Trucking App Uber Freight Launched - Global Trade Magazine
  June 7th, 2017 | Written by

Trucking App Uber Freight Launched

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  • Uber is bringing its magic to trucking.
  • Truck drivers drive about 10 percent of all miles on US roads.
  • Truck drivers haul 14 billion tons of freight every year.

Uber started with the idea of pressing a button and getting a ride. Six years and more than two billion trips later, the company has grown into the largest global ridesharing network and branched into new businesses like UberEATS and Uber for Business. Now, Uber is bringing its magic to trucking.

Truck drivers drive about 10 percent of all miles on US roads and haul 14 billion tons of freight every year. Truck drivers take on a great risk to make sure consumers get the products they want, from the produce to clothes.

Uber Freight aims to empower truck drivers and small trucking companies to run and grow their business.

Uber Freight is an app that matches trucking companies with loads to haul, aiming to take the guesswork out of finding and booking freight. What used to take several hours and multiple phone calls can now be achieved with the touch of a button.

Vetted users download the app, search for a load, and simply tap to book it. The system sends a rate confirmation within seconds.

Uber Freight also aims to deliver payments. Trucking companies often have to wait 30 days or longer to get paid. Uber Freight is committed to paying within a few days, fee-free, for each load. When things don’t go as planned or drivers have to wait longer than expected, they get paid for that.

The idea behind the business is that focusing on drivers’ pain points can solve the industry’s biggest challenges. Happy drivers means happy shippers, and ultimately everyone benefits, including the end consumers of the goods. Uber has built a team of industry experts, leading technologists, and truck drivers to help us push the industry forward and level the playing field for trucking companies.

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