Filed by Transfix Holdings, Inc.
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: G Squared Ascend I Inc.
Commission File No.: 001-39981
Date: May 9, 2022
Transfix Drives Optimized Freight Procurement with Dynamic Solution that Offers Real-Time Recommendations
May 9, 2022
–Applies nearly a decade of data and machine learning models for shippers to make strategic decisions that balance cost, predictability, and service –
NEW YORK, May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Transfix, Inc. ("Transfix"), the Intelligent Freight Platform™, today announced the launch of a beta program for its new sourcing optimization tool. The solution is designed to modernize the traditional freight procurement process by allowing shippers to calibrate carrier commitments and optimize their freight spend. The tool predicts and prescribes a sourcing strategy based on historical and real-time data. This enables shippers to procure capacity at an anticipated optimal rate with the highest expected reliability, and streamlines the sourcing process to days instead of months. Transfix will unveil the tool tomorrow at the FreightWaves Future of Supply Chain Conference, with a live demo at 9AM CT/10AM ET on the Rapid-Fire Demos stage.
“We’ve spent almost a decade working with some of the largest brands understanding their networks and procurement process and we feel their pain – manual labor, overhead costs, tender rejections, contract cancellations, and more,” said Jonathan Salama, Co-founder and CTO of Transfix. “After accumulating data on the market and developing our machine learning models, we have the insights to help shippers run an effective procurement program that allows them to build sustainable relationships with carriers in shifting market dynamics.”
Transfix’s new solution recommends the projected optimal procurement scenario for specific lanes, based on a combination of data-driven factors.
The tool will recommend four purchasing options aligned to specific lanes. These categories include:
|·||Existing Contract. Shippers have vetted these lanes, carriers are familiar with the facilities, and Transfix’s model understands the rates are better than what shippers can get if they started a new RFP. Transfix recommends shippers award these lanes to these carriers and not bid them out.|
|·||New Contract. Our solution analyzes lanes and looks at current carriers' performance, volume of shipments, and market prices to package the lanes into a smaller RFP for shippers.|
|·||Spot. The system recommends the spot market for certain lanes. If shippers don't run those lanes as frequently, turning to the spot market can yield the optimal price.|
|·||Dynamic Cost-Plus. While a traditional cost-plus program only uses historical rates, Dynamic Cost-Plus uses a real-time, AI-predicted price. Transfix’s data-driven approach allows shippers to take advantage of market volatility and not commit to an annual contract. This can benefit both shippers and carriers with lanes in seasonal markets, and with sporadic volume allowing them to build sustainable relationships.|
Once shippers finalize their analysis and decide how to allocate their shipments, they can execute the RFP directly from the tool. Every carrier will have the option to select their respective lanes, agree to the contract, or bid on lanes.
Following the broader launch, shippers will be able to integrate the solution into their existing TMS via API or execute their RFP directly from Transfix TMS, an end-to-end solution for shippers across the shipment lifecycle — source, route, tender, track, and settle.
“This solution will continually evaluate new opportunities and alert shippers when market conditions have shifted in their favor, prompting them to contract, re-price, or move to a Dynamic Cost-Plus scenario,” added Salama. “Our goal is to calibrate shippers' transportation strategy to optimize service levels and spend to ultimately remove any potential inefficiencies in freight.”
For more information visit Transfix.
As announced on September 21, 2021, Transfix has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with G Squared Ascend I Inc. (“G Squared Ascend I”) (NYSE: GSQD), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by affiliates of G Squared, that is expected to result in Transfix becoming a publicly listed company. Completion of the business combination is subject to customary closing conditions.
Transfix drives modern supply chain impact at scale with its Intelligent Freight Platform™. By combining enterprise-grade, machine-learning technology with intuitive software and dedicated supply chain experts, Transfix is enabling organizations to deliver with high performance and high reliability, drive long-term strategy and capacity planning, take empty miles off the road, and optimize their networks, at scale. Today, Transfix connects shippers to 28,000+ carriers with real-time, many-to-many freight matching and the visibility they need to make their supply chains more efficient and environmentally responsible. Learn more at Transfix.io.
About G Squared
G Squared is a global venture capital firm that partners with dynamic companies throughout their life cycles as a complete capital solutions provider, working to create value for companies, investors, employees, and other stakeholders. The firm focuses on investments in growth-stage technology companies and has invested in over 100 portfolio companies since it was founded in 2011. The firm's affiliate, G Squared Ascend I Inc. (“G Squared Ascend I”), offers transformative private companies a path to public markets via SPAC. For more information on G Squared and its portfolio, visit: www.gsquared.com. For more information on G Squared Ascend I, visit: www.gsquaredascend.com.
Chelsea Horn, Carve Communications for Transfix
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In connection with the proposed business combination involving G Squared Ascend I and Transfix, Transfix Holdings, Inc. (“Transfix Holdings”) has filed a registration statement on Form S-4, as amended (the “Registration Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Registration Statement includes a proxy statement of G Squared Ascend I and a prospectus of Transfix Holdings. Additionally, G Squared Ascend I and Transfix Holdings will file other relevant materials with the SEC in connection with the business combination. Copies may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Security holders of G Squared Ascend I are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting decision with respect to the proposed business combination because they will contain important information about the business combination and the parties to the business combination and related matters. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the websites referenced in this communication is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this communication.
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