of gaining insight into the role of transport in logistics operations. Rob Schuurbiers, founder and CEO of Simacan: "During the first years of our existence, we focused entirely on gaining insights. Ahold/Delhaize has been a customer from the very beginning and in recent years PostNL, Spar, Jumbo, Bloomon, Daily Fresh and ANWB have also successfully deployed our platform. In recent years, the focus has increasingly shifted to 'steering together', in other words: optimizing the transport operation".

Today, Simacan supports leading Dutch retailers, package distributors and transport companies with their (inter)national transports by optimising real-time information from various sources. Simacan does this with an intelligent ecosystem for data exchange and cooperation. For example, trip data is enriched with high-quality traffic information and automation and real-time processing, adjustment and communication during the execution of the transport becomes possible. Simacan enables integration with existing logistical systems such as planning systems, on-board computers, driver apps and cargo sensors and creates an integrated picture and adjustment possibilities for all stakeholders in the transport execution process.

As a result, Simacan users achieve demonstrable efficiency gains and contribute to the sustainability objectives by minimising the number of kilometres per journey. For example, waiting times are reduced by 15%, there is a 50% increase in delivery performance and planning productivity is increased by 25%. The NPS score is even 12% higher in some cases. By using Simacan, the filling crew at the supermarket or the family waiting for groceries at home, know exactly when the shipment arrives,, even if the planning had to be changed, for example due to bad weather conditions, incidents or traffic delays.

The Simacan solution has revolutionised the Dutch market for transport management of 'fast moving consumer goods'. Over the past five years, the platform has acquired a very large market share with leading retailers and transport companies. As a result, 55% of the supply journeys to Dutch supermarkets and 80% of the grocery delivery in the Dutch market are now optimised with Simacan software. Now it is time to spread its wings abroad. The growth programme that has now been launched under the name Simacan LINK, meets the need - together with technology partners - to exchange even better and adequate information, not only between the shipper and receiver, but also to the drivers in the cabin to guarantee safe and efficient transport.
The EU's Horizon 2020 programme aims to make transport in Europe more efficient and cleaner. The committee has seen the value of the Simacan proposition and selected it from 2000 other proposals. Simacan will use the grant of more than 2 million Euro to scale-up the Simacan platform to a European Connected Transport platform. This will bring efficient and sustainable transport within the reach of even more companies that have to deal with capital-intensive and extensive transport operations on a daily basis.

With the support of a number of leading retailers, transport companies and technology partners, Simacan wants to take its research and development of the past years and European transport management to a higher level. Digital tooling currently available in this process only partially meets the demand in the chain because these platforms are not well integrated with other platforms. However, transport companies, retailers, technology partners and other customers operate in complex heterogeneous environments where mutual cooperation and interaction with existing systems is a requirement. The Simacan platform has proven to make this possible.

Platform developments that give a revolutionary enrichment to the provision of information on existing systems in vehicle cabs have our first priority because this will contribute to higher profits for Simacan's clients. More will be announced in the first quarter of 2020.

In order to implement this growth strategy, Simacan expects to double its workforce in the next two years. In doing so, Simacan aspires to be the most attractive IT employer in Amersfoort and the surrounding area.
The Simacan platform has been making companies involved in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) transport and parcel transport more successful since 2013. Sectors where timeliness and predictability are essential. Simacan is an open and vendor-independent cloud platform for digital cooperation in transport & logistics. Simacan enables fast and secure digital cooperation with - and between - transport companies and shippers to tackle industry-wide challenges, such as CO2 reduction, traffic accidents, traffic congestion and the liveability of the city. Simacan is based in Amersfoort, Enschede and Münster (DE).