Omaha, NE and Austin, TX – May 22, 2012 – Proxibid (www.proxibid.com), the world’s largest, most trusted online auction marketplace for buying and selling specialized assets, and uShip (www.uship.com), the world’s largest and most trusted online shipping marketplace, today announced a strategic partnership to provide Proxibid’s online bidding community with direct access to uShip’s network of transporters, making it easier, faster and more cost effective than ever for online buyers to coordinate shipping arrangements.
Buyers in Proxibid’s marketplace now have access to uShip’s Shipping Price Estimatortm right from the Lot Detail page within Proxibid’s online auction catalogs for hard-to-ship items such as cars, motorcycles, furniture, pianos, boats, antiques, freight, heavy equipment and more. Shipping information — including lot detail information — is integrated into the Shipping Price Estimator, which displays approximate shipping costs based on comparable item, weight and distance moves on uShip. This allows buyers to make informed decisions when determining transport costs.
“We are constantly looking for ways to add value to our marketplace, and to make it more convenient for buyers to make purchases on Proxibid,” said Jason Nielsen, senior vice president of operations for Proxibid. “Shipping has long been a source of frustration for our buyers, and we are pleased to be able to work with uShip to make this process easier, more convenient and more cost effective for our growing community of online buyers.”
uShip offers customers the unique ability to name their own price for shipping or receive competing quotes from a network of thousands of carriers. Carriers looking to fill empty cargo space and backhauls utilize uShip to fill the space at deeply discounted rates, helping customers save an average of 50 percent over published rates.
“Shipping large, oversized items has traditionally been a major pain point for buyers, especially within online auction marketplaces where unique, valuable and oversized items need to get transported with care,” said Philip Strohl, senior director, business development at uShip. “We’re thrilled to be bringing greater efficiency to a crucial step of Proxibid’s auction process.”
uShip’s services are now available to Proxibid buyers by clicking on the uShip Shipping Price Estimator on the Lot Detail pages for lots that offer this service.
Omaha-based Proxibid brings auctioneers and bidders together for a world-class online auction experience. Since 2002, the Company has worked with more than 2,500 auctioneers to bring more than 35,000 auctions to a global, online audience. With registered bidders from more than 190 countries, no other provider in the industry connects more buyers and sellers than Proxibid. The Company’s proprietary live Internet bidding service and Web site were developed by auctioneers and industry-leading professionals to provide our bidders with the most user-friendly and comprehensive online auction experience possible.
Proxibid’s customer service and support is unmatched in the industry. The company’s toll-free support center is open before, during and after every live auction, and is staffed with bi-lingual auction specialists who assist both bidders and auctioneers. For more information about Proxibid, please visit us online at www.proxibid.com.
uShip.com is the world’s largest and most trusted transportation marketplace primarily serving the vehicle, freight and household goods shipping markets. Consumers and businesses can compare and book upfront quotes, name their own price or receive auction style bids from over 280,000 customer-reviewed Transportation Service Providers, ranging from independent owner-operators to the largest freight carriers and brokers. Launched in 2004, Austin-based uShip operates globally with localized sites in the U.S., Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Austria and the European Union.
uShip is featured on A&E’s “Shipping Wars,” a real-life series that follows a handful of independent truckers who competitively bid to transport oversized, bulky loads found on uShip.com. Season 2 of “Shipping Wars” airs summer 2012. http://uship.com