Flexport returns to CES: Return of the shipping container booth!

Flexport container booth

Sands Expo Convention Center, Level 2
Booth #44163
(Click here for the exhibitor map)

Last year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Flexport retrofitted and shipped our own container booth to Las Vegas.

(For a quick 60 second video on how we built the booth at CES, check it out here).

For CES 2017, we’re excited to announce that we are bringing back our container booth to build on last year’s success! We’re looking forward to exhibiting even more of our clients and hosting our Flexport friends.

Come by our booth for a drink on Day 1 of CES!
(Thursday, January 5, from 3 PM – 6 PM).

Looking to chat with someone on our team at CES 2017?

We’d be happy to connect at [email protected]!

Looking to learn more cool facts about shipping?

Check out www.flexport.com/blog

Flexport Named One of the “Best Places to Work” by San Francisco Business Times

Flexport is named as one of the Bay Area's Best Places to Work.

We’re thrilled and honored that Flexport was named one of the Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal!

This annual award recognizes companies with outstanding workplace environments that attract and retain happy, engaged, and productive employees. More than 400 Bay Area companies participated in the survey, and were ranked on topics like personal growth, workplace satisfaction, and managerial effectiveness.

“We are honored to be named one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ in the Bay Area,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of Flexport. “Our employees are essential to our company and our customers’ continued success, and we take great pride in cultivating an environment and culture for employees to thrive.”

As our company grows, headcount and physical expansion can put serious strain on a culture. In the last year alone, we’ve grown our company significantly, from 25 people in San Francisco to over 97 employees across four different locations around the world: San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.  

So, what contributes to Flexport’s DNA?

  • Open Lines of Communication: As a fast-growing company, we encourage employees to speak up when they see opportunity for improvement. This includes an ongoing “ideas” email channel, where various initiatives have been conceived and owned. In addition, we hold “AMA” (Ask Me Anything) sessions during each All-Hands meetings, where team members submit anonymous questions in advance.
  • Autonomous Squads: We operate in agile teams called squads. Squads allow us to fulfill both individual autonomy and team synchronicity. Each squad member (e.g., logistics manager, account executive, customs broker) brings their unique expertise to ensure we balance our focus of client success, operational excellence, and driving revenue.
  • A Place to Learn and Grow: With weekly lunch and learns, scholarships for industry certifications, and a sponsored book program for personal and professional development books, we invest in developing a team of continuous learners so that our team grows on the job and beyond.
  • Treating Employees Well: From catered lunches to ordering your favorite snacks, and a dog-friendly environment, we strive to create an environment of comfort that allows our team to do their best work. In addition, we encourage wellness activities (such as weekly meditation) and flexible time off.
  • Financial Incentives: Among other things, we want to invest in our employees’ future. That’s why we offer them a 10-year expiration for stock options, a 401k program, and life/disability insurance.  

We do our best to make sure that we are always guided by employee-centered values. As we continue to grow and expand internationally, we are committed to putting our team members first and open to new ideas to help keep them happy and innovative.


Learn more about joining our efforts to change the world of trade at flexport.com/careers!

Come see Flexport’s shipping container at CES 2016!


90% of everything you see around you has been carried inside a shipping container like this one. And Flexport is bringing our own shipping container to Las Vegas!

We are very excited about showing some of our coolest clients and their featured products.

Bellabeat – as featured on Forbes, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, WIRED.

Nod – as featured on BBC, TechCrunch, TIME.com, WIRED.

Osmo – as featured on Bloomberg Business, Forbes, NBC, Wall Street Journal.

Electric Objects – as featured on Bloomberg Business, Forbes, the New York Times, TIME.com.

Ring – as featured on FORTUNE, Mashable, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal.



Looking to chat with someone on our team at CES 2016?

We’d be happy to connect at [email protected]!

Looking to learn more cool facts about shipping?

Check out www.flexport.com/blog

4 Aesthetic Concepts Every Non-Designer Should Know

Today we’re excited to share a blog post that our all-star Product Design Lead, Andrew Coyle, wrote for Salesforce! In the blog, Andrew discusses the challenges many non-designers face when approving the final design of an app, website, or feature. Most non-designers know when a design is aesthetically pleasing, but have a hard time explaining why.  Andrew outlines the concepts of typography and layout, and provides tips to help non-designers have a more constructive conversation with their designer.

Check out the full blog post here!

How do you build a shipping container?


How do you build a shipping container?

Constructing a giant steel box requires many steps, including unrolling and flattening sheets of steel, molding them and lifting them with industrial machinery into position, and hand-welding them each sheet together. It involves painting, attaching floor panels, and installing door hardware (the lock and seal mechanisms). And it, of course, necessitates waterproofing the container and testing to ensure that it is watertight; after all, it will be responsible for protecting thousands of goods’ safe travels across oceans.

Why do we need to constantly build containers? There are over seventeen million containers in the world already!

At any given point in time, there are 5 – 6 million containers in transit and on average, one of them falls overboard each hour. Research* estimates that around 10,000 are lost each year. With the rise of importing and exporting across the globe, we need more containers than ever, and every lost container needs to be replaced.

For an exploratory look into how a container is built, check out this video we sourced from the web!

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Congestion at Oakland Port Backed Up to SF Coast

Congestion at Oakland Port Backed Up to SF Coast

During his morning commute to the city, Jayson, our Director of Customs Brokerage, drove off I-280 and noticed a few container ships sitting in the bay, waiting to enter the Port of Oakland area.  He snapped a [beautiful] picture of the line of ships, idle, while the stormy clouds above open up to blue skies.

What’s amazing is that San Francisco is not that close to the Oakland port.  Container ships do not regularly sit around alongside the San Francisco coastline.

Here’s a map that shows the port in relation to the highway exit.

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Goes to show how congested the Port of Oakland is that there are lines of container ships extending so far out of the port!  We expect this to be similar (if not worse) at the other West Coast ports – LA and Long Beach in particular.

Update (12/17, 2pm):

We have been informed that LA and Long Beach are so backlogged that:

  • Knight Delivery currently has 3,000 containers at a standstill, some of which are for major accounts in the U.S.
  • Western Maritime is overbooked until after the holiday, with 500 containers backlogged and counting, as ships continue chugging in.

Congestion looks like a disaster!  Try routing around the West Coast ports (or shipping by air) if you can!