Uber Freight expands reach to six metro areas in US, including California, Arizona and Georgia
It has opened up its servic...
Uber Freight has added six metro centres to the area that its app covers, significantly expanding the reach of its drivers.
It has opened up its service to California, Arizona, the Chicago-Midwest region, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, adding to its Texas-wide reach.
“These new areas represent where drivers like to run, which makes sense: these regions including Texas cover over a quarter of the country’s drivers and freight,” said Bill Driegert, Director of Uber Freight.
“Unlocking this geography allows more carriers and their drivers to grow their businesses with Uber Freight’s instant load booking and quick payment.
“While today we still have most of our loads in Texas, over the coming months drivers can expect to see an ever-increasing number of loads available on the app in these new markets.”
Uber Freight is a free app that matches carriers with shippers, with carriers can press a button to book a load, and receive the amount that’s in the app. Payment is made fee-free within seven days.
Once the app shows the price we paid for a load and the load details, it can be booked with the push of a button.
As part of the refresh to the service, Uber has also said the app will now automatically learn drivers’ preferences based on their past loads, their location, and their home base, and more.
When a new load is available that matches these preferences, the app will notify the driver so they don’t miss out.
Additionally, over the coming weeks the app will start showing new packs of loads for drivers who prefer local, short haul, or long haul routes.
“The enthusiasm we’ve seen from drivers and shippers alike keeps us focused on innovating in ways that put drivers first,” said Driegert.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but are more excited than ever to deliver on the promise of levelling the playing field for America’s truck drivers.”
Uber Freight is also expected to expand the types of freight it offers, adding to the 53’ dry van and reefer its drivers currently run.
DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.