Uber Jumps into Trucking, Launches Uber Freight

Uber Jumps into Trucking, Launches Uber Freight

19 May 2017

All those “Uber for trucking” start-ups just got another competitor to contend with: Uber.

After months of operating in stealth mode, the San Francisco company best known for its ride-hailing service took the wraps off Uber Freight, a cloud-based, on-demand, full truck-load freight brokerage on Thursday.

Uber Technologies has been testing Uber Freight for van and refrigerator deliveries since September, starting in the Texas Triangle area between Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, and now is rolling out nationwide, complete with a YouTube ad announcing the service.

The company wants to win over independent owner-operators, midsize and large carriers by offering drivers one-click signups for loads through a mobile app, along with guarantees they’ll be paid within seven days.

In a interview, Uber Freight executives declined to disclose how many trucking companies or drivers are using the service or how many shippers have signed. Shipping partners on the platform range from mom-and-pop operations to Fortune 500 companies and operate in oil and other industries. Shippers pay contract or spot rates, though officials wouldn’t disclose what those rates are.

Uber is betting the company’s expertise running its ride-hailing business will transfer to the freight industry.


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