No matter what profession you are adopting, and what is your qualification, determining the right way towards end-results cause success. The same concept lies inside the logistics business that aims to help carriers to build their businesses through proficiency, opportunity, and innovation.
A few years back, the logistics market structure was not as efficient as today because there was asymmetry in the information system. Also, there was no proper measurement of market prices for road freight. Thus, all the logistics businesses ran on risk, and users weren’t getting the price transparency about their money had sent in the right place.
But now things are getting changed, and all the businesses are in the phase of digitization. The transportation and the logistics industry is one of them. This industry comes under those businesses which require 24X7 efforts because a small shipment entails all details to ship. Thus, to make the transportation and logistics business less restless, many applications are available in the market that decreases the effort and pattern paper works. Uber Freight is one of them which are very popular among the transportation and logistics business. It provides a mobile management solution to help to avoid paperwork and chaos in the shipment process. There are other problems present in the logistics market, which need a solution like Uber Freight:
By the American Trucking Association, more than 80% of freight in the US is moved using trucks. So, providing proper logistics solution make good revenue.
The cost of re-allocation and managing the vacant truck depends on the waiting time until it gets full. Also, the empty truck consumes the operational cost of around 16 billion dollars per year.
Thus, in the above situation, to get the cost of the truck, a shipping company usually contacts freight brokers to help them, and pay brokers a huge amount of commission to them.
How Uber Freight Impacts on trucking & Freight Industry
We all well aware of the Uber on-demand mobile app solution for cab service and other convenience providing services in different sectors. Similarly, Uber freight is the benchmark in the freight industry. Uber freight is a trending suite of tools that empowers small businesses, and enable them to compete with the large business by its competitive tools.
Generally, the logistics business has three channels ‘carrier–intermediary–shipper’ by which they do their shipment process. But the Uber Freight app connects Carrier and Shipper directly to reduce errors and communication issues and cuts costs for both carriers and shippers. Except this, it provides:
- Controlled and remarkable tracking capabilities
- Easy request handling system
- An efficient performance tracking system
- Delivers transparency
- Easy booking and payment system
How to develop a Trucking app like Uber Freight
Uber Freight is not the only one of its type. There were logistics apps before Uber Freight, and new apps have been built since its launch. You just need to make a successful app like Uber Freight. Hereby, I am explaining the development concept of logistics apps:
First, decide the type of logistics app you want.
There are two ways to make logistics app:
- One, you already have your transportation business and want an app for expanding it as per the trend.
- Second, your objective is to only offer a marketplace/platform where carriers can accept orders from shippers.
If you want an app like Uber, then it is the second type of app that offers carriers the opportunity to quickly and effortlessly find customers in the desired area.
Second, find a development company for your app
Hiring a development company is a sensible decision. You can hire the in-house developer’s team or outsource your app development. You can also take help with the wide range of app development companies and freelance developers that offer services in logistics app development.
Third, verify your idea
Validation is the most crucial step in the development process. Once, you hired developers, you can take their help to validate your idea with in-depth market research.
Fourth, decide on features for an MVP/MLP
A minimum viable product (MVP) and minimum loveable product (MLP) are both abbreviated versions of your trucking logistics app. So, you can test your app by launching an MVP or MLP and gather feedback. With this, you will get your apps’ pros and cons.
Features that need to be in your trucking app
The Uber Freight based on the segments- shipper, driver, carrier, and the admin, act as the four pillars of any logistics app. Here, I will suggest some features for the Uber-like app, which will help you create a valued app for the end-users.
- Schedule Bookings
- Payment Integration
- Vehicle Monitoring
- NFC and QR code reader
- Chat Facility
- Fare Estimation
- Trip History
- Support for multiple languages
Every business has its positives and negatives. If you build an app like Uber for trucking, you must ensure that you develop a marketplace where carriers and shippers find each other easily. You must ensure the authenticity of the app carriers and also installed a proper tracking system so that users have no questions related to the safety of their goods.
The Indian logistics industries are also growing day by day. And as per data, it will reach 300 billion dollars by 2020. Thus, the app development firms in India are also involved in such logistics application development. If you are planning to build an app like Uber Freight, you must choose such a development company that develops a successful trucking app by fulfilling all your requirements.