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Uber Freight less-than-truckload (LTL) empowers SMBs to do more

July 12 / US

Over the past two years, small and midsize businesses have pivoted to identify more dynamic and flexible ways to move freight amid market volatility. Less-than-truckload (LTL) freight has transformed into a primary shipping solution for supply chains. LTL can be defined as typically less than 6 pallets and enables shipper with greater flexibility to ship minimum quantity as needed and pay lower costs compared to a full truck load.

However, fragmentation of LTL freight providers, procurement marketplaces, carriers, and digital platforms are becoming barriers to process optimization, cost savings, and efficiency for LTL shipping.

Today, the LTL market accounts for a $45 billion industry, carrying more than 60 million tons of freight annually.* In 2021 alone, LTL tonnage grew by 9% due to increased demands in the e-commerce and industrial sectors.* Since the beginning of 2022, our overall LTL volume has tripled and our total number of customers has doubled.

Uber Freight’s LTL solution offers shippers a simple and flexible way to move loads, reduce freight costs, and easily create, view, and pay for shipments directly from our shipper platform. Shippers can receive instant quotes from our network of over 150+ LTL carriers, offering competitive and transparent pricing. Some of the leading carriers from our network include AAA Cooper, Conway, Estes, Roadrunner, and UPS Freight.

Shippers can compare quotes across full truckload (FTL) and LTL within a single platform and choose carriers that meet their needs by volume size, urgency, delivery date, accessorial, cost, truck type, and more. Shippers can choose our LTL shipping solutions for a variety of use cases, including delivering last-mile goods to distribution and fulfillment centers or rural and remote areas, covering seasonal or holiday spikes, or simply moving goods when they don’t have enough for FTL at a given moment.

Nova Ukraine, a nonprofit organization providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine, uses our LTL solutions for relief efforts amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. As of mid-May 2022, over 16,000 pounds in necessary medical and personal protection supplies have been delivered to communities across Ukraine and Poland via Uber Freight’s LTL shipping. 

“Uber Freight’s technological abilities and LTL offerings have supported our vast distribution network during crucial times of need,” says Oleg Rocklin, Manager, Nova Ukraine. “Since the beginning of the war, demand has soared almost overnight. Uber Freight keeps our supply chain optimized with real-time pricing and insights, allowing our organization to deliver necessary supplies to those who need them the most.”

Luna Furniture, a Houston-based furniture retailer, also uses Uber Freight’s LTL capabilities and has seen immediate benefits.

“At Luna Furniture, we work with some of the nation’s largest furniture manufacturers to distribute products through our retail stores and online,” says Aaron Demir, General Manager, Luna Furniture. “Over the years, we’ve ingrained innovative approaches to distributing furniture nationwide. Along the way, we’ve turned to Uber Freight’s LTL capabilities to support our demands. Of all the companies we’ve worked with, Uber Freight stands out among the rest. They’ve provided user-friendly, seamless technology and features that are essential to keeping our business growing.”

With Uber Freight and Transplace, shippers of all sizes can collaborate and move goods efficiently, optimize shipments, reduce transportation costs, and minimize wasted miles. Learn more about Uber Freight’s LTL solution here and join us today.

*“Freight Forecast,” ACT Research, April 2022.