What you need to know about Uber Freight
We saw it with the taxi industry, now it’s happening again with the commercial freight industry. The long awaited Uber Freight is now offering company to driver “load sharing”.
How it works: Just like using their consumer app to call a taxi, this will give the ability for companies to hail a driver for specific loads (same day or up to three weeks in advance). Some things are still unclear about how it works, but the demand for the release has been long anticipated.
The advantages: “We value prompt payment for delivery as one of our big promises to our app users,” he says. “Regardless of when the shipper pays us, we’ll pay out for any load that is taken out on our app within a couple days, no questions asked.” This means no more waiting for a company that pays late and no questions whether the shipper will nickel and dime you.
Payments: “Distance is certainly one of the strongest factors that determine our prices, as well as cargo type, location, and others. Like Uber ridesharing, we take into account overall marketplace dynamics to surge prices overtime to match supply and demand.”
There will also be surge pricing, according to the spokesperson.
Who can Participate: Uber will not be working with anyone who has a conditional or unsatisfactory rating. As part of their goal to improve the overall safety of the industry, they plan on working only with people that meet their requirements. Once approved, users will have the ability to see available truckload dry van and reefer loads, paired with non-negotiable fixed rates to the truck. They have brought up the possibility of offering flexible or negotiable pricing in the future, but as of now, it is not an option.
What you should do: Early adoption of any new tool in this industry can give you the upper hand. Although it may still be in the early stages, it’s worth experimenting with and keeping an eye on. As of now, the benefits clearly outweigh the negative aspects.
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