The launch of Uber Freight in Europe has been broadly welcomed. The ever-increasing driver shortage is not going away – if anything, it’s going to get worse – and the lack of drivers is reaching a critical point.
Uber Freight launched in the US two years ago and the company believes that many of the difficulties in the States are also prevalent in the European market.
Data from Uber Freight suggests the €354 billion European trucking marketing is third only to the US and China. Yet, 21% of kilometres travelled by trucks are with empty trailers.
With an ageing workforce and many drivers planning to retire in the coming years, Uber Freight could offer a solution for shippers and reduce the impact of fewer drivers.
From the perspective of Uber Freight, 85% of the total carrier pool in the EU is made up of small- and medium-sized carriers. And it is this group that have the most difficulty connecting with larger shippers. As a result, the price of goods goes up.
Europe, get ready. Uber Freight is coming to a city near you.