Mike Mecca

PortPro

CEO & Founder

Michael Mecca is setting the gold standard for how drayage (seaway and rail) carriers should operate -- by streamlining workflows and giving carriers best-in-class tools to run their operation from anywhere so they can focus on growing their business in this $2+ billion-dollar market. Michael created PortPro in 2019 as a one-stop source for carriers who are fed up with the inefficient, manual processes that have plagued the drayage industry.

He built an expert team of drayage experts, technologists, and customer service experts to function as his clients’ outsourced IT department. Michael’s philosophy is for his team to do all the work so carriers can focus on what they do best – moving their loads safely, efficiently, and profitably. According to Michael, “Our job is never done. We will continue to innovate and push the envelope, widening the gap that PortPro's drayage carriers have over their competitors.”

Logistics is in Michael’s DNA. Growing up he was always intrigued by technology – and how it could be a solution to the channel complexities carriers (and shippers) deal with every day. He learned the ropes of the drayage industry at Mecca Trucking, his family’s business while getting his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and government from Villanova University.

He served in just about every job at Mecca Trucking for over five years before starting Axle Technologies, an FMCSA-certified tech innovator offering an electronic logging solution that allows trucking companies to stay compliant with the federal electronic logging mandate.

Michael looks forward to PortPro ’s future growth as well as working with fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders to explore how technology can transform the drayage industry

Sessions With Mike Mecca

Friday, 25 February

  • 10:10am - 10:40am (PST) / 25/feb/2022 06:10 pm - 25/feb/2022 06:40 pm

    How Can Technology Resolve the D&D Challenge?

    TPMTECH STREAM: 3PL FOCUS

    The assessment of detention and demurrage has long been a thorn in the side of cargo interests, predating the pandemic but made worse by crippling congestion in key US container gateways. The fees are meant to be sticks, not carrots, to incentivize shippers and their transportation and logistics partners to expedite the pickup of laden containers at terminals and the return of empties to those terminals. But is this process working as it should? Shippers and drayage operators perceive the fees as a revenue stream for shipping lines and terminal operators, while the carriers and terminals see some shippers using terminal space and containers as de facto inventory storage. The fragmented nature of entities and solutions at many US ports doesn’t help, particularly in the vital Los Angeles-Long Beach complex. This session will explore the extent to which technology can resolve these structural problems to make cargo flow more efficient and expedite container returns, especially during critical high-volume periods. Speakers include a drayage transportation management system provider, a visibility provider, and technology vendor that specializes in helping cargo interests find appointments at container terminals.