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LTL news: UPS Freight makes further cross-border transit time enhancements between U.S.-Canada

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
June 14, 2011

UPS Freight, the less-than-truckload (LTL) subsidiary of UPS said this week it has improved transit times from Vancouver, British Columbia to 181 United States cities in the Midwest and Northeast.

This follows a November announcement by UPS Freight, when the company announced it was focusing on improving service from the southwest and western regions of the U.S., with two-day service from Denver and Las Vegas to Calgary and Edmonton, as well as three-day service to Calgary and Edmonton from the Dallas Metroplex and southern California.

The company said it expects to reduce transit times to these 181 cities from Vancouver by at least one full day, and they added that UPS Freight has reduced transit times on more than 1,200 lanes running between Canada and the U.S.

“UPS Freight is always looking for ways to improve the value we offer to
customers,” said Ira Rosenfeld, UPS Freight spokesman, in a recent interview. “Strengthening our time-in-transit position across the US/Canada markets has been a priority for some time.

When asked what the biggest benefits of this news are for shippers, Rosenfeld cited enhanced speed for shippers to get their product to their end customer faster, which in turn, shrinks their supply chain.

UPS Freight officials also noted that shippers can process, manage and track cross-border shipments through the company’s proprietary UPS WorldShip and Quantum View Manage technology.

“This news re-enforces the message that UPS Freight continues to look for ways to provide additional value for our customers,” said Rosenfeld. “Despite the challenging economic and industry times, over the last several years, UPS Freight has remained committed to strengthening our LTL freight value proposition along core areas of reliability, speed, and technology.”

Shipments moving in these lanes are covered by UPS Freight’s no-fee delivery guarantee for customers shipping on its current 525 tariff.

Company officials added that shippers can track and process both their small package and LTL shipments through UPS’s proprietary WorldShip and Quantum View Manage technology.

“UPS is committed to doing everything it can to enable and simplify global trade, including the efficient movement of cross-border LTL shipments between the United States and its largest trading partner, Canada,” said UPS Freight President Jack Holmes in a statement.  “We’re going to continue looking for ways to support the Canadian business community in further developing its trade with the U.S.”

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Jeff Berman
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Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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