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Zuum Partners with Estes Forwarding Worldwide (EFW) to become their Digital Truckload Platform

Irvine, California: ZUUM, which connects shippers, brokers, carriers, and drivers on one Logistics Super Platform, today announced a new partnership with Estes Forwarding Worldwide (EFW). This partnership will allow EFW to leverage ZUUM’s cutting-edge technology to build and manage shipments, access a built-in marketplace, and increase effectiveness through the use of a comprehensive pricing tool. Additional improvements and time savings EFW will realize from this include the reduction in tedious, manual activities fewer email threads, and the minimization of human errors with one digital platform.

Mustafa Azizi, co-founder and CEO of ZUUM, said, “Our country runs on logistics – delivering raw materials, products, food, and other goods across the U.S. and globally. At ZUUM, we believe that the best way we can contribute is by giving shippers, brokers, freight carriers and drivers what they need to overcome challenges and make their jobs and lives better. Providing EFW with our broker-in-a-box service will deliver the necessary tools for customers to monitor shipments, decrease customer acquisition costs and attract new carriers in the process”.

“We’re excited to be partnering with ZUUM on building a truckload experience that’s second to none.” says Scott Fisher, CEO at EFW. “The team at ZUUM has created a platform to take managing truckload business to the next level.”

The benefits of this new partnership include a digitized carrier onboarding and carrier CRM – which is built into the system and available via mobile or desktop. This will streamline carrier onboarding through an electronic process with branded documents and access to the EFW marketplace… The free carrier tracking technology in the ZUUM app allows carriers to sign rate confirmation documents, report issues, take pictures of POD’s and submit upon completion.

Another feature EFW will take advantage of is gamification, which will drive efficiency through technology that is fun and competitive. This also allows managers to track employee performance with the most important KPI’s in real-time. Lastly, the ZUUM shipper portal will provide a better customer experience, allowing shippers to monitor and track loads digitally, without the hassle of emails going back-and-forth.


About ZUUM: ZUUM is a logistics technology company based in Irvine, California. Founded in 2016, ZUUM offers a shipper TMS, freight broker software, a carrier TMS, and a mobile app for truck drivers who are connected within the Logistics Super Platform. These tools enable customers to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their logistics operations while simultaneously automating their transportation networks. The company’s vision is to optimize logistics and streamline supply chains globally by defragmenting the industry through collaboration and partnerships like the one with EFW.


About Estes Forwarding Worldwide (EFW): EFW is a leading freight forwarder and truckload service provider in the United States, providing customized logistics and warehousing solutions for clients around the world and across all industries. A subsidiary of Estes Express Lines located in Richmond, Virginia, EFW is uniquely backed by the Estes linehaul network, providing EFW clients with extensive flexibility and capacity to support their business. The company has received industry awards, including Specialty Carrier of the Year and E-Commerce Delivery Carrier of the Year, and has been recognized by Global Trade Americas as a leading 3PL to watch. To learn more about EFW, please visit the company’s website at https://EFWnow.com/

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FreightWaves and ZUUM partner to provide SONAR elements to mutual customers

FreightWaves, an industry-leading provider of data, analytics and news for the global supply chain and logistics industries, and ZUUM, which connects shippers, brokers, carriers, and drivers on one Logistics Super Platform, are partnering. FreightWaves customers will have access to both the FreightWaves Trusted Rate Assessment Consortium (TRAC) Spot Rates TRAC Spot Rates and SONAR Capacity Lane Scores inside the ZUUM rating engine. Users will need to enter API credentials into the ZUUM transportation management system (TMS) in order to access the data.

FreightWaves SONAR is the industry’s leading and fastest supply chain data platform. SONAR provides the clearest insight into freight pricing, and subscribers can reliably forecast supply chain demand and capacity by using spot rate and tender data for predictive rates.

With FreightWaves TRAC, ZUUM users have access to high-frequency spot rate data that is based on rates at the time of booking, published daily at 9 a.m. By accessing FreightWaves TRAC spot rates in the ZUUM TMS, users have critical data in their workflow and at their fingertips – in the environment they use to make key rate, bid, and booking decisions. The combination of FreightWaves TRAC and ZUUM’s features will help users maximize margins, improve workflows and optimize business outcomes on a daily basis.



