August 6, 2019

Uber Freight integrates digital brokerage platform with MercuryGate TMS

Partnership lets users price and tender loads immediately, open Uber Freight to a new set of shippers, firms say.

By DC Velocity Staff

Uber Freight will integrate its digital freight brokerage platform with MercuryGate Inc.'s transportation management software (TMS) in a move to offer users greater visibility and capacity, the firms said today.

Cary, N.C.-based MercuryGate says the partnership will provide its users with instant visibility into Uber Freight's real-time pricing and offer guaranteed capacity for their freight lanes, all without leaving their existing routing guides.

That information—which is based on data from Uber Freight's pricing algorithms and its carrier network of 400,000 drivers—can help logistics executives estimate and compare freight cost savings in advance of booking, MercuryGate said. "Shippers need reliable information to drive speed and efficiency in their 24/7 operations," MercuryGate President & CEO Joe Juliano said in a release. "By tapping into Uber Freight's trusted carrier network, customers of all sizes can realize the benefits of a digital freight marketplace with access to real-time pricing and a vast network of available carriers and guaranteed capacity."

The move is the second recent integration by San Francisco-based Uber Freight, which in April announced a partnership with the German software giant SAP AG's Logistics Business Network, creating an application programming interface (API) link to SAP's "supply chain execution platform."

These partnerships allow Uber Freight to open access to its carrier network to a new set of shippers, Uber Freight Head of Operations Bill Driegert said in a statement.

Uber Freight has been growing fast in recent months, since its parent company, the ride-hailing pioneer Uber Technologies Inc., said in 2018 that it would double its investment in the division and operate the freight brokerage arm as a stand-alone business unit. Since then, Uber Freight has launched new features such as its "Lane Explorer" real-time freight-quoting tool that allows shippers to lock in rates up to two weeks in advance. And in July, the company expanded its European operations from the Netherlands into Germany.

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