Uber for Stuff – Hauling on Demand Apps
Small or Big Loads – There’s an App for That
Change can be seen as a threat or opportunity or both. Ride-on-demand apps were a disruptive force that totally upended the established convention of taxi and limousine services, which often paid dearly for permits or “medallions” and had to abide by long-established regulations. The established players in many metro areas lobbied to have the services either partially or completely banned from their service area or so severely restricted to become irrelevant. However, customer demand has often overwhelmed resistance from the entrenched interests. So it was only natural that the concept of on-demand would find its way to the freight business. Two new players in both the heavy/commercial and light/consumer areas have launched, Cargomatic and Roadie. You may remember our post on Wagon, a local hauling app operating in Seattle, Portland and Phoenix.
Cargomatic, a regional operator in California and New York, offers less-than-truckload (or LTL in industry lingo) or full-truckload (FTL) services in which drivers can offer their services. Cargomatic offers GPS tracking of drivers and cargo, real-time status updates, paperless billing, and just-in-time delivery. Currently, the service is only offered in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York metropolitan areas but has plans to expand to other areas of the U.S.
Roadie is an app focused on smaller-sized cargo such as personal items, furniture, food, or even pets, making it ideally suiting for moving into a college dorm if your personal car can’t accommodate all your belongings. Users select the size of their cargo, from either “fits in a shoebox” up to “fits in a pickup truck” and enters their origin and destination. The app then gives them a price for the courier service. Unlike Cargomatic, Roadie is operational across the U.S. Both apps are available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play store.
Source: Cargomatic, Roadie