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On-Demand Trucking: What It Is and Benefits

by Murray Phillips,
Apr 6, 2024
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Customers and transport operators face a new set of challenges each day. Tighter regulations, new rules, product shortages, and shipping delays, there are a number of obstacles businesses need to overcome.

The online retail boom has raised the delivery expectations of consumers. Increased demand for products has squeezed traditional freight arrangements.

Consumers want fast, reliable delivery, with reasonable shipping costs. Shippers without predictable product sales need flexible carrier services, without the commitment of long-term contracts.

The solution? On-demand trucking.

What is On-Demand Trucking?

On-demand trucking (or “freight on-demand”) describes a freight transportation model where senders can request and schedule goods delivery via digital platforms or mobile apps. This approach enables senders to directly engage with a trucking company or independent truck drivers to coordinate the transportation of their goods.

On-demand trucking satisfies shippers, truckers and consumers. Customers who need goods shipped can use an app to match with drivers, equipment and capacity. Shippers can respond to unpredictable demand. They can find truckers with available space in the right locations and ensure items are delivered fast.

Same-day deliveries

On-demand trucking apps mean shippers can sell and deliver in real time. They can find empty truck space and cover last-minute loads. Shippers are also confident in their delivery promises, knowing they’ll find a trucker with ease.

Benefits to bonded freight shipping

On-demand trucking bolsters bonded freight shipping services by offering flexibility and efficiency in the last mile. After customs clearance, people or businesses can avail of an on-demand trucking service to ensure smooth shipping from ports to its final destination. This partnership streamlines logistics processes and meets regulatory standards, ensuring cross-border transportations remains efficient and hassle-free.

Sophisticated tech

Uber-like trucking services streamline and simplify business. Shippers can keep track of deliveries and ensure compliance. Truckers, on the hand, can manage real-time pricing and payment.


Shipping freight on back hauls means drivers aren’t wasting trips with empty loads. Shippers have flexible access to carriers, including those handling specialised freight, like refrigeration. 

On-demand trucking is flexible, strategic and cost-effective for carriers and their customers. Technology builds trust in the process and offers real-time freight visibility and ease of settlement. 

In a volatile market, companies and individuals who provide strong carrier experiences will continue to grow. The on-demand solution has revolutionised trucking for shippers and transport operators. It rewards the most timely and efficient drivers. It offers flexibility and lowered costs in a fast-paced world where consumers want things ‘now’.

If you’d like to learn more about how TransVirtual can help you get real-time freight visibility, get in touch today for a chat or you can book a free demo.

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