Reefknot invests in Roambee to drive global expansion following series B1 funding round led by Anchor Group

Reefknot Investments, a venture capital fund backed by Temasek and Kühne+Nagel, has made a strategic investment into Roambee, a portfolio company of Industrial Innovation Partners, the investment platform of Anchor Group. Singapore-based Reefknot’s investment follows Roambee’s series B1 funding round led by Anchor Group last year and will accelerate Roambee’s global expansion. Roambee, which provides on-demand supply chain visibility, has seen impressive growth over the past year due to the rapid transformation of today’s global supply chains as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

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How COVID-19 accelerated the shift towards TradeTech

Global commerce has been forced to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, despite the staggering challenges, the crisis has brought innovation in risk management and supply chain management which is already changing the future of global trade. Wolfgang Lehmacher one of Anchor Group’s Industrial Innovation Partners co-authored this article which you can read in full  here

The BeeSense Air by Roambee Corporation is awarded the IoT Innovator award by Compass Intelligence

Roambee – who provides real-time shipment and asset monitoring – just won the innovator award for its new product Beesense Air. This product will transform the way companies monitor their air cargo. Combined with a non-lithium ion battery-powered device and their CargoIQ foresight they are unique in their offering, helping companies to mitigate risk while improving business efficiency.

As a strategic partner, we congratulate the Roambee team for winning the “Asset Monitoring” Award by CompassIntel.com.

Read the full article on how Roambee is changing the future of logistics here. 

 

Information Sharing Communities for Digitally Enabled Supply Chain Visibility

A lot of attention has been paid over recent months on supply chain visibility – and in particular on connecting supply chains through the use of industrial IoT technologies. Such technologies can provide complementary insights as to the whereabouts and status of goods and assets – esp. where supply chain operations can be complex and multi-modal transport is necessary.

However, while the availability of data improves situational awareness it is not sufficient to realize dynamic decision making. Indeed, information sharing is the next hurdle to then cross, to facilitate a truly smooth and seamless movement of goods.

Read the full article from Wolfgang Lehmacher on the UNCTAD (UN Conference on Trade & Development) website.

Anchor Group leads Series B growth investment into US-based Roambee

Anchor Group is proud to have led a USD 15 million series B funding into Roambee, a leading on-demand shipment and asset monitoring platform company. The investment is part of Anchor’s Industrial Innovation Partners platform, built in partnership with selected industrial businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of the next generation of digital solutions transforming industry. 

Roambee has experienced 100 percent year-over-year growth and this new round of funding will be used to expand its operations and accelerate sales globally. As an active investor and partner, we are working closely to leverage our industry expertise, networks, and cross-border footprint to enable Roambee to accelerate and build sustainable growth. 

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Roambee is hiring

Roambee, one of our portfolio and partner companies and a fast-growing logistics and supply chain tracking and analytics startup, is looking for a VP of Sales in Silicon Valley and a Director of Customer Success in Germany. 

If this catches your attention then please contact Carmen Martinho at cmartinho@roambee.com or share this with anyone that might be interested. 

Warehousing À La Carte

Wolfgang Lehmacher
Anchor Industry Advisor, Logistics

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has brought about a broad range of technologies that are emerging – bundled in solutions – in all parts of the economy. Also, the logistics industry is changing and faces first signs of disruption. One area which has resisted digitization for some time is warehousing. This, despite the increasing pressures exerted by the e-commerce revolution, which requires flexibility, scalability, responsiveness and proximity to the markets.

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Blockchain in the Belt and Road – Connectivity 2.0 Between East and West

Wolfgang Lehmacher
Anchor Industry Advisor, Logistics

In an exclusive Port Technology paper, logistics expert Wolfgang Lehmacher explores the effect of blockchain in China’s New Silk Road.

Blockchain, the most prominent distributed ledger technology (DLT), holds the promise to improve the efficiency, accuracy and inclusiveness of supply chains. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is grounded in the belief that nations can achieve significant economic and trade benefits by improving connectivity and reducing supply chain barriers. As the global economy slows, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (a.k.a. One Belt One Road or the Belt and Road Initiative) offers a major development opportunity. However, this growth needs to be inclusive and sustainable to make the initiative successful. It requires a large-scale buy-in over a long period of time – until 2049.

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Utility-scale energy storage at an inflection point

Anchor Group has published a white paper on “Utility-scale energy storage at the inflection point”. Based on and extending work done with some of our clients – leading energy firms in Europe and India – we landscaped a universe of approximately 90 companies over a 6-month period. Our findings indicate a market poised to grow rapidly, with several emerging vendors looking to challenge the incumbent technology and an opportunity for leaders to substantially reshape the market.

Demand for utility-scale energy storage is poised to explode over the next decade, with a project pipeline of 15GWh globally at the end of 2018. Emerging markets, in particular India and China, will drive a significant portion of this growth driven by expansion of renewable and distributed energy sources, supportive regulation, and improving economics. India, in particular, is seeing substantial demand for energy storage technologies, given the need to expand the country’s technology base.

Looking at applications for stationary storage in general and grid-scale storage in particular, we landscaped approximately 90 companies globally and developed a thesis on the future of the market. Our findings suggest a landscape that is fragmented but with substantial innovation in technologies and approaches that will change the solution set available to energy companies.

In this emerging landscape, finding and capturing investment and new business development opportunities– whether strategic or financial – requires taking a holistic view, developing specific solutions and marrying them to the right business model. For those that can do so, storage offers the same opportunity today, as solar PV or wind did over the last decade.