uShip recently announced a new fixed-price, in-home, white glove delivery service that helps online sellers better serve buyers of their large, bulky inventory.
As a household goods transporter, it’s important to understand the significance of this news and how you can use it to fill your truck and make more money.
Whether you are own a fleet of 26-foot box trucks, drive a Mercedes sprinter van, or get the job done through your pickup/gooseneck fifth wheel trailer, this opportunity has your name written all over it.
After many months and 12,000 shipments of pilot testing this service, we’re now officially rolling it out to more online sellers, so look for an even greater number of items in need of transport.
Here are three key reasons why this initiative means faster profit for you:
- Fixed Price Delivery. Most transporters are accustomed to quoting competitively to win business on uShip. While that will continue on uShip, shipments in this new e-commerce delivery model are fixed-price format. This maximizes booking speed because time is of the essence for online buyers and sellers. For transporters like you, this means no quoting/bidding and no waiting, just fast booking and predictable rates so you can keep your wheels turning.
- Massive Market. An enormous amount of oversize goods, things like furniture, antiques, mattresses, treadmills and more, are bought online today. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing segments of the $450 billion U.S. e-commerce market. Now, thanks to uShip, you’re able to tap into this booming market that’s historically been the domain of large fleets or 3PLs.
- High Service Bar. Similar to uShip’s feedback scoring system, sellers’ reputations are their lifeblood because they face extreme competition from the likes of Amazon, Walmart, Wayfair, and thousands of other e-commerce merchants. They have no other option than to meet AND exceed their buyers’ expectations — this includes flawless delivery. That’s why our online seller partners can set the bar to determine which transporters are eligible to haul their shipments. Each partner’s qualifications vary, so be sure you represent yourself well through your profile and in-person on jobs, get your equipment serviced and ready to roll, and avoid cancellations if possible.
“Online sellers are scrambling for a turnkey logistics solution for bulky items, something Amazon, UPS and FedEx currently struggle to provide,” says Mike Williams, CEO of uShip. “When an e-commerce seller partners with uShip, they get white glove service, predictable delivery costs, and shortened transit times thanks to the nationwide network of feedback-rated transporters who build their business through our site.”
To find out if you can take advantage of this new business opportunity, check out this article that further explains what’s required.