Ridehail giant Uber is making a big push to beef up its trucking business by purchasing logistics service Transplace for about $2.25 billion, intending to turn its Uber Freight unit into a top player in arranging and tracking shipments of goods.
Uber Freight said it has an agreement to buy Frisco, Texas-based Transplace for cash and $750 million of Uber stock from private equity firm TPG Capital. Assuming the deal clears regulatory approval, the company expects the deal to create one of biggest tech platforms for shippers to manage the flow of goods.
“This is an opportunity to bring together complementary best-in-class technology solutions and operational excellence from two premier companies to create an industry-first shipper-to-carrier platform that will transform shippers’ entire supply chains, delivering operational resilience and reducing costs at a time when it matters most,” Uber Freight chief Lior Ron said in a statement.
By Alan Ohnsman
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