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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The Benefits of Rail Meet Just-In-Time Delivery

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Released July 12, 2017 Article

Recently, Kenny Rocker, vice president and general manager of industrial products for our parent company, Union Pacific, published an article in Building Products Digest about “Last Mile Delivery & the Evolving Rail Transportation Marketplace.” Rocker explains that by providing transloading and forward-staging options, lumber and building supply shippers get the benefits of rail while maintaining the just-in-time delivery their customers require.

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Meet Us at MARS!

Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Logo

Released July 5, 2017 Event

We’re headed to America’s Dairyland July 10-11 to attend the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) 2017 Summer Meeting. Held at the Grand Geneva Report & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, we’re excited to hear from rail industry leaders about “What’s coming down the tracks for rail shippers,” this year’s conference theme.

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Supplier Spotlight: San Jose Distribution Services, Inc.

San Jose Distribution Services, Inc. has been providing warehousing and transportation solutions in Northern California for more than 50 years.
San Jose Distribution Services, Inc. has been providing warehousing and transportation solutions in Northern California for more than 50 years.

Released June 28, 2017 Article

California-based warehousing and transloading provider San Jose Distribution Services, Inc. (SJDS) has a reputation for its rail knowledge and focus on safety — so you could say we have a couple things in common. That makes them a perfect fit for the UPDS transloading network.

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A Day in the Life of a Logistics Service Representative

UPDS Logistics Service Representative Alexandra Tomo provides customers with up-to-date, accurate and timely information about their shipments.
UPDS Logistics Service Representative Alexandra Tomo provides customers with up-to-date, accurate and timely information about their shipments.

Released June 21, 2017 Article

Meet Alexandra Tomo. She’s a Logistics Service Representative who provides logistics support for customers and operators for our railports, which provide transloading services and are all served directly by our parent company, Union Pacific Railroad.

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Greasing the Wheels for a Successful Bid

Using a “candy cane” device, Truck-Rail Handling transloads recycled oil from a truck to a tank car.
Using a “candy cane” device, Truck-Rail Handling transloads recycled oil from a truck to a tank car.

Released June 14, 2017 Article

If there were an award for persistence, Fremont, California-based transloader Truck-Rail Handling would win it. For the last year, the company has bid on UPDS transloading jobs, but we simply haven’t been able to find the right fit. Recently, the right opportunity arose — and their persistence paid off.

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Conference Recap: The 2017 Mexico Carrier Conference

Alejandro Medina and Jose Guzman present Alfredo Garza (right) the Service Excellence Award.

Released June 7, 2017 Event

At UPDS, we don’t see our relationships with suppliers as merely transactional. Rather, we see suppliers as a critical part of our network with whom we work to find new business opportunities and develop the best solutions for our customers.

In the spirit of working collaboratively, the UPDS intermodal team recently hosted 10 Mexico-based intermodal dray carriers at our 2017 Mexico Carrier Conference in Monterrey, Mexico. Over the course of two days, more than 60 people, including our key railroad providers, gathered to network and create stronger bonds that will benefit our respective businesses, our customers and the automotive industry.

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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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Service Spotlight: Logistics

Released May 24, 2017 Article

Supply chains are incredibly important to our customers’ success — but when things go wrong, they can also be costly. Supply chain glitches can negatively affect sales, customer satisfaction, and transportation costs, each of which can do damage to your bottom line.

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Supplier Spotlight: ADS Logistics Co, LLC

ADS Bay
Indoor heat- and humidity-controlled storage at one of six ADS facilities.

Released May 17, 2017 Article

When it comes to transloading, ADS Logistics Co, LLC is a jack of all trades: They transload sheet metal in coil form, metal sheets/blanks and bars, ingots, paper rolls, lumber, drywall, pipe, conduit, machinery, plate, slabs, billets, I-Beams, composite railroad ties, and numerous other non-hazardous cargo from boxcars, coil cars, gondolas, flat and center beam cars. For the last four years, they’ve been helping UPDS customers get access to rail through safe and efficient transloading services.

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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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UPDS and Fellow Union Pacific Subsidiaries Unite to Celebrate Excellence

Josh Hick receives the Quarterback of the Year Summit Award.
UPDS business manager Josh Hick receives the Quarterback of the Year Summit Award.

Released May 3, 2017 Event

At UPDS, we thrive on finding innovative transportation solutions for our customers, so it’s only fitting that we make a point to celebrate the hard work and ingenuity of the teams who make those solutions happen. We do so at our annual Summit Awards ceremony, which celebrates the previous year’s achievements.

This year’s celebration, held on April 27, was a little different, though. Instead of celebrating on our own, we teamed up with fellow subsidiaries Streamline, which specializes in door-to-door intermodal services, and ShipCarsNow, which provides multi-modal auto transport.

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