Founded in 2015, San Francisco-based Flexport was one of the first companies to offer a cloud software and data analytics platform. By 2019 Flexport was serving more than 10,000 companies in 200 countries, offering them a full range of services for ocean, air, truck, rail freight, drayage and cartage, warehousing, customs brokerage, financing and insurance powered by Flexport’s own software platform.
Flexport’s Operating System for Global Trade is a strategic operating model for global freight forwarding that combines technology and analytics, logistics infrastructure, and hands-on supply chain expertise. The Flexport system brings together every category of global trade stakeholder – importers, exporters, ocean carriers, airlines, warehouses, trucking companies, and customs brokerages – on a single, secure cloud-based platform that structures all the data they need to conduct global trade. Flexport says that the platform provides deep visibility and control from origin to destination, fast and reliable transit times, and low and predictable supply chain costs.
Flexport also asserts that it enables its customers to carbon-offset all of their shipments. In 2019, Flexport’s customers then included such shippers as Georgia Pacific, Timbuk2, Klean Kanteen, Bombas, Molecule, Aden + Anais, Gerber [plumbing fixtures], Zalora, American Metalcraft, EcoSense, Santa Cruz Bicycles,