Expert Opinion

Exchanges: Why they can be a game-changer for your business

January 3, 2022
Empty Container Parks
Empty Containers
Supply chain management

Here we are at the start of a new year and it’s always a good time for reflection and to set new goals.

There is no doubt the last two years have arguably been the most challenging years we’ve ever seen and although we still have some challenges ahead of us, I’m optimistic that 2022 will be a better year for our industry and our customers.

Here at MatchBox Exchange (MB), we believe the role we play within our industry is not only to provide innovative digital solutions for the container logistics industry, but to also help the industry adopt new thinking and new operating models that will deliver a better, faster, and smarter transport network.

Offering smart digital products and services is one part of the solution but without adopting the right mindset it’s very likely you will not fully exploit the benefits these tools can offer your business.


So, what is it exactly?

Well before I get into explaining what it is, let me paint a picture of the current challenges faced by our industry and how adopting the MatchBox Exchange mindset can help.

Today the container logistics industry is facing major challenges not seen before.

Massive equipment shortages, skyrocketing freight rates, major delays at ports and empty container depots are what trucking companies and their customers must endure at great cost to their businesses.

Despite all these challenges, today we still see many businesses adopting the same operational practices that they adopted when the network was not under such pressure.

They are essentially thinking and operating the same way but expecting different results, but a lot has changed.

So, the MatchBox Exchange Mindset is all about thinking differently and adopting a new operating model that will help you avoid bottlenecks at depots.

Whenever faced with the decision to collect or return an empty container from a depot DON’T think depot first but instead, think about the options open to you on the MatchBox Exchange platform.

Let me run through some of those for you…..

First, if you need empty containers to pack see if you have suitable import empty containers in your control that you can use. If you do, use MatchBox Exchange to gain instant approval to re-use your container saving you a costly trip to the depot.

If you don’t have a suitable container don’t stop there…. use our EXCHANGE FEATURE to find a party close by who has the containers you need. At the same time, you can also offload your empty containers to others in the MatchBox Exchange community.

Either way Exchanging your containers with other MatchBox Exchange users does offer you a number of benefits.

More and better choices

More flexibility

Faster turnaround times

Reduced transport costs

Increased productivity… keep your trucks moving so that you can do more with less

So remember whenever you are faced with a decision to either return or collect empty containers from depots – DON’T think depots …. Think MatchBox Exchange first!