(Austin, TX – February 11, 2009) -- Online shipping marketplace uShip.com has created a new category exclusively for heavy equipment transport
listings. The new category houses listings for a large variety of heavy
shipments, including tractors, trenchers, dozers, backhoes, excavators,
skid steers, pavers, scrapers and other equipment used in the
agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, petroleum and
uShip.com launches heavy equipment shipping category
Shipping customers that need to have equipment transported can list
their shipment details in just a few easy steps and the exact
specifications for most types of equipment are imported automatically
from the equipment specifications database at www.RitchieWiki.com.
The site, sponsored by uShip partner Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the
world's largest industrial auctioneer, contains specs at for more than
11,000 different machines to date. The specs give heavy haulers the key
information they need to calculate an accurate service quote.
Transporters in uShip's network of feedback-rated service providers
place competitive bids to win the job, resulting in lower shipping
prices and efficient service from high-quality transporters.
"Having a dedicated category for heavy equipment makes it easier
than ever for shipping customers to find specialized heavy equipment
transporters to handle their shipping needs," said Matt Chasen, uShip
CEO. "The more exposure these listings get, the lower the final price
and that's the goal," he said.
"We shipped a bulldozer through uShip and everything was perfect,"
said Jeff Goff, a uShip customer in Michigan who used the site to
transport a D3C Cat Bulldozer. "The site was easy to use and we had
several bids to choose from. The verbal estimates we had were twice
what we paid on uShip.com and the service by the chosen carrier
couldn't have been better."
Transportation service providers can use uShip's heavy equipment
category to browse through hundreds of listings and find shipments that
they are interested in bidding on. The site is often used by
transporters looking to find backhauls and fill extra cargo space--a
key factor in keeping prices low.
The addition of a heavy equipment category positions uShip.com
as a leader in heavy equipment transportation. Recent partnerships with
Ritchie Bros. and MachineFinder.com, a network of used equipment
dealers, are making uShip.com the preferred online shipping platform
for the heavy equipment auction and resale industry.
Founded in 2003, uShip 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
bids from thousands of feedback-rated service providers, including
movers, carriers, transporters, van lines, freight brokers, heavy
haulers and independent service providers. On any given day, there are
thousands of shipments listed on uShip representing millions of dollars
of business. It's totally free for members to list shipments and for
service providers to place bids. uShip'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's feedback system holds service providers
accountable for their service and rewards those that perform well.