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Freightera Media Kit 2021

If you’re a journalist looking for newsworthy stories and companies, our Media Kit will help you quickly learn more about the Freightera story, our people and company culture, milestones, public engagement, awards, and media coverage. Download the PDF version of our Media Kit here. Email us at media@freightera.com for more information.

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Freightera is Sponsoring the Keynote by Sohaib Shahid, Ph.D., at Supply Chain Canada, Alberta Institute’s Annual General Meeting

November 11, 2021

Freightera is sponsoring the presentation of keynote speaker Sohaib Shahid, Ph.D., Director of Economic Innovation at the Conference Board of Canada at the Supply Chain Canada, Alberta Institute’s Annual General Meeting.

Sohaib will be sharing his market intelligence on how the pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of relying too much on efficient rather than resilient supply chains. It has forced some businesses to expedite their plans to change their business models and move supply chains closer to home.

The Annual General Meeting will be held simultaneously in person and virtually on Thursday, November 18th, 2021, at Chateau Louis in Edmonton AB, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For more information, please read the meeting agenda.

Techcouver: Freightera Can Help Transportation Industry Hit 2030 Emissions Reduction Targets

November 11, 2021

Techcouver, a portal that covers and analyzes emerging technology news in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia, published an article about Freightera’s working solution for reducing the carbon footprint created by the freight industry.

”Freightera achieves this by automatically redirecting freight to existing, lower emission carriers.

Using data from the US EPA SmartWay program, Freightera calculates the net emissions reduction for multiple greenhouse gases and air pollutants and compares these with fleet averages.

Without regulation and allowing shippers to simply chose the lowest emission or lowest cost option, Freightera is achieving 20%+ plus CO2e reduction right now for 670 firms, and 50%+ reductions for 130 firms.

Freightera’s solution allows firms to achieve immediate CO2e emissions reductions in line with 2030 nationally determined targets even before widespread deployment of new lower emission vehicles.”

For more information, please read the Techcouver article.

Freightera Places No. 102 on the Globe and Mail’s Third-Annual Ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies

September 24, 2021

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, September 24, 2021 (Newswire.com) – Freightera, a leader in green freight, with an innovative CO2 emission reduction program for shippers, placed 102 on the 2021 Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies by the Globe and Mail. Freightera earned its spot with three-year growth of 557%. Earlier this year, several former Amazon executives joined Freightera’s leadership team.

“Freightera is honored to join the ranks of Canada’s Top Growing Companies for a second year, and we are particularly excited that several BC firms on the previous year’s list have now become unicorns,” said Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt.

The Freightera marketplace provides business shippers instant all-inclusive freight quotes from the best performing and lowest emission freight carriers. Over 16,500 businesses use Freightera to ship between thousands of communities in Canada and the USA. With hundreds of excellent reviews from delighted customers, Freightera helps businesses significantly lower their cost of shipping and reduce their carbon footprint.

Launched in 2019, Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranking celebrates entrepreneurial achievement in Canada by identifying and amplifying the success of growth-minded, independent businesses in Canada.

“Any business leader seeking inspiration should look no further than the 448 businesses on this year’s Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies,” says Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail. “Their growth helps to make Canada a better place, and we are proud to bring their stories to our readers.”

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera’s CEO Presenting at the BC Cleantech Virtual Conference

Eric Beckwitt, Freightera founder and CEO is presenting at the BC Cleantech Virtual Conference on Sept 23, 2021

September 20, 2021

Eric Beckwitt will talk about Freightera at the first BC Cleantech virtual conference. His presentation will cover how Freightera helps businesses to ship freight and reduce the carbon footprint from shipping. Freightera offers less-than-truckload (LTL) and full-truckload (FTL) freight services by road and rail within North America.

Other presenters include Loop Energy (a supplier of hydrogen fuel cells for heavy trucks), Hydra (a provider of hydrogen admixture for existing diesel heavy trucks), Nexii (a company that enables low emission building using panels), and many local VCs.

For more information, please read our blog post.

We Have Introduced Carbon Savings Badge, Helping our Shippers Reduce CO2e Emissions up to 62%

June 29, 2021

VANCOUVER, BC, June 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Freightera introduced a “CO2e Savings” badge, which quantifies the greenhouse gas reduction businesses can achieve by selecting lower-emission transportation carriers on the Freightera platform.

Thousands of business shippers use Freightera to instantly compare all-inclusive rates from hundreds of transport companies serving Canadian, U.S., and cross-border markets.

“With the record heat waves in Canada, the business community is increasingly concerned about climate change and the impact businesses have on the environment,” says Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt. “At the same time, some of our carriers have made great progress reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. We just started highlighting these lower-emission carriers.

“If you search prices on the Freightera platform, you’ll get a list of carriers with the rate, delivery estimate, and service quality. Now, you will also see a planet logo with a number indicating emissions reduction compared to industry averages. For our best carriers, it’s 62 percent lower.”

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera is the Technology Impact Awards Finalist for ‘Tech Culture of the Year’

June 21, 2021

We are proud to call ourselves a TIA finalist for the second year in the row, and for the third time ever!

”Resilience and inspiration” is the theme for this year’s awards, and we are on the final list with some of the greatest tech companies in BC and beyond.

Below is the full press release from BC Tech Association, as published on Newswire:

VANCOUVER, BCJune 17, 2021 /CNW/ – With British Columbia’s tech sector powering the province’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the BC Tech Association (BC Tech) is proud to announce the finalists for the 2021 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs).

