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uShip, DB Schenker sign contract to automate road freight

AUSTIN, Tex.–uShip, the online shipping marketplace and freight automation software provider, has partnered with DB Schenker to power ‘Drive4Schenker,’ an online trucking platform launching later this year. The 5-year agreement, worth tens of millions, is exclusive within Europe, said the release.

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.    

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.”

“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.”

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