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Tech Connections: Matching expectations and services – FreightWaves – Phillipe Salles

Drewry’s Philippe Salles considers whether container shipping is ready for guaranteed services and prices.    International shipping is going through uncertain times — digital technology disruption, freight volatility, trade wars, new maritime regulations and increasing cybersecurity risks. Despite this, shippers, forwarders and carriers are striving for more certainty and transparency regarding guaranteed services and prices.  […]

SoftBank’s Vision Fund Leads $1 Billion Funding Round for Shipping Broker Flexport – WSJ – By Erica E. Phillips

ByErica E. Phillips SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund is diving into the global freight business, leading a new $1 billion round of funding in Flexport Inc., a six-year-old international shipping broker built by Silicon Valley technology developers. Based in San Francisco, Flexport arranges ocean- and airfreight shipments for retailers and manufacturers—a $2 trillion global business […]

Goldman Sachs: digital disruptors will compress brokerage margins – FreightWaves – John Paul Hampstead, Associate Editor

But incumbents can protect their market shares Last week, a Goldman Sachs equity research team led by Matthew Reustle, CFA, released a report titled “Commoditizing Logistics: Assessing ‘Disruptive’ Links in the Supply Chain.” The report was apparently intended to answer investor questions about threats to large logistics incumbents’ margins and market share.  It’s worth noting […]