Mustafa Azizi.
(Photo: ZUUM)

Mustafa Azizi, co-founder and CEO of ZUUM, said, “Our country runs on logistics – delivering raw materials, products, food and other goods across the U.S. and globally. At ZUUM, we believe that the best way we can contribute is by giving shippers, brokers, freight carriers and drivers what they need to overcome challenges and make their jobs and lives better. Providing FreightWaves and ZUUM mutual customers with faster access to FreightWaves TRAC and SONAR’s Capacity Lane Scores can help them in a very difficult environment.”

Spencer Piland, FreightWaves’ COO/CFO, said, “SONAR has been proven to provide positive operational and financial impacts for shippers, carriers and intermediaries. Our SONAR subscribers often tell us that they’d like SONAR data accessible in more ways and are asking for integrations between SONAR and their TMS, freight matching services, and other third-party services.” Piland added, “In response to their requests, mutual customers of FreightWaves and ZUUM will now have another access point for mission-critical data that can drive key decisions.”

Spencer Piland.
(Photo: FreightWaves)
Matt Tabatabai.
(Photo: ZUUM)

ZUUM’s co-founder and COO Matt Tabatabai said, “ZUUM’s mission is to help provide the best tools in the market for shippers, brokers and carriers. With FreightWaves data and analysis, our customers will have actionable intelligence to help control their operations. Our partnership with FreightWaves, as well as the SONAR data, is critical in helping our customers maximize their margins.”

ZUUM is a logistics technology company based in Irvine, California. Founded in 2016, ZUUM offers a shipper TMS, freight broker software, a carrier TMS, and a mobile app for truck drivers who are connected within the Logistics Super Platform. These tools enable customers to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their logistics operations while simultaneously automating their transportation networks. The company’s vision is to optimize logistics and streamline supply chains globally by defragmenting the industry through collaboration and partnerships like the one with FreightWaves.

“Because SONAR was designed with an API-first approach, it allows for easy integration and access to key freight market data within a broad range of FreightTech solutions providers,“ Piland explained. “Ultimately, FreightWaves’ vision is for SONAR customers to be able to obtain key supply chain intelligence in solutions most convenient to them to drive decisions across their operations.”

FreightWaves:
https://www.freightwaves.com/news/freightwaves-and-zuum-partner-to-provide-sonar-elements-to-mutual-customers

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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As May comes to a close so too does Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Zuum would like to celebrate the heritage and contributions of the AAPI community. The contributions of the AAPI community are vast, from art to infrastructure to politics, and much more. We believe that in order to foster inclusion we need to share experiences and culture, that’s why our video was a quick take on who our friends and coworkers are. Watch the video to learn more about those at Zuum.

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Zuum Celebrates National Transportation Week

Since 1957, the third Friday in May has been designated as National Defense Transportation Day, which was established by President Eisenhower to honor the United States’ transportation system. The week that encompasses this day was designated as National Transportation Week by Congress in 1962. President Biden announced the week of May 16th through the 22nd is observed, with Friday the 21st serving as a particular day of commemoration. 

The event began as a way for Americans to recognize the transportation industry’s essential contributions to American communities. This involves promoting knowledge about our country’s infrastructure and facilities, which are critical to a functional transportation system. Having well-paved and clean roads with access for semi’s to rural areas is crucial in ensuring that the cargo is delivered to all Americans.

Domestic freight trucking, also known as FTL or LTL, relies on three different entities, shippers, brokers, and carriers. The relationship between these three separate entities keeps things moving from coast to coast. Shippers need their goods delivered, carriers have trucks to transport those goods, and brokers have the responsibility of managing the transportation service between those two. It’s a beautiful dance that happens every day all across the country and deserves recognition.

