Ezyhaul brings the road freight industry into the 21st century
For those who drive passenger vehicles, we tend to avoid being in close proximities with commercial vehicles since its size not only blocks our view, it sometimes blocks the view of their surroundings too. Despite that, commercial vehicles play an integral part of the economy since they’re the ones that keep businesses running, as Ezyhaul points out.
“The average truck on the road in Malaysia is only filled to less than 40-45% and most of them return completely empty after a job. This means that there is a lot of empty truck space on the roads, causing unnecessary emission and congestion,” states Raymond Gillon, Co-Founder of Ezyhaul.
Ezyhaul is planning to solve this problem by optimising the capacity of its trucks while connecting shippers with reliable domestic carriers who have unutilised capacity via its online platform. This will in turn, reduce the amount of trucks that are constantly on the move. Being a technology company that focuses on transforming the road freight industry, Ezyhaul applies the latest technology to make shipping ‘ezy’, and create a hassle-free experience for shippers and carriers.
By offering real-time online status updates with convenient features like Track and Trace, E-PoD, Sign-on Glass, Photo Proof, ASN sending, live map view and API integration, the company aims to build an efficient ecosystem around shippers, transportation companies, authorities and third-party service partners.
Gillion continues to explain that Ezyhaul is different from its competitors as it was built from the start by a team of highly experienced logistics experts, with the requirements of the business-to-business (B2B) segment in mind.
“Before Ezyhaul, the three of us (co-founders Raymond Gillon, Nicky Lum and Mudasar Mohamed) have worked at UTi in the US, a truck brokerage business that links shippers with smaller carriers or owner drivers. We believe that through our joint experience in the business, we have a good understanding of the needs of the clients in the B2B market. The features in our platform are specifically intended to take away some of the headaches that our clients experience,” Gillon goes on.
With the drivers being equipped with the mobile app on their phones, it enables them to receive data, manage shipments, create electronic Proof of Delivery (e-POD), navigate the pickup and delivery addresses, and communicate with the clients.
“We will eliminate a lot of the paper hassle for carriers since most documentation is handled electronic on our platform. With this, carriers will have the opportunity to track their own trucks and drivers every moment of the day,” he continues.
When asked about the targets for the year, Gillon reveals that he plans to expand the business within the country by growing the number of trucks to 2,500 (compared to the current number of almost 1,000 trucks), start operations in neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Thailand and further expand its technology platform with additional functionality. Apart from that, Gillon also mentions that the company aims to provide training for the drivers that focuses on safety and many other different aspects soon.
This story first appeared in the Business Today magazine (August 2017 issue)