Brokerage app Convoy lands $62M to fund nationwide rollout

The Convoy brokerage’s on-demand freight platform’s tools are mobile-centric for carriers. Company founder Dan Lewis said a desktop-/laptop-suitable administration program for small fleets is in development.The Convoy brokerage’s on-demand freight platform’s tools are mobile-centric for
carriers. Company founder Dan Lewis said a desktop-/laptop-suitable administration program for small fleets is in development.

Brokerage app Convoy announced this week it has raised $62 million in Series B funding, money the company has earmarked to expand of its load-matching marketplace and to accelerate product development.

The Series B financing round was led by Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund, who joins a list of existing investors that includes Microsoft boss Bill Gates, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, former Starbucks President Howard Behar and the founders & CEOs of Expedia, eBay, Instagram, and DropBox, among others.

Convoy CEO Dan Lewis credits the trust the digital freight broker has built with carriers, shippers and investors for the momentum. He hopes to further expand the company’s platform to the East Coast by next year, giving the Seattle-based company nationwide coverage.

“But we’re ready to go now,” he says, noting the company would stick to its historical expansion method of adding regions and lanes that connect them. In less than two years, Convoy has grown its footprint from the Peugeot Sound-area, to the Pacific Northwest, to west of Rockies and is now pushing eastward. “Our focus has been on building density into a national footprint.”

Through Convoy – technology news site Geekwire’s 2017 Startup of The Year award winner – verified carriers have access to personalized load offers from 300-plus shippers, and free tools to manage their fleet and reduce overhead. Carriers that use Convoy’s mobile app for the entire freight transaction, from accepting a load to sending the invoice, receive payment within 24 hours of delivery with zero fees.

The platform’s shipping customers include Fortune 500 brands Unilever and Anheuser-Busch, as well as Niagara Bottling and Tenaris and its fleet force is comprised of a technology-connected network of approximately 10,000 trucking companies.

 

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