TIRPORT Chairman of the Board of Directors Akın Arslan said that it is not possible to keep logistics separate from production, and noted that they are faced with digitalization in every field and that the sector where the most intense transformation is experienced is logistics. Stating that Turkey is one of the few countries with the most intensive road transport, Arslan said, “Almost 90 percent of daily transport is done by road. There is very intense truck penetration in Turkey. At the same time, there is no other country in the world that has individual truck ownership as much as Turkey. In the light of all these data, we have implemented Tırport with a perfect design in which we can manage all end-to-end operations digitally. We set out with the goal of being a platform that will shape the logistics of the future. Our infrastructure was very ready for the pandemic,” he said. Arslan said that they follow more logistics operations in one day than Turkey’s largest logistics company, and that they manage over 3,500 transports, that they will increase this number to 4,500 by the end of the year, and that they aim to manage 10 thousand transports per day by the end of 2022.
Stating that they are not a logistics company, but a company that gives logistics companies the power to manage their current operations from end to end, Arslan pointed out that they operate in 6 languages and their goal is to become a world brand. Stating that they are trying to create superior value for all their stakeholders, Arslan said, “Our aim is to integrate with Europe. We have a serious plan to enter in 2023. We invest heavily in blockchain. We want to be the important digital platform of the region.” Stating that sustainability is very important, Arslan continued his words as follows: “Now, technology has come to the center of this business. You have to be productive and optimize your resources. About 3,000 trucks go to Europe a day. 85% of it returns empty. Empty means an economic loss of at least 2 thousand 500 euros. Since we cannot manage this operation correctly, we are losing from the current potential profit every day. We can’t make the right match. Turkey is facing a historic opportunity. With the pandemic, supply processes have become very important. It is very long to procure the goods from the Far East. Therefore, Turkey is like a mine waiting to be discovered. It has the potential to be a production base, it has qualified production skills. We must transform Turkey into a production and logistics base.”