Smart Containers: Temperature Sensitive Logistics
Aimed at creating the first fully autonomous container based on the blockchain, consequently disrupting the logistics industry
CTO & Co-Founder
Nico is the mastermind behind Smart Containers Group
and its technology. Growing up in Basel, Switzerland,
he discovered his passion for mathematics very early
on, which spurred him to study mathematics, physics
and engineering. A natural talent, he won prestigious
architectural prizes during his studies and quickly
became managing partner at ZPF an engineering company
in Basel. Nico has constructed the most expensive
buildings in Switzerland in collaboration with the
famous architects Herzog & DeMeuron. Nico’s key
strengths are his state-of-the-art engineering expertise
and his efficient team management, leading highly complex, multimillion franc projects to success.
However, engineering was not enough for Nico. With
his passion for business and management, he decided
to complete additional studies at the University of
Fribourg, meeting Richard along the way. Everyone who
meets Nico rapidly becomes aware of his sharp mind
and his passion for inventing new technologies. It is
therefore not surprising, that both he and Richard have
ended up where they are today, together
CEO & Co-Founder
Since he was a child, Richard has always wanted to
know exactly how things work. This grew into a passion
for engineering and management. After growing up in Vienna, Austria and studying in Stanford USA and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Richard began his career at Bobst Group, a global leader in producing
In 2009, Richard decided to launch his own business
together with his university friend Nico. After broad scientific research and various proof of concepts, they
founded Smart Containers Group as well as SkyCell in
2012. Since then Richard has lead the companies to
commercial success, seamlessly finding the right partners
and investors at crucial points, as well as convincing
more and more clients of the unrivaled benefits SkyCell can offer.
Chief Financial Officer
Andreas is the company‘s logistic finance expert. He
spent his entire career in various financial roles at logistic
service providers: from Swissair (today Swiss International Airlines), to Swissport (the biggest ground service provider for airlines) where he was regional CFO for the Middle East and Africa. His last role before joining Smart Containers Group was CFO of Unitpool (now called Unilode), the largest independent air-freight container pooling company in the world.
He brings with him extensive field experience in financial
leadership, corporate finance and M&A projects and
knows the industry inside out. We are confident that
Andy has a vigilant eye on our scaling process and the
potentials it brings with it.
Head of IT
Thomas is an IT-architecture mastermind. His first claim
to fame is the creation of the largest media database,
shared by all media houses in Switzerland: more than
two million articles are uploaded every year, then queried
and shared seamlessly and efficiently among multiple
news companies. He founded his own IT company to
design IT architectures focusing on process automation
(eliminating paper and endless emails), and as a result
won other clients (large banks, pharma companies
and publicly tendered government contracts). SkyCell
became his client when they needed a bespoke asset
management system to track and trace their containers
around the world. He joined SkyCell four years ago and
has since become the head of IT for all companies in the
Smart Containers Group.
Thomas has the unique ability to envision business processes rapidly in IT architectures. He has a “no bullshit” attitude and loves simplicity. This is why every system within Smart Containers Group is already built on parts of blockchain technology. As a result, we currently collect over 5 m container data points every month, and
this number is increasing rapidly.
CMO & Business Development Manager
Carla is a marketing and sales expert. She derives huge
satisfaction from building strong brands on solid foundations and convincing clients to buy their products.
She gained her experience through managing various
international consumer brands for companies such as
Nestlé, Lindt and Coty. She discovered her passion for
blockchain technology roughly 18 months ago and has
been an active participant in Switzerland‘s Crypto Valley
Community ever since. The sheer endless application
possibilities make her strive for more, and she draws
energy and enthusiasm from developing new business
schemes based on the technology.
Her “can do” attitude helped put together the high-level advisory team around our ICO. As connector and
advisor to various blockchain start-ups like Lykke, she
brought this project to life and will ensure its outcome.
Blockchain Technology Partner
- Launch+Scaling Food Guardians (36%)
- Scaling SkyCell (42%)
- Reserves+Team gradification (10%)
- Marketing for both companies (7%)
- Develop Smart Containers IT (5%)
Cost of the token1 token for 0.432 $
Price without discounts
Crowd Sale: June; 11% of tokens
- first third: -15% discount
- second third: -10% discount
- final third: -5% discount
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Existing Business with a working product. Established strategic partners (such as Cargolux and Emirates). Niche market focus. Dividend sharing model yields profit for investors. Absolutely strong Team with rich experience. The line-up of advisors is just as high-powered. Clear Business vision. LOGI Token has a low hardcap. Press Coverage. Social media presence.
Risks and disadvantages
There isn't a blockchain developer in the Team. Roadmap is vague. Dual token might confuse potential investors. Needs to build hype. Lack of clarity on blockchain infrastructure.
Existing working product and such big partners give the project's blockchain technology direct access to the industry. Smart Containers ICO is likely attract its investors.
How will the profit share payouts work?
20% of dividends will be paid in ETH to all holders of SMARC tokens hat are
in circulation at the time of the payout. A given business year ends on 31st
December each year with a general assembly held annually around mid-February.
Therefore, dividend payout is expected around mid-March each year.
In the event of a total sale of Smart Containers or the exit of one of its lines of
business, the holders of SMARC tokens will receive a 20% participation of proceeds.
Is there a future profit statement?
No listed company can make an estimation or a commitment to a future return.
To do so would neither be professional nor ethical. For Smart Containers, as
with any company, profits may often depend upon a number of external factors,
such as the general trust in blockchain technology.
The question to be assessed is how fast a new disruptive technology can replace
an old system. We believe that Smart Containers Group is well-positioned to
facilitate this disruption, with a strong plan going forward and experienced team
working to successfully implement blockchain technology in the supply chain.
