Article originally posted by FreightWaves on December 13th, 2017
Written by: Vishnu Rajamanickam (Link)
The enormity of the trucking industry can be realized by looking at the myriad of industries that depend on freight hauling for their sustenance and growth. Quite recently, the fracking industry has joined that list, with frac sand becoming a major commodity that needs to be transported across sites for the hydraulic fracking process.
But the problem of the driver shortage in the fleet sector also holds true in the frac sand market, with fracking companies facing the heat. PanXchange, a trading platform with experience in building commodity marketplaces across East Africa, is looking to help its client base solve this pain point. This move is in line with the company’s launch of its platform in the U.S. for frac sand trading.
“Though PanXchange is not directly involved in frac sand transportation, we know that trucking of sand is a high point of pain for our clients,” says Julie Lerner, the CEO and founder of PanXchange. “Although we launched only this October for trading, we are a market structure solution and thus interested in exploring relationships with trucking companies.”
Article originally posted in the Financial Times on December 6th, 2017
Written by: Gregory Meyer
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Windblown dunes in west Texas are the latest front in the shale oil industry’s campaign to extract more barrels at less cost.
The industry is excavating dunes for frac sand, which is pumped into wells to crack open rocks and get oil and gas flowing. The deposits are in demand because they lie close by the hot Permian shale region, making them cheaper than sands carried in from older mines 1,000 miles away.
Locally dug sand is influencing the economics of US oil production, helping shale supplies compete in world markets. It is also worrying investors who own shares in railroads that haul sand and in sand miners that may be on the cusp of a glut.
Sand was a critical ingredient of the shale drilling revolution. Without it, US oil production would not have nearly doubled in the past decade to an estimated 9.7m barrels per day.
Between 2012 and 2014, total US demand for “proppants” such as frac sand rose from 34m to 61.5m short tons, according to Rystad Energy, a consultancy. Then oil prices collapsed, bringing down sand consumption as well.
Since its first pilot launch in world market sugar, the PanXchange team has researched many different commodity markets, seeking to apply its aggregated market solution to those with the most inefficiencies, fragmentation and opacity. Staffed by a team of seasoned commodity traders, they understand the complexities of the sand market. There are varying qualities, multiple production and wellhead locations and insane logistical challenges. These challenges are not unique to sand...
Article originally posted on Petroleum Connection, full article can be found here.
Today London Stock Exchange welcomes UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) and their USA FinTech Mission to the UK. Seven top financial technology firms from the United States were selected from a competitive pool by a panel of experts in US financial technology. The mission will highlight the innovative technologies emerging from across the US while also promoting the UK as a destination for FinTech investment.
Vice Consul Maria Deam of the British Consulate New York and Cammila Garcia of the British Consulate Chicago are leading the mission to network the delegates with industry experts and commercial contacts indispensable to international growth, as well as guiding the delegates on the steps needed to expand their growing businesses into the United Kingdom.
It was 3 a.m., and the warm Kenyan air smelled of jet fuel. Julie Lerner had just completed a 36-hour journey and stepped onto the runway at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Her first time in Africa. A few days before her trip, a massive fire had erupted in the airport’s main terminal. The fire made headlines worldwide because the day it broke out happened to mark the 15th anniversary of al-Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and officials were concerned the incident might be related. Lerner heard the news from her home in Denver; but when the time came, she boarded the flight to Nairobi anyway. Now, in the middle of the night, as she approached the makeshift customs tent that had been set up next to the ashes of the airport, she thought to herself, what the fuck am I doing here?
Lerner had traveled to Africa to kick the tires on her plan to revolutionize the way physical commodities are traded. Simply put, anything that comes out of the ground—corn, wheat, beans, crude oil, iron ore, etc.—is bought and sold at least once before being processed and passed on to the consumer. In the mid 1990s, as a trader at Cargill, Inc., the Goldman Sachs of commodities trading, Lerner got an up-close view of the way the system works. What she saw was a lot of inefficiency: A single trader juggling hundreds of calls a day from multiple clients on multiple phones. “It’s so unbelievably antiquated,” Lerner says. “You’re dealing with guys that have been doing it the same way since the invention of the phone.”
Denver, CO and Nixa, MO. October 10, 2016. PanXchange, Inc, an electronic negotiation and trading platform for physical commodities, and Bulkloads, LLC, a web-based platform that connects commodity trucking supply with traders seeking transport for bulk raw grains, announced a strategic alliance today.
Both companies are using the power of technology to provide commodity producers, processors and traders with more operating efficiency and new profit opportunities via computers and smart phones. The companies will begin with joint marketing efforts and facilitated access to each other’s platforms. Longer term, the companies look forward to offering aggregated real-time data that gives their members instant decision-making capabilities in fast moving markets.
PanXchange founder and CEO Julie Lerner states, “I’m excited about the mutual growth opportunities with Bulkloads. Our platform offers traders instant market access and price discovery. By partnering with Bulkloads, they’ll have even more information with access to available trucking routes in real time. This opens up a world of profit opportunities with more liquidity and more optionality. At a minimum, this could reduce the legging risk between offers at origins and bids at destinations.”
PanXchange has been selected to the FIA Innovators Pavilion, for their 32nd annual Futures and Options Expo, from October 18th through the 20th in Chicago.
PanXchange is a negotiation and trading platform for physical commodities. Whereas derivative traders demand speed and multiple market linkages, cash market traders need order optionality, anonymity, and counterpart management without burdensome clearing fees. Strong physical markets lead to even stronger futures markets. We’re live in the US & abroad in agriculture and will be expanding into energy & metals.
Denver, Colorado. June 28, 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited with the team from PanXchange, Inc., a web-based negotiation and trading software for physical commodity markets a day after the company launches its first US trading market.
PanXchange’ Founder and CEO, Julie Lerner, explained that the meeting was more substantive than she anticipated. “I was expecting a quick meet and greet, but was pleasantly surprised at how pointed her questions were. It was clear that she was familiar with the work we’re doing.” She continues, “She asked about the inroads we’ve been making in East African grain and beans markets and our launch in US Feed Ingredients. We then showed her the live trading screens and discussed our plans for growth.” From there, they discussed the benefits of the transparency that the platform yields in terms of food security and potential market oversight.
PanXchange (PX), a web-based software for the negotiation and trade of physical commodities opened its pilot launch to select US feed ingredient traders today. Fifteen companies are already members for a total of 35 registered traders. Two bids and offers were negotiated and matched within the first hour of trading.
The purpose of the program is to fine-tune the features to best meet the needs of feed ingredient traders as well as to provide market participants with a window to become familiar with the platform before bids and offers are live and legally binding if matched.
Julie Lerner, PanXchange’s Founder and CEO, explains, “We are excited to launch this platform with over a dozen of the country’s most active traders, producers and feed lots. The reception we’ve experienced in these early days has confirmed industry interest in PX’s ability to provide instant price discovery and market access across the country and beyond.”