Kontainers and Portrix agree freight software partnership


Freight software specialist Kontainers has agreed a partnership with freight rate management solutions provider Portrix Logistic Software (PLS) that combines Kontainers’ client-facing digital freight execution platform and PLS’s rate management solutions.

Kontainers CEO Graham Parker told Lloyd’s Loading List that the partnership means that freight forwarders can now buy rate management software and a “digital front end” in one place, “so their rates can be managed and presented electronically to their customers”, the shippers.

He added: “Freight forwarders are now able to achieve two mission-critical capabilities in one freight SaaS (software as a service) engagement. Being able to access a joint Kontainers PLS integrated solution will simplify purchasing decisions and drastically speed up time to market for forwarders.”

Parker said Kontainers and PLS were “two globally respected freight technology brands with a track record for delivery to many of the top 20 global freight brands”, adding: “Rate management and digital front ends are both critical tools in the current climate, as well as being highly complementary. Both companies have invested significantly in their API (application programming interface) capabilities and intend to make it simple for freight forwarders to adopt both solutions together.”

Kontainers said 2019 had been “a watershed year for digitisation in freight”, noting: “The acceleration in adoption was clear to see, with all the major players ramping up efforts as well as starting to see returns on their digital programs. As we follow into 2020 amplified by the COVID-19 Pandemic, freight digitisation has never been so important.”

The company said world-class digital tools “are no longer a nice to have but a customer requirement, as well as a driver of reducing the cost to serve”.

Parker added: “Kontainers has gained a global reputation for rapid deployment of digital front end e-commerce solutions for the largest freight brands all over the world. We have long admired PLS reputation and believe a joint solution is a huge leap forward for what are by far the two most critical applications freight forwarders must now adopt in order to be continually successful this decade.”

PLS CEO Henning Voss commented: “Having supported the digital journey of forwarders for years, we have seen first-hand the benefits with going digital as this seamless, efficient and high-quality customer service is exactly what is called for these days. Partnering with Kontainers enables our joint customers to benefit from a market-leading digital product and utilize their already complete and fully structured GPM rate database, without having to make any major changes to their already existing setup.”

Kontainers is an Enterprise SaaS company with offices in Newcastle, Dublin, New York and Shanghai. It provides a suite of own branded e-commerce platforms for all sizes of carriers and freight forwarders, which it claimed are “delivered in a rapid timeframe through multi-, true tenant modern enterprise grade software solutions.”

Portrix Logistic Software has built rate management applications for the largest freight forwarders in the world for almost two decades and today counts twelve of the top twenty freight forwarders among its customers.