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Trailer pooling gains more interest in Repowr’s $8M Series A raise

An important rule of trucking is to keep your assets active. 

Now with the help of logistics platforms, like Repowr, if you can’t keep them active, there are marketplaces that will do that for you.

Repowr’s strategy of building an equipment network of trucks and trailers is taking off, and investors are beginning to catch wind of it.

On Wednesday, Repowr announced it had closed an $8 million Series A round led by transportation venture capital firm UP.Partners with participation from industry actors ArcBest, Crowley Maritime, Koch Disruptive Technologies, the venture arm of Trimac known as McVestCo VC, NFI Ventures, Perot Jain and 9Yards Capital.

Using the company’s platform, Repowr Connect, shippers, fleets and 3PLs can share their available assets with other network members, helping parties find on-demand capacity. 

There are also many applications for a universal trailer pool. Shippers can utilize the pool to expand into new markets and regions without concern about equipment capacity, 3PLs can work with power-only carriers and offer drop-and-hook capabilities, and trucking companies can better strategize their own equipment growth. 

Repowr’s carrier network today consists of 16 of the top 50 truckload carriers and others, including TuSimple, CRST,  Knight-Swift Transportation and its recently acquired U.S. Xpress.

“Repowr’s innovative marketplace has enabled us to reduce cost from our own underutilized equipment, rebalance our trailer pools efficiently and start new drivers in our network cost-effectively by reducing deadhead to their first trailer. Additionally, we’ve been able to use Repowr’s network to add value back to our customers by standing up capacity quickly and cost-effectively,” said Terry Freeze, director of dedicated services at ArcBest, in the release.

Funding details Repowr
Funding amount $8 million
Funding round Series A
Lead investor UP.Partners
Secondary investors ArcBest, Crowley Maritime, Koch Disruptive Technologies, the venture arm of Trimac known as McVestCo VC, NFI Ventures, Perot Jain and 9Yards Capital
Business goals for the round Expand pool capacity
Post-money valuation $30 million*
Total funding $12.77 million*
*According to Pitchbook

Company executives said in the news release that Repowr will use this capital infusion to continue growing its trailer pool ecosystem and leveraging its relationship with UP.Partners, whose corporate partners include Toyota, Walmart and Hillwood.

“The UP.Partners ecosystem and mission align perfectly with Repowr’s core mission. The investment and strategic partnership will further enhance our network capabilities and help position Repowr and our customers for an even more connected, elastic and resilient supply chain,” said CEO Patrick Visintainer.

Ally Warson, partner at UP.Partners, will join Repowr’s board as part of the transaction.

“Trucking is an $870 billion market with over 13 million vehicles operating on North American roads. However, trailers are habitually underutilized and sit idle a significant percentage of the time. Repowr’s novel marketplace solution helps industry titans optimize their assets by expanding their margins with both revenue-enhancing and cost savings capabilities. We are bullish on Patrick, Spencer, and the rest of the Repowr team’s ability to build a fantastic business while bringing order and efficiency to the market,” Warson said in the release.

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