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Freight Forwarder Flexport to open fifth US office in Chicago

Published 31 January 2018

Flexport, the freight forwarder and logistics platform powered by technology, will open a fifth US office in Chicago this March.

The company expects to add over 100 new jobs to the Chicagometropolitan area over the next two years.

Flexport's Chicago office is located in Fulton Market, a top neighborhood for a variety of innovative startups and established technology companies. The company is currently hiring for roles on its sales, operations, and customs teams.

The Chicago office will be led by Taylor Oliver, senior director of accounts at Flexport. Oliver, a seasoned leader at Flexport, was instrumental to the growth of operations and account management for the company's Midwest client base.

Chicago represents an exciting opportunity for Flexport to establish a local presence in the Midwest, a vitally important region home to many of the country's fastest-growing brands and most robust manufacturing operations. 

Chicago's also one of the world's biggest hubs for air freight, with O'Hare International Airport currently processing more than 1.5 million tonnes of freight annually, and projecting a 50% increase in volume over the coming years. The opening of the Chicago office will enable Flexport to further develop relationships with local partners, and to better serve clients in the region for both import and export cargo across all modes of transit.

Flexport CEO and founder Ryan Petersen said: "We chose to expand to Chicago in part because the city is one of the nation's busiest international air cargo hubs by volume.”

"The Chicagometropolitan area is also one of the fastest-growing technology centers in the country, and we're looking to hire the very best people to join Flexport and help fix the user experience in global trade."

Flexport raised $110 million in Series C funding from leading investors including DST Global and Founders Fund in September 2017.

 In the past year, the company has more than doubled its employee headcount and expanded its footprint globally, with offices hiring in AmsterdamAtlanta,ChicagoHamburgHong KongLos AngelesNew YorkSan Francisco, and Shenzhen. 

Flexport is a full-service ocean and air freight forwarder using modern software to fix the user experience in global trade. Logistics teams use Flexport to track shipments in real time, request and book quotes, analyze reports, and communicate directly with suppliers and their dedicated Flexport account team. 

Source: Company Press Release