Apr 20, 2022
The situation in the Ukraine grows more desperate every minute and the need for humanitarian aid is enormous and growing. People who work in logistics and supply chain are in a unique position to help the people of the Ukraine. To assist the people of the Ukraine in their time of greatest need, The Ukraine Logistics Coalition was formed by Ben Gordon and leaders from some of the top logistics and supply chain companies in the world.
Benjamin Gordon is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cambridge Capital. He draws on a career building, advising, and investing in supply chain companies. Benjamin has led investments in outstanding firms including XPO, Grand Junction, Bringg, Liftit, and others. As CEO of BGSA Holdings, Benjamin has spent his career investing in and helping to build supply chain and technology companies. Benjamin led the firm’s efforts, advising on over $1 billion worth of supply chain transactions. Benjamin has worked with firms such as UPS, DHL, Kuehne & Nagel, Agility Logistics, NFI Logistics, GENCO, Nations Express, Raytrans, Echo Global, Dixie, Wilpak, and others. Prior to BGSA Holdings, Ben founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Benjamin raised $28 million from blue-chip investors including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BancBoston Ventures, CNF, and Ionian. 3PLex was then purchased by Maersk. Prior to 3PLex, Benjamin advised transportation and logistics clients at Mercer Management Consulting. Prior to Mercer, Benjamin worked in his family’s transportation business, AMI, where he helped the company expand its logistics operations. Benjamin received a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.
The war on Ukraine has devastated an entire region. Since February 24, tens of thousands have been killed or seriously wounded. Millions of people (and counting) have become refugees or have been forced to leave their homes. There are dozens of NGOs actively working to provide support and resources, and millions of people around the world that want to help. There are also thousands of supply chain companies capable of providing truck, air, ocean and warehousing services. However, there is no efficient way for groups to connect with each other and deliver vital supplies into affected areas. As a result, while the Ukrainian people suffer, well-meaning donors are unable to provide vital resources to the right place at the right time. The Logistics Coalition was formed to build a lean, fast, humanitarian supply chain in order to save more lives. Our initial focus is to create an online marketplace that connects NGOs, suppliers, and transportation companies. As a result, we intend to identify top priorities on the ground, fulfill them, and transport them to the people in need, all on an ongoing real-time basis. The long-term vision of the Logistics Coalition is to create a scalable supply chain solution that can be utilized in future disaster and crisis response.