uShip testing no-bid load alerts, ‘Shipping Wars’ star at booth

| March 22, 2013
'Shipping Wars' owner-operator Marc Springer will be appearing at the uShip booth #66141 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Friday, March 22, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and again Saturday at 11 a.m.
‘Shipping Wars’ owner-operator Marc Springer will be appearing at the uShip booth #66141 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Friday, March 22, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and again Saturday at 11 a.m.

In previous experience working with load boards, uShip Vice President of Carrier Relations Eddie Peloke found continually that what he thought of as the idea path for load search was to “take searching out of it” as much as was possible. Currently in beta testing with 100 single-truck owner-operators, uShip’s new load alerts system does just that.

“Only qualified carriers will be able to be a part of it,” he said, noting that the qualifications required would be a a 5-plus feedback rating in the system with 90 percent positive feedback or Transcore CarrierWatch-verification of valid operating authority. When signing up, carrier would give uShip access to their location via cell phone, smartphone or other telematics device and specify load parameters that could easily be changed later, such as “the kind of freight they like, whether they want loads to be above a certain dollar figure,” Peloke added.

When a carrier gets into an area nearby a load that matches the criteria, the uShip system would then generate a text message or email to notify the user, accounting not only for location but also direction in which the load is moving — “we don’t want ultimately to be bombarding you with information about loads that are behind you,” says Peloke.

Better yet, none of the freight in the pool in the new system will be freight out for bid, as is typical of much of the freight in the uShip system. When shippers put loads into the system they will have the option of enabling instant booking. For independents, such loads could be valuable partials to add en route, or, at the least, the service could supplement existing freight resources in unfamiliar areas.

Below find a simple video tutorial describing more of the particulars of the new load alerts; Peloke says the company expects to open up the service to all carriers utilizing uShip in the next few months.



 

  • SemperFiServices

    Too bad all the illegal carriers will also have access to the same stuff. Uship needs to make being legal a requirement!

  • martymarsh

    Did they actually say STAR, what a joke. They have people bidding that can’t even haul the stuff just so you have to haul it for less. The worst thing they could have done was put this on TV, it is a good thing for anyone that wants something shipped because now they know they have a site that will get them that for nothing.
    But, if you want to haul someones garbage for nothing, have fun.

  • BunniRabbyt

    I pulled flatbed for 33 years as an O/O and probably had over a 1000 different customers. Never once did I ever have to pay for my own loading equipment ( cranes , forklifts, wreckers ) or did I have to go buy half of a lumber yard to block the load in. Shippers will test you to see what they can get YOU to buy but it is not the transporters responsibilty. Nor did I ever stay around and assemble something for them at destination. Something is wrong with this show or something is wrong with U-Ship lining up loads like this especially for the rate they do and the bottom line they end up with. I would have been broke the first year. Something is wrong I dont know if it is for the camera and ratings but if guys and gals actually do this for real I think it is a terrible waste it does not have to be like that. Believe me

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