Forbes Insights Profiles Thought Leader Zvi Schreiber, Founder, ​and CEO, Freightos.

Posted on March 6, 2017


It was back in late 2013 that I first encountered Freightos as part of our New Wave Companies to Watch program.

Similar to my 2009 radio series Emerging Giants: The New Titans of the SaaS World, the focus of the New Wave program was to identify the up and coming disruptive innovators who I believed would leave an indelible mark on the procurement world.

Just as an aside, Coupa and Zycus made my short list back in 2009.

In 2013, Freightos and another notable that is starting to make some noise, Scout, were the two that were selected as the companies to watch. Here we are in 2017, and like Coupa and Zycus before them, neither Freightos nor Scout has disappointed.

This is why I wasn’t entirely surprised that Forbes magazine identified in a recent article Freightos Founder and CEO Zvi Schreiber as a “thought leader” who is “changing the business landscape.” You can click on the image below to access the Forbes article in its entirety.

Given these recent developments, I thought that it would be a very good idea to have a look back at Freightos’ earlier days by way of the following reprint of a post that I had written in January 2014, as well as the link to a radio interview I did with Schreiber around the same time.

Freightos Forbers Mar 2017


Editor’s Note: On January 14th, 2014 I had the opportunity to interview Year in the Life candidate Freightos, a New Wave company that combines a vision for the future of the freight industry with a passion for technology.  In the post-show commentary, our Dragon’s Den (or Shark Tank if you prefer) panel of experts provide their take on the interview and offer advice to the company.  In today’s review I will provide my take on Freightos;


Even before we took to the virtual airwaves with Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber, the company’s solution had to a certain extent captivated my imagination.

This enthusiasm was of course founded in my work in the late 90s with the Canadian Department of National Defence.  Specifically, addressing the obstacles that the international shipping of Indirect Materials re computer parts posed in terms of achieving the SLA requirements of a major contract.

While the obstacles were overcome – Indirect Material delivery performance went from a non-compliant 51% next day to 97.3% – it was the herculean effort leading up to that end result that still to this day stands out as one of my greatest challenges and fortunately, one of my greatest successes of what is now a long career.  Freightos’ ability to both simplify and streamline this process is what makes them a New Wave company to watch in 2014.

To start, and as you have (or will) hear in the interview, Freightos can instantly and reliably correlate a wide range of transport variables on a real-time basis in a matter of seconds.  This enables users to consistently select the best shipping options.  It is just that simple.

Of course, the simplicity of the solution belies the fact that behind it is a series of complex algorithms that converts what in the past was literally binders of information relating to package weight and dimension, originating point of shipment, customs clearance etc.  For those of you who have shall we say also been around for some time, you will instantly understand what I am saying.

However, and as Schreiber rightfully pointed out during our discussion, simplicity in terms of shipping a spare part via FedEx today is commonplace.  This is the reason why Freightos has focused its energies on addressing the challenges of managing shipments within the framework of complex contracts.  In these instances, it still takes freight forwarding representatives a couple of days to provide a basic estimate for a multi-container shipment – emphasis on the word estimate.  The process becomes even more daunting when you look to introduce variables such as air versus sea.  It is in these situations in which the Freightos solution shines.

Once again, I will leave it to your discerning ear to listen to the interview for the specific details.  Your tuning in notwithstanding,  I want to emphasize the fact that in a global 7/24 marketplace in which just in time production strategies are the norm, having to wait 2 to 3 days to get a firm handle on shipping capabilities and costs won’t cut it.

My point here is that shipping, like high blood pressure, is a silent killer that erodes bottom line profitability.  While the majority of transactional elements of the acquisition process have become instantaneous, this key link in the supply chain was for far too long missing . . . that is until Freightos came on the scene.

The only suggestion that I would extend to Schreiber, is that he seriously considers expanding his focus to include the broader end-user market as opposed to limiting the solution to freight forwarders.  Even though as previously stated, companies such as FedEx and UPS have made the shipping process much easier for the majority of companies, there are still gaps in their service offerings in terms of true customization, carrier selection, and control.