GoShare, the San Diego-based “Uber for trucks,” is now available in Phoenix and surrounding areas, adding to the 11 cities it already services. The company is made for people or businesses that need to haul materials but don’t have the vehicle or human resources to do so.
Users begin by entering pickup and drop-off addresses and the vehicle they need (pickup trucks, vans, and box trucks are available) into the app, and, just like Uber, they receive a free estimate of the delivery cost. Then, after users place an order, they can track its progress in the app. They can also designate how much help they will need moving the items, with the ability to hire up to two vehicles and two delivery professionals per job.
GoShare advertises savings of up to 50 percent compared to traditional delivery companies, with the minimum price for a delivery set at $39.99. Deliveries can be scheduled in advance, or they can be requested on demand. After the completion of delivery, users rate their drivers and movers and can add a tip to their payment.
Regarding safety – most people’s first concern when it comes to apps like these – GoShare requires all drivers to pass a background check and vehicle inspection. The company also offers a cargo insurance policy that covers items GoShare drivers are carrying, giving customers peace of mind that their shipments will be appropriately handled.
“Phoenix was chosen as our next market due to high demand from both delivery professionals and customers,” said Travis Sevilla, GoShare’s marketing manager, in an email. “A large portion of professional delivery applications we’ve received have come from the Phoenix metro, and our retail partners believe Phoenix is a great area to offer GoShare as the last mile delivery solution for their customers.”
Those retail partners already include Costco and Pier 1 Imports. The company also plans to partner with Big Lots, Ace Hardware and West Elm, as well as small businesses and other professionals who could use a quick and easy delivery service.
GoShare was founded by Shaun Savage a few years ago. The idea sprouted from his frustrating experience of trying to transport a big-screen TV from a store to his home. Because it didn’t fit in his car, he was forced to rent a U-Haul, which he felt was much more costly and time-consuming than it needed to be.
Applications for drivers in Phoenix are open, with the opportunity to make between $47 and $81 per hour, plus tips paid weekly. Like Uber and other sharing economy apps, GoShare offers the benefits of operating independently and creating a flexible schedule.