Austin, TX – Online shipping marketplace uShip.com now offers free instant quote comparisons for shipping less-than-truckload (LTL) freight. The company pioneered a reverse auction-style marketplace for shipping anything from household items and boats to industrial equipment and even pets. The new service addresses the needs of small- to medium-sized businesses that ship frequently and want competitive upfront quotes so they can quickly evaluate their shipping options and select a carrier right away.
uShip.com customers receive instant quotes for their LTL freight shipments from top regional and national carriers, including SAIA, Roadway, Yellow, UPS and FedEx Freight. The quotes are generated on-the-fly from uShip.com’s network of carriers and freight brokers, based on the specifications of the load. Since the quotes are presented side-by-side, carriers and brokers are motivated to offer their best possible rates.
“Instant, upfront quotes are a perfect complement to our auction process,” said Matt Chasen, president of uShip.com. “There are many websites operated by freight brokers that offer quotes from multiple carriers. What is unique and innovative about our new quoting platform is that customers can compare carrier rates across multiple freight brokers, who often offer different negotiated rates from the major carriers. This gives our customers the widest variety of rates and service options available anywhere. ”
When standardized carrier rates and services don’t meet the customer’s needs, shippers can still list their freight shipment in the uShip.com marketplace and receive custom auction-style bids from the site’s network of feedback-rated transportation service providers. This latest launch of instant “Ship it Now” quotes in freight adds to uShip.com’s offering of upfront quotes in other categories, including autos and motorcycles. Businesses or individuals that ship freight can visit uShip.com to price and book their shipments.
Founded in 2003, uShip.com 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 instant quotes or bids from thousands of feedback-rated service providers, including movers, carriers, transporters, van lines, freight brokers and independent service providers. On any given day, there are thousands of shipments listed on uShip.com representing millions of dollars of business. It’s totally free for members to list shipments and for service providers to place bids. uShip.com’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.com’s feedback system holds service providers accountable for their service and rewards those that perform well. For more information, visit www.uship.com.