Uber Freight and CH Robinson

Discussion in 'Freight Broker Forum' started by 86scotty, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    I don't really have a big problem with this because I got a really good rate on the run. Yesterday I bid on an Uber Freight load, only my second ever. It had a really long pickup number.......suspiciously like CH Robinson.

    Uber is all automated so your phone just starts lighting up when you are on site, coming or going, on one of their loads. Today as soon as I hit the parking lot of my pick up, I got a message asking me to download the CHR Navisphere Driver app. ????? The load had no info about being affiliated with CHR of course.

    I didn't ask the dock because, like I said, not real worried about it, but I found it pretty interesting.

    I did not download their app nor are they tracking me through it. I was hoping they would press the issue but not yet. I'm still under it until Friday. If they asked again I would've refused and asked why they don't just broker under their own name?

    Anyone else noticed this?
     
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  2. x1Heavy

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    Uber and Amazon wants to bury CH robinson and all traditional brokearges.

    First by increasing market share by paying near 100% of whatever the load paid. They have the cash to keep people paid and so on.

    When traditional brokerages fail to find trucks sufficient, they go out of business leaving Uber and Amazon standing 10 years from now.

    Guess what. You will now haul it for 40% what you are paid today and like it. 10 years from now.

    I am not being combative. I just seek out a form of peace when I choose work to do that does not involve a app on my smart phone. I am in the process of destroying a year old phone that burned up under too many spam callers in the last two months and get a new number that in many cases will be strictly for me and several people. Not to be given out. I do run one app designed to eliminate secrets behind who is calling. (Related to Trap.com) and eventually real world information comes back on the caller themselves so you understand the situation before submitting if necessary a do not call complaint.

    Caller ID such as it is is dead in the USA. We are specifically told to make a contact list with everyone we know in the world and reject any calls from strange numbers. And that there is the problem. 50+ strange callers per hour. Might as well pull battery and shoot phone.
     
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  3. Army91W

    Army91W Medium Load Member

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    The history of Uber and Lyft is obvious. When they first start in a market for ride sharing they pay 85%-90%. Once they put enough taxi’s out of business they take a bigger cut. I tried making extra cash with Lyft. I quickly found out it’s a waste of time. With their fees the cut is in the 60/40 50/50 range. Essentially, I made $12 an hour and had to pay gas. Hopefully since trucking is more cut throat Uber freight will at best become another broker.
     
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  4. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

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    If Uber thinks it’s losing money now just wait till they get deeper in the the trucking rate game.. After all they only loss 5.2 billon in the last quarter lol
     
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  5. TallJoe

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    Another example is Convoy brokering Coyotes loads. These can be recognized by a very low initial rate. Loads out of York PA, Lancaster PA, Baltimore MD could be Coyotes loads originally.
     
  6. SteveScott

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    Uber is in deep crap right now. California just passed a law requiring them to make drivers employees of Uber, and not contract labor. That means minimum wage, benefits, and overtime. This will completely destroy their business model, and they'll either pull out of the ride sharing business in California, or go out of business all together. Since they are already losing money on the freight end of their business and the ride sharing portion is supporting it, I expect this will mean the demise of Uber freight in the very near future leaving Convoy as the primary player in that market.
     
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  7. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    How did you bid on an Uber load? I've never seen a bid feature on their app. I've also never had them call me because I use the Uber freight app and they always know where I am. If they asked you to download a tracking app from another company, it's absolutely a brokered load.
     
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  8. GraniteRiver

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    If I were Uber and Lyft, I’d give California the middle finger and cease operations in California. No way they’re going to pay workers comp for all their drivers. It’ll be interesting to see what they do.

    With that same California AB5 bill they just passed, it also eliminates the independent owner operator leased onto a company. That independent contractor will now have to become an employee.
     
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  9. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    Sorry for the confusion Steve. I didn't 'bid' on it, I just accepted it. No one has called me yet, all automated as usual. I just expected them to call after I failed to download Navisphere Carrier. They didn't though.

    Uber has called me before when I was on a load for them for a location update or something. I don't remember why. I was surprised.
     
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  10. SteveScott

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    I think the only time they've called me was after my phone did an update, reset, and their app wasn't on.
     
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