NEXT 101: Driving Change

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NEXT Trucking, a FreightTech pioneer, offers premium shipping experiences to many of the world’s best-known companies. NEXT’s platform connects shippers with freight capacity across drayage, transload and FTL. Headquartered in El Segundo, CA, NEXT is venture-backed by world-class leaders such as Brookfield Ventures, GLP and Sequoia Capital. 

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Our mission is to empower truck drivers.

When we’re making decisions, we focus on the driver and put them first when we’re thinking about it.

What really helps them? How can we support them? How can we innovate based off of that?

What we want to do is be trucker-centric and really understand your load your way.

They are the most hard-working group of people that were underappreciated for a long time.

Helping them change their life and we can be a part of that in a small piece.

A lot of the feedback that I’ve heard from drivers personally is that they enjoy NEXT because they are able to build their own schedules.

“Wow! I can have that?”

Get the kind of loads that we want to get, go home on time, spend time with family.

I always wake up and I say “Let’s see what is gonna be new in NEXT Trucking today. What is gonna be good for the Owner Operators at NEXT?”

I think if we’re so focused on the driver everything else will fall in place, right? Because if I’m a driver and NEXT is saying “Hey, you can make $1000 a day in our marketplace” and you can kind of carve out your own route, like why would I not want to join that?

There are folks today that’re still using landlines, still using paper.

Hugely inefficient compared to any other industries.

And giving them access to things that, here are NEXT, systems that they probably wouldn’t have been able to afford.

Because we’re gonna show the people that think they create the best product, and they may, do not have the most efficient best ways for it to end up on the shelf.

We have dispatchers coming in and asking me, “Hey this drivers being refused you know? At the port.”

We wanted to bring NEXT’s solution to really decongest every single port.

We’re here to help. We want to be a part of the change. We want you to be a part of it.

With us we focus on the True North. We want it to be really strong at Drayage.

It’s a really complex problem that we’re solving.

We want to make technologies that completely transform this industry.

At my previous employer we did a lot of systems and wanting to integrate and how can we be more transparent - it’s here. It’s being done.

How are we setting an industry standard?

Trying to figure out the puzzle that’s the fun part of it.

It involves terminals, steamship lines, shippers, carriers and nobody’s sharing data.

We can take in their preferences and find out what days they’d like to drive, where they’d like to drive, how much money and the details and then we can just send them those loads automatically.

Drayage in particular, being one of the most important parts, because it’s like dancing, if you stumble and fumble from the start, the rest of your dance is just gonna be horrible.

First mile is as important as the last mile, because 40% of the merchandise in this country is imported. So, our goal is really to streamline the whole process and give shippers transparency.

And you’re gonna know when it’s gonna show up and you’re not gonna have to make a hundred phone calls.

This is gonna change the industry and it’s for the better.

So, all of us coming together to sort of tackle this beast that is the trucking industry.

NEXT employees, they believe in what we’re doing. The mission to disrupt the trucking industry to view the a trucker-centric marketplace. They want to truly care about truck driver’s life, want to make their life better.

I have never been around a group of people who are so passionate and singularly motivated on achieving one goal.

I love the energy! Energy to always go, go, go, right? So, you’re never… I don’t feel like there’s ever a downtime. But it’s good, it’s not like it’s draining. It’s just like you just want to be a part of it. It’s change. I want to make the change.

Every day I see the passion of NEXT Trucking for the Owner Operators.

I’m going to figure it out with them. I want to be part of the solution. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves.

When you walk into our office, there’s such an energy and a drive to make a change and I think that’s a really special thing to be a part of.

We have a very competitive team at NEXT. We want not only to win the industry, we want to really change the industry. Especially looking back when we started with folding tables in a tiny, dark office.

We really didn’t have anything else. So, we’ve gone from a space that was basically 8×8 to now this humongous office and it has just been incredible to see how much we’ve grown.

There’s so many people with different backgrounds and we all work together as a team to make it all work out.

It’s an accomplishment, a milestone for NEXT Trucking.

We’ve come a long way in such a short period of time. The amount of growth and progress and change that we’ve been able to do in order to impact this community has been absolutely incredible and I’m proud to be part of NEXT Trucking.

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