NEXT Trucking announced a $21M series B round of financing to expand the “trucker-centric” online freight marketplace it launched two years ago.
Lydia Yan, chief executive of NEXT Trucking, says the extra resources will be used primarily for new product development and talent acquisition for sales and operations.
The company has approximately 10,000 owner operators and small carriers and has tripled revenues year over year. NEXT Trucking’s revenues come from margins on loads; carriers do not pay a subscription or transaction fees.
Financing for the Lynwood, Calif.-based company was led by Sequoia Capital.
To haul for NEXT Trucking, owner operators and small carriers are required to use its mobile app and online platform to enter route and rate preferences and share real-time shipment location using the GPS of their smartphones.
Its marketplace connects carriers with shippers based on routes, pricing, driver behavior and other matching algorithms. Based on truckers’ inputs, NEXT Trucking proposes rates to shippers that have freight in truckers’ lanes of interest.
To date, NEXT Trucking has focused on business with large, blue chip shippers that include Pioneer, Hisense, Jinko Solar, Jakks Pacific and steamship lines with lanes for California-based carriers. The company plans to expand to other freight markets and announce new lanes soon, she said.
Source: CCJ Digital
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