Could Uber Work For Trucking? - Global Trade Magazine
  August 31st, 2015 | Written by

Could Uber Work For Trucking?

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  • The American Trucking Associations forecasts the industry will enjoy a 29 percent increase by 2026.
  • OMVS says its Uber for trucking offers a cutting-edge technology based solution.
  • Cargomatic has been in operation in Southern California since 2014.

The American Trucking Associations recently published a forecast which predicts the industry will enjoy a 29 percent increase in freight volumes by 2026.

With the nation’s trucking industry is in the midst of a growth spurt, On the Move Systems (OMVS) says its upcoming on-demand platform, a kind of Uber for trucking, offers freight haulers a cutting-edge technology based solution to keep the good times rolling.

“The outlook for all modes of freight transportation remains bright,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “Continued population growth, expansion of the energy sector and foreign trade will boost trucking, intermodal rail, and pipeline shipments.”

The perennial dark cloud on the industry horizon remains the continuing driver shortage. Reports estimate trucking companies currently face a shortage of 35,000 drivers.

“These two news items definitely indicate a real opportunity for a technology solutions company like ours,” said Robert Wilson CEO of OMVS. “The predicted freight volume increase should drive demand for our shared economy platform, as firms will want to optimize these additional loads and routes.” Trucking companies will need drivers to haul these additional loads and the OMVS app can help connect companies with local independent drivers who want to contract with carriers, Wilson added.

A recent industry outlook from Frost & Sullivan predicted trucking will soon see an Uber-style transformation, where shared economy platforms and apps, like the one now under development by OMVS, will play a major role in operations and revenue-generation.

Cargomatic recently launched an app that matches loads with drivers in the New York area. Cargomatic has been in operation in Southern California since 2014.

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