Thwarting Theft and Damage: Shipping Tequila Safely

When a tequila producer wanted to prevent damage and theft during transit, UPDS found a way to ship it safely by rail.

Released July 19, 2017 Case Study


Tequila can be a tricky product to ship. For one, the containers are glass, so they break easily. Tequila is also a high-value product, making it an attractive target for theft.

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Turning Trash Into Treasure: Helping Waste Haulers Win More Bids

UPDS helped a waste removal company win bids to haul debris from demolition sites.
By finding a more economical transportation solution, UPDS helped a waste removal company win bids to haul debris from demolition sites.
When a waste hauler wanted to submit more competitive bids to haul debris from demolition sites, UPDS found an economical rail solution to help them win.

Released May 31, 2017 Case Study


When a building is torn down, have you ever paid attention to what they do with the rubble? Most people don’t. But there it sits: tons upon tons of crushed rock, cement and brick as well as dirt and other debris. Before the site can welcome its new purpose, it all must be removed.

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Realizing Railport Potential: Moving Malt to Key Markets

Malt is transferred to from a rail car to a truck
Malt is transferred to from a rail car to a truck at the UPDS Valla Railport in Santa Fe Springs, California.

Released May 10, 2017 Case Study

You might have noticed microbreweries have grown in popularity over the last few years. As the craft beer market has boomed, we’d like to say we played a small part in it.

But what does beer have to do with UPDS? While we can’t take credit for the final product, we can take credit for delivering some of its ingredients, like malt. Recently, we’ve helped malt shippers get access to affordable product storage and rail shipping — and that means key markets are getting the ingredients they need to make those delicious brews.

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Slashing Demurrage Costs: Leveraging Logistics to Optimize the Supply Chain

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A sample scorecard shows a weekly outlook on how many rail cars are arriving, leaving, and sitting in the serving yard.
When a major chemicals company faced high demurrage charges, UPDS found a way to clear the congestion and cut costs.

Released April 12, 2017 Case Study


Shipping can be a complicated matter. Although most people think it’s a “Point A to Point B” operation, when a company is receiving raw materials to create a product, shipments come from multiple origins — so it’s more of a “Point A, B, C, D, E to Point F” scenario. When these shipments all arrive at the same time, things can get complicated…and costly.

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Reducing Transit Time: Bringing Barite to Denver

 Barite is transferred pneumatically from a storage pig at the Denver Railport.
Barite is transferred pneumatically from a storage pig at the Denver Railport.
When a wholesale supplier of drilling fluid was losing business due to excessive transit times, UPDS provided transit certainty.

Released April 5, 2017 Case Study


Recently, barite became the latest product on the UPDS shipping roster. What is barite, you might ask? Barite is a mineral used as a weighting agent in drilling muds (also called “drilling fluids”), which are used to ensure safe and effective drilling of oil and natural gas wells.

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Delivery Despite the Weather: Restocking Lumber Shelves in Texas

Released March 22, 2017 Case Study

2017 has been a tumultuous weather year — and that weather has taken a toll on supply chains. But at UPDS, we love nothing more than stepping in and saving the day. We’re all about finding a solution when it seems like you’re out of options.

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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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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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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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