Uber-fying the Trucking Industry
You probably know Uber by its ability to seamlessly connect riders to taxi, private car and rideshare drivers through the use of mobile-based applications. Now Uber is heading to the trucking industry, potentially ushering in a new era in the North American freight movement and logistics market.
In addition to reducing the empty miles traveled, growth strategies company Frost & Sullivan suggests that mobile-based freight brokering technology will help lower operating costs, improve fuel efficiency, boost asset utilization and enhance resource productivity. In an industry that sees a yearly average of 20 billion empty miles incurred by trucks, such an evolution could bring the economy huge savings on fuel, congestion, environmental damage and lost man hours. Feeding this evolution are mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets that allow for anytime, anywhere connectivity. In the transportation world, Uber for trucking-type apps will enable people to connect freight to trucks, with spare freight-carrying capacity on an on-demand, ad-hoc, networked basis.
Evolving the way products move
By the year 2025, Frost & Sullivan also forecasts that $26.4 billion of all truck freight movement revenues will be enabled by mobile freight brokering. To get a better idea of how mobile freight brokering works, picture this: a battery maker in San Francisco needs to urgently ship 20 boxes of lithium ion batteries to a manufacturer in Seattle. An Uber-type app for freight transportation can be used to connect the battery maker to a truck that is scheduled to leave the San Franciso area for Seattle. The driver of the truck benefits because he can now get more payload to carry (which otherwise could not have been located on an on-the-fly, ad-hoc basis), gain revenues and reduce his empty miles traveled. The shipper in San Francisco benefits from being able to ship his batteries on an ad-hoc, on-demand basis. The app provider benefits from having created a new business opportunity in the market that helps efficiently connect demand to supply. The customer in Seattle benefits by getting his batteries quickly. And, finally, other motorists and the environment benefit from reduced empty miles (hence congestion) and emissions.
Mobile-based freight brokering makes it possible for shippers to be billed immediately and carriers to be paid immediately. Transactions are executed in a swift and seamless manner, and products get moved to their intended destinations.
Obstacles with using the service
What UberRUSH doesn’t offer is a personal, ongoing relationship between businesses and couriers. Using a 3PL, like Worldwide Express, would be able to provide the customer service UberRUSH wouldn’t be able to. 3PL’s are designed to provide dependable shipping, so you can focus on your business.
Taking advantage of the offerings from a full-service logistics company offers much more flexibility and reliability than a service like UberRUSH. We can help you ship to any address in the U.S., whether you need overnight options or standard shipping. Because we’re one of the largest authorized resellers of express shipping for UPS, you’ll be able to relax once trusted personnel have picked up your shipment. We want your packages to arrive safely at their destination, so we’ve invested in insurance options like Flexible Parcel Insurance through UPS Capital®. In the event of loss or damage, your goods are insured up to retail value.
One of the benefits of shipping with a logistics provider is that whether you’re in an urban, remote or rural area, your packages won’t be forgotten. By working with the right shipping handler, small businesses have the opportunity to look at their own shipment costs and use those savings as a tool to increase sales.