Trucker Tools announced a strategic engagement with SecurSpace, which operates an online marketplace that connects businesses looking for parking and storage options to property owners with dedicated or excess capacity.
The engagement will provide the driver community on the Trucker Tools mobile app with an additional resource for both overnight and longer-term truck parking, noted Prasad Gollapalli, founder and chief executive of Reston, VA-based Trucker Tools.
“We continue to look for strategic partners that can enhance and extend the tools and resources truckers rely on to efficiently run their business,” he said. “SecurSpace and its unique model delivers a previously untapped source of capacity addressing the critical need for more safe, secure parking for our nation’s truck drivers.”
SecurSpace enables on-demand access to industrial real estate properties with available parking, which previously was not accessible, in cities across the country, explained Lance Theobald, co-founder and CEO of SecurSpace, headquartered in Charlotte, NC.
“We provide a platform solution that aggregates this latent capacity and makes it easily accessible in one place,” he said. “We are combatting issues caused by the lack of adequate space in cities and near major highways and interstates. Trucking and logistics businesses nationwide contend with this issue on a daily basis and solving this problem is our specialty.”
Theobald noted that for commercial real estate owners, SecurSpace provides an opportunity to produce new revenue from previously unused or underutilized property. “We are helping them monetize an asset [parking space] in a way they could not previously and bring it to a market where there is significant demand,” he said.
The addition of SecurSpace once again expands the depth and scope of app-based, GPS-enabled parking search and reservation features Trucker Tools provides to its driver community, Gollapalli added. “Drivers tell us they want access to more resources, and a less time-consuming process to find and secure reliable parking,” he said. “This is a strategic imperative and one of the top ‘asks’ we get from drivers.”
SecurSpace’s Theobald said the company’s focus up to this point has been primarily on fleets and businesses seeking longer-term parking solutions for multiple trucks, trailers and intermodal containers. The engagement with Trucker Tools marks a concerted effort to rapidly grow in the overnight parking market with over-the-road truckers and small fleets.
“Trucker Tools has a great reputation in the industry and has aggregated a very deep pool of owner-operators and small fleets by staying focused on driver needs and improving their life through great service and great apps,” he said. “It’s the perfect partner to extend us as a resource to drivers for safe, reliable overnight truck parking. We’re excited to be able to complement and enhance one of the most important features on its app for drivers.”