Today we released our Simple Quote add-on for Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel. The integrations provide shippers the ability to price and book truckload shipments in seconds directly from within a spreadsheet — without the need for a transportation management system (TMS).
While we already provide instant truckload rates inside most major TMSs, enabling Fortune 500 companies to book a truckload in seconds, we are now the first provider to level the playing field for smaller shippers with the new integrations.
The announcement marks the first time an autonomous company and a digital broker have collaborated to price, book and deliver a shipment without any human involvement.
Together with Starsky Robotics were able to automatically dispatch an autonomous truck to haul freight; having successfully priced, tendered and booked via Loadsmart and then picked up and delivered the shipment using Starsky’s self-driving technology. The integration of Loadsmart’s AI-powered pricing and load matching technology with Starsky’s API meant no human intervention was required. The historic initiative is part of a larger strategic partnership which paves the way for the future of trucking: digital brokerages dispatching freight to autonomous trucks without human involvement.
To help organizations optimize their freight booking processes, we entered into a strategic partnership with One Network Enterprises, a leader in supply chain network technology. Our joint solution connects Loadsmart’s instant pricing and transportation capacity from the Loadsmart carrier network with One Network’s market-leading SaaS platform, a disruptive artificial intelligence-based technology which enables autonomous supply chain management solutions. As a result of our partnership, shippers can leverage technology in order to reduce friction and create value in the freight market.
According to Silpa Paul, team lead of Commercial Vehicle Research and Consulting at Frost & Sullivan, “While the trucking industry is in a phase of digital transformation with connected devices bringing greater visibility and transparency across the supply chain the brokerage process, until recently, has struggled to digitalize.”
Recognizing this challenge, and the potential of leveraging artificial intelligence, we forged this collaboration in order to automate the pricing and booking of freight for more than 75,000 participating organizations who rely on One Network to optimize and operate their supply chain.
Fortune 500 customers such as Kraft-Heinz and The Coca-Cola Company now leverage Loadsmart’s Dynamic Routing Guide technology within Oracle Transportation Management Cloud, which helps transportation teams take advantage of market conditions by inserting instantly bookable real-time rates alongside static prices in their routing guide.
To be recognized as an industry leader Loadsmart had to demonstrate excellence in growth, innovation, and leadership. Based on Frost & Sullivan’s key business performance categories such as visionary innovation, and performance and customer impact, we earned a solid nine, putting us well above the other evaluated companies.
Sipla Paul, Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said, “Apart from a lack of load and carrier visibility, pricing opacity has been one of the key deterrents to the adoption of digital brokerage solutions. Loadsmart has made possible instant pricing across all lanes in the United States (over 900,000) using machine learning, which is a tremendous step forward in automating the freight brokerage process. Loadsmart’s ability to offer an all-in instant price for shippers before hiring the carrier is a unique value proposition that strikes at the heart of the freight brokerage process.”
“For large private fleets, the integration of Loadsmart with their TMS for semi-automated route guide or fully-automated dynamic route guide provides the ease and agility that translates into better asset utilization, whether human or truck, and, thereby, more cost savings,” said Silpa “The efficacy of Loadsmart’s solution is evidenced by its revenue growth in recent years (350% year-on-year in 2018) achieved by on-boarding fortune 500 companies such as Daimler Trucks North America, Anheuser-Busch, and Albertsons/Safeway.”
Ricardo Salgado, CEO, Loadsmart, said, “We’re pleased to see all of our hard work come to fruition and are incredibly proud of the entire Loadsmart team. Since inception, our mission has been to help shippers more with less, by leading with technology and complement it with strategic partnerships. Frost & Sullivan’s “Company of the Year” award is strong validation of our approach as we look to dramatically accelerate growth in 2019.”
Here’s what some of customers and investors have to say:
“To manufacture trucks, we need carriers to deliver components and parts to our plants. Offering a customized app to our contracted carriers gives them first access to our spot business and improves critical points in our supply chain.” – Lori Heino-Royer, director of business innovation at Daimler Trucks North America
“We see huge potential with Loadsmart. Forward integrations between ocean shipping and over-the-road services can create incredible synergies and eventually provide a full service to shippers.” – Sune Stilling, Head of Maersk Growth
“Loadsmart has a solid company strategy and exciting distribution plan. They have built an outstanding team with advanced technology that can be deployed alongside our investment portfolio to digitize and accelerate supply chain and transportation logistics execution.” – Emmett McCann, Managing Director and Co-portfolio Manager, Oaktree
“Chromo focuses on investing in companies leveraging AI in different industries. We have been very impressed with how Loadsmart leverages huge data sets to predict future outcomes and automate tasks. We’re looking forward to scaling the technology and driving this forward.” – Marcelo Ferreira, Managing Director, Chromo Invest
No doubt 2019 will be an interesting year and we can’t wait to see what it has in store.
