Next Trucking Hires New Product and Technology Experts
Vipul Shah and Bo Tao’s Appointment to Next Trucking will enhance its supply chain efficiency and technological development.
FREMONT, CA: Next Trucking appoints Vipul Shah as Chief Product Officer and Bo Tao as Chief Technology Officer. These important recruits provide significant technological knowledge in automation, machine learning, and analytics to improve supply chain efficiency. Tao and Shah will work to develop the NEXT Trucking platform to improve carrier and shipper experiences across the board, from delivery order processing and load matching through driver payout and shipper invoicing.
“There is a lot of friction and lack of predictability in the supply chain today, diminishing earnings for drivers and wreaking havoc in shipper working capital,” said Lidia Yan, CEO, NEXT. “We believe strongly that technology has a key role to play in reducing this waste and creating economic opportunity. Vipul and Bo have the technical skills and expertise, including experience in scaling large platforms, to fuel NEXT’s growth.”
Shah, a twenty-year FinTech veteran, earlier led the development of global payment platforms at Google and PayPal. "I've always been drawn to visionary efforts to create economic opportunity with technology," said Shah. "NEXT's mission to empower drivers and shippers, and to reduce friction in freight, really resonated. A platform isn't just great code, it's relationships and collaboration with key players in the ecosystem. I'm humbled to continue the great work of our founders Lidia and Elton, bringing together shippers, carriers, terminals, ports and other technology innovators on the NEXT platform."
Tao led engineering for Google's food and image search and has more than twenty years of engineering, product development, and management expertise to NEXT. "Matching shippers and carriers through a marketplace can greatly improve the efficiency of transportation, similar to what we have witnessed in consumer industries," said Tao. "NEXT is a leading provider of such products and services with a proven market fit and a long runway ahead of it. I am extremely excited to join this market disruptor to improve the efficiency and economics of drayage, and to reduce the burden that drivers and shippers face today."