5 years of industry experience, the 4th largest container fleet and a motivated
team; that’s more than any idea whitepaper ICO.
Where is my money going and what will it be used for? Is my money going to be used to “cash out” others?
No money is used to cash out others. All funds contributed during our ICO
period will be invested to scale both companies, SkyCell and FoodGuardians,
as well as build up the LOGI CHAIN.
For further information, please refer to our Whitepaper under “use of proceeds”
What specific rights come with my investment?
The SMARC token is a profit share token. When the company generates profits
and the company’s general assembly approves a dividend payout, 20% of the
defined funds attributed to dividends will be distributed proportionally to holders
of SMARC tokens in circulation.
In contrast, the LOGI token is a utility token that can be used to pay for transactions
on the LOGI CHAIN, an open-source logistics platform for all stakeholders
in the logistics field with the goal to create a seamless, fully integrated, digital
Smart Containers will pay out a dividend to SMARC token holders. This would imply that the SMARC token is a security token. Are you compliant with financial regulation on this?
Smart Containers tokens is not classified as a security in Switzerland under current
law. This may be different in other jurisdictions such as the USA. Hence the
SMARC token is not eligible for sale in certain jurisdictions. Our benchmark is
the Modum token sale from June 2017. We have elected to use the same legal
structure as it was accepted by regulators in Switzerland and well received by
the ICO community and exchanges.
What is the vesting schedule for team and advisors tokens?
Everyone will receive SMARC and LOGI tokens at the same time. Minting will
occur at the end of the token sale. Advisors will have lock up periods depending
on how many tokens they receive. Team members have a lock up period of
Is the smart contract for both the SMARC and LOGI token be deployed for the ICO?
Yes, it will be published on Github. We will communicate as soon as it is ready
Has your smart contract been audited by an independent cybersecurity company?
Cyber security is a top priority for us. We were able to review and learn from
the success and failures of other ICOs and, along with multiple partners, have
devised an informed security strategy. As part of this strategy, Smart Containers
Group engaged with an independent cyber security auditor, Lykke, which has
extensive experience in this field.
Is there a link to your Github repo?
Our GitHub repo will be published it in the next few weeks with our community being notified in our communication channels.
Why has the company’s name changed?
We changed the name of our company for the ICO to make it more international
and recognizable. Smart Containers Group AG replaces the name REP
AG (Swiss registry of commerce, UID: CHE- 141.664.882), which is/was the
holding company for SkyCell and FoodGuardians. It is registered for 5 years.
On around 22nd February it has been changed to Smart Containers Group AG.
If you want more information, you can find details on the website of the Swiss
Registry of Commerce: www.zefix.ch
Why was your domain smartcontainers.ch only listed on December 20th 2017?
As our company name was changed in order to make it more international and
recognizable, we have recently registered a new domain name to reflect this
change and better represent ourselves. See: https://www.nic.ch/de/whois/?domain=smartcontainers.ch&lan-
Do you have a working product available to test?
We are a successfully running company with several products. Please refer to
our Whitepaper for further descriptions, illustrations, and information on the
product and services we provide.
Are there financial statements? If so, are they audited, and by whom?
Yes, there are financial statements for all our companies. They are audited by
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). To preserve our competitive advantage in the
market, we have decided not to publish our financial figures online at this moment
Can I have details of any intellectual property which the company has created, registered or applied to register?
We have 96 patents on our technology. All are registered in relevant key markets.
To protect our competitive advantage, we prefer not to list all of our registered
patents online at this time. As a larger investor ($250,000+ ), you may get
access this documentation upon signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
Are Modum and Smart Containers competitors?
Modum and Smart Containers are not competitors, more future partners.
Modum rents/sells sensors to track and trace shipments on temperature,
whereas Smart Containers rents/sells the containers, in which products including
sensors are put inside.
Of course our containers have sensors that record data for quality control, but
Smart Containers does not sell these data sets. In the end Modum and Smart
Containers will address to the same clients - Smart Containers provides the
container and Modum will put a sensor in it.
What are SkyCell’s main competitors?
There are 25 companies active in the field, we are currently fourth in the industry.
Our 3 main competitors are: 1. Envirotainer, 2. C-Safe, 3. Va-Q-Tec.
Are SkyCell containers an approved ULD according to IATA regulations?
SkyCell containers are exempt from the ULD rules by IATA. This has the huge
advantage that, compared to our competitors, the SkyCell container can not
only fly but can also leave the airport. Skycell containers are therefore a doorto-door
solution. Our competitors’ containers, on the other hand, have to be
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unloaded at the airport and packed into a new transport unit in order to continue
their journey from the airport to the final destination, increasing the risk of
temperature excursion, and loss.
How many airlines fly SkyCell containers?
In addition to our major partners, Emirates and CargoLux, more than 30 airlines
fly SkyCell containers.
What destinations does SkyCell serve?
SkyCell is a global company. We are shipping containers around the world and
reach each pharma client within 24-48 hours. This is accomplished through our
airline partners, that can fly ready-to-use containers to more than 150 airports.
Do you have existing business with your key clients (Roche, Novartis, etc.) or are you just approved by them?
Yes, we have regular running business with them and win one pharma tender
after the other. Twelve of the top twenty pharma companies are currently using
SkyCell services or are running implementation projects. Many of our clients
have not changed solutions in over ten years. So once we are in, we are likely
to stay in for a very long time. This field of business is very constant.
Where do you position yourself compared to Envirotainer?
Envirotainer is the number one container company with the largest container
fleet today. We are currently fourth globally, but we reached this position in less
than 5 years operating in this space. SkyCell containers have been tested and
shown to be technologically superior to Envirotainer containers (5x more runtime,
up to 35% lighter) which translates into safer pharma distribution and cost
savings as well as a reduced CO2 footprint.