Market Spotlight: Biodiesel

Released February 22, 2017 Article


Biodiesel ships to destinations throughout North America. In fact, you’ve probably seen the tank trucks traversing the interstates. But trucks aren’t the only way to move biodiesel — rail is a viable option, too. Through transloading, biodiesel moves seamlessly between trucks and trains, so it can ship by affordable rail for the long haul, then truck for final delivery.

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Transloaders: We’re Expanding the UPDS Produce Network

Released February 14, 2017 Article


Transloaders are a key component of the UPDS shipping network. They are responsible for moving products from trucks to trains and back again, and they help us deliver the excellent service on which our customers rely. Our suppliers are truly the service behind our solutions.

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Increasing Capacity and Reducing Costs: Moving Batteries Across the Border

When an international shipper faced escalating costs and limited truck capacity, UPDS developed a cross-border solution to resolve these challenges.

Released February 1, 2017 Case Study


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Supplier Spotlight: Auto Líneas America

Trucking line ALA helps UPDS deliver beyond the tracks and across the border.

Released December 20, 2016 Article


Auto Lineas America (ALA) is a valued UPDS supplier — with a reliable fleet of trucks, they help our Intermodal team pick up and deliver auto parts beyond the tracks. We know they’re reliable, because we’ve been working with them for 20 of the 56 years they’ve been in business. In fact, if you were to step back in the early history of UPDS, you’d learn that ALA actually helped with one of our very first moves.

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Market Spotlight: Produce

Released December 13, 2016 Article

Produce can be sensitive. So when you need a reliable — but economical — way to ship, UPDS has a solution: rail.

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Gaining a Competitive Edge: Moving Wind Power to Distant Markets

When wind turbine shippers wanted a more efficient, affordable way to move their product, UPDS devised a rail-based plan to accomplish their goals.

Released December 6, 2016 Case Study


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Market Spotlight: Pipe

Released November 7, 2016 Article

Are you looking for a better way to ship pipe? UPDS, along with our parent company, Union Pacific Railroad, can help. With a rail-based solution, you can cut transportation costs and ultimately offer more competitive pricing to your customer.

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Supplier Spotlight: IEDS Logistics

Inland Empire Distribution Systems achieves customers’ visions, one transload at a time.

Released November 4, 2016 Article


Located in Spokane and Pasco, Washington, Inland Empire Distribution Systems (IEDS Logistics) has been in the transload business since 1983 — and our relationship with them dates back about as far. When asked how long IEDS Logistics has been working with UPDS, Matt Ewers, Principal & VP Business Development at IEDS said, “For as long as I can remember.”

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Market Spotlight: Lumber

Released October 31, 2016 Article

Lumber shippers: Are you looking for a better transportation solution? If you want an affordable way to extend your reach — or simply a more efficient way to ship your product — UPDS has a solution. With transloading, we can move lumber from trucks to trains and back again, so you can benefit from the economies of rail.

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UPDS Railports Your Gateway to Economical Rail Shipping

Released October 20, 2016 Article

You might already know that the UPDS transload network consists of more than 400 transload facilities spanning the United States. But did you know we invest directly in that network?

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Meet the UPDS Team at NAWLA

Released October 14, 2016 Event

Lumber shippers: Are you going to NAWLA? If so, we’d love to meet up with you! The UPDS team will be attending the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) Traders Market October 26-28 in Las Vegas.

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UPDS Receives 2016 SmartWay Excellence Award

Released October 7, 2016 Article

UPDS is proud to have been honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. UPDS received the award based on its ability to reduce fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gases through innovative transportation offerings. This includes rerouting intermodal shipments to rail terminals closer to customers, which resulted in 31 million fewer ton miles moving on the nation’s highways per year.

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UPDS Team to Attend SWARS

Released October 3, 2016 Event

On October 5-6, UPDS team members will be attending the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers (SWARS) semi-annual meeting in Glendale, Arizona. The theme of the meeting is “Making the Rail Pieces Fit,” a subject our team knows a great deal about!

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Achieving Savings Through Rail: Transloading Large Coated Pipe

When a pipe shipper wanted to make pricing more competitive to win a bid in a key inland market, UPDS devised a more affordable transportation plan using rail.

Released September 30, 2016 Case Study


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UPDS Announces Leadership Changes

Released September 23, 2016 Article

UPDS is excited to welcome two new directors to the team: Marty Huff is now general director - Intermodal, and Aaron Evans has been named general director - Carload Solutions.

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