As a national player in the digital freight marketplace and transportation management software space, Zuum takes the time to recognize all of the industry’s dedicated and hardworking transportation specialists. We understand how important transportation is to the country’s security. We’ve developed software to save logistics companies money and time. With our user-friendly and streamlined TMS systems, we’re building the most robust set of tools for shippers, brokers, and carriers. Schedule a free demo or get a free quote today! Learn how Zuum can make transportation management easier for everyone.

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ZUUM closes $22 Million Capital Round for Logistics Technology

Irvine, Calif. — Feb. 10, 2022 —ZUUM Transportation, a California-based logistics technology provider for manufacturers, retailers, freight brokers and carriers, announces the close of its latest $22 Million Dollar Round in collaboration with its Investors and Capital Partners, including Bridge Bank and Trinity Partners.

“It’s rewarding to work with a company like Zuum that is making a difference for such a great stable of internationally recognized clients,” said Justin Vogel, senior vice president in Bridge Bank’s Capital Finance Group. “Bridge Bank appreciates the innovation Zuum brings to the logistics industry.”

Bridge Bank contributes a $10 million asset-based loan facility for Zuum Transportation INC, as part of this round, in preparation for ZUUM’s  Series A in 2022.

Founded in 2016, Zuum’s clients include BNSF Logistics, Estes Forwarding Worldwide, Hyundai Glovis, Tyson, Sherwin Williams and Staples among other Fortune 500, midsize and small businesses. The company offers shipper transportation management systems (TMS), freight broker software, a carrier TMS and a mobile app for truck drivers that are connected within the company’s Logistics Super Platform. The tools enable customers to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their logistics operations while simultaneously automating their transportation networks.

“We’re all about smooth processes and enhanced efficiencies, the same qualities Bridge Bank brings to clients,” said Matt Tabatabai, co-founder and chief operating officer of Zuum. “Our goal is to defragment the logistics industry through collaboration and partnerships — including with our lender.”

The Capital Finance Group at Bridge Bank offers a range of asset-based lending and factoring solutions, including accounts receivable, inventory and invoice financing, to provide lines of credit and working capital. The group’s expertise supports companies in manufacturing, professional services, retail, technology and more that are experiencing unusual market conditions that might hamper their ability to adhere to traditional covenants and credit structures.

About ZUUM Transportation

ZUUM Transportation, Inc. is a logistics technology company based in Irvine, CA. Founded in 2016, ZUUM offers a shipper TMS, freight broker software, carrier TMS, and a mobile app for truck drivers that are connected within the Logistics Super Platform. These tools enable customers to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their logistics operations while simultaneously automating their transportation networks. Our vision is to optimize logistics and streamline supply chains globally by defragmenting the industry through collaboration and partnerships.

About Bridge Bank

Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, helps business clients realize their ambitions. Founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley, Bridge Bank offers a better way to bank for small- to mid-market businesses across many industries, as well as emerging technology companies and the private equity community. Geared to serving both venture-backed and non-venture-backed companies, Bridge Bank delivers a broad scope of financial solutions including capital, equipment and working capital credit facilities, venture debt, treasury management, asset-based lending, SBA and commercial real estate loans, ESOP finance and a full line of international products and services. Based in San Jose, Bridge Bank has 16 offices in major markets across the country along with Western Alliance Bank’s powerful array of specialized financial services. Western Alliance Bank is the primary subsidiary of Phoenix-based Western Alliance Bancorporation, with more than $50 billion in assets. Western Alliance is again #1 best-performing of the 50 largest public U.S. banks in the new S&P Global Market Intelligence listing for 2020 and ranks high on the Forbes “Best Banks in America” list year after year. For more information, visit bridgebank.com.

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Manifest 2022: The Recap

In recent years, virtual events and webinars have momentarily replaced in-person conferences in an effort to adapt to the uncertain climate. On January 25th – January 27th, 2022, ZUUM Transportation was invited to participate and sponsor Manifest 2022. The live event brought together the most comprehensive ecosystem of innovation and transformation in LogisticsTech and end-to-end Supply Chain. Attendees, exhibitors, and special guest speakers included a mix of industry leaders, innovators, and investors from supply chain, logistics and transportation.

