uShip announced a partnership with DB Schenker, one of the world’s largest logistics companies, to power its new ‘Drive4Schenker’ online trucking platform. The platform will be launching later this year as a 5-year agreement worth tens of millions, and is exclusive within Europe.
The partnership uses uShip PRO enterprise technology backbone to manage 25,000 approved carriers and execution of up to 10,000 loads per day through Europe’s largest over-the-road trucking business.
The application a lets any business with freight — enterprise shippers, brokers, third-party logistics companies (3PLs), ecommerce merchants, retailers, parts distributors, vehicle manufacturers and more — create their own private network of vetted carriers that compete to win the shipper’s business.
The private network feature provides transparent carrier reviews, uses shipment-level offer price, along with mobile shipment acceptance and tracking. PRO lets 3PLs and direct shippers access more carriers, real-time tracking, lower freight expenditures and more truck capacity.
“uShip’s approach transforms our transportation management to the next level,” says Jochen Thewes, chief executive of DB Schenker. “The future of our land transport business is automation, standardization and more efficient engagement with our thousands of transport partners, especially through mobile devices. We’re confident uShip’s proven, scaled platform will help us to change and re-engineer our business model.”
Bringing together 25,000 approved carriers and thousands of active loads within the ‘Drive4Schenker’ private network creates a dynamic marketplace of supply and demand. uShip PRO technology will help match both sides quickly and efficiently through real-time bids/offers, automated booking and payment, mobile tracking and status alerts, carrier qualification monitoring and performance reports.
“uShip PRO works like a TMS for covering loads, but is far more efficient because it’s automated, transparent and mobile,” says Matt Chasen, CEO and founder of uShip. “Studies show less than a third of shippers use a TMS today, which means a majority of shippers book freight through horribly inefficient means like phone calls, emails and fax machines.”
Headquartered in Essen, Germany, DB Schenker global operations comprise land, air, ocean freight, contract logistics and supply chain management. It has 2,000 locations and 66,000 employees worldwide, and reported $17 billion (USD) in 2015 revenue.