Over 600 US dealers benefiting from Car Delivery Network new delivery portal
Over 600 car dealers, rental and OEM final delivery across the US have signed up to a new delivery portal that will take their business 100 percent paperless.
VinDISPATCH Dealer Portal, from the Car Delivery Network (CDN), allows dealers to access information relating to all deliveries received from any carrier as well as providing a comprehensive overview of all vehicle deliveries. The system also allows dealers to track their inbound deliveries with real time ETAs provided by drivers using Electronic Proof of Delivery (ePOD).
“We are excited to see this level of interest from the Dealers. They have instantly recognised the value in this free value-add service,” said CDN co-founder Wayne Pollock.
“On the back of ePOD, dealers seem very receptive to real-time delivery visibility, not having to chase or call carriers for delivery paperwork or to request vehicle ETA. They get visibility of an inbounding vehicle and, once delivered, an electronic copy of the vehicle condition report and proof of delivery at their fingertips, whenever they need it, complete with signatures, photos, dates, and times.”
The ePOD applications is completelty free for the dealer network to simplify its access to and storage of vehicle delivery information. Over 2 million vehicles across thousands of US dealers are using the ePOD system.
“With many different transport companies making these deliveries, we figured that the dealers needed a single place to view delivery information regardless of which transport company delivered the vehicle,” Pollock says.
“The new Dealer Portal provides exactly this and we expect to see rapid and continued take up of the free service.”
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Uber Freight to Acquire Transplace in $2.2bn Deal
Uber Freight is to acquire logistics technology and solutions provider Transplace in a deal worth $2.25bn.
The company will pay up to $750m in common stock and the remainder in cash to TPG Capital, Transplace’s private equity owner, pending regulatory approval and closing conditions.
“This is a significant step forward, not just for Uber Freight but for the entire logistics ecosystem,” said Lior Ron, Head of Uber Freight, and former founder of the Uber-owned trucking start-up Otto.
Uber’s Big Play for Supply Chain
Transplace is one of the world's largest managed transportation and logistics networks, with 62,000 unique users on its platform and $11bn in freight under management. It offers truck brokerage and other capacity solutions, end-to-end visibility on cross border shipments, and a suite of digital solutions and consultancy services.
The purchase is the latest move by parent company Uber, which launched as a San Francisco cab-hailing app in 2011, to diversify its offering and create new revenue streams in all transport segments.
Transplace said the takeover comes amid a period of “accelerated transformation in logistics”, where globalisation, shipping and transport disruption, and widespread volatility are colliding.
Uber Freight plans to integrate the Transplace network into its own platform, which connects shippers and carriers in a dashboard that mirroring the intuitive experience found in its consumer vehicle booking and food ordering services.
“This is an opportunity to bring together complementary best-in-class technology solutions and operational excellence from two premier companies to create an industry-first shipper-to-carrier platform that will transform shippers’ entire supply chains, delivering operational resilience and reducing costs at a time when it matters most,” said Ron.
Frank McGuigan, CEO of Transplace, said the resulting merger will offer enhanced efficiency and transparency for shippers, and benefits of scale for carriers. “All in all, we expect to significantly reduce shipper and carrier empty miles to the benefit of highway and road infrastructures and the environment,” he added.
History of Uber Freight
Uber Freight was established in 2017 and separated into its own business unit the following year. In 2019 the company had expanded across the entire continental US, established a headquarters in Chicago. Later that year it launched its first international division in Europe, initially from a regional foothold in the Nertherlands, and later moving into Germany.
The logistics spinoff attracted a $500m investment from New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group in October 2020, and launched a new shipping platform for companies of all sizes in May, partly in response to a driver shortage in Canada.