Flexport Resurrects Convoy Services With New Tech Platform

Platform Built With Technology, Intellectual Property Acquired in November
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Flexport built Convoy Platform with the technology and intellectual property it acquired from Convoy in November. (Flexport)

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Flexport launched a new technology platform that offers global shippers access to a trucking capacity marketplace of small carriers and owner-operators, the company announced Feb. 22.

The Convoy Platform connects the smaller players with shippers and brokers looking for real-time visibility, on-time performance and competitive rates to efficiently manage their capacity needs. Flexport built the platform with the technology and intellectual property it acquired from former digital freight company Convoy in November.

“Today’s launch of the Convoy Platform furthers Flexport’s product vision to build a true one-stop shop to ship any product, in any quantity, between any two places in the world,” CEO Ryan Petersen said. “As a neutral, end-to-end supply chain platform, we’re able to bring together every party in global logistics with one common mission: make global commerce so easy there’s more of it.”

Convoy Platform provides carriers all-day access to a load board through an app. They then can take loads at the listed rates or bid. They also can request hassle-free detention, track their fleet and manage their load paperwork. It includes same-day and next-day QuickPay options, and Flexport plans to expand its offerings into the second quarter with fraud-detection technology, automated predictive performance scoring and quality-control services.

“We’re thrilled to restore this transformative trucking technology to the industry,” Executive Vice President Bill Driegert said. “The Convoy Platform will provide an effortless, fully integrated experience for shippers and brokers while offering easy access and execution of freight to thousands of owner-operators and small carriers.”

Driegert stressed that shippers, carriers and brokers need innovative technology solutions to provide them the flexibility, reliability and operational efficiency needed to manage through an often challenging and ever-changing market.

“It’s long been Flexport’s belief that no single company can provide a solution to every problem in global logistics,” Driegert said, “and we are committed to using technology to create a more collaborative, transparent and reliable freight ecosystem for all.” 

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