In this week’s Community Feature, we speak to Alvin Ea from Haulio, a startup that is driving the future of haulage.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Alvin Ea, co-founder, and CEO of Haulio. We are a B2B container trucking platform that is revolutionizing the entire container trucking industry. A container truck essentially is the one that brings the containers in the maritime port all the way to the customers’ warehouse where it is unloaded and sent into the depot. These are the hidden things that people don’t really see in the industry that is very important, but essentially what we are trying to do is we are trying to change this entire space and make it ready for the future.
How did you get into the shipping industry?
I ended up in this industry, not by choice. If my father went to do real estate, then I probably will be a lot better off. I’m in this industry is because I joined my family business after graduation so I am a second generation haulier or you can call me ‘Tao Kae Kia’. Have been helping my dad with his business since graduation. I started my own trucking business when I was only 25 and I built the business in a very traditional way. Dealing with my own drivers with the ‘old school’ method. Through that, I wondered if technology can actually play a bigger part in transforming this very traditional old school space. And the answer is yes. That’s why when I met Sebastian, my co-founder, we ended up doing this and that’s how we started Haulio.
What part does Sebastian play in using technology to improve the shipping industry?
I think for the industry in general, a lot of things have been done the same way for the past twenty years. A lot of the people who are in the space, myself included, have become too stuck with the way of how things are done. I was lucky that I was only inside for 5 years. If I was there longer, I think I probably cannot unbox my concept. Sebastian played a very very big part in helping me to see and offer a different perspective from outside the industry. We are actually one of the
Where do you see Haulio going in 2019?
One and a half years into the business, we have done pretty well in terms of managing many of these hauliers. I spend a lot of time actually having
For those who are unfamiliar with the shipping industry, how will you say you are helping these hauliers?
I think the hauliers themselves, they are still using a lot of manual work, pen and paper. Today, they probably have to hire 10 people to handle 1000 containers today. In
How can we help?
Generally speaking, being in the industry for about 7 years now. I think one
What drives you forward?
I guess the industry people drives me and personally for myself, I have been working for my dad before, I have hundreds of staff I have been taking care of. It’s these people who believe in us and personally now with Haulio, we have a group of 30 Hauliers with us. It’s the same kind of drive and belief that they have put into this young company. They believe that things can change, these are things that drive me every single day. Having to take care of their needs and to make sure that the dream continues to be able to be fulfilled.
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