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis the province’s tech sector pulled together to support our communities, help small business to adopt technology, provide reskilling programs and put workers displaced by Covid into new jobs in the tech sector,” said Jill Tipping, BC Tech President and CEO. “BC Tech companies built the resilience of British Columbia this year and the stories are inspiring! With more applicants than ever before, the TIAs celebrates a community of bold optimists and innovators that is transforming BC’s economy.”

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera is the 2021 Company of The Year Award Winner

Freightera won the DotCom Magazine 2021 Company of The Year Award

April 6, 2021

Freightera team is happy to receive a new award recognizing our impact in 2021. Please read the official DotCom Magazine statement below.

2021 Impact Company of The Year Awards celebrate shapeshifting entrepreneurs and their companies. When a company like yours makes impact, not only are you helping your clients, but you are also helping the world become a better place with your selfless commitment to your brand and employees. We are honored to award your company the DotCom Magazine 2021 Impact Company of The Year Award.

At DotCom Magazine, we believe entrepreneurs are the heartbeat of the world in so many ways. We believe it is a world where risk takers like you must be lauded, saluted, and respected. As an outstanding entrepreneur, you know that nothing is given to you. You know it is up to the entrepreneur to get up every morning and give an amazing effort. You know that every minute of our lives is not guaranteed. Our time is a blessing to be cherished and made the most of.

We hope that making the DotCom Magazine Impact Company of The Year Award 2021 will become a yearly event for you. We know you and your business will go from good to good. Now, more than ever, it is important to focus in on your clients, and make this the best year that they ever had. After all, that is what entrepreneurs do… we are focused with laser like vision to do what is best for our clients.

As a 2021 DotCom Magazine Impact Company of 2021 award winner, we know you will be bold. We know you will continue to make a difference. We know you will continue to build. We also know that when you hit a challenge, you will respond with grace and dignity and quite frankly, knock down the brick wall in front of you like you have always done!

For more information, please read the full article.

Former Amazon Executives Join Freightera

Amazon's former executives, Director of Software Engineering Jonathan Shakes, and Director of Customer Service Colleen Byrum join Freightera's executive team

January 12, 2021

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, January 12, 2021 (Newswire.com) – Freightera, a leading online freight marketplace, is pleased to announce Jonathan Shakes, former Director of Product Management and Director of Software Engineering at Amazon, has joined the executive team as Head of Product Development. The 14-year Amazon veteran had a range of executive responsibilities including technology development for warehousing, fulfillment center, supply chain, logistics, and the Amazon marketplace platform. As Head of Product Development, Jonathan Shakes will use his customer-focused computer science and logistics leadership to drive Freightera’s technology forward.

Colleen Byrum, who built the customer service division at Amazon from the ground up, has joined Freightera as Chief of Staff. Byrum is an expert on high-growth technology companies and customer service. As Chief of Staff, the 30-year industry veteran Byrum brings her deep expertise in managing technology companies across multiple domains: organizational development, customer service, operations, and recruiting, maximizing the value of company advisors, and anticipating what comes next.

Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt notes, “The addition of these two senior technology and service executives propels Freightera forward in our mission to create the best online marketplace for freight with an emphasis on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera Wins 2020 Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ Award

Deloitte just recognized Freightera among the fastest-growing and most innovative technology companies in Canada

November 18, 2020

VANCOUVER, B.C., Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Freightera, the innovative online freight marketplace, just won the 2020 Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ award. Freightera revenue grew 678% from 2016 to 2019.

Freightera provides Canadian and U.S. business shippers instant access to fixed-cost, all-inclusive freight quotes from the best-performing and lowest-emission transport companies. With a proven track record and hundreds of excellent reviews from delighted customers, Freightera helps businesses save time, lower shipping costs, and decrease CO2 emissions.

“This award is a special recognition of our success and will help us spread the word about Freightera, a triple bottom line company, offering an automated solution for businesses that reduces both carbon footprint and the cost of shipping,” said Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt.

To qualify for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranking, companies must have been in business for at least four years, have revenues of at least $5 million, be headquartered in Canada, own proprietary technology, conduct research, and development activities in Canada, and invest a minimum of five percent of gross revenues in R&D.

2020 has been a year of achievements for Freightera. In this challenging time, Freightera won the Consumer Choice Award in the freight brokerage category in Vancouver, placed among top tech companies in BC in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector by Rocket Builders for the second year in a row, and made The Globe and Mail’s list of Canada’s top growing companies. Freightera also rolled out a SaaS model offering value-added paid memberships for Canadian and U.S. business shippers and logistics companies.

Freightera Makes Globe and Mail’s List of Canada’s Top Growing Companies

September 20, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Freightera, with a newly launched SaaS model for Canadian and US business shippers and 3-year revenue growth of 678%, placed 80 of 400 in Canada’s Top Growing Companies 2020 by The Globe and Mail.

“Freightera is honored to join the ranks of Canada’s top growth companies, placing alongside firms like Shopify (No. 98 in 2019), and Canada Goose (No. 269 in 2020)”, noted CEO Eric Beckwitt, “We are especially pleased to see a large group of Vancouver and British Columbia companies making the list, including fellow graduates of the BC Tech Hypergrowth Accelerator”.

