uShip Mobile has an MVP!
Last month, we ran our first-ever Mobile Madness promotion for the uShip Mobile App, giving away thousands of dollars in credit for transporters on uShip. The top “bracket” of 64 carriers that booked the most loads using uShip Mobile won site credit.
We were impressed to find out that some uShip carriers book exclusively using mobile devices! The winner of uShip Mobile Madness, Tobias Shreeves, booked 17 loads throughout the month, all of which where booked with the uShip Mobile App.
Shreeves (tshreeves) is an owner-operator from Tucson, Ariz. hauling boats, commercial freight, household goods, motorcycles and vehicles across the Western US. Since registering on the site in January, he’s hauled 21 shipments with 100% positive feedback.
Seeing carriers doing brisk business with the app is a big deal for us– we’re putting a lot of sweat and tears into making the app an awesome, simple tool for carriers and customers that want to ship anything, anywhere, anytime.
A couple days ago, we spoke with Shreeves to ask him how he uses uShip while on the road. Here are some of the highlights, along with some general advice for transporters:
How do you use uShip Mobile to book loads on the road?
“I have a full-time job during the week, and operate my hauling business on weekends. uShip is basically a vacation for me after work!
Typically I’ll start looking for large shipments using Find Shipments during the week. I use search filters to narrow down the shipments that are along my route, and then for shipments that will safely fit on my trailer.
It has to be a shipment that is “significant” or pays well enough to cover my fuel and the way back as well. I always look at photos and shipment details to make sure its something I can haul.
Once I’ve booked a well-paying load, I’ll look on my iPhone for smaller shipments to add along my route and for a backhaul shipment for the return trip. I’ve found I can book several shipments in one trip.”
“I frequently use Google maps, a GPS navigation unit and my mobile internet browser.”
Do you have any practical advice for new transporters?
“Definitely. You’ll never have everything you need on the road, so just be prepared to shell out for things you need at the last minute: chains, tie downs, blocks of wood, blown tires… and always ongoing maintenance costs.
Other than that, you have to be smart about what you book. Pay attention to shipment details, and always know your limits in terms of your equipment and your planned route.”