May 23, 2017

Uber’s new app for truckers could disrupt one of America’s core industries



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The formal launch of the app marks Uber’s long-anticipated move into the trucking industry — potentially disrupting one of the most popular professions in the U.S.

With 9.73 million workers, transportation and material moving is the fourth-largest employment group in the U.S., behind office staff, salespeople and food preparation workers, according to May 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of transportation workers and movers, general freight trucking and specialized freight trucking are among the industries with the highest employment levels , the BLS said.

Uber said in a blog post that the new app will relieve stress for drivers by confirming rates and loads within seconds, and delivering payments within a few days, much faster than the month-long waiting periods that are typical in the industry.

The program has been in testing mode for a couple of months and is currently operating in Texas. Like Uber’s existing ride-hailing app, it is based on location, an Uber spokeswoman told CNBC.  Uber’s ride-hailing business has been criticized by taxi […]

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