May 24, 2019 11:15 AM, EDT

SAP, Uber Join Forces to Integrate Freight Networks

Enterprise software firm SAP and load-matching app developer Uber Freight have partnered to connect their shipper and carrier networks in an effort to improve supply chain efficiency.

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Through Uber Freight’s integration into the SAP Logistics Business Network, shippers will be able to access freight rates and capacity from Uber’s carrier base, the technology firms said in a joint announcement April 29.

“Finding and booking freight can be the most expensive and often the most complex piece of the supply chain,” Hala Zeine, president of SAP Digital Supply Chain, said in the statement. “This combined solution will remove roadblocks and offers a simpler, more automated approach that streamlines operations, delivers tangible cost savings and ultimately creates a better customer experience.”

SAP and Uber Freight said their collaboration will increase transparency for both shippers and carriers to support better decision-­making based on real-time pricing.

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“Uber Freight is partnering with SAP to bring shippers and carriers together at the level where freight decisions are being made,” Uber Freight’s senior director, Bill Driegert, said in the announcement. “This innovative, tech-forward approach to freight means shippers can spend less time sourcing quotes and capacity and more time getting goods to market.”

Uber Freight offers its own platform for shippers, but the partnership with SAP gives shippers another way to tap into Uber’s carrier network. The company’s mobile app for carriers is designed primarily for small fleets and independent drivers.