Freight Transport: Threatened?

The Uber technological platform, which in Central America is currently transporting people and food, is planning to expand its service offerings to the freight transport business.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Uber and Uber Eats, platforms for transporting people and delivering prepared food, respectively, are already operating in the countries of the region. However, the U.S. company's new bet for Latin America is to use Uber Freight to transport cargo.

Andrew Salzberg, Uber's Transport Policy leader, explained to Elcapitalfinanciero.com that "... the company is taking several initiatives to improve mobility in the cities where it operates, reducing the number of cars on the streets and the environmental pollution they generate using electric cars, pool cars, bicycles, scooters and other transportation."

See "Sharing Economy Grows in El Salvador"

With respect to the new application for freight transports, Eric Berdinis, CEO of Uber Freigth, explained that "... this service, which began in Texas and has been in operation for 18 months, is available in 48 U.S. states and has several tens of thousands of truck drivers affiliated to the platform and available to transport freight from one point to another whenever users require it."

On the other hand, Demóstenes Pérez, ex-president of the Logistic Business Council (Coel), said that "... the entrance of Uber Freigth to Panama would have a positive impact in the cargo handling through the land transport making the service more efficient, transparent and predictable, all of which results in lower costs and greater efficiency for the Panamanian logistic hub."

Regarding the effect that the platform has had on the countries' economies, David Ernesto Rodriguez, country manager of C&W Business in Guatemala, explained to Elperiodico.com.gt that "... the Uber platform has changed traditional business models, the economy is becoming uberized and is impacting all industries that have in their service chain a link where data or information exists. It's disruptive because something that should grow linearly grows exponentially."

See Elcapitalfinanciero.com "Uber is about to enter freight transport in Latin America" and Elperiodico.com.gt "The economy is uberizing."

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