Brokered freight is now 20% of all truck moves – up from 5% in 2000. But brokers are moving beyond just moving data. JB Hunt Brokerage, Convoy, and Uber, amongst others, are providing drop trailers to expedite shipments and enhance driver productivity. Participating shippers include Unilever PLC, Procter & Gamble Co., and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA . Uber charges $25/day for a trailer.
Trivia: A barrel of oil is 42 gallons because in the early days rough roads caused transportation losses of around 5% – hence, to deliver 40 gals to the refinery, the barrel was filled to 42 gallons.