The Freightera marketplace provides business shippers instant access to fixed-cost, all-inclusive freight quotes from the best performing and lowest emission transport companies. Over 13,000 businesses use Freightera to ship between 23,000 communities in Canada and the US. With hundreds of excellent reviews from delighted customers, Freightera helps businesses to significantly lower their cost of shipping and decrease CO2 emissions, while leading in customer satisfaction and ease of use.

Freightera has also been recognized as the 3rd fastest-growing company in British Columbia, and among the top 5 automated freight brokerage solutions in North America.

Earlier this year, Freightera launched a SaaS model with value-added membership plans and a rewards program for volume shippers. New plans allow businesses to access new services and work more efficiently as a team.

 

For more information, please read the full article.

Dan Goodwill’s Transportation Consulting Covers Freightera’s Membership Plans

August 17, 2020

Earlier this month, Dan Goodwill’s Transportation Consulting posted an article about our newly-added Membership Plans and how they can help shippers in Covid-19 times:

On July 7, 2020, Freightera, North America’s rapidly growing online freight marketplace, announced the enhancement of its popular free platform with value-added paid memberships and a rewards program. Freightera’s customers can now subscribe to a range of Membership Plans that provide enhanced freight transportation services, tailored to their unique requirements.

Freightera is one of the top growth companies in the North American freight transportation industry, having increased revenues 240% per year since 2015, making it the third fastest-growing company in British Columbia. Frost & Sullivan identified Freightera as one of the top five “automated on-demand” freight platforms in North America and the only system that offers fixed-cost, all-inclusive quotes direct from transport companies of all sizes and modes.

Covid-19 Considerations

There is a concern in the freight industry that as the North American economies recover from the pandemic, this may lead to capacity shortages. Shippers who work with a limited set of asset-based providers may experience challenges in covering their loads. Similarly, the economic downturn is causing companies to reduce staff. Shippers who become Freightera members may lessen some of these concerns by utilizing the company’s streamlined automated shipping processes, their broad range of services, and their extensive network of carriers.

Freightera’s Membership Plan initiative has again demonstrated its industry leadership, customer-centric focus, and innovative approach to meeting the needs of North American shippers.

Freightera Launches New Membership Plans for Canadian and US Business Shippers

July 15, 2020

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Freightera, North America’s rapidly growing online freight marketplace, just enhanced its popular free platform with value-added paid memberships and a rewards program.

“I am pleased to announce our latest release that enhances your experience and makes bookings more rewarding and fun,” noted Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt, updating Freightera’s 12,700+ business shippers. “It also expands our plans and services beyond classic free Freightera with more choices for everyone.”

Late in 2019, the company surveyed its top shippers and found they were interested in value-added services and paid plans if Freightera was to offer them. Freightera’s team created a game plan and completed the implementation at the end of the second quarter, despite the added stress of COVID-19 disruption.

“It’s great to see a positive response from our shippers,” noted Beckwitt. “Automated bookings are up sharply, and we have renewed interest from investors.”

Because most businesses are affected by COVID-19, Freightera is offering three-month free trials of new paid SMB Plus and SMB Priority plans.

For more information, please read the full press release.

Freightera Wins 2020 Ready to Rocket Placement Among Top Technology Companies in British Columbia

April 15, 2020

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 15, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Freightera, a leading online freight marketplace offering instant freight quotes and streamlining shipping operations for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors in Canada and the U.S., was recognized among BC’s top private companies in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector by Rocket Builders for the second year in a row.

According to Rocket Builders, the annual 2020 “Ready to Rocket” lists “provide accurate predictions of private companies that will likely experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year … The “Ready to Rocket” lists are the only predictive lists of this kind in North America, requiring many months of sector and company analysis.”

“Freightera is honored to be recognized among the leading technology companies in British Columbia,” said Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt. Some of BC’s most famous companies were acquired while on a Rocket list or graduated to become unicorns. This year’s lists feature 200 companies across five sectors: Information and Communications Technology, Cleantech, Life Science, Digital Health and Agri-Food.

Rocket Builders started its recognition program 18 years ago during the stock market downturn of 2002, post “the Internet bubble,” a time somewhat reminiscent of the current COVID-19 crisis. Rocket Builders’ partners Geoffrey Hansen, Dave Thomas, and Thealzel Lee covered the highlights for each sector, announced the recognized companies, and commented on COVID-19 related changes in the markets, investor interests, and growth predictions.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera Creates Local Sourcing Community in Response to COVID-19 Crisis in Global Supply Chains

April 14, 2020

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 14, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Freightera, North America’s freight marketplace start-up, just opened a Source Locally Community for its members, thousands of manufacturers, distributors and retailers in Canada and the United States. This project to facilitate local sourcing was started in response to the COVID-19 disruption of conventional and global supply chains.

The company realized that many of its customers needed help with sales to keep the doors open. At first, they just wanted to promote customers’ products so others in the community could purchase them. They noticed from what was shipping on the Freightera platform that customers had an inventory of products missing from supermarket shelves and also medical supplies needed by governments and hospitals.

“On March 24, we emailed to over 10,000 shippers in our marketplace asking them if we could promote them and their products,” continued Beckwitt. “We received a positive response and immediately started work on an internal community where our customers could see what products and supplies were still shipping, indicating the company is still in business and has the product for sale.”

On April 1, Freightera received a call from the BC Government’s COVID-19 Supply Hub to purchase medical and essential supplies. The team immediately sent this information to its shipper community. Hundreds of members responded. One of them even had millions of the coveted N95 masks. The company is currently working with the government agency to get these supplies to where they are most needed.

