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On-demand Trucking

by Murray Phillips, 6 April 2021

We’ve seen a global disruption to supply chains during COVID-19. Customers and transport operators face new rules, tighter regulations, product shortages and shipping delays.

The online retail boom has raised the delivery expectations of consumers. Increased demand for products has squeezed traditional freight arrangements. Consumers want fast, reliable delivery, with reasonable shipping costs. Shippers without predictable product sales need flexible carrier services, without the commitment of long-term contracts.

On-demand trucking satisfies shippers, truckers and consumers. Customers who need goods shipped can use an app to match with drivers, equipment and capacity. Shippers can respond to unpredictable demand. They can find truckers with available space in the right locations and move freight at the last minute, fast. Trucking companies eliminate empty backhaul. Red tape is removed. Costs are lowered. Emissions can be reduced. 

Real-time carriers

On-demand trucking apps mean shippers can sell and deliver in real time. They can find empty truck space and cover last-minute loads. They can be confident in their delivery promises, knowing they’ll find a trucker with ease. 

Sophisticated tech

Uber-like trucking services streamline and simplify business. Shippers can keep track of deliveries and ensure compliance. Truckers can manage real-time pricing and payment. 

Win-win

Shipping freight on back hauls means drivers aren’t wasting trips with empty loads. Shippers have flexible access to carriers, including those handling specialised freight, like refrigeration. 

On-demand trucking is flexible, strategic and cost-effective for carriers and their customers. Technology builds trust in the process and offers real-time freight visibility and ease of settlement. 

In a volatile market, companies and individuals who provide strong carrier experiences will continue to grow. The on-demand solution has revolutionised trucking for shippers and transport operators. It rewards the most timely and efficient drivers. It offers flexibility and lowered costs in a fast-paced world where consumers want things ‘now’.

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