Borderlands is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of United States-Mexico cross-border trucking and trade. This week: Why does innovation stop at the Mexico border?; Arkansas trucking operation expands into Texas; Samsara releases fuel efficiency report; and VW begins exporting Taos from Mexico.
Why does innovation stop at the Mexico border?
While working at Coyote Logistics, Matt Silver said one of the most important things he learned about United States-Mexico trade was that there wasn’t a transportation management system (TMS) that could handle cross-border freight.
“It was like fitting a square peg in a round hole,” said Silver, who is the co-founder and CEO of FreightTech firm Forager.
Silver began working about 10 years ago at Coyote Logistics, the brokerage his father, Jeff Silver, founded in 2006 and sold to UPS in 2015. Silver said he learned a lot working at Coyote, where he helped build out the Mexico department.
“I learned a lot about the unique headaches and challenges faced by North American shippers,” Silver said. “It’s the reason I started Forager, to address some of those challenges with new and innovative technology.”
Forager is a Chicago-based cross-border logistics technology platform founded in 2018. Forager launched SCOUT, the company’s cross-border booking and pricing platform, in October 2019 to address the gap in technology.
“We built the TMS, SCOUT, to manage cross-border freight…