Keynote speeches, panels discussions, and presentations centered around six central themes including:

  • Automation, Robotics, & Quantum Computing
  • Digitizing & Visibility
  • Green Logistics & Return
  • Logistics Expansion &  Partnerships
  • Machine Learning & Autonomous Solution
  • TMS, Freight, and IoT

In case you were unable to make it, we rounded up the key highlights of the 3-day event to keep you informed.

Day 1

As guests from around the globe poured into Las Vegas, Nevada for one of the first conferences in supply chain and logistics to return to in-person, the health and safety of all guests remained a top priority. Regardless, Manifest kicked things off with a day-long Maritime & Ports Symposium. The growing U.S. port congestion has been  making headlines, so it’s no surprise that some of the biggest names in ocean freight stopped to propose new frameworks and approaches to solving this critical issue.  

New visibility technologies have disrupted many industries including food delivery and ecommerce, however, many folks are puzzled as to why maritime and ocean freight have not been able to develop or apply similar solutions. A few speakers vocalized the larger industry’s reliance on legacy tools while others pointed to the subtle resistance to digitization and change. All in all, effective and efficient solutions are needed to alleviate the dire situation happening around U.S. ports. Currently, our best bet may just be to look outside of ourselves, reevaluate existing processes and embrace this age of digitization.

Day 2

During the second day of the conference, the Expo Hall was open to attendees. Guests could browse exhibitor booths while dropping into panel and speaker discussions. ZUUM brought a team of experts to connect with folks and share ZUUM’s robust and innovative technology solutions and services. Attendees also had the opportunity to join networking groups throughout the event where they could connect with industry executives, entrepreneurs, and investors alike. 

Day 3

During the third and last day of the event, the Expo Hall remained open. ZUUM’s founder & CEO, Mustafa Azizi was invited to speak on the panel titled, “The Adoption of Technology Across Transportation & Fleets.” Joining him on the panel were Warburg Pincus’ Princila, Angel Pu; Locus.sh’ Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Walter Heil; and Platform Science’s Co- Founder & CEO, Jack Kennedy. Even before the pandemic began, consumer expectations continued to grow due to innovations like 2-day shipping. This has caused most logistics technology companies to rethink transportation management. Similar to how retailers have adapted the online buying experiences to consumer preferences, logistics companies have also applied this approach to building interconnected technologies for shippers, brokers, and carriers.

All in all, ZUUM Transportation’s debut at Manifest was a success! If you’re interested in learning more about what ZUUM can do for your business, schedule a meeting with one of our experts to find out how ZUUM can help you grow your bottom line.

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Automotive Supply Chains: 2022 Forecast

Supply chains are a vital component in the automotive industry. They ensure timely sourcing of raw material, semi-finished articles, and finished products. This is true for both the manufacturer and the auto dealers. Globally, the automotive industry is a multi-billion dollar sector. Its supply chains stretch both domestically and beyond the borders. Any disruption in any part of the supply chain can affect both the demand and supply in the automotive sector.

The COVID19 pandemic has adversely affected the automotive supply chains. It has led to huge fluctuations in the demand and supply of components, spare parts, and even complete automobiles. This trend is likely to continue in the first half of 2022. Gina Raimondo, the US Secretary of Commerce has stated that though the supply chains will continue to recover, they will take a ‘number of months’ to normalize.

What to expect in 2022?

The pre-pandemic period was an ever-rising phase for the automotive industry. Fitch Ratings have predicted that the automotive industry will improve in 2022. At the same time, the supply chain risks will continue to loom over. Although the global sales will increase, they will continue to remain 6% lower than the 2019 pre-pandemic levels. 

There will be numerous effects of the present scenario on the Automotive Supply chains in 2022. Some of them are:

Uncertainty in automotive supply chains

The automotive industry will continue to be affected by uncertain material supply. Suppliers will be hit by bottlenecks in the global supply chains. This will affect the production, cost of automobiles, and their sale. 

Unstable productions due to semiconductor shortage

The automotive industry depends on semiconductors. Modern-day vehicles are equipped with a large number of sensors and ICs for advanced functions. Due to a dip in semiconductor production, its supply to the automobile sector is sure to hit production.

