How much do we love freight innovation?

Enough to go through every single article published in the top tech blogs –  Techcrunch, Verge, Mashable and Recode –  since 2007 to count how often articles about logistics startups, freight or cargo were published.

And we found that freight innovation is hot. Really hot.

Freight Innovation Charts

It’s no coincidence that  Transport Intelligence just emailed me an invitation to The Future of Logistics conference. The email subject? “Is disruption ahead for the future of logistics?”

So I spoke to everyone I knew in the field and looked through some other sources (Crunchbase, Jonathan Wichmann’s great list of logistics startups site, CB Insights and more) to come up with the ULTIMATE LIST of disruptive logistics startups.

We LOVE how they’re embracing technology to change logistics and improve the end-user’s life.

Want to know more? Download an Excel version of the list here for free!

Logistics is the prime example of a changing industry – colossal, ripe for disruption and utterly opaque. And it’s about to get hit by a freight train of innovation.

The Ultimate Logistics Startup List

Logo Company Description Twitter
Bellhops Movers marketplace matching shipping requirement with freelance student drivers. @bellhopnation
Buddytruk Marketplace matching movers with freelance truck drivers. L.A., Austin. @buddytruk
Cargomatic App platform matching last mile requirements with nearby carriers who have spare space. @CargomaticHQ
Dropship Supply chain platform matching drop-ship retailers, manufacturers, distributors and freight forwarders. @dropshipcom
Fleet (was Shipstr) Freight Forwarder comparator for shippers, with upcoming online freight sales platform. @TryFleet
Freightos Freight cloud-based marketplace matching shippers and freight forwarders. Provides forwarders and enterprise shippers with rate management, automated quoting, tender automation and business intelligence. @freightos
Ghostruck Movers marketplace matching local couriers, including movers uploading item photos into an app. L.A. only. @ghostrucks
Haven Freight marketplace where shippers bid for container slots. @havenmx
Keychain Logistics Freight marketplace software matching shippers and trucking carriers, thereby eliminating freight forwarders. @keychain
Roost Crowdsourcing marketplace matching storage requirements with consumers who have spare storage or a spare parking space. @Roost
shlep logo Schlep Marketplace matching movers with freelance truck drivers. Chicago only. @schlepit
ShareMyStorage Crowdsourcing platform matching storage requirements with consumers who have extra space. U.K. only. @ShareMyStorage
Shipster Marketplace matching small load delivery requirements with freelance, local couriers and long-distance forwarders. Now Closed. @Shipster
Transfix Freight marketplace matching truckers with shippers. @transfixio
Transporteca Freight marketplace matching LCL shippers and ocean freight forwarders on limited routes (Cloud). @Transporteca
uShip Freight marketplace where carriers, primarily U.S Truckers, bid on B2B and consumer shipments, often filling space in trucks. @uShip
youtruckme Youtruckme Social network for truckers, that has a minor marketplace freight function. @youtruckme
Logo Company Description Twitter
KeepTruckin Log-book and tracking system for trucking companies, with app for drivers. @KeepTruckinInc
Local Motion Improved vehicle sharing efficiency and monitoring based on an in-car device. @getlocalmotion
MuniRent Platform enabling public agencies more efficiently share heavy duty equipment, including with other agencies. @munirent
TruckTrack Logistics platform for trucking companies, including HR and Finance modules. @trucktrackco
Logo Company Description Twitter
Boxbee Personal storer service – Pick up, storage and retrieval. @boxbee
HCI 4 fold Holland Container Innovations Improved cargo capacity by innovative 40 foot container design (fold). @4foldcontainers
MakeSpace Similar to a personal shopper, but this is a personal storer, including pick-up, storage and retrieval. @makespace
Staxxon Improved cargo capacity by innovative container design (fold and nest). @Staxxon
Logo Company Description Twitter
Deposco Cloud-based full supply chain management, including freight forwarding. @deposco
Flexport Online (cloud-based) freight forwarder for enterprise shippers. @flexportinc
Freight Filter Online freight forwarder, with instant carrier quoting. U.K. only. @freightfilter
icontainers short iContainers Online freight forwarder, with instant carrier quoting. @iContainers
Pivot Freight End to end supply chain solution, for the mid-market which includes a freight rate comparator. @PivotFreight
Xeneta An information Service providing ocean freight rates and transit times, useful for benchmarking by shippers and freight forwarders. @Xeneta_AS
