On October 25, Dachser acquired a majority stake in the German software provider kasasi GmbH. Based, like Dachser, in Kempten, this SME employs 50 people. The two companies agreed not to disclose the purchase price. This acquisition strengthens the logistics provider's digital expertise in telematics, connectivity, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Founded in 2009, kasasi develops innovative software products that streamline and bring transparency to road, rail and waterway transport processes. “As a highly innovative provider of connectivity and IoT applications, kasasi perfectly enhances our own digital competencies,” says Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer (CDO) and member of the Executive Board of Dachser. “The kasasi platform combines telematics data from our more than 8,500 swap bodies and 5,000 trailers with shipping and planning data from our main transportation management system, Domino. The intelligent combination and analysis of this data opens up completely new possibilities for planning transports, calculating arrival times and even tracking and managing shipments”.
Dachser's first step was to acquire a majority stake in kasasi on October 25, 2022. It will subsequently acquire the remaining shares in increments and complete the acquisition in 2026. kasasi will continue to be managed by its CEO Markus Lechner and his experienced team and the company it will continue to serve existing customers in the rail, retail, food and pharmaceutical industries as before. Future expansion will focus on the business of monitoring and analysis solutions for rail transport.
"With Dachser as the majority shareholder, we can continue our successful track record and focus our full attention on developing pioneering transportation and logistics software," explains Lechner, who worked at Dachser for many years before founding the new company. "In the future, this stability and security will benefit our staff and especially our customers."
Systematic digitization plays a key role in Dachser's strategy to further optimize and strengthen its customers' supply chains. “With the right digital technologies, we can further increase efficiency, closely integrate our customers into our processes, and transport more goods with existing cargo capacity. Increased transparency improves planning and shortens the time needed to respond to any disruptions in supply chains,” emphasizes Burkhard Eling, CEO of Dachser. “That is why we acquired kasasi, a dynamic company with strong innovative strength in the area of supply chain visibility and connectivity. We also continue to invest in our own IT and software development, with a workforce of around 560 employees, in our research and development work at the Dachser Enterprise Lab in collaboration with Fraunhofer IML, and not least in our global idea management and innovation."