New partnership aims to provide ‘an innovative shipping option for retailers and suppliers of fresh produce’, enabling sourcing and booking shipping with competitive rates directly within the Procurant order management platform By Will Waters Uber Freight and Procurant, a cloud-based software platform, have agreed a partnership to provide “an innovative shipping option for retailers and suppliers of fresh produce”. The two firms claim they will “transform produce shipping” with the new partnership, that “enables sourcing and booking shipping with competitive rates, directly within the Procurant order management platform”. Procurant CEO Eric Peters commented: “This partnership is a game-changer for grocery retailers and their produce suppliers, and it will bring much-needed relief to an industry struggling with rising transportation costs and truck availability. With this partnership, we move one step closer to a more cost-effective and streamlined fresh food supply chain” The partnership between Procurant and Uber Freight enables any produce supplier with a Procurant account to view a competitive transport rate and secure shipment of a specific load while responding to an active purchase order. The feature, known as Procurant Ship, provides immediate access to available quality carrier capacity to streamline carrier selection and provide real-time in-transit visibility. Matt Menner, Head of 4PL Sales – East at Uber Freight, commented: “It’s imperative that produce suppliers are able to reliably source cost-effective, safe and reliable transportation services. And as freight rates remaining volatile, new technologies can help suppliers ensure food stays fresh and arrives on time. Through this exciting partnership with Procurant, we enhance the resilience of produce supply chains by reducing waste, keeping costs down, moving produce more efficiently, and ultimately better supporting the communities we serve.” Uber Freight US is a logistics platform that provides solutions that it claims “give shippers and carriers of all sizes greater reliability, flexibility, and transparency so they can take control of their freight movements”. With over $17 billion in FUM (freight under management), it has built a comprehensive logistics network consisting of over 130,000 digitally-enabled carriers and thousands of shippers, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.