Loadsmart was recently named to the inaugural FreightWaves Freight.Tech25 awards at MarketWaves18. The award recognizes the most innovative and disruptive companies in freight. The original list of 100 companies was paired down to 25 after being evaluated and ranked on a 1-25 point basis. The panel of judges – 60 in total – included industry executives, academics and investors.
Felipe Capella, co-founder and chief product officer of Loadsmart, said: “This accolade is a further testament to Loadsmart leading the way in technology for this industry.” Between the award nominations, analyst recognitions, and our most recent funding announcement, it’s fair to say that it’s been an exciting time here at Loadsmart.
This isn’t the first time Loadsmart has been recognized for innovation in the supply chain industry either. Loadsmart was recognized by CB Insights for supply chain disruption, and by Gartner as a Gartner Cool Vendor.
2018 has been a big year for us, and we’re excited to see what 2019 will bring for us.
New York, NY, Loadsmart, a technology company that specializes in full truckload shipping, was named by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Intelligent Supply Chain Execution Technologies.
The note addresses how “embedded intelligence is becoming an essential competency of emerging supply chain execution technologies. Supply chain leaders can use this research to learn how emerging supply chain execution vendors commercialize innovation.”
Loadsmart was recognized as one of five companies providing emerging supply chain execution technologies.
“We are at the forefront of technology innovation when it comes to executing truckload shipments,” said Felipe Capella, co-founder and chief product officer, Loadsmart. “We were the first company to provide an instant pricing and booking experience for truckloads in the United States, enabling shippers to access live rates via their own system via an easy-to-implement API. We believe Gartner’s recognition is the result of hard work from our multi-disciplinary team.”
Over the last five years, Loadsmart has been focused on helping shippers and carriers execute their truckload shipments in a much more efficient manner. This effort includes creating better experiences for both parties, as well as improving and automating back-office processes to reduce internal costs and provide better rates to all involved. Recent innovations include fully-automated server to server truckload booking (without human intervention) capability, accepting 100 percent of tenders and guaranteeing capacity; a load management mobile app for its internal team; and a tool to auto-classify shipment documents (BOL, invoices, POD, etc.) with machine learning technology.
Ricardo Salgado, co-founder and CEO, Loadsmart, said, “At Loadsmart, we are obsessed with automating full truckload shipping. Our success is based on the fact that our technology optimizes the booking journey of a truck as well as our capacity to dramatically enhance our service levels and reliability, which is the number one concern of our enterprise customers.”
Gartner’s Cool Vendors in Intelligent Supply Chain Execution Technologies research note can be found here. (Gartner subscription required)
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Today, Erik Malin was appointed as our new head of operations. The appointment follows a year of sustained, rapid growth during which thousands of loads for companies like Anheuser-Busch, Safeway and Albertsons were moved over our platform and shippers such as Daimler Trucks North America connected to our API to digitize their spot freight execution.
In his role, Erik will be responsible for running, growing and scaling our operations. He will report into Ricardo Salgado, CEO, who will now mainly focus on company strategy and leadership as the companies continues to experience hyper growth.
“Erik’s industry and technology knowledge combined with his experience in managing and scaling high-growth teams, make him a real asset to team,” said Ricardo Salgado, CEO, Loadsmart. “Empowering people with data and technology is very different from mere automation. Erik recognizes how the use of both can streamline and expedite the traditional brokerage model and have a positive impact on the logistics industry.”
Erik hails from truckload broker AFN where he was responsible for strategy. Prior to that, he ran a boutique strategy consultancy where he advised publicly-traded and hyper-growth private logistics companies on growth opportunities and related change management initiatives.
“Loadsmart has done an excellent job of assembling a team of highly-talented, curious and driven individuals,” said Erik Malin, head of operations, Loadsmart. “New entrants often turn to technology only and disregard important industry intricacies. It’s rare to find a logistics technology company that encapsulates both aspects with the aim to build a better platform for shippers and carriers.”
Loadsmart was the first to introduce a truckload instant pricing/booking algorithm in the US in 2015, followed by the launch of our One-Click load-acceptance app for carriers later that same year. In 2016, we were the first to introduce an instant pricing API for TMS integrations.
Earlier this week, the American Business Awards (ABA) awarded Loadsmart a Bronze Stevie® Award for Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year for 2017. We are, at once, both proud and humbled by the recognition.
When we started Loadsmart just a few short years ago, it was clear to us that the status quo in trucking and logistics was not just broken, but becoming increasingly untenable in our ever-more-connected world. We knew there had to be a better, more open, more efficient, and even more human, way to move freight around the world.
Since then, milestones like our first fully automated truckload shipment have only strengthened our convictions about the transformative power of technology and it’s capacity to revolutionize freight brokerage and trucking (and, on a longer timeline, the entire logistics industry). Of course, this is only the beginning and we remain focused on developing solutions that create exponentially better businesses across the supply chain.
We’re always seeking the best talent to join our growing team to tackle big challenges and make an impact. Visit our career site to learn more about the opportunities we’re hiring for.