Less availability of raw material

Due to the likely extension of the pandemic in 2022, there will be a tight supply of raw material in the automotive sector. Increased prices and lesser supplies of materials like plastic resin and steel escalate costs. It will force the automakers to restrict production.

Change in the inventory levels

The automotive sector, in the pre COVID19 era, used the ‘Just-in-Time’ inventory model. They would procure raw material just before production. In 2022, the automotive inventory managers will stock up material for future production runs. This can further lead to price functions of raw materials. In the extreme scenario, it can result in hoarding.

Search for innovative solutions

Companies will take up R&D activities to supplement shortages with innovative methods. There will be a rise in R&D activities and the automotive industry will focus on fulfilling their needs locally. It will lead to the creation of new supply chains which will sustain a part of the automotive industry. 

Rise of costs in automotive supply chains

Due to increased shipping rates & labor charges, the automotive supply chains will remain expensive. This will adversely affect the pricing of the finished goods. The profits will thus get limited. It may also affect the purchasing capacity of the buyers.

Increase in Electric vehicles

EVs will be the buzzword in 2022. Due to the blockages in the IC engine supply chains, companies will shift attention to green vehicles. Combined with the govt. incentives, the automotive sector is bound to see a rise in electric vehicles.

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Supply Chain & Logistics Tech Trends for 2022

Supply Chain and Logistics are the backbones of any industry. They are needed in all types of businesses. Supply Chain and Logistics ensure safe and reliable transport of goods from the source to the destination. Since the early days of the industrial revolution, Supply Chain and Logistics have evolved from their nascent state. In the present, Supply Chain and Logistics are key components that define the success of any project.

The COVID19 pandemic has affected all components of the Supply Chain and Logistics. The pandemic has disrupted the operations of global Supply Chains and Logistics sectors. Then again, innovative solutions have defined how these essential mechanisms were revived. Technology has played an important role in the metamorphosis of the Supply Chain and Logistics industry.

What to expect in Supply Chain and Logistics in 2022

Technology will continue to redefine the Supply Chain and Logistics industry for the year 2022 and beyond. Here are a few insights on what to expect in the future.

Increased use of technology

Technology will continue to rule the Supply Chains and the Logistics. The use of AI, Automation & Machine Learning will speed up these delivery mechanisms between the source and the destination. This will improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the transport of goods.

Promote circular Supply Chains and Logistics

Supply Chain and Logistics will encourage recycling of goods. These circular delivery mechanisms will be made possible due to the advances in the tech space. It will lead to the sustenance of smaller manufacturers and suppliers. Circular Supply Chains and Logistics will emerge as a cost-effective solution.

Greater use of Third Party Logistics (3PL)

Due to the continued onslaught of COVID19, shippers will increase the use of 3PL services. The 3PLs provide tailor-made services to the shippers. In addition, they provide specific insights on their requirements of the shippers. This will be due to the use of the latest innovations in tech for the Supply Chain and Logistics sectors.

Emphasis on local regions

Supply Chains and Logistics activities will focus on the local marketplace. Due to blockages at the global level, managers will try to fulfil any requirements at the local level. The increased connectivity and tech-supported business activities will catalyze this phenomenon. It will also reduce the undue stress on the global Supply Chains and Logistics mechanisms. 

Rise in predictive analysis

To avoid any delays & losses, managers will rely on predictive analysis. It will help them foresee any untoward incident and take preemptive steps. Complex algorithms and predictive analysis models will play a pivotal role in this activity. This will in turn lead to timely delivery of goods in transit.

Green Management

Supply Chains and Logistics will shift their focus towards eco-friendly methods. With greener options, the goods delivery mechanisms will continue to reinvent themselves for a better earth. Studies have shown that 90% of people in the age group of 21 to 34 are ready to pay more for eco-friendly products. Green management of Supply Chains and Logistics will therefore add a feather in the cap of the product marketers.

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ZUUM Transportation Named Food Logistics’ 2021 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Provider

ZUUM INC, the California-based logistics technology company, joins the list for the second consecutive year.

