Over the past few years, a diverse group of startups have cropped up within the shipping and logistics industry, applying technology and new on-demand economy concepts to lower costs, increase flexibility, and streamline operations. Many of these new entrants are pinpointing services traditionally delivered by industry giants such as FedEx and UPS.
On-demand names such as Uber and Postmates are widely known and have attracted impressive amounts of funding. Though the on-demand boom has cooled somewhat, many of these startups continue to provide local delivery and last-mile courier services. A host of companies are attacking last mile challenges in other ways, such as developing automated ground-based and aerial drones.
Also in the mix are companies targeting larger freight services, both within LTL/FTL (less-than-truckload/full-truckload) trucking as well as international shipping and freight-forwarding operations. These include startups providing rate comparison and freight analytics, as well as technology-driven marketplaces to connect shippers and carriers.
Using CB Insights data, we updated our infographic detailing US companies in shipping and logistics services, adding 14 new companies and removing companies that had been acquired (Zipments) or shut down (such as Shipster). See the image below.
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*Click here for the previous version of this infographic.
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