Cargomatic Launches in San Francisco Bay Area
Mobile app brings the ‘sharing economy’ to local trucking in Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO. December 16, 2015
Cargomatic is bringing the local trucking revolution to Northern California. After several months of beta testing, the company has officially launched service in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and beyond.
“The San Francisco Bay Area is the heart of technological innovation, and also an enormous transportation hub, so bringing Cargomatic here was a natural fit,” says Jonathan Kessler, co-founder and CEO of Cargomatic. “We see tremendous opportunity in serving Northern California and are excited to get to work.”
Cargomatic’s web and mobile apps seamlessly connect shippers to nearby local truckers who have available freight capacity. The technology platform is transforming B2B logistics by bringing much-needed efficiency and transparency to the $82 billion dollar local U.S. trucking industry.
Cargomatic has already been embraced by hundreds of businesses in the country’s two largest metro regions — Southern California and New York City — where service was launched in January 2014 and August 2015, respectively. Now, shippers and truckers throughout Northern California can utilize Cargomatic to help decrease delivery times and increase profits.
“For same day delivery service, you simply can’t beat Cargomatic,” says Michael Schroeder, Warehouse Manager of PlanToys Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of sustainable toys. PlanToys has dispatched dozens of deliveries with Cargomatic in recent months from its Union City, CA warehouse and has reported 50% faster delivery times.
“The stores that buy our toys don’t expect same-day service. But since we started using Cargomatic we are able to deliver just that. Our customers love the speed, and I love the fact that I can track the shipment’s movement every step of the way,” says Schroeder.
For businesses that need to ship goods locally, finding capacity and trusted truckers is a constant challenge. Cargomatic facilitates this process by connecting both parties through their web and mobile apps. All transactions are done digitally, eliminating the time-consuming paperwork that has been endemic in the trucking industry for decades. The environment wins too: more efficient driving routes means less fuel consumption and traffic.
Cargomatic’s work to alleviate congestion at the Port of Los Angeles this year has been praised by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and was highlighted by port officials during a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on emerging transportation technologies in July in Washington, D.C.