It all started one day when Adam was expressing the frustrations he and Joe had been experiencing on the jobsite.
In one story, he told of needing an important excavator part, and not being able to spare an equipment operator or his heavy-diesel mechanic to go and get the part. He tried to convince an Uber driver to pickup the part and bring it to site. But to no avail, the Uber driver said, no can do.
This enterprising individual couldn’t catch an uber either…
Back to the story
Adam, Julia and Joe are part of a family operation that runs multiple businesses including a heavy construction company and a heavy equipment rental house in Ontario, Canada.
The construction company, which focuses on earthmoving and land development is often working across multiple jobsites. Getting buckets and excavator attachments moved between sites, or parts picked up from multiple dealers is time consuming. Sometimes you are at the parts dealers for a while, so bring company!
They also own a dump truck or two, but there are times where they need 7 or 10 trucks. So like many construction businesses, they need to call multiple brokers to try and secure the trucking they need, often having to go with fewer tri-axles than optimal. This can often extend the project duration by days or require expensive contingency plans.
The heavy equipment rental company that they operate is often in need of additional heavy equipment transportation options for when their float trailer is in use. So like most construction businesses, they need to flip open the ‘roladex’ and start dialing/texting around.
There are also those rare times when you need a specialty trailer like a lowboy so that you don’t take down a highway bridge overpass just trying to have a piece of equipment delivered!
Of course, like other businesses they have salaried employees and trucks and trailers with a high cost of ownership, and so sometimes there is an extra person on hand, or an idle flatdeck that could be picking up parts and attachments for a fellow construction business.
Could there be a solution right on our mobile devices?
So they began to ponder, what if there was a platform where I could request trucks and trailers or provide on-demand heavy truck services all on one dashboard? Where payment was all built in and you wouldn’t have to chase payment, or dedicate time to invoicing, or where you could easily pay for the trucking services you’ve requested? Bonus: Could this alleviate some of the pressure on the back-office staff? (But seriously why does it take a dozen phone calls to get one piece of equipment floated from A to B? [Is float just a Canadian term, eh?!])
Kate and Julia were up for the challenge of building a B2B SAAS marketplace that allows construction and transportation companies to request and provide heavy trucking services from one another.
And so Partrunnr was established in 2017 and is growing to this day!