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Mihika Jindal

The ultimate portal for fuss-free trucking

You can sit at home and shop for hours, you can manage your household chores over a few clicks, coordinate travel and handle just about anything over the internet — it's fair to say, e-commerce has changed the game. Except for the transportation business, which has existed in a state of flux all this while. Not for long, though, if Truckmandi has its way.

Some research into this field led Truckmandi's founders to troubling statistics — there are about 50 lakh drivers and almost one lakh vehicles crossing the Delhi-NCR border every day — a frightening number — with a large chunk of them being trucks. And most of these trucks carry only 40% of their installed capacities, resulting in huge losses, besides a heavy transit cost. The reason for this is as basic as non-transparency in service and a communication gap between business owners and transporters.

Truckmandi looks to bridge this gap by creating an inventive marketplace for truckers and business owners to find a common platform to strike their deals. You just need to sign up to get things going — It's aimed at not just business owners but also individuals looking to hire a truck for personal use; all they have to do is key in their requirement, and they're bound to land competitive quotations, since Truckmandi boasts a big customer and transport database. After specifying the source place, destination, time and date, the website offers different kinds of carriers, ranging from a small TATA Ace to a full-sized trailer, which can be chosen depending on the load. Further, mention the estimated weight and the kind of products that need to transported and the search leads to the best and most appropriate quotations, also allowing for the possibility of negotiations to provide a hassle-free experience. Some other benefits include real-time tracking, which means constant updates through calls, mails and SMS to help rid one of any impending paranoia, a proper data recording mechanism, less truck idle time (implying optimum utilisation of resources), and less empty returns because of constant demands.

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