Recent news:

Flexport CEO Dave Clark resigns - In a significant leadership transition, Dave Clark, the former Amazon executive who joined Flexport as CEO in September 2022, has resigned from his position. Clark's departure followed disagreements with the Flexport board regarding company spending and the direction of the business. Founder Ryan Petersen is returning as CEO to refocus the company on its core freight business. During Clark's tenure, Flexport expanded its services, acquiring Shopify's logistics operations, including Deliverr and a network of warehouses, to add last-mile services. This move aimed to extend Flexport's offerings from traditional international freight to factory-to-door distribution services.


However, Clark's vision for the company's future, marked by aggressive hiring and investment in various operations, did not align with the board's expectations. As a result, several executives hired by Clark were let go. Flexport, a digital-focused freight forwarder, remains committed to its end-to-end logistics model and will continue its investment in Deliverr. The company's value soared to $8 billion after a February 2022 fundraising round. Dave Clark's resignation from Flexport comes amid reports that he is considering a run for the position of governor of Texas. Clark's extensive experience in logistics and e-commerce, including his role at Amazon, shaped his leadership at Flexport. Founder Ryan Petersen's return signals a shift back to the core freight business as the company navigates this leadership change.


AI tool for logistics pricing - Imaginnovate, a software company, introduced its Dynamic Pricing Engine on September 6th. This AI tool is designed to automate pricing in the transportation and logistics sector, offering a pricing range based on factors like transportation type, equipment, demand, and competition. This pricing range serves as a valuable reference point during contract negotiations. In a challenging logistics industry marked by volatile fuel costs, fluctuating demand, and increased competition, the Dynamic Pricing Engine allows companies to create custom pricing rules. These rules can include external rate sources, peak days, exceptions, and accessorial, aligning with their business goals. The tool empowers companies to set competitive, revenue-maximizing prices while maintaining customer satisfaction.


U.S. EV funding – The Biden Administration has introduced a significant initiative, led by U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, offering $12 billion in loans and grants to support automakers and suppliers in retrofitting their facilities for the production of electric vehicles (EVs) and advanced vehicles. Of this amount, $2 billion will come from the Inflation Reduction Act passed in 2022, with the remaining $10 billion provided by the Energy Department's Loans Program Office. Notably, there are no specific labor requirements for companies seeking grant funding, but projects emphasizing favorable labor conditions are more likely to secure funding, as reported by Reuters.


Logistics AI ChatBot - Logistics companies are progressively integrating artificial intelligence, particularly generative AI similar to ChatGPT, into their operations. Executives are drawn to the potential for cost savings and increased efficiency. However, they are proceeding cautiously to ensure that these digital tools don't frustrate their customers.


Notable industry players like RXO, XPO, Phlo Systems, and DFDS are investigating how generative AI can revolutionize their customer service divisions. They aim to automate tasks such as shipment tracking, load booking, and import declarations. These AI programs have the capacity to analyze vast amounts of data, recognize patterns, make predictions, and provide humanlike responses, significantly reducing the time required for tasks that previously took hours.While generative AI holds promise, its application in logistics, especially for supply-chain decisions, involves significant stakes. The data supporting these decisions is often complex, proprietary, and rapidly changing, requiring careful consideration of the technology's capabilities and limitations.


News Sources

Flexport CEO Dave Clark resigns – Supply Chain Dive

Flexport CEO Dave Clark resigns – Wall Street Journal

Flexport CEO Dave Clark resigns – Wall Street Journal Pt2

AI tool for logistics pricing

U.S. EV funding

Logistics AI ChatBot