Demetra Holding and Smartseeds Grain Logistics IT Operator announce Strategic Partnership
Demetra-Holding LLC, in which VTB Group owns more than 50%, and Smartseeds, an IT company providing grain transportation logistics, have announced the conclusion of a strategic partnership.
As part of a partnership agreement with SmartContractLLC (owner of the Smartseeds IT platform), the companies agreed on a joint project to develop modern formats for grain transportation and digital business development.
Evgeny Tikhomirov has been appointed as the new CEO of Smartseeds IT. Evgeny previously held the role of Director of Operations and Commercial Activities at Ozonand was involved in projects in the field of creating marketplaces and online commerce platforms on eBay and Yandex.Market.
The partnership with Smartseeds will be an important element in the implementation of Demetra-Holding’s strategy to increase the competitiveness and transparency of the Russian grain market.
“The introduction of digital services and their scaling in the grain market is a top priority for Demetra-Holdings. We hope that the implementation of more sophisticatedsolutions in the field of grain logistics will contribute to the development of a more organised and competitive domestic grain market. The IT platform helps speed up transportation through an electronic queue, where terminal unloading times are reduced for drivers, and the insurance and payment of cargo is quickly carried out.” said Senior Vice-President, Deputy Head of the Client Coverage Department at VTB, CEO at Demetra Holding VitalySergeychuk.
Looking to the future, Smartseeds business will grow by attracting new customers and introducing effective and convenient digital services for customers and carriers.
Smartseeds, an online agricultural logistics platform, was created in 2017 and headquartered in Taganrog.
Smartseeds has developed a comprehensive solution for the freight transportation of all market participants, including carriers, cargo owners, ports, for a complete transportation cycle. Smartseeds provides control and guarantee at all stages of cargo transportation, from the moment of order / carrier selection to the moment of shipment, including the organization of an electronic queue for unloading cars at port terminals, preparation of transport and accompanying documents for accounting, electronic document management and cargo monitoring. Today, Smartseeds works with approximately 6,000 registered carriers, mostly sole proprietors.