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Freightera Media Kit 2022

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 media kit 2022

Freightera’s Quote Machine™ Gets Speed Boost

Freightera’s enhanced quoting engine makes the largest freight rate inventory in North America more accessible for businesses struggling with lack of transport availability and high prices.

May 30, 2022

Freightera, the innovative award-winning freight marketplace serving businesses with instant freight quotes in the USA and Canada, just announced the release of a significantly upgraded quoting engine. This makes the largest freight rate inventory in North America more accessible for businesses struggling with lack of transport availability and high prices. All-inclusive fixed-cost online freight quotes at Freightera now load faster and more reliably, allowing users to interact with them right away.

Freightera’s Quote Machine™ was slowing down, processing over 20 billion rates connecting thousands of cities and towns in the USA, Canada, and cross-border. “Freightera’s engineers had to rethink the loading strategy and rose to the challenge of rebuilding the rocket mid-flight with no downtime or disruption to the users,” says Eric Beckwitt, Freightera CEO. “Not much has changed with the look users know, but the speed and interactivity make a better experience. We’re receiving good feedback from customers and are excited to invite new companies to Freightera.

For more information, please read the full press release.
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Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt Wins Globe and Mail 2022 Changemakers Award

March 1, 2022

Freightera CEO wins award for elegant marketplace solution for businesses, reducing shipping cost and CO2 emissions from freight transportation

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 1, 2022 (Newswire.com) – Freightera is pleased to announce CEO Eric Beckwitt has earned the 2022 Report on Business magazine Changemakers award.

Changemakers is an editorial award program produced by Report on Business magazine at The Globe and Mail. Its intent is to showcase the emerging leaders transforming business today.

“It’s a big honor to be named one of Canada’s 50 Changemakers 2022, along with other inspirational leaders, entrepreneurs, and academics reinventing how Canada does business,” said CEO Eric Beckwitt. “This recognition will help us spread the word about Freightera’s solution, which helps businesses significantly reduce shipping costs and CO2 emissions, and in cooperation with Supply Chain Canada, helps locate regional suppliers for key products and materials in increasingly unstable supply chains.”

For more information, please read the full press release.
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Freightera Recruits COO From Senior Executive Team at One of Canada’s Largest Carriers

February 7, 2022

Freightera welcomes Mark Schmitke, former senior operations executive at Canada’s 25th largest transportation company, as COO to scale the platform to $100M+ revenue and $1B+ valuation

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, February 7, 2022 (Newswire.com) – Freightera, the innovative online freight marketplace, has appointed Mark Schmitke as Chief Operating Officer. Mark spent the last five years with Siemens Transportation Group, serving most recently as Director of Revenue and Yield. Mark comes from an extensive background in technology and transportation. Reporting to Eric Beckwitt, CEO, Mark will be responsible for leading operations and implementing the long-term strategic vision at Freightera.

Mark is a specialist in pricing, taking an executive role at Siemens Transportation Group during challenging times, consistently achieving double-digit annual revenue growth, and 100% growth year after year for strategic market segments.

“We are excited to welcome Mark Schmitke on board,” noted Freightera CEO Eric Beckwitt. “His deep operational experience running one of Canada’s largest carriers, combined with our technology, team, and rapidly growing base of thousands of business shippers, will help us build out and scale a more efficient solution and offer a better experience for both carriers and customers. Mark is the key we need to scale Freightera to $100M+ revenue and $1B+ valuation.”

For more information, please read the full article.
Mark Schmitke Freightera COO

Freightera Launches The Nearshoring Canada Directory, in Partnership With Supply Chain Canada

January 20, 2022

Freightera and Supply Chain Canada launch The Nearshoring Directory, a potential sourcing solution that could revolutionize the way supply chain works

See below the official press release from Supply Chain Canada.

COVID-related supply chain pressures, ship and container shortages, combined with global transportation congestion, all have shaken international commerce. And now, particularly in Western Canada, natural disasters have increased the chaos. These challenges are forcing Canadian companies to fundamentally rethink how they do business. Near shoring, reshoring and technology adoption are paving the way toward building resiliency and growing the economy.

Building resiliency in supply chains is about to get a little easier for Supply Chain Canada members

Freightera and Supply Chain Canada in the West have come together to provide a potential sourcing solution that could revolutionize the way supply chain professionals run their operations. The Nearshoring Directory – the first of its kind in Canada – will use artificial intelligence to mine shipping data to facilitate increased trade amongst North American buyers.

All Supply Chain Canada members and select partners are being granted early access to phase I of this unique portal of regularly updated products and materials, bought and sold by a large database of North American companies. Subscribers will confidently understand what is being sold, when it’s being sold, and to whom. From medical supplies to beer tanks to isopropyl, users will have the power of knowing where to source high quality local products at competitive prices.

The partnership between the two organizations is founded on the desire to fortify supply chains across the country and will build additional features using machine learning, user feedback and local talent to build competitiveness, optimize operations, and to reduce environmental impact.

Nearshoring Canada Nearshoring Directory image with Freightera logo and trucks in the background

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. See the full interview our co-founder Zhenya Beck had with Andrew Jacob from DotCom magazine.

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.
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SmartBranding.com Writes About the Story Behind Freightera’s Name in Their New Article

July 13, 2021

Zhenya Beck and Eric Beckwitt, Co-Founders of Freightera, shared the story behind their brand and their best advice on branding, naming and domain names.

What is the story behind Freightera?

Freightera is the first lower emission freight marketplace in North America. We make freight transportation easier for shippers and greener for the environment.

We are a mission-driven company. Freight is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. We experienced it firsthand when our son developed life-threatening asthma in Northern California, where the air was highly polluted with ground-level ozone. We moved our family to Vancouver, Canada, for better air.

When did you start thinking about your brand name and how did you settle on Freightera?

I previously ran a web development company with my husband Eric Beckwitt, Freightera Co-Founder and CEO. We helped many customers with the design, development, brand, and marketing of new companies. We love to travel, and while our kids were small, we took the whole family abroad, camping, and on many great road trips to national parks and scenic places in Canada and the United States. It was the best education and quality time together. We found that trips were the best for generating the most creative ideas, and the name Freightera was born on a road trip from Vancouver to California. We wanted a name that had “freight” in it. We brainstormed together, asked friends and family for input and feedback on some of the other names we considered. The Freight-Terra word combination came up and it felt right. We simplified it for easier spelling to Freightera.

What was the reason to get the domain name Freightera.com for your brand? 

It communicates what we do. It has “freight” at the root of it. You can also think of it as a feminine version of “freighter” – a freight shipping vessel. You can also hear “terra”, Latin for Earth, and “era” – a long, distinct period in history, an epoch. These are positive, strong associations.

For more information, please read the original article.
Eric and Zhenya, Freightera founders