Business Insider Spain contacts the 7 logistics startups that investors have in their sights in 2021 to find out if they plan to hire staff to reinforce the growth of their projects.
Most of them are committed to creating jobs in sales, technology, product design and development, operations, marketing or delivery profiles, among others.
To what extent is the attraction and recruitment of talent and the reinforcement of teams important in a growing startup? After obtaining financial support through investment rounds, many emerging companies are committed to expanding their workforce to respond to their needs or face the new challenges generated by their own development and consolidation.
In addition, in the case of startups dedicated to logistics, their sector has been immersed since the middle of last year in a strong reactivation of job creation, given the growing needs generated by the take-off of electronic commerce during the pandemic and the change in consumer habits, which indicate that the online channel is here to stay and that they will need logistical support to distribute their orders.
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To check if this maxim is also fulfilled among the 7 startups in the logistics sector that funds, investors and business angels pointed out to this medium in March as the most outstanding for their potential this year, Business Insider Spain has contacted those responsible of each one of them to know what their hiring forecasts are and what type of jobs they are looking for to reinforce their workforce.
In most cases, the logistics startups to follow in 2021 have highlighted their plans to increase their teams, especially commercial and technological profiles, linked to product design and development, operations, marketing, administration and also delivery, although some They are satisfied with their current squads and are not considering new additions for the moment.
These are the plans for possible hires in logistics startups that investors consider to have more potential this year, according to what their top managers have explained to Business Insider Spain.
The Sevillian group, which was chosen by the 3 funds consulted as the most outstanding logistics startup of 2021, announces to Business Insider Spain hiring expectations that stand out both for the volume of jobs they plan to create and for the profiles they will try to cover with those new additions.
Thus, Mox plans to create 500 jobs in the short term in its subsidiary Vamox, which is focused on last-mile delivery and with which it seeks to position itself as a national and international benchmark in this segment with the help of major global electronic commerce agents. In addition, the company points out that they are looking for a wide range of profiles, “from delivery men to forklifts, office personnel and developers.”
Gabor Balogh, co-founder of this startup dedicated to optimizing long-distance freight transport with its relay system, highlights that his company is “in full growth”, as reflected in the latest incorporations since the beginning of the year. “Currently we are more than 30 people, we have offices in Madrid and Valencia, and soon we will open one in Galicia, for which we are looking for different technological profiles,” he assures.
In addition, Trucksters is also looking for a staff to reinforce its internationalization process, since they plan to open another new international delegation in a European country soon, which will join its collaborators in Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium and Hungary and to reinforce its corridors. “Now we are very focused on our international expansion and we are mainly looking for different profiles for positions in operations, technology and sales”, emphasizes Balogh.
The Trucksters co-founder adds that the new hires “are being key and helping us a lot” and highlights his company’s flexible hybrid model between face-to-face and remote work. “We believe that startups have to lead this transformation of the work system, which is more technological and efficient than ever. This model allows us to have been able to successfully incorporate collaborators in different parts of the world”, Gabor Balogh highlights.
Europe’s leading digital road freight transport platform also plans to expand its workforce, as acknowledged to Business Insider Spain by its CEO and co-founder, Íñigo Juantegui. “By the end of the year we hope to incorporate more than 30 people both in our R&D teams and in business development and operations,” he says.
Among the specific profiles that Ontruck is looking for, Juantegui highlights those of product managers, product designers, data scientists, sales representatives and traffic and fleet managers, in addition to pointing out that their search is not only limited to Spain, but also to France and Netherlands to fill positions in all countries in which they are currently operating.
Among the most prominent logistics startups of 2021 without immediate plans to expand workforce we find Boxmotions, whose CEO and co-founder, Pol Karaso, highlights to Business Insider Spain that at the moment it is not necessary for them to consider new incorporations in the short term, despite pointing out that that they will continue to invest to continue offering their products and services to new customers.
“Currently Boxmotions has satisfied its hiring needs, with a team of more than 20 people between technology, marketing and sales, operations and finance teams,” says Pol Karaso.
This startup, focused on planning last mile routes with artificial intelligence to generate savings of up to 30% to its customers, has planned to continue strengthening its workforce in the short and medium term, with the intention of “accelerating the development of new functionalities of our roadmap, as well as boosting sales “, according to its founder, Xavier Ruiz.
“We plan to expand the team by at least 5 new positions over the next 12 months,” adds Ruiz, who highlights that his recruitment priorities are focused on profiles that respond to his specific needs. “We want to empower the technology, sales and marketing departments,” says the founder of SmartMonkey.
This company, known for the development of ZBox, a new format of cargo container for maritime transport specially designed to be foldable, has anticipated others and its co-founder and CEO, Miguel Navalón, assures Business Insider Spain that they incorporated during the last year 5 new employees to fill jobs with which to complete your team.
Specifically, Navalón explains that they have signed a marketing director, a commercial director, and several operational positions with which he considers his team closed, at least for the moment. “We think that the team is well covered for the current state of the company. The next hires will surely be to reinforce the commercial team and the operational team,” predicts the CEO of Navlandis.
Similarly, Víctor García Pujol, COO and co-founder of Kubbo, also practically closed his workforce for the rest of 2021, although without closing the door to new hires. “The team for this year is practically configured, although we will surely incorporate a couple more profiles by area in product and sales,” he assures.
“We are looking for people with ambition, who like to move fast, create impact solutions for our clients and who are eager to help us further develop our model to prepare them to make the leap internationally,” explains Kubbo’s COO , a startup specialized in ultra-fast deliveries that has raised significant capital in its last 2 financing rounds.