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Gebrüder Weiss announces strategic partnership with PartsCloud

Gebrüder Weiss, an international transport and logistics company with a 500-year history, announced a new strategic partnership with PartsCloud, a LaaS (Logistics-as-a-Service) start-up that digitizes spare parts logistics for engineering and plant construction. PartsCloud is based in Stuttgart, Germany, and the grand opening of its new Chicago warehouse represents its first entry point into the U.S. market.

Lothar Thoma, new Managing Director

Lothar Thoma, Managing Director Air & Sea at Gebrüder Weiss. (Source: Gebrüder Weiss / Frederick Sams)

“Spare parts logistics in engineering and plant construction is very complex, and Gebrüder Weiss can provide support based on our many years of logistics know-how,” says Lothar Thoma, Managing Director Air & Sea at Gebrüder Weiss. Moreover, we believe in the business model of PartsCloud, and there is still immense potential for standardization and digitization in industrial spare parts logistics.”

PartsCloud co-founders Benjamin Reichenecker and Fabian Gemmecke founded the company in 2021 with the mission to create a global logistics network that people can use through a simple interface. Engineering and plant construction is one of their native Germany’s leading export and innovation sectors, but lack of digitization has created procurement challenges. Machine downtime in production plants costs these businesses an average of 13.5 million euros per month. The cooperation with Gebrüder Weiss enables PartsCloud to smoothly transfer its established standard operating model and its fulfillment processes in Germany to the U.S.

“Our LaaS platform puts our customers in full control and offers standardized interfaces for efficient logistics,” says Reichenecker, CEO of PartsCloud. “We are proud to work with a logistics provider as experienced and reputable as Gebrüder Weiss as we partner to bring this interface to customers in North, Central, and South America.”

In addition to its US expansion, PartsCloud plans to open markets in Asia, Mexico, the UK and the Middle East.

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