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How Flexport and Blume’s New Programs Advance Freight Sustainability Efforts

Freight and logistics companies are creating new systems for greater effiency in transportation, lowering emissions tracking corporate efforts aimed at the greater good.

To support the growth of environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs in businesses, Flexport is launching an Impact Dashboard that lets companies track their sustainability efforts, and participate in new social and environmental programs, from one central hub.

Flexport, a technology company for global trade, said with these tools, businesses can share and amplify impact with consumers, increasing accountability and reinforcing brand trust and integrity. In addition, built-in sustainability tools and data help supply chain users build strong business cases to further support driving change within the organizations and communities they serve.

Flexport customers can access the Impact Dashboard within the digital platform by navigating to Insights > Flexport.org.

The Impact Dashboard was developed by Flexport.org, Flexport’s dedicated impact team, to help supply chain and logistics teams quickly assess and manage sustainability programs. Users can take advantage of widgets customized for their participation level and easily assess activity across environmental and social services.

With that, they’re able to enroll and participate in Flexport’s carbon offset program, as well as analyze shipment emissions through third-party providers, initiate product donations and run reports on social-minded shipments for good.

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In the dashboard, users can summarize the impact of carbon offset programs–Flexport.org has helped organizations offset more than 86,000 metric tons of CO2. They can also calculate emissions from third-party shipments for free, including parcel shipments or moves with other providers, all backed by Flexport’s accredited carbon calculator.

In addition, users can request a nonprofit match for a product donation, as Flexport.org has partnered to ship more than 13 million pounds of goods through its product donation program and discounted services for shipments for good.

Looking ahead, the Impact Dashboard will also serve as the staging site where new Flexport.org programs are rolled out, based on customer feedback and emerging community needs.

First to market with a purpose-built cloud software and data analytics platform, Flexport serves more than 10,000 clients and suppliers across more than 200 countries, offering a full range of services, including ocean, air, truck and rail freight, drayage and cartage, warehousing, customs brokerage, financing and insurance, all informed and powered by its software platform.

Blume Global, a provider of logistics and supply chain solutions, has introduced Blume Street Turns, a tool to optimize drayage operations and container utilization through the use of machine learning algorithms. Blume Street Turns significantly improves driver and truck utilization, and increases turns, while reducing congestion and CO2 emissions around ports and rail ramps.

Blume Street Turns matches incoming imports with outgoing exports around marine terminals and outbound with inbound moves around rail ramps. The company’s comprehensive network of ocean freight forwarders, ocean carriers, dray carriers and intermodal marketing companies provides a large volume of outbound and inbound moves significantly increasing the opportunity for street turns.

“Traditionally, street turns are manual and difficult to coordinate, but with Blume Global, customers can enact a higher level of automation allowing for full optimization of the user’s network,” Pervinder Johar, CEO of Blume Global, said. “The Blume Street Turn solution provides a competitive advantage by allowing customers to leverage decades of market leadership in international and domestic multi-modal logistics, as well as an established network of the largest ocean carriers, over 300 IMCs (intermodal carriers) and thousands of drayage companies with our digital operating platform.”