Cargomatic: Empowering Retailers to Be Agile, Resilient, and Lean

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Retail has been in the process of monumental transformation in the last two decades. That transformation has been accelerated exponentially in recent years, as on-demand delivery has become essential to the customer experience. Amidst a global pandemic, the industry has experienced extreme volatility in customer demand. This problem has been further exacerbated by high levels of uncertainties in the supply chain that have reverberated across manufacturing, ocean shipping, port terminals, warehousing, trucking and store shelves. Retail on-hand inventory levels have seen wild swings, going from record highs to record lows. Traditionally, a retailer has been able to plan their transportation network’s capacity, which was optimized for forecast driven central distribution and may not take fast changing customer demand and available transportation capacity into account. But in the current environment, demand is accelerated and capacity has been the tightest it has been in a generation – and these legacy networks are ill-equipped to keep up.

Demand volatility and supply chain uncertainties are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Making incremental changes around the edges on top of the traditional transportation architecture is simply not sufficient; in order to grow and succeed, a supply chain needs to be agile (to quickly respond to fast changing consumer needs and behavior), resilient (to mitigate risk), and continue to operate on lean principles that the industry has mastered over the last several decades.

The liquidity, nationwide coverage, and carrier density of Cargomatic’s marketplace enable unrivaled tariff-based rates that result in substantial cost savings for retailers.

That’s where Cargomatic comes in. Starting with a partner’s end-goal in mind, Cargomatic applies technology to create a flexible, all-in-one solution to build and manage a nimble and resilient supply chain network. “We offer on-demand logistics capacity to power today’s ondemand economy and ensure clients have robust transportation solutions for their ‘Just-in-time’ as well as ‘Just-in-case’ needs,” says Sunil Sharma, Chief Product and Technology Officer. Cargomatic’s transportation solutions help retailers to be agile, resilient, and lean to succeed in the current economy by quickly addressing fast-changing customer demands, mitigating risks, and controlling costs.

A single source, turnkey solution

With deep experience in retail supply chain logistics, Cargomatic powers local freight through a digital marketplace of more than 22,000 professional drivers. Cargomatic’s transparent and automated network of networks is constantly optimized with real-time data for all users, including approximately 80 percent of the top retail importers in the U.S. “We create a “one-stop shop”—a single source, turnkey solution with flexible capacity from a single pallet to full truckload or containers across all sea ports, inland ports, and major metropolitan markets in the U.S.,” says Cargomatic’s Head of Strategy, Weston LaBar. Moreover, Cargomatic’s network of carriers is capable of handling all parts of the process, from the port pickup, warehouse to white glove delivery and even reverse logistics, i.e., handling returns and replacement orders.


By joining Cargomatic’s automated marketplace, retailers will see the benefits within days or even hours for moving local freight. As a result, they are able to focus on merchandising and enhancing the customer experience rather than back-office issues and fragmented processes. The Cargomatic Command platform standardizes and automates back-office functions, such as compliance, real-time billing and payables, accessorial approvals, A.I. driven POD validation, and exceptions management. Additionally, using the platform reduces disputes, provides greater transparency, expedites documentation, and streamlines working capital management. Automated and touchless operations reduce administrative costs by three to five percent while offering real-time and granular visibility via standardized APIs and Web App, enabling retailers to deliver exceptional customer experiences in this demanddriven environment. And, by connecting critical stakeholders to provide retailers with a common operating system across their transportation network, these stakeholders benefit from stronger collaboration and seamless operation.


We offer on-demand logistics capacity to power today’s ondemand economy and ensure clients have robust solutions for ‘Just-in-time’ and ‘Just-in-case’


Building for the future

To continue offering true end-to-end solutions, Cargomatic aggressively builds relationships and deep integrations with steamship lines, key infrastructure providers, and third-party logistics providers. In the near future, Cargomatic plans to add 1,000 new trucks throughout the U.S. within the next six months to provide exceptional value to customers and stakeholders. As Cargomatic looks to the future, they are laserfocused on continuous innovation, leveraging their customer needs-driven technology to develop even more improvements to process automation, touchless operations, asset utilization, and optimization.

Company
Cargomatic

Headquarters
Long Beach, CA

Management
Sunil Sharma, Chief Product & Technology Officer; Weston LaBar, Head of Strategy

Description
With deep experience in retail supply chain logistics, Cargomatic powers local freight through a digital marketplace of more than 22,000 professional drivers. Cargomatic’s transparent and automated network of networks is constantly optimized with real-time data for all users, including approximately 80 percent of the top retail importers in the U.S. By joining Cargomatic’s automated marketplace, retailers will see the benefits within days or even hours for moving local freight. As a result, they are able to focus on merchandising and enhancing the customer experience rather than back-office issues and fragmented processes.

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