The Freightera Source Locally Community is a free service open to all registered shippers on the platform.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera to Keynote the Urban Freight Forum in Toronto in March

December 20, 2019

On Mar 3, 2020, Freightera will participate in the Urban Freight forum hosted by the Pembina Institute at The Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto.

According to the Pembina Institute, the forum will ”catalyze how urban freight can be differently managed in our cities, both now and in the future, [and] gather a cross-section of the most influential city-builders, transportation planners, policy practitioners and recognized sustainability leaders in business and industry.”

The forum participants will talk about the main challenges in urban planning, land use, and transportation, and related policies and implementations. Forum topics will range from ”municipal leadership on urban freight and goods movement, alternative delivery and operating models, opportunities for new and emerging delivery modes and technologies, and showcasing successful partnership for implementation.”

As Freightera’s mission is to make freight shipping sustainable and green, we are honored for this peer-to-peer learning opportunity.

For more information, please read the full article on Freightera blog.

Freightera Featured in North America Cargo Logistics Conference in Vancouver in February

December 20, 2019

Eric Beckwitt will be the first of five featured speakers on developing Cargo Tech trends, and will seek to ”help demystify technological complexities, and potentially help enhance your supply chain in the digital age”, according to Cargo Logistics Canada.

Freightera CEO will speak about digital transformation on Wednesday, Feb 5 2020, on the Tech Hub Stage, between 10:30 am and 11:15 am.

The 7th Cargo Logistics Canada Expo & Conference will be held at Vancouver Convention Centre from Feb 4 to Feb 6 2020, will consist of networking events, a conference program, and various exhibits.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera is a Supply Chain Brief 2019 MVP Award Finalist

December 6, 2019

Awesome news for Freightera blog and our readers! Our post Ship a Pallet in 15 Easy Steps: Quick Guide for Pallet Shipping for Beginners was selected among thousands of articles as one of the finalists in the Transport/Freight category. We want to thank everybody who voted for us!

Sadly, we didn’t win, but we had a chance to compete with some of the top online resources for freight shipping, and we learned a lot from reading their articles. We’ve found them relevant and educational, and we’re hereby sharing them with our readers.

For more information, please read the full blog post.

Freightera Celebrates Customer Service Week 2019 with Stellar Reviews and “2020 Consumer Choice Award”

October 9, 2019

As we all know, customer service is a pillar of good business. And ever since we entered the market, our Client Care team has been both the means of achieving our goals and one of our main goals itself.

Our mission is to make freight shipping easy, accessible and green. And there’s no way to do that without putting an emphasis on service with a smile!

We’re proud to say, without any contrived modesty, that our customer service is the best one in this stressful industry of freight shipping. Our team functions like a small, close-knit family, and although we highly value professionalism and good training, we put a strong emphasis on warmth and empathy as well. In the era of Internet and automation, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there is a real person behind that email you get – and we try to remind ourselves of this every single day!

In the spirit of Customer Service Week 2019, we’ve talked to Yelena, our Client Care team leader.

Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt’s Commentary on a Green New Deal for Freight Transport Published on FreightWaves

October 3, 2019

“Last Friday, I joined the Global Climate Strike in Vancouver, Canada, with a group of colleagues representing a coalition of prominent British Columbia businesses promoting a clean economy. It was inspiring and energizing for all of us to walk the streets with what the press estimated was 80,000 people, many families with small children and thousands of students attending with their entire schools. Vancouver schools and many colleges were closed, and you can’t argue that the political lesson we all learned on that day was invaluable. It was a hopeful, bright event on a gorgeous sunny day in Vancouver. Vancouver, along with many other cities in North America, demonstrated what huge people power lies behind the climate action and sustainability movement of today.

Many progressive politicians are taking note. The Green New Deal legislation in the U.S. Congress is inspired by the “New Deal” public works projects of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression. The “Green New Deal” addresses both climate change and economic growth, directing investment in renewable energy infrastructure to avoid severe climate change while increasing employment. In this brief report, let me illustrate how the polluting and inefficient freight transport industry in North America could be transformed by a “Green New Deal for Freight Transport.” How can we do this with existing, rapidly developing technology?

In a groundbreaking new study, LUT University and Energy Watch Group reveled that by 2050 the world economy can run on 100% renewable energy with zero CO2 emissions. Energy cost with 100% percent renewables is projected to be slightly less than in 2015, and employment in the energy sector is projected to increase from approximately 20 million (2015) to 35 million (2050). In North America, the transition to 100% renewal energy is projected to be associated with an increase in employment in the energy sector, from 1.8 million jobs (2015) to a peak of 3.8 million by 2025 and 2.7 million by 2050. Cost of freight transport in this scenario during the transition to 100% renewables will decline by 70%, with cost of trucking falling the most.”

Freightera Tops 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List in British Columbia

August 22, 2019

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, August 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Freightera, the rapidly growing Vancouver-based B2B Freight Marketplace offering instant all-inclusive LTL, FTL and rail freight quotes in Canada and the USA, was recently listed as #3 of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in B.C. by Business in Vancouver Magazine. See the list on the BIV website.

