uShip : $18m funding to ship anything anywhere

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Do you have something unusual to ship? Do you want to buy something but the vendor doesn’t know how to get it delivered to you? uShip have the answer.

uShip specialise in matching couriers with deliveries, and they don’t mind how large, delicate or unusual the item is, even a giant Santa isn’t too big a job for them to handle.

uShip is the world’s largest and most trusted transportation marketplace primarily serving the freight, household goods and vehicle shipping markets. Consumers and businesses can compare and book upfront quotes, name their own price or receive auction-style bids from thousands of customer-reviewed transport companies, ranging from independent owner-operators to the largest freight carriers and brokers.

They’ve just received an an $18M round of Series C financing with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers which, having already built an online shipping marketplace of over 1.6 million shipping customers and 325,000 registered carriers, will allow them to continue their global expansions plans and further develop their shipping platform.

uShip are also into Season 3 of Shipping Wars, a real-life TV series that follows six independent truck drivers who use uShip to competitively bid to transport oversized loads found on the marketplace. Well worth a watch if you’re in the States, but currently I’ve only been able to watch the intro clips on YouTube.

If over the holidays you’re thinking of buying something that’s not a standard courier delivery item, don’t rule out sellers who say “collection only”, check out uShip and see if you can get it delivered.

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