DENVER — Loadsmith, a third-party capacity-as-a-service (CaaS) logistics platform for shippers and carriers, has formed a partnership with Mastery Logistics that will help Loadsmith transition into the first fully autonomous trucking company.
To power its nationwide CaaS platform, Loadsmith will use Mastery’s MasterMind cloud-based transportation management system, a move it says will create new freight capacity for shippers and more rewarding driving jobs, and boost supply chain resiliency. According to MasterMind, the system creates more efficient, economical and environmentally friendly transportation network that can help offset current overwhelming demand, bolster against future supply chain disruptions and enable more sustainable operations.
“In meeting our technological needs, Mastery offers an out-of-the-box approach to solving optimization and workflow challenges that no one else even comes close to,” said Brett Suma, CEO of Loadsmith. “Their platform makes it easy to integrate all the moving parts required for building a next-generation autonomous transportation network, allowing us to deliver better service and execution to our customers—both shippers and drivers.”
As part of its fully autonomous strategy, Loadsmith recently secured 350 autonomous trucks through TuSimple and plans to further expand its autonomous fleet. Using the MasterMind system, Loadsmith can allow shippers to track freight and monitor and optimize their transportation strategies in real time. The platform also integrates directly with the Loadsmith carrier mobile app, making it easy for drivers to find and book loads on demand, according to a statement issued by Loadsmith.
“Partnering with Loadsmith gives us the opportunity to help pioneer the autonomous transportation future but also stretch and strengthen the capabilities of our product,” said Jeff Silver, CEO of Mastery Logistics. “We thrive on solving these complex challenges and look forward to the insights and efficiencies that will emerge from this partnership over time.”
With a prolonged driver shortage projected to maintain its impact on the trucking industry, some drivers are hesitant to take over-the-road jobs that keep them away from home and their families. Loadsmith’s strategy aims to accelerate growth in jobs that offer a better quality of life for drivers by eliminating the long haul.
“OTR jobs are extremely hard, and drivers deserve options. They might want to be home nightly, present with their families or have more consistency — they may want first- and last-mile jobs,” Suma said. “Our network design and optimization combined with the autonomous middle mile provides the ideal solution for both shippers and drivers as we evolve truckload transportation.”
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