Companies must have had $50,000 in sales in 2014 and $1 million in 2018 to qualify. Founded in 2014, Freightera grew 5,366.7% from $97K to $5.3M in revenue in 2018. Today, the Freightera marketplace connects 13,200+ businesses with over 20 billion freight lanes from 800+ transport carriers in the platform. Shippers love the combination of best prices, best inventory and excellent customer service we offer and routinely save over 50% on the transportation cost using Freightera,” says Eric Beckwitt, Freightera CEO. “We are happy to make the very top of the BIV Fastest-Growing Companies list. It’s a big recognition and a huge honor for everyone in our enthusiastic team.”

For more information, please read the full press release.

Freightera Plans to go Public

August 2, 2019

Freightera, a Canadian-based digital freight marketplace, plans to go public.

CEO Eric Beckwitt confirmed to FreightWaves on August 1 that his Vancouver-based firm is seeking a listing on the TSX Venture Exchange through a process similar to an initial public offering.

“Our intention to be a publicly listed company,” Beckwitt said.

Freightera is utilizing a Canadian process known as a qualifying transaction, which allows a private firm to merge with a publicly traded holding company.

Beckwitt said he could not disclose details or a timetable pending regulatory approval. However, a public disclosure by OV2 Investment on June 30, the company Freightera is merging with, valued the company at C$34 million.

“It is conservative,” Beckwitt said. “We’ll see what the market does.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera First to Market With Freight Service From Five Major US and Canadian Railroads, Moves Forward on Go Green Roadmap

May 15, 2019

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Freightera, North America’s freight marketplace offering all-inclusive freight rates from hundreds of carriers of all sizes and transport modes, just launched door-to-door full truckload service from Union Pacific, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, three of the largest railroads in Canada and the U.S. This coverage combined with existing service from CSX and Norfolk Southern makes Freightera the only freight platform in North America offering comprehensive coverage from the major railroads. Freightera is currently in the process of obtaining live rates from the remaining two Class 1 railroads.

“Intermodal transport by rail is usually the least expensive way to move freight long distances,” says Freightera founder and CEO Eric Beckwitt, “but until now, freight shippers were unable to go to one platform and get instant all-inclusive rate quotes from the major railroads. Now they can do that with a click of a button. No phone calls or brokers necessary. They can also compare rail rates with the leading trucking companies’ rates and get a clear sense of available services and optimal cost for each shipment.”

Shipping freight by rail offers many important advantages over trucking. In the Freightera platform, a recent sampling of long-haul full truckload rail rates reveals 45 percent cost savings on average over truck rates with guaranteed availability. In Canada, Freightera rail rates are around 40 percent cheaper than long-haul trucking rates.

For more information, please read the full press release.

Freightera in Trucks.com Article about Expected Fast Adoption of Digital Freight Brokerage Solutions

March 29, 2019

Silpa Paul, Frost & Sullivan commercial vehicles industry analyst, mentions Freightera among key automated-on-demand solutions in her article in trucks.com earlier this week and states that we are entering the era of fast adaption of brokerage digitization. Silpa Paul’s authority comes from prolific work in the space. She has published more than 30 research studies covering trucking and logistics.

“The trucking industry is in a phase of digital transformation, with connected devices bringing greater visibility and transparency across the supply chain. The installation of telematics devices in trucks has jumped exponentially and will cover nearly half the trucks in operation in North America by 2025.

In an era of smartphones, smart cities and smart mobility, the North American trucking industry is headed toward its “smart” future. This is pushed by the 2017 mandate that heavy-duty trucks be equipped with electronic logging devices that digitally track how long truckers drive each day to make sure they comply with federal rules

A key segment of the trucking industry that has struggled to digitalize is the brokerage process. Digital brokerage solutions – whether digital load boards DAT or Truckstop.com or automated-on-demand solutions like those offered by Convoy, Uber Freight, Loadsmart, Transfix, Next and Freightera – are modernizing the brokerage process. All are using technology to automate and remove redundancies.”

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera Wins 2019 Ready to Rocket Placement Among Top Private Technology Companies in British Columbia

Freightera Makes Rocket Builders’ ICT “2019 Ready to Rocket” Prediction List Highlighting Companies with Highest Growth Potential in BC

March 14, 2019

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Freightera, a leading freight shipping marketplace offering instant freight quotes and online shipment bookings in North America, was recognized as a top private company in the ICT category by Rocket Builders. Selected from hundreds of companies evaluated in the “2019 Ready to Rocket” category, Freightera was recognized for its impressive market traction and revenue growth to date, as well as future growth potential.

“Each year when we choose the Ready to Rocket companies, we are looking for those companies that leverage the latest trends and offer a unique, compelling value proposition. Freightera is an excellent example of a company taking key steps toward achieving its commercial potential,” said Geoffrey Hansen, Managing Partner, Rocket Builders.

For more information, please read the full press release.

Green Freight Guru Grows Low-Emissions Marketplace

February 17, 2019

It’s been great to see the media attention pouring towards Freightera in the recent months, but having Freight Waves article about our green mission coming out on Valentine’s Day was rather auspicious. We loved the article’s angle and depth. Freight Waves journalist Linda Baker wrote a comprehensive article giving justice to Freightera’s unique story.

“Although automating freight systems is usually good for the environment as well as the pocketbook, few digital logistics companies have made a big deal out of the emissions reductions that go along with making transportation systems more efficient. Not Freightera, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based startup that has created what is perhaps the first green freight marketplace featuring rail services and carriers committed to energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint.”