Irvine, California STATE—December 21, 2021— ZUUM Transportation INC, a leading logistics technology provider for manufacturers, freight brokers, and carriers, has been named 2021 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Provider by Food Logistics. Food Logistics magazine covers software & technology, transportation, safety & security, sustainability, and risk & compliance for global food supply chains. The FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list honors leading software and technology providers that ensure a safe, efficient and reliable global food and beverage supply chain.

ZUUM’s BEYOND TMS helps manufacturers and retailers reduce freight spend, find capacity, accelerate freight planning and management. It addresses critically needed digital capacity aggregation, efficiency, and connected systems with a ZUUM Enterprise version for large companies & ZUUM Business for midmarket and smaller businesses.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a 2021 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Provider by Food Logistics. Our ongoing dedication to our customers drives us to pursue solutions that solve industry challenges for all shippers, brokers, and carriers. We are excited to streamline and automate supply chains and procurement, and look forward to the exciting road ahead,” says Mustafa Azizi, CEO and Co-Founder of ZUUM Transportation. 

“Software development and emerging technologies make the world go ‘round. They’re what keeps people and the products, food and plants they consume safe and fresh: Traceability, visibility, efficiency and safety. And, the winners from this year’s award prove that there are no limitations to what software and technology can do in the supply chain space,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

Recipients of this year’s award will be profiled in Food Logistics’ Nov/Dec 2021 print issue. Go to www.FoodLogistics.com to view the list of Top Software & Technology Providers. 

For more information on ZUUM Transportation, visit www.zuumapp.com.

About ZUUM Transportation

ZUUM Transportation, Inc. is a logistics technology company based in Irvine, CA. Founded in 2016, ZUUM offers a shipper TMS, freight broker software, carrier TMS, and a mobile app for truck drivers that are connected within the Logistics Super Platform. These tools enable customers to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their logistics operations while simultaneously automating their transportation networks. Our vision is to optimize logistics and streamline supply chains globally by defragmenting the industry through collaboration and partnerships.

About Food Logistics

Food Logistics reaches more than 26,000 supply chain executives in the global food and beverage industries, including executives in the food sector (growers, producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and grocers) and the logistics section (transportation, warehousing, distribution, software and technology) who share a mutual interest in the operations and business aspects of the global cold food supply chain. Food Logistics and sister publication Supply & Demand Chain Executive are also home to L.I.N.K. and L.I.N.K. Educate podcast channels, L.I.N.K. Live, SCN Summit, SupplyChainLearningCenter.com and more. Go to www.FoodLogistics.com to learn more.

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ZUUM at FreightWaves’ F3 Virtual Experience [Recap]

One of the industry’s leading media networks, FrieghtWaves brought some of the biggest names in freight technology for their F3 Virtual Experience. Attendees were invited to join virtually for the 3-day long immersive experience. ZUUM was a proud participant and excited to connect with new and familiar faces.

FrieghtWaves also announced ZUUM Transportation was recognized as a winner for the 2022 FreightTech 100 winner, celebrating the most innovative and disruptive companies in freight. This recognition follows the announcement of ZUUM’s transportation management system (TMS) launch for shippers (manufacturers & retailers) and freight broker software earlier in 2021

CEO, Mustafa Azizi on NOW TV

On the first day, CEO, Mustafa Azizi joined the hosts of  NOW TV to discuss the significance of connecting systems for actionable intelligence in logistics. ZUUM Automated Broker is helping logistics companies drive their digital transformation efforts. Universal integration with existing systems is enabling data flow internally and across complex freight networks.

COO, Matt Tabatabai presents the Logistics Super Platform

On the second day, COO, Matt Tabataba showcased ZUUM’s Logistics Super Platform which includes ZUUM’s Beyond TMS, our transportation management system for shippers, ZUUM Automated Broker, our software solution for freight brokers and third-party logistics providers, ZUUM Fleet Manager, our transportation management system for carriers, and ZUUM Driver, our mobile application for truck drivers.

Meet Alfie, the Shipping Elf

Throughout the virtual experience, ZUUM debuted the holiday commercial. Meet Alfie, the Shipping Elf.