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Following Proper Loading Procedures

Released February 12, 2018

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Safety is a core value at Loup. It is something to which we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and that includes following procedures related to the safety of fleets, drivers and shipments.

Proper loading is one of the safety measures we take very seriously at Loup. We have a team of experts available to help our carriers and customers ensure freight is properly loaded with equal distribution of weight on container floors, and that containers are properly blocked and braced for intermodal transport in accordance with AAR standards. Loup will not engage in hauling overweight or over-gross shipments, as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

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UPDS Logistics Service Representative Ashley Eisert celebrates her graduation from UNO

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UPDS Logistics Service Representative Ashley Eisert celebrates her graduation from UNO

A Day in the Life of a Logistics Service Representative

Released September 27, 2017

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Meet Ashley Eisert. She’s a Logistics Service Representative, which means she uses her expertise to manage customers’ shipments by providing logistics support, problem solving and proactive monitoring.

Every day, Ashley helps ensure our customers’ products are moving efficiently by road and by rail to arrive at their destinations on time.

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Senior Logistics Manager Lori Nicholson

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Senior Logistics Manager Lori Nicholson recently retired after 36 years with UPDS and Union Pacific Railroad.

A Day in the Life of a Senior Logistics Manager

Released September 20, 2017

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Meet Lori Nicholson. She served as the Senior Logistics Manager for Carrier and Contract Services at UPDS. We’re excited for the opportunity to feature Lori, since she recently retired! So perhaps we should say this is a day in her former life…

Lori was the leader of the Carrier Services team, which supports off-rail logistics by providing motor carrier and contract services at a competitive price.

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A Day in the Life of a Business Development Manager

Released August 23, 2017

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Meet Israel Briseno. He’s a Business Development Manager for the UPDS Carload Solutions team responsible for developing Mexico markets.

What does that mean? Read on to find out:

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Construction Site

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Recycled paper is baled and ready to be shipped from First Star Recycling.

Customer Spotlight: First Star Recycling

Released August 9, 2017

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When you think about recycling, you probably imagine used paper being made back into paper and empty aluminum cans being reused to make, well, more cans. But some pretty interesting materials can be produced from recycled materials.

Just ask Omaha-based UPDS customer First Star Recycling. They collect recycled materials from residences and businesses (including UPDS and our parent company Union Pacific), sort and process them, then ship them off to customers who give them new life. Yes, paper may become paper and aluminum may be reincarnated into another can, but that plastic park bench you sat on the other day? Or your carpet — or even the clothes you’re wearing? First Star customers use recycled materials to make all of those things, too.

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The Benefits of Rail Meet Just-In-Time Delivery

Released July 12, 2017

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

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

Supplier Spotlight: San Jose Distribution Services, Inc.

Released June 28, 2017

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

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

A Day in the Life of a Logistics Service Representative

Released June 21, 2017

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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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Using a “candy cane

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

Greasing the Wheels for a Successful Bid

Released June 14, 2017

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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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Service Spotlight: Logistics

Released May 24, 2017

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

Supplier Spotlight: ADS Logistics Co, LLC

Released May 17, 2017

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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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Market Spotlight: Auto Parts

Released April 27, 2017

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Did you know UPDS is the largest auto parts shipper in North America? Every year, our intermodal team delivers 200,000 on-time shipments. With more than 30 years of experience meeting the Just-In-Time demands of the automotive industry, we’re the market leader in intermodal auto parts delivery. Simply put: meeting delivery windows is our specialty.

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The Dassler Domestic Intermodal leadership team receives the UPDS Service Excellence Award.

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The Dassler Domestic Intermodal leadership team receives the UPDS Service Excellence Award.

Supplier Spotlight: Dassler Domestic Logistics

Released April 19, 2017

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'Small but mighty' is a fitting description for Dassler Domestic Logistics, an intermodal trucking company and valued UPDS supplier based in Louisville, Kentucky. Dassler’s fleet is comprised of just over 100 power units, but it’s their size that allows every person on their team to provide strong service and a personalized commitment to their customers.

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Market Spotlight: Wind Turbines

Released March 15, 2017

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Wind turbine components are large and abnormally shaped, so they can be difficult to ship. But that hasn’t stopped us from giving wind shippers access to rail.

For years, UPDS