Two more technology driven efforts to apply Web-based services to trucking have been developed.
FetchDesk, a truck reservation system, is being rolled out by an Arizona-based company and Tugforce has been launched by a New York business to match small fleets and their drivers with available freight.
Over the past two years, dozens of new services have been announced that are promoted as trucking’s version of the Uber ride-sharing service. Those offerings have been targeted to a variety of trucking industry segments, including less-than-truckload, over-the-road and refrigerated freight.
FetchDesk founder David Dwinell, a freight broker, is targeting deadhead mile reduction, offering the prospect of reducing fuel use and emissions alike.
In a statement, Dwinell said FetchDesk could cut deadhead mileage by 10% through more efficient load matching.
Startup company TugForce plans to begin offering its services next month.
“We created TugForce to bring convenience and efficiency to the massive trucking market,” said Mohammad Ahsan, CEO of TugForce. “By utilizing our services, drivers will no longer have to pay middlemen and shippers will get the best prices available while eliminating brokerage fees for their shipments. It’s a win-win scenario for all parties involved.”
The company statement said it’s targeting both U.S. and worldwide markets through its web ite and will be available to users of Android and Apple iOS operating systems. It’s also developing a discount purchasing program for smaller fleets, according to the statement.