Cemex and its open innovation and corporate venture unit, Cemex Ventures, has announced its investment in PartRunner, an on-demand delivery platform for the construction and industrial sectors. This investment addresses a critical industry pain point of a complicated supply chain, particularly for small and medium size projects.
This investment aims to offer a last-mile, last-minute delivery solution to Cemex distribution businesses and other customers in Mexico and the U.S. Likewise, PartRunner is an attractive solution for contractors and project managers who manage smaller jobsites with more frequent construction material deliveries.
The U.S.-based startup offers a multi-size truck fleet, suitable for any kind of order. Their digital platform integrates warehouses, retail locations, and contractor jobsites, helping match the best delivery option considering the material requested, timing, location, and type of vehicle needed, while ensuring a significant savings in delivery costs.
PartRunner addresses a particular challenge of contractors and distributors who may have limited availability and scale to provide the appropriate transportation vehicles and optimal logistics network. The platform allows its users to manage trips and requests through a user-friendly web and mobile app where clients can track their order in real-time, request multi-stops for maximum efficiency, review order details and delivery route, and even manage invoices and documentation.
PartRunner will tap into Cemex's experience in safe driving practices and new driver training program. As a result, their solution will make a difference in the delivery of materials in the construction industry by offering safer, more suitable transportation options while making it more transparent and efficient for all its clients.