Silicon Valley Truck Driver Platform Draws Michigan Investors

Haul, a digital employment platform for CDL truck drivers that connects trucking companies with drivers, is taking an additional step in tackling the national driver shortage by reinventing the job search process for 3.5 million commercial drivers.
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Haul, backed by two Michigan investors, is reinventing the job search process for 3.5 million commercial drivers. // Photo courtesy of Haul

Haul, a digital employment platform for CDL truck drivers that connects trucking companies with drivers, is taking an additional step in tackling the national driver shortage by reinventing the job search process for 3.5 million commercial drivers.

The company, based in Cupertino, Calif., has attracted two Michigan investors — Chris Thomas, co-founder and partner of Assembly Ventures in Detroit, and RPM Ventures in Ann Arbor, an early stage venture capital firm that has invested in tech-enabled B2B and B2B2C businesses in the mobility, automotive, enterprise software, financial services, insurance, and real estate sectors.

Haul has taken the antiquated, paper-heavy application process and repackaged it into a rich, mobile-first experience. For the first time, drivers can complete their FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and DOT mandated application in less than 10 minutes saving them time and effort when searching for a new job in trucking.

The platform connects certified and vetted commercial truck drivers with trucking companies to operate their trucks on assignments of various lengths.

Haul provides drivers the freedom to choose assignment type and schedule, while offering pay visibility and immediate access to earned wages. Simultaneously, Haul meets the needs of fleet operators who rely on skilled drivers to keep the U.S. supply chain flowing.

“We looked outside of the trucking industry for inspiration on how to make a traditionally overwhelming application as intuitive as possible. Our new onboarding flow finally pulls the search for drivers into the 21st century.,” says Toan Nguyen Le, co-founder and chief technology officer of Haul.

Here’s how it works: Drivers download the Haul Driver app through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and insert their phone number. From there, users are guided, step by step, through the application process. With a few quick clicks, drivers can upload their credentials, sign documents, and set their job preferences.

To minimize a driver’s downtime between jobs, the Haul app saves each driver’s credentialing and application information on the company’s secured and encrypted private cloud infrastructure, making future applications as easy and fast as one, single click.

“The refined credentialing experience coupled with our signature mobile-first application is another huge leap toward helping fleets navigate the driver shortage and provide them a recruiting platform that allows them to reach the modern driver. It’s exciting to help drivers across the country get and keep jobs in pursuit of stabilizing our national supply chain,” says Timothy-James Henry, co-founder and CEO of Haul.

Created by Uber Freight alumni, Haul also has offices in Denver.

For more information, visit https://haulwith.us.

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