Survey: Truckers’ use of mobile apps growing

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uShip, an online transport marketplace, announced the results of an online survey of users confirms truckers’ growing dependence on mobile phones, apps and wireless services when running their businesses: Nearly 6 in 10 truckers are conducting more of their business through mobile phones this year compared to 2010.

With uShip’s latest application (or “app”) for iPhone and Android smartphones, tens of thousands of transporters on uShip can discover new business while on the road, no matter where they are in the U.S., the company says. Based on a transporter’s GPS location, active shipments nearby will be displayed.

Using the touch screen app, carriers can either place a bid directly through their phones or initiate questions to shippers before bidding. The free uShip app is downloadable directly from within the phone or the phone provider’s online app store.

Along with the uShip app for iPhone and Android smartphones, uShip offers mobile services for “regular” cell phones as well. The recent uShip poll found 36 percent of carriers on uShip own cell phones purchased in 2009 or before. To serve that segment of audience, uShip offers a variety of other mobile services, including the mobile uShip web site (http://m.uship.com), Phone & Text Alerts, and uShip Tracking that allows carriers to post Facebook-like status updates and customers to check the status of their delivery.

“Launching the latest uShip app on iPhone and Android smartphones in the U.S. is just the tip of the iceberg in our mobile strategy. As a global company that’s localized in 10 countries and regions, we see this as a platform that could touch a quarter of our business over the next few years,” said Matt Chasen, CEO and founder of uShip.com.

The survey of 6,000 active transporters on uShip was conducted in August 2011, and reflects respondents’ mobile usage patterns, dependencies and preferences. View full survey results here.