The lorries breathing fresh air into UK freight

Bringing new technology and new approaches to road freight transportation, Zeus Labs is helping the haulage industry keep Britain’s supply chain recovery on track.

Every day on motorways across the country empty lorries are clocking up wasted miles, loads are being delayed and key supplies not being made. Together, these challenges have become major problems for the road freight sector and a cause of economic pressures such as inflation and job insecurity.


That may soon all be in the rear-view mirror as Zeus brings a new freight and load matching platform that has proven its success over the last two years. “We ensure we connect every driver to the right job and load for them and make sure every route has a backhaul – a return job – so there are no wasted miles,” says Co-Founder Jai Kanwar. “That’s just good logistics.”


As last year drew to a close, there were signs that the delivery issues that had dominated 2021 may be finally easing. However Omicron has dampened expectations and the Bank of England expects supply chain delays to further influence inflation. But Zeus Labs is confident that its unique platform, which ensures haulage firms and owner-drivers get loads matched more effectively, will keep Britain’s supply chain recovery firing on all cylinders.


Founded in 2019, Zeus has already grown rapidly and its freight matching platform and team of specialists have increased load coverage by over 30% for drivers. “This means our haulage companies are making more money and important consumer goods and deliveries are getting to where they need to be quickly, securely, and safely,” adds Co-Founder Clemente Theotokis.


It’s not just their performance in helping drivers reduce empty miles that makes the company stand out. Zeus strives to help haulage firms – from single owner-drivers to multi-lorry firms – really improve their business and benefit from various perks and partnerships.


Sunny started as a driver with Zeus Labs over a year ago and now has been able to increase his fleet size due to the consistency of work and new efficiencies the platform offers him. 2022 will see him expand to seven lorries all working within the UK.


“Zeus is very easy to use. I get my load through the platform and everything flows from there; including my Proof of Delivery (POD) and visibility on my own trucks,” he says. “Their loyalty programme is amazing. I have received two free sets of tyres and am now also receiving some cab curtains. The hard work pays off.”


He adds: “The way they look after their hauliers is awesome. They’ve given us regular work all year and the Zeus platform really reduces my POD and paperwork stress.”


“They assign jobs every day to our Zeus Drivers app so each truck knows where they need to go, what they’re carrying, and full information regarding delivery. They make everyone’s life easy.”


Zeus says that the key to boosting the haulage and freight industry is to give their hauliers new chances to earn fairly, get matched quickly to the right jobs and always be there to help. This benefits shippers as much as it does road hauliers. Proof is in the fact that three of the top five logistics providers in the UK use Zeus’s platform to ensure their domestic deliveries happen on time.


Driver Jodi is also a fan of the easy-to-use platform which is giving hauliers new ways to increase loads and grow their business. “Because in 2022 we just don’t have time for faffing around,” says Jodi.


“Zeus has been amazing, their attention to detail is second to none, payments are fast and on time and the routes are super-efficient,” Jodi adds. “They source consistent backloads and they’re always prioritising the drivers, and are, importantly, inclusive to all genders.”


Large scale disruptions in 2021 stressed just how much the British economy depends on hauliers and their lorries. But even now, there are still empty lorries travelling up and down the country needlessly burning diesel.


By reducing empty lorries, wasted journeys and better matching loads, Zeus is also making a real impact on the climate. Jai Kanwar states “By reducing empty legs with full trucks we have saved over 3.5 million kilograms of CO2e being released.”


“Zeus is driving real change and making the industry get back on track – for both hauliers and shipping firms,” he adds. “At the heart of what we do is close collaboration with hauliers, whether they are single owner drivers or fleets, and logistics firms and then bring our fresh perspective, new technology and Zeus expertise to help the British freight industry recover and grow.”


Source: Metro