Frost & Sullivan: Freightera Among Key Automated Freight Solutions in North America

Frost & Sullivan places Freightera among 'Key Automated On-Demand Brokerage Solutions in North America' along with Uber Freight and Convoy

January 15, 2019

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Frost & Sullivan, the top 25 global market research and analysis firm, just placed Canadian startup Freightera among the leading global freight digitization startups in their new report “Global Digital Freight Brokerage Market Opportunities, Forecast to 2025.”

Frost & Sullivan research showing Freightera among ‘Key Solutions’ for freight automation and high growth potential to 2025.

According to Frost & Sullivan, global logistics spending is expected to grow from $7.9 trillion in 2017 to $16.9 trillion USD in 2025, with transportation accounting for a majority of the spending at about 70 percent, or $11.8 trillion USD. There is a huge opportunity for firms that can successfully automate and disrupt this market.

For more information, please read the full press release.

Freightera Celebrates First Year with 1.8 Billion Freight Lanes in Canada and US

North American Businesses Just Got Access to Vast New Online Freight Rate Inventory in Canada, US and US-Canada Cross-Border Transportation Markets

July 6, 2015

Freightera, North America’s online freight marketplace offering business shippers instant fixed-cost quotes from carriers of all sizes and one-click booking, celebrated its first year by doubling inventory to 1.8 billion freight lanes.

“With this expansion we now offer multiple competitive quotes between most communities in Canada and US,” says Freightera’s founder and CEO Eric Beckwitt, “Our shippers manage warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities. They ship to various locations across North America every day, and we give them the ability to ship freight with the ease, speed and convenience of online travel sites. Enter your dimensions and destination and get instant rates with a single click.“

For more information, please read the full article.

Canadian Shipper: Freightera has a Plan to become the Amazon of the Freight Industry

January 7, 2019

Canadian Shipper just published an article about Freightera’s ambitious mission. The story is written by Dan Goodwill, one of the top journalists and leading experts on freight transportation in North America. It describes the state of the industry that is vitally important economically, enormously large and highly fragmented. “Shippers that move freight across North America have always faced the challenge of finding a set of trucking and rail service providers with the precise range of services, geographic coverage and rates that meet their needs. Since no single asset-based transportation provider can meet the needs of all shippers, the trucking industry has long relied on the thousands of third-party brokers, essentially travel agents for the freight transportation industry, who connect shippers and carriers.”

Freightera, very much like online travel sites, removed the brokers from the equation and connected shippers and carriers directly. “Freightera is one of the only companies that has created a fixed cost model with data directly from carriers. It has found a way to enter carriers’ rates from multiple modes in their data management system so shippers can compare rates from carriers of all sizes and transport modes in one place.”

For more information, please read the full article.

The Future of Sustainable Freight Hauling – Freightera Featured in “Digital Supply Chain”

December 18, 2018

Mediaplanet just published and distributed in USA Today their special edition about innovative technological solutions for transportation and supply chain management. This ‘Digital Supply Chain’ issue aims to help businesses navigate new technologies for improving efficiency of their supply chains, increasing productivity and gaining a competitive edge for their companies. Mediaplanet interviewed Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt about our green freight mission, what we are working on and what we see coming.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera CEO Wins Sustainability Award for Freight-Based Digital Transformation Efforts

October 1, 2018

SupplyChainDigital.com picked up our recent press release about Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt’s 2019 Clean50 Award and published a feature article about this news for the supply chain community. Thank you, Supply Chain Digital! This story will help us spread the word about our solution.

The excerpts from the article below.

“Freightera is a B2B website focused on finding the best deals for shipping, compiling different companies’ quotes in a manner similar to flight and hotel comparison sites.”

“The company’s website states, “It’s difficult for all but the largest companies to negotiate volume discounts on shipping. Freightera levels the playing field.”

“Freightera is preferentially bringing in new carriers that offer the highest quality service, the best price and lowest emissions for each lane and region, so shippers can continue to reduce emissions as they pay less and improve the bottom line in their operations.”

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt Receives Sustainability Award at Clean50 Summit in Toronto

October 1, 2018

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Canadian freight digitization startup Freightera is honored to announce that CEO Eric Beckwitt has just won the 2019 Clean50 Award for his outstanding contribution to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years. The award was presented at the Clean50 Summit in Toronto on Sept. 27, 2018.

The award winners were selected from more than 600 nominees and competed in 16 categories including Manufacturing and Transportation, where Eric Beckwittwon the award along with Mario Plourde, CEO of Cascades, and Sarah Buckle, director of enterprise risk and sustainability at Translink, the greater Vancouver transit authority. Past honorees include Premier Kathleen Wynne of Ontario, who opened the summit, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Galen G. Weston of Loblaws.

Clean50 is one of the most important awards for corporate contribution to environmental sustainability in Canada. This means a lot to everyone at Freightera, an online marketplace that brings together businesses that need to ship freight and transport companies that move it. Freightera’s mission is to make freight easy, accessible and green.

Freightera Showcased in 2018 G7 Summit Edition of CLIMATE CHANGE – the New Economy (CCTNE)

May 29, 2018

Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt’s article about how Canada can lead in greening global freight transportation was just published in the La Malbaie, Quebec G7 Summit edition of CLIMATE CHANGE – the New Economy (CCTNE).

