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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."


IEDS Yard
An aerial view of the IEDS property.

IEDS Yard
An aerial view of the IEDS property.

IEDS Truck
In addition to transloading, IEDS provides first- and last-mile service.

IEDS at a glance

That’s because IEDS offers the kind of service UPDS wants to provide our customers. Although the company specializes in industrial, forest, chemical and consumer products, IEDS is eager to help find whatever solution meets a customer’s need. “We have the desire and experience to transload most products at our facilities, and we also have the equipment to transport your first or last mile in the supply chain," Ewers said. “We create solutions for our customers working to fulfill their vision — and we want your business regardless if the volume is only one car per year." This dedication to service has earned the company recognition as a UPDS Gold Network Partner — a preferred provider in the UPDS transload network.

While IEDS has extensive transloading expertise, their service doesn’t stop there. “Our forte is inventory control, and we offer many value-added services like repackaging, re-bundling units, sorting, labeling, transportation, FTZ, U.S. Customs CFS, and inside and outside storage," Ewers said.

IEDS Truck
In addition to transloading, IEDS provides first- and last-mile service.

Quality in Action

IEDS is committed to quality, and it shows in their actions. Ewers remembers one particularly complicated project that required careful planning and execution. For this shipment, more than 30 bridge girders were en route when the railroad learned the destination track was not Union Pacific-served. The railroad contacted IEDS, and the company quickly went to work on a transload solution so the girders could be delivered by truck to the final destination.

The team set up a flat laydown yard to unload the massive beams. Because the beams were so long and so heavy — 138 feet long and 70 thousand pounds each — they required two cranes per beam to unload. The girders were also pre-stressed into a specific shape, so special care went into their handling and storage in order to maintain their integrity.

The beams were transported from the IEDS transload center to the job site via truck with an independent steer-car — all with minimal disruption in the supply chain. Although the shipment presented a number of challenges, the end result was an on-time delivery and a satisfied customer.

IEDS at a glance

IEDS at a glance

Our Partnership

When asked why IEDS likes working with UPDS, Ewers says the relationship affords benefits to both the company and its customers. “UPDS allows our customers to receive one invoice for several services bundled together," he said. “UPDS also has a broader outreach in the market, which has created new business opportunities for our company."

To learn more about IEDS, the advantages of transloading, or how to become a UPDS supplier, contact us.

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