• Inland Distribution
  • September 30 - October 2, 2024 | The Westin Chicago River North

Ryan Schreiber

Metafora

Chief Growth Officer

Ryan Schreiber has lived his career at the intersection of transportation and technology. As the Chief Growth Officer at Metafora, Ryan leads growth strategies that leverage the company's strengths and taps into new opportunities for both the company and the industry at large. Ryan’s commitment to the transportation and logistics industry is evident through his authorship for publications such as FreightWaves and Journal of Commerce and through his additional work as an angel investor and advisor to multiple logistics and freight tech businesses. Ryan has made substantial contributions to Metafora's progress and growth, including building partnerships, expanding services, launching new products, developing marketing strategies, and serving as a subject matter expert.

Sessions With Ryan Schreiber

Wednesday, 2 October

  • 09:10am - 09:45am (CST) / 02/oct/2024 02:10 pm - 02/oct/2024 02:45 pm

    InlandTech III:The Democratization of Brokerage Tech

    Freight brokers have become a bigger player in the truckload market over the last 20 years. That much is not in question. But why that dynamic has emerged is certainly up for debate. Is it because shippers – particularly small and mid-size ones – tend to be attracted to the service proficiency of brokers? Or because brokers provide carriers access to a pool of loads they wouldn’t ordinarily have access to? Or is it down to the hustle that defines the modern freight broker – a never-say-die attitude when it comes to finding customers and capacity? Behind the increasing depth and breadth of brokers is also technology. The last decade has seen the rise (and fall) of some notable “digital brokers,” but more broadly a surge in tools designed specifically for brokers. At the heart of this trend are tools aimed at the small and mid-size end of the spectrum, technology that a generation ago would have only been within the financial reach of the largest brokers. This session, taking in the expertise of a broker and two broker-focused technology providers and a broker, will dissect how the democratization of technology is impacting brokers, their shipper customer and carrier partners.