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‘Uber of trucking’ Trucker Path muscles into $150B market

Viktor Radchinko, left, and Ivan Tsybaev built an app to pair truckers with shippers.
CEO: Ivan Tsybaev
Headquarters: Mountain View
Founded: October 2013
Employees: 2
Web: www.truckerpath.com
Phone: 347.549.5684

Trucker Path has developed an app that provides crowdsourced information for commercial truckers in the U.S. and connects them to shippers who have loads to move. In addition to potential assignments and logistical assistance, the app lets drivers share useful information such as locations of truck stops, rest areas, weigh stations and truck washes.

How it makes money

Trucker Path offers much of its information for free but gets most of its revenue from monthly fees it charges for premium packages that give carriers access to the truckloads marketplace and to route planning.

Business it could disrupt

Freight brokers and dispatch businesses.

Management team

Co-founder and CEO Ivan Tsybaevpreviously owned a company in commercial freight transportation (trucking and sea freight) in the U.S. with more than $1 million in sales in 2012. Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Viktor Radchenko won a 2012 Yahoo Hackathon and was a key developer at secure communications startup Perzo.

Advisers

Max Skibinsky, founder and CEO at Hive7 (sold to Playdom/Disney), mentor at 500 Startups and partner at Andreessen Horowitz; attorney Yoichiro “Yokum” Taku of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Money sought

$300,000.

Awards

Won second place at the L.A. Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo FASTPITCH Competition and the Audience Choice Award at Silicon Valley Open Doors Conference in 2013.

Market potential

The size of the U.S. freight brokerage market (via trucking) is estimated to be $50 billion annually out of the $650 billion trucking industry. The size of the international market is estimated to be $150 billion annually.

Likely competitors

Freight brokers, online freight-matching services and online truck load bulletin boards including Getloaded, Internet Truckstop and DAT Load Boards.

 

 

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Air, Sea, And Road Freight; The Choice Is Yours

images (3)Are you thinking about employing a freight method to your business? If you know you need to transport goods across the country and in some cases, even across the world, then you may be thinking about what choices you have. The three most popular freight choices include, air, sea and road.

To help you decide what freight method is right for you, I have listed some handy tips that may help make your decision.

Air Freight

Air freight basically means to ship your goods to another destination, via the air. In recent years, air freight has grown more popular, this is because of the advancements we have seen in this freight method.

A majority of businesses will choose this option because it is known as ‘express’ shipping, meaning it is one of the fastest ways to get your goods from one point to another. If you need to ship a large amount of goods on a regular basis, air freight can get rather expensive.

These services are usually aimed at small-medium sized businesses that do not use services on a regular basis, but when they do they like to achieve an effective fast result.

Just like another freight option that you will use when crossing borders, you will need to ensure that you document your goods properly; this will allow them to travel through customs.

 Sea Freight

Sae freight is the more popular choice when it comes to transporting good across the world; this is because it is much more affordable. Before you sign any contracts with a freight forwarding company, it is important that you understand where they travel to and where they are limited to.

Most freight forwarding companies will on travel on seas that they are familiar with, this means if you want to transport goods to somewhere unusual, you will need to hire a freight company that is specialised in this area.

The price of shipment is usually calculated per cubic metre of goods. It is likely you will also incur extra costs such as taxes and insurance surcharges and local terminal and port charges.

In the UK alone there are 120 ports, meaning it is possible to transport goods from almost anywhere.

Road Freight

Road freight is the most popular choice of freight services, with around 90% of freight travelling on the roads. Road freight services usually work closely with sea freight services; this is so that goods can get to their intended destination on time and in perfect condition.

If you need to transport goods over an extremely long distance, it probably would not be suitable to use road freight services, this is because it is not possible to drive to certain destinations and it can take a much longer time.

Kerry needed a freight company, so she contacted a number of different companies to find services that suited her needs. She found http://www.ccfreight.com was extremely helpful.

 

 

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How To Find A Reliable Air Freight Company?

images (3)If you are exporting freight from the UK to it may be necessary to employ an air freight company to move your goods. You will want to choose an air freight company that handle all aspects of the export process and will ensure that the goods get to their destination, quickly, safely and securely.

Search Air Freight Companies

Finding a good air freight company is not a straight forward process. It would be worth considering several different companies and perhaps taking a look at their websites as a first step. Look for companies that have a depth of experience and that really understand international markets.

A follow up phone call or email will allow you to get a feel for how responsive the company is and whether you feel you could work with them. The air freight business is a people business, and you will need to understand whether the person you are speaking with will be directly responsible for handling your shipments, or is just another sales person.

Packaging

Prior to preparing your goods for export you should contact your air freight company to understand any size or weight restrictions that may apply for the destination you are shipping to. There is little point packing your goods and then finding out they are too big for security measures or too big or heavy for the available aircraft size.

It is essential that you package your goods properly for air export. If you don’t you may find that your cargo may not fly or may arrive damaged. Also bear in mind that insufficient or incorrect packaging can invalidate the insurance that you purchase for your goods to have the right to travel.

If you are unsure how to package your products then your freight company should be able to guide you or suggest a suitable export packing company. The packing company will design the packaging to ensure a safe transit and make sure that packing standards such as ISPM15 are complied with.

Air Freight Options

A good global freight company will be able to offer both economy and express services and will also offer a courier option for smaller shipments. It is also important that your freight company can offer freight insurance (if needed) and a full documentation service. It is essential your goods have the correct documents to travel with or could find that you can have a considerable loss to your company.

James works on behalf of Allenco, The Freight People who are a global freight company. They specialise in a variety of different export services, you can find a list of services at http://www.thefreightpeople.com/

 

 

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