The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) Raises $13.5 Million in Additional Growth Financing to Expand Offering to Shippers

Following 374% Year-on-Year Growth, The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) Raises $13.5 Million in Additional Growth Financing to Expand Offering to Shippers

 -- Additional funding allows NYSHEX to enhance its digital contracting solutions to the benefit of all shippers and expand to the retail sector --

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – October 1, 2020 – The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), the innovator of the first digital forward freight contract for global container shipping, today announces $13.5 million in additional growth financing led by NewRoad Capital Partners, along with many original investors.

NYSHEX is the only multi-carrier solution in the industry that enables clarity of terms, visibility of performance, and resolution of exceptions for ocean contracts. The NYSHEX technology empowers shippers and carriers to digitally enter the customized, bilateral contracts they desire, while its process facilitates the enforcement of transparent, two-way performance commitments.

Since 2015, over 1,500 shipper and NVOCC members and six global ocean carriers have joined NYSHEX to gain the alignment of expectations with their contract partners as well as unbiased resolution when contract exceptions arise. With enforceable contracts gaining momentum in the industry, NYSHEX is the only solution available today which is built for shippers and incorporates a standardized set of rules common across all six participating carriers.

With 374% year-on-year growth and an average contract size approaching 1,000 TEUs, NYSHEX continues to consistently provide 99%+ compliance to contract versus the industry average of 67%.

NYSHEX member benefits include:

  • Shippers and NVOCCs customize enforceable contracts from one to 52 weeks in duration, fixing their rates, guaranteeing their space and equipment allocations, and mitigating their exposure to supply chain volatility.
  • Carriers now have 99%+ certainty in future cargo flows, enabling better vessel planning and uptake management, more dynamic pricing, and improved working capital.

Shippers utilize NYSHEX for free as the $5/TEU cost is borne by carriers.

With the additional investment, NYSHEX intends to expand into new shipper segments, and grow its geographic footprint starting with Europe in 2020. NYSHEX reports that retailers are particularly exposed when the flow of cargo is disrupted as stock-outs can lead to lost sales, diminished share price, and even insolvency. Over the coming months, NYSHEX will launch an additional solution aimed at enabling retailers to exceed their end-customers’ expectations, optimize processes, mitigate risk, and reduce costs.

“We are very excited about our partnership with NewRoad Capital Partners. Their knowledge and industry connectivity will allow us to enhance our product for shippers, and their retail expertise provides deeper insight into pain points we can resolve for retailers,” says NYSHEX CEO Gordon Downes.

“NYSHEX allows shippers to create an ecosystem with its supply chain partners to enable the reliable movement of cargo. The results are proactive and swift exception resolution, less rework, and streamlined, fluid operations, communications, and business processes. This benefits every retailer, and anyone shipping internationally. We have seen that companies built on a strong purpose with deep-rooted core values outperform the rest," said Chris Sultemeier, Operating Partner of NewRoad Capital Partners and former Executive Vice President of Logistics for Walmart Stores, Inc.

“As a founding carrier, we are pleased with the positive impact and growth that NYSHEX has demonstrated. We continue to support the goal of NYSHEX of incorporating two-way commitments that are transparent, standardized, and enforceable for all parties involved. We look forward to partnering and growing with NYSHEX on new trade lanes going forward,” says Peter Hildebrandt, Head of Transformation at A.P. Moller-Maersk.

“The most fundamental component of a fluid supply chain is mutual trust between shipper and carrier. Using NYSHEX has enhanced the ability for us and our customers to plan and provides the highest level of assurance that both parties are committed to the contract. If mutual performance guarantees become the norm for contracting, the whole industry benefits. As a founding NYSHEX carrier, The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is committed to playing a major role in this industry advancement. Innovation is in the Group's DNA with the ambition to become the leader in digital shipping,” says Nick Fafoutis, Chief Commercial Officer at CMA CGM (America) LLC. 

“Contracting through NYSHEX has helped us mitigate our risk and many of the problems we experienced on direct contracts such as rolls, delays, and getting a booking when we needed it. It’s given us more confidence in our carriers and allowed us to grow our volumes with them,” says April Zobel, Logistics and Export Manager for The Andersons, Inc.

"With support from shippers and carriers around the globe, NYSHEX is transforming global trade by increasing transparency and minimizing supply chain disruption. Collate Capital is proud to follow-on our original investment and support NYSHEX through the next stage of their impressive growth," says Mark Weaver, Managing Partner of Collate Capital.

“NYSHEX helps carriers and shippers manage price and service risk. This is imperative for shipping, just as it was for the many other industries that have been transformed by the introduction of an exchange. Given our focus on highly-scalable businesses and teams with strong domain knowledge, the growth that NYSHEX has been able to deliver and its positive impact to the industry, we are pleased to continue our support,” says Donna Redel, Investor/Board Member at New York Angels, and former Chair of COMEX and Managing Director of World Economic Forum.

To learn more about NYSHEX, please visit NYSHEX.com.

About The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX)

The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) is a solution developed for the industry by the industry’s leading shippers, NVOCCs, and carriers. The mission of NYSHEX is to enable reliable shipping through effective digital contracting. By overcoming the historic inefficiencies in ocean freight contracting and in doing so, eliminating the $23 billion in annual economic waste, NYSHEX enables the transformation of the shipping industry. For more information visit:
https://www.nyshex.com/

About NewRoad Capital Partners

NewRoad Capital Partners, LLC is a growth equity capital firm based in Rogers, AR, that invests in proven and innovative technologies, products, and services that serve existing, unmet needs in the marketplace. NewRoad focuses on investing in and acquiring demand-driven businesses in the Retail and CPG and Business Services industries with an emphasis on Supply Chain and Logistics, marketing, human capital, franchising, and consumer-facing healthcare. For more information visit:  https://newroadcp.com/

About A.P. Moller-Maersk

A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company. Connecting and simplifying trade to help our customers grow and thrive. With a dedicated team of over 80,000, operating in 130 countries; we go all the way to enable global trade for a growing world. For more information visit:  https://www.maersk.com

About CMA-CGM

Led by Rodolphe Saadé, the CMA CGM Group is a world leader in shipping and logistics. Its 489 vessels serve more than 420 ports on five continents around the world and carried nearly 22 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2019. With CEVA, a world leader in logistics services, CMA CGM handles more than 500,000 tons of airfreight and 1.9 million tons of inland freight every year. CMA CGM is constantly innovating to offer customers new maritime, inland and logistics solutions. Present on every continent and in 160 countries through its network of 755 offices and 750 warehouses, the Group employs 110,000 people worldwide, with 2,400 in Marseilles where its head office is located. For more information visit:  https://www.cma-cgm.com

About The Andersons, Inc

Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, The Andersons is a diversified company rooted in agriculture conducting business across North America in the grain, ethanol, plant nutrient, and rail sectors. For more information visit: https://www.andersonsinc.com

About Collate Capital

Collate Capital is a New York-based technology-focused investment firm founded by Mark Weaver. With a flexible mandate, Collate invests in technology, software, market infrastructure and consumer-based businesses.  Collate focuses on seed to Series B rounds of financings.  For more information visit: http://www.collatecapital.com/

About New York Angels

New York Angels is one of the longest-running active angel groups in New York City and has invested over $100 million in entrepreneurial ventures. The group is an independent consortium of over 135 individually accredited angel investors. The strength of the group is its ability to invest significant capital collectively, to help entrepreneurs define, track and achieve their goals, and to make introductions to customers, vendors, potential employees, and later-stage investors that can accelerate growth. For more information visit: https://www.newyorkangels.com/