Logistics business Vollers Group has purchased Cropster Hub, a global online green marketplace designed for coffee producers, roasters, importers, and exporters. The hub was created by coffee roasting software developer Cropster in 2015.
“We are looking forward to contributing our coffee know-how to the platform and further expanding it with new approaches. Ever since the company’s founding in 1932, coffee has been our greatest passion,” says Christian Vollers, CEO of Vollers Group.
Vollers Group has interests in transport, storage and commodity logistics across the coffee, cocoa, tea, and metals industries. The organisation’s 85 years of experience in these services, combined with its internet technology expertise, is expected to bring benefits to the hub’s buyers and sellers.
“Today, the Vollers Group is among the best-known and most experienced logistics service providers when it comes to transport, storage and processing of green coffee,” says Vollers.
“Our family-owned business looks back on a history, over which we have maintained and deepened our enthusiasm and expertise in dealing with coffee. We are excited about the purchase of [the] hub and are looking forward to take the next steps in the journey together with the buyers and sellers of this great platform.”
With the sale, Cropster Hub will be renamed to V-Hub. The transfer, along with any additional services is predicted to occur in the coming months.
“The hub embodies many of our core values at Cropster. It brings the advantages of technology to buyers and sellers; it connects people, and it creates a level playing field. Hub has been a fantastic five-year journey with amazing partners worldwide,” says Andreas Idl, CEO of Cropster.
“We realised a while ago that to continue its journey and growth Hub needed additional services like logistics and all the advantages deeper integration into core processes can bring.”
Vollers is expected to develop additional functionality for the platform, ensuring a seamless buying and selling experience. This includes logistical background processes and the final delivery of coffees.
“Vollers excels in all the areas [the] hub needs to grow, they share our original vision, passion and values when it comes to [the] hub, its partners and buyers. We’re excited to see where they take it next,” says Idl.
Cropster will be hosting a webinar on 19 August to provide further information. To register, click here.