CLIMATE CHANGE – the New Economy is the leading climate change publication supporting the G7 2018 Summit. In the publisher’s words, it’s “brimming with bold leadership from some of the world´s top innovators and visionaries”. In it you will find how leaders and experts are addressing the challenges and identifying innovative solutions for cleaning the oceans, how cities should be leading the energy transition, and, in the case of Freightera, how we can accelerate the transition to low emission freight shipping.

For more information, please read the full article.

Interview with Freightera Co-founder Zhenya Beck in Total Prestige Magazine

May 18, 2018

Turn on a national news broadcast today, and you are bound to see a story about climate change, transport emissions or pollution. These are topics that aren’t going away, rather they are becoming more important.

Eric Beckwitt and Zhenya Beck wanted to do something about the growing air pollution problems and decided one way to help remedy the situation was to address the logistics arena. They founded a revolutionary technology startup called Freightera. The platform allows companies to find the best rates for shipping their products across North America. But not only are the rates low, Freightera offers businesses the chance to choose low emission shipping options that lessen the impact of pollution on the Earth.

For more information, please read the full interview.

Stamford Advocate Just Featured Freightera and Eric Beckwitt in the Article About Purpose-Driven Business

May 11, 2018

Entrepreneur Magazine just featured Freightera and Eric Beckwitt in the article “Why All Businesses Can Benefit from a Guiding Social or Environmental Purpose”. The conversation about how purpose-driven business is not just an idealistic venture, but a good business continues.

“It is far too late, in terms of climate change, air and water pollution, and fundamental inequality, for business to be organized purely for profit,” CEO Eric Beckwitt said in an interview, explaining his company’s stance. “Businesses, especially large firms, are superbly positioned to rapidly improve social and environmental conditions, and reduce emissions to prevent climate change. It is time for businesses to lead.”

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera Marketplace Books 10,000th Shipment, Goes Live with CN Rail

Freightera, “Expedia for Freight,” celebrates its 10,000th shipment, on target to achieve best LTL inventory in the US and Canada.

May 1, 2018

Freightera, North America’s rapidly growing online freight marketplace, celebrated its 4th birthday today as it booked over 10,000 shipments. This marks a period of expansion for Freightera, including going live with rates from Canadian National, the second Class 1 railroad Freightera has made available through its online quoting and booking platform.

Freightera has emerged as the leading source of instant less than truckload (LTL) freight quotes for the Canadian, cross-border and US markets. “Based on our research, we have 5 times more transport companies per lane than anyone else in Canada, noted Freightera Founder and CEO Eric Beckwitt, “and our US and cross-border coverage is even more extensive and growing fast.”

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera Invited to Speak at the Surface Transportation Summit in Toronto

March 2, 2018

Eric Beckwitt, Freightera CEO has just been invited to speak on the freight brokerage industry at the annual Surface Transportation Summit in Toronto. Past speakers at the Summit include representatives from RBC Capital Markets, ScotiaBank, Volvo, Daimler, Canadian Pacific, Canadian National and many others. We are among 4 panel members representing the freight brokerage and freight management sector of the transportation industry.

Freightera’s Collaboration with SmartWay Featured in TruckNews Magazine

February 15, 2018

TruckNews just featured Freightera and our collaboration with the SmartWay Transportation Partnership managed by Natural Resources Canada. SmartWay chose Freightera to feature certified carriers in Canada, companies that lead in optimizing their fuel efficiency and greening the supply chain. We started to work with them about a year ago with great results.

SmartWay initially approached us asking to put a tag on those partner carriers working with Freightera so shippers could see the fleets who are dedicated to lower emissions and being environmentally friendly.

How Freightera Got Its Green Freight Mission – Interview from COP23 Climate Change Conference

November 18, 2017

How Freightera got its green freight mission. Leena ElDeeb, journalist from Progrss interviewed Eric Beckwitt and Zhenya Beck at the COP23 Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany.

Freightera Featured in Inc. Magazine Among Socially Responsible Companies, Wins 2017 W3 Design Award!

October 30, 2017

Many exciting news for Freightera friends! In case you missed it, earlier this month we were featured among socially responsible companies in Inc. Magazine. “How to Ship Freight  Responsively” is the message that got us their attention, and in just a few days we’ll be taking it to the COP23 Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany.

In the 6-17 November COP23 event Freightera will continue to promote our green freight vision and meet with the organizations, corporate partners and government officials working on solutions to lower emissions from transportation.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera’s New Redesign Takes Instant Online Freight Quotes to the Next Level

Canadian startup Freightera released its breakthrough redesign. Shippers can now get instant freight quotes without creating accounts.

September 7, 2017

Just in time for the busy fall shipping season, the Canadian startup serving businesses with instant freight quotes and online bookings unveiled its break-through redesign. Freightera users can now get live instant quotes without creating accounts. The new site for the first time offers quotes and booking on mobile devices. Freightera also opened the first lanes automating refrigerated less than truckload and full truckload freight.

Transport News INTL has just selected Freightera as “Best Online Freight Marketplace – North America” in their Logistics, Warehouse & Supply Chain Awards 2017!

June 29, 2017

Transport News INTL has just selected Freightera as “Best Online Freight Marketplace – North America” in their Logistics, Warehouse & Supply Chain Awards 2017!

Freightera is an award winning online freight marketplace automating freight shipping and increasing operating margins for carriers and B2B freight shippers. We caught up with Eric Beckwitt to find out more.

Freightera creates partnerships and systems and promotes new technologies that allow business to find the best price and lowest emission transportation options. Over 4,200 manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers in the US and Canada use Freightera for 24/7 online access to billions of all-inclusive freight rates and instant freight booking. As such the firm needs to offer the very highest standards of service and support, as Eric emphasises.

For more information, please read about Freightera online freight marketplace.

Freightera Raises $2.1M in Private Equity

Disrupting the traditional VC approach, startups like Freightera are working directly with high net worth individuals and private equity, opening up a vast new market for funding early stage companies.

Freightera, North America’s Online Freight Marketplace, just completed their latest round, bringing the total raised to $2.1M with $3-5M more expected from the same sources in 2016.

Freightera’s investors include Canadian exempt market private equity firms Robson Capital, Ted Snider Financial, and Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach angels, including some of the first backers of Facebook and Twitter. Investors are excited by the velocity of the two-year-old startup, with revenue growing about 300% per year, and its mission to automate and integrate the global transportation industry while dramatically reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the sector.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera wins Plug and Play Logistics Accelerator selection

June 19, 2017

Plug and Play Ventures renown Silicon Valley venture fund has selected Freightera as winner for their “world’s largest” accelerator program placement. We were invited to present at a private event on June 8th with their Supply Chain & Logistics partners. They are best known for working with Paypal and Dropbox.

Freightera vision was presented by CEO Eric Beckwitt. In his 4-minute speech Eric integrated Freightera’s goals to create unified global marketplace for freight and to sharply reduce both shipping costs and emissions from freight transport.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera to Build North America’s First Low Emission Freight Marketplace

Freightera to Build North America's First Low Emission Freight Marketplace, Partners with SmartWay to Showcase Certified Carriers.

May 4, 2017

Freightera Logistics Inc. has partnered with Natural Resources Canada’s SmartWay program in an initiative to reduce fuel costs and emissions from freight transportation. Freightera’s Go Green option now allows shippers to choose freight quotes by lower emission, in addition to price and shipping time.

Flash Forward 10 Years: What Would Green, Sustainable Freight Transportation Look Like

Freightera continues to build the freight transportation marketplace with a mission to transform the whole industry, releases the Green Future of Freight infographic.

January 31, 2017

Freightera, the Expedia-like freight shipping marketplace, continues to work on its mission to transform freight transportation from a large polluter to clean and sustainable industry. Freightera customers will soon be able to choose their freight carriers not just by traditional and mission-critical price and shipping time, but by lower emission option as well. Freightera is making partnerships to feature lower emission carriers and all major North American rail companies in its platform. Rail is currently the least polluting option for long haul freight.

Freightera Wins 2016 Technology Impact Award

Freightera's transformative online freight platform recognized with prestigious Excellence in Product Innovation 2016 Technology Impact Award (TIA) from the BC Tech Association.

June 10, 2016

Freightera just received the 2016 Technology Impact Award (TIA) for Excellence in Product Innovation from the BC Tech Association. The Technology Impact Awards is the most prestigious event recognizing excellence and innovation in the BC technology community. “The 2016 TIAs finalists and winners all demonstrate the vast potential for BC Tech and our opportunity to be among the leading tech ecosystems on a global scale,” said BC Tech President and CEO, Bill Tam.

Freightera Brings Online 2.5 Billion Freight Lanes Serving 20,000+ Towns and Cities in Canada and US with Instant All-Inclusive Rates from Hundreds of Trucking Companies

Flying under the VC radar, stealth Canadian freight automation startup Freightera expands coverage to most Canadian and US communities, now serving 2.5 billion LTL, truckload and rail lanes to over 1,000 industrial shippers, with ambitious plans to reduce emissions from trucking and to unify the disjointed transportation industry.

November 5, 2015

Freightera, the Vancouver-based online freight marketplace, is gaining momentum, bringing online and automating an average of 140 million lanes per month in Canada, the US and cross-border markets.

Freightera’s rapid growth has been recognized by the BC Technology Industry Association, which selected Freightera for their HyperGrowth accelerator program among the most promising BC tech startups to transform their industries.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera Expands Freight Shipping Coverage 5000% to Serve All Canadian and US-Canada Cross-Border Destinations

Freightera.com just expanded its shipping coverage to all Canada, including inbound and outbound coverage to US destinations

April 27, 2015

Freightera.com freight shipping marketplace, offering instant online quoting and booking for Canadian and US-Canada cross-border markets, just expanded its shipping coverage to all Canada, including inbound and outbound coverage to all US destinations.

“This is a big day for our shippers, who need to ship to different locations each day,” said Eric Beckwitt, CEO of Freightera, “Visualize it like a flight map. Previously we had 10.5 million unique connections between communities. Now we offer over 500 million.

For more information, please read the full article.

Canadian Financing Forum features Freightera

March 2, 2015

Freightera was featured among innovative high growth technology companies at the Canadian Financing Forum on February 19-20, 2015. Following a well-received pitch, Freightera was invited to present at Angel Forum in Vancouver. 18 select companies present to over 50 investors at Angel Forum in March.

For more information, please read the full article.

Freightera opens operations in Western Canada

May 21, 2014

Freightera, the innovative online marketplace offering real time freight quotes from North American carriers, opened for business in Western Canada. Based in Vancouver, BC, Freightera Logistics Inc. is on a mission to provide a simple online solution for businesses across North America to quickly and easily find the best up-to-the-minute rates from transport freight carriers.

You book your plane tickets online… how would you like to book your freight shipments online?

For more information, please read the full article.