Kontainers Online freight forwarder (U.K.-China) primarily for SME shippers. @KontainersUK
Logo Company Description Twitter
Barnacle Crowdsourcing platform that matches shipments with freelance drivers, using Facebook for verification. The company has closed. @GoBarnacle
deliv App for on-demand service that utilises freelance passenger delivery drivers. Select U.S. cities. Recently acquired similar operation – We Deliver. @deliv
DoorDash Takeout Order and Delivery Service optimising small restaurant deliveries for freelance couriers. @DoorDash
Doorman Service based on delivering at a time that suits the receiver. @Doorman
FriendShippr Crowdsourcing platform that matches shipments with Facebook friends who are traveling. @friendshippr
kanga logo Kanga Technology Both a delivery service software platform (utilising freelance drivers and courier companies) that can be white labeled, and an app service (Kanga Delivery) utilising freelance drivers. @getkanga
Matternet Drone transportation for short deliveries, including last mile. @matternet
Nimber Crowdsourcing platform that matches shipments with space in passenger vehicles heading in that direction. North Europe only. @nimber
PiggyBee Crowdsourcing platform that matches shipments with travelers. @piggybeetw
Postmates On-Demand app service utilising freelance drivers/riders. Select U.S. cities. @postmates
Rickshaw Same-day service, with advanced route optimisation, utilising freelance couriers. API and app access. San Francisco only. @GoRickshaw
Roadie Crowdsourcing platform, accessed by app, utilising spare space in passenger vehicles heading in that direction. @Roadie
Shutl App for on-demand service for online retailers that utilises freelance passenger delivery drivers. @shutl
TrunkBird Crowdsourcing platform that matches shipments with travelers, who then travel for free. Europe only. @TrunkBird
UberCARGO Not so much parcel delivery, on-demand moving and small load delivery service that utilises freelance van drivers. Hong Kong only. #ubercargo @Uber
UberRUSH App for on-demand service that utilises freelance passenger delivery drivers. San Francisco only. @uber
zipments Same-day service, with advanced route optimisation, using freelance couriers and connects with E-Commerce, but also web and app. New York only. @zipments
Logo Company Description Twitter
Parcel Pending Secure package pick-up at on-site (apartment complexes, business parks, student dorms, etc) electronic lockers. @ParcelPending
Bufferbox Secure package pick-up at company-site electronic lockers. Google acquired in 2012 and recently shut business down. @BufferBox
Lockitron A deadlock remote controlled by a smart-phone, as an alternative to both key exchange for short-term home-rent (e.g. airbnb), and to warehouse storage for absent small business owners. @lockitron
Swapbox Secure package pick-up at company-site electronic lockers. San Francisco only. @swapbox
Weft Software that provides end to end tracking of containers. @weftio
Windward Information and predictive analytics on vessel activity. @WindwardOceans
Logo Company Description Twitter
aeropost Aeropost Provides online shoppers from Latin America a U.S. shipping address for E-Commerce purchasing. @AerocasillasSJO
Bongo International Shipping platform for E-Commerce enabling international online shoppers to access U.S and E.U. E-Commerce sites. Recently acquired by Fedex. @bongous
Boxc Shipping platform for E-Commerce aggregated for discounted U.S.-China freight-forwarding. Attractive for drop-shippers, especially with the option of outsourced logistics. @BoxCLogistics
Cloud Fulfillment Outsourced logistics cloud-based solution for E-Commerce. @CloudFulfilment
EasyPost Parcel shipping API which includes tracking and shipping rates (select carriers). @easypost
Postmaster Parcel shipping API which includes tracking and shipping rates (select carriers). @postmaster_io
ShipBob Similar to a personal shopper, but this is a personal shipper for parcels, initiated by uploading item photos into an app. Select U.S. cities, eg Chicago. @LoveShipBob
Shiphawk Outsourced logistics solution for E-Commerce, including multi-modal freight exact quoting and tracking. @ShipHawk
Shippo Shipping platform (API and app) for E-Commerce connecting with leading freight forwarders to achieve discounted parcel rates and bulk discounts. @goshippo
Shipwire Outsourced logistics cloud-based solution for E-Commerce. @shipwire
Shyp Similar to a personal shopper, but this is a personal shipper for parcels, initiated by uploading item photos into an app. Select U.S. cities, eg L.A. @shyp
Snapnship Parcel shipping app with visualiser which predicts packing/label requirements. @snapnship

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