October 31, 2018

Uber Freight's Lior Ron on Digital Transformation

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We are pleased to have Lior Ron, Head of Uber Freight as a Smart Mobility keynote speaker at World of Connections.

World of Connections is NGP Capital's invitation-only event gathering together 300 entrepreneurs, innovators, VCs, and technology leaders in San Francisco on November 14.

We interviewed Lior about this year's theme, Digital Transformation, and what it means for Uber Freight.

Hi Lior! Great to have you on stage at World of Connections. Could you tell us how your industry is being disrupted?

"Thanks! Great to join World of Connections. Uber’s technology has fundamentally changed how people and things move around cities; now we are transforming how goods get to cities with Uber Freight, the Uber for Trucking. For decades, freight shippers and carriers have operated with the same analog tools and manual processes to move goods around the country. Uber Freight is transforming the multi-billion dollar trucking industry by enabling carriers and their drivers to push a button and book a load at an upfront price instead of wasting hours, or even days, negotiating over the phone.

Words like reliability and accessibility have not historically been associated with the freight logistics space.
What do you think is the most groundbreaking effect Digital Transformation will create in your industry?

"Words like reliability, transparency, and accessibility have not historically been associated with the freight logistics space. By creating an on-demand logistics ecosystem, Uber Freight gives shippers direct access to carriers and their drivers, while carriers have direct access to freight to haul. Digital transformations like this will change the relationship between shippers and carriers, allowing them to more efficiently move goods to customers across the country."  

What does Digital Transformation mean to Uber Freight?

"For Uber Freight, Digital Transformation means taking what used to be a long, tedious, and often painful process, and making it better. We’ve effectively streamlined the day-to-day work of every corner of the logistics industry by leveraging digital technology to build tools that save time and money. We’re excited to be a part of the future of freight."  

What can we expect from your session at World of Connections?

"A window into a seamless and efficient future of the country’s freight network."

Request an invitation for NGP Capital's World of Connections here.