uShip signs exclusive contract with DB Schenker to automate road freight

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uShip, the online shipping marketplace and freight automation software provider, has partnered with DB Schenker, one of the world's largest logistics companies, to power 'Drive4Schenker,' an online trucking platform launching later this year. The 5-year agreement, worth tens of millions, is exclusive within Europe.

The partnership uses uShip PRO — uShip's enterprise technology backbone — to automate and optimize the management of 25,000 approved carriers and execution of up to 10,000 loads per day through Europe's largest over-the-road trucking business.

Enhanced 'uShip PRO'

While uShip PRO is core to the DB Schenker partnership, the application also 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, CEO Schenker AG. "For 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."

The uShip Difference

No transportation management system (TMS) on the market today has uShip PRO's combination of pricing and performance transparency, real-time bid/offer pricing, mobile tracking technology and supplemental capacity through uShip's online provider network. It's also a new day for old school shippers who still use phone calls, fax, emails, spreadsheets and calculators to manage carriers and freight.

Dynamic 'Drive4Schenker' Marketplace

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 helps 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. Partnering with DB Schenker is huge validation for our Web and mobile platform as we help them digitize their road freight business."

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.

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