When Uber started, it was just cab service, which initiated with the sole intention of helping passengers to look for the cabs within the convenience of their homes. However, times have changed, and Uber taxi app has also evolved. Uber has just not only entered the on-demand food delivery service but also has opened the gates for several on-demand ventures. It is no longer a common term used for a small convenience. It is a term that defines on demand in many ways and instructs convenience to the end users. There isn’t any industry which is left untouched by Uber where it has also entered trucking and freight industry with an Uber freight app.
Below are the given problems for the logistics industry:
According to the American Trucking Association, 80% of transportation in the US is moving with the help of trucks, where the revenue from freight trucking in the US has exceeded $700 billion annually. The local trucking industries are often inefficient and unprofitable. Then, there must be one reason that is truckers often drive empty in the back which is as costly as moving a full load. As per the statistics, by the American transportation research institute, nearly 20% of all miles are driven empty. The cost of replacing and maintaining the empty truck mainly depends on the waiting time for it to fill. The entire truck is designed to carry large loads. So, driving an empty truck is more complicated, because it requires more precautions, mainly when there is rain or strong wind.
In order to achieve full truckloads carry work with freight brokers to help them get connected with a carrier but, they have to pay a considerable amount as commission to these freight broker. As we all see the system is not too transparent, there could be a loss of time as well as money for the company. At the time like these, Uber like App Solution comes to rescue where the app can help to bridge the gap between shipper as well as truckers and eliminate the need for mediators. However, there are times when the shipments need to be released immediately and carry waiting for the trucks to get cargoes loaded. Henceforth, the Uber-like mobile app for the transportation industry helps to low the expense, improve visibility in supply chain and most importantly help to prevent trucks from having to move empty.
Uber for transportation needs two types of users: drivers and shippers:
The goal for mobile application for drivers is to help carriers fill in their trucks all the way to their final destination. So, you should allow all the drivers in a given area to view a list of available shipments.
Below are the given mobile solutions for drivers:
· Easy to get new shipping requests with a waiting list.
· Accept request.
· Shipper contact details.
· Check freight details which include the type of load, pick-up and drop off locations and scheduled pickup time.
· Real-time chatting with the shipper.
· Can see the map with routes of all the delivery along with that real-time traffic information.
· Can take a photo of the bill.
· Get push notification.
A shipper should be able to use the transportation app to find a truck in their area. So, to develop a mobile application for vehicle tracking, you should aggregate carrier for a shipper to choose and notify shipper once a carrier has accepted a shipment. Ideally, if we see the service which connects shipper or carriers will handle issues such as documentation, insurance, delivery confirmation, payment processing, and so on which may slow down the transportation process.
Below is the given list what shippers can accomplish using your logistics app:
· Help to make shipping requests.
· Can specify exact pickup and drop off location.
· Upload documentation.
· Check available trucks on a map.
· Can get freight quotes.
· Pay for shipping.
· Can chat with the driver.
· Real-time tracking shipments.
· Get push notification of delivery confirmation or entering geo-fencing.
· Can rate and feedback drivers.
How does the logistics application make money?
Uber for shipping app not only automated the process of filling trucks, where it has also offered a user-friendly pricing policy. So, apps similar to Uber usually set fees for building co-operation between service providers and customers where the pricing differs and depends on the company terms and condition.
Transparent pricing and quicker transaction will help your business to build trust with your customer as well as it helped to grow your business. Therefore, the market success of Uber and other similar apps like Lyft and Hailo has already shown that the people are ready to pay a premium amount in order to secure their transportation by smartphone.
So, for wrapping up above are the given ideas for building apps like Uber for the logistics industry.
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