As transport becomes more difficult every day, import and export is challenging. Produce gets stuck at ports, or growers are no longer able to find transport for a reasonable price at all. MarketBuy has tried to offer a solution to this, by partnering up with a logistics specialist.
After having launched MarketBuy last year, the platform has been doing quite well. With markets closing and logistics becoming difficult for importers and exporters, James Mash hopes his platform will be able to help out in the upcoming tough times. “It’s time for the fresh produce industry to hold hands and work together. Everybody needs support in these horrible times. We want to do our part and to assist growers getting rid of their produce we’ll be dropping our commission to three per cent effective immediately.”
Mash confirms the stories of growers having issues getting their produce where it needs to be. To help out, he’s partnered up with Chill-Chain. “We’ve started working with Chill-Chain to be able to help out with logistic problems as well. They have over 400 haulers under their wing, so people can just tap in on the app where their produce is right now and where it needs to be. The platform will then find a haulier that can take your produce to its destination. This way we can offer a solution to the problems many are encountering at the moment.”
Mash is proud to be part of the fresh produce industry, after having seen multiple companies trying to help out others where they can: “I really have to commend the industry. People are holding hands getting through this crisis together. This is the time to connect people and try to get fruits and vegetables from the growers to people their plates. Food waste will be inevitable in times like these, but we can try to counter it as much as we can,” he concludes.