(Austin, TX – February 11, 2009) — Online shipping marketplace uShip.com has created a new category exclusively for heavy equipment transport listings. The new category houses listings for a large variety of heavy shipments, including tractors, trenchers, dozers, backhoes, excavators, skid steers, pavers, scrapers and other equipment used in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, petroleum and transportation industries.
Shipping customers that need to have equipment transported can list their shipment details in just a few easy steps and the exact specifications for most types of equipment are imported automatically from the equipment specifications database at www.RitchieWiki.com. The site, sponsored by uShip partner Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, contains specs at for more than 11,000 different machines to date. The specs give heavy haulers the key information they need to calculate an accurate service quote. Transporters in uShip’s network of feedback-rated service providers place competitive bids to win the job, resulting in lower shipping prices and efficient service from high-quality transporters.
“Having a dedicated category for heavy equipment makes it easier than ever for shipping customers to find specialized heavy equipment transporters to handle their shipping needs,” said Matt Chasen, uShip CEO. “The more exposure these listings get, the lower the final price and that’s the goal,” he said.
“We shipped a bulldozer through uShip and everything was perfect,” said Jeff Goff, a uShip customer in Michigan who used the site to transport a D3C Cat Bulldozer. “The site was easy to use and we had several bids to choose from. The verbal estimates we had were twice what we paid on uShip.com and the service by the chosen carrier couldn’t have been better.”
Transportation service providers can use uShip’s heavy equipment category to browse through hundreds of listings and find shipments that they are interested in bidding on. The site is often used by transporters looking to find backhauls and fill extra cargo space–a key factor in keeping prices low.
The addition of a heavy equipment category positions uShip.com as a leader in heavy equipment transportation. Recent partnerships with Ritchie Bros. and MachineFinder.com, a network of used equipment dealers, are making uShip.com the preferred online shipping platform for the heavy equipment auction and resale industry.
Founded in 2003, uShip is the first and largest online marketplace for shipping services. Members list anything they need shipped, from household goods to vehicles to freight, and receive bids from thousands of feedback-rated service providers, including movers, carriers, transporters, van lines, freight brokers, heavy haulers and independent service providers. On any given day, there are thousands of shipments listed on uShip representing millions of dollars of business. It’s totally free for members to list shipments and for service providers to place bids. uShip’s reverse-auction format and patent-pending search technology dramatically reduce shipping costs by allowing service providers to find shipments along their routes and fill empty cargo space. uShip’s feedback system holds service providers accountable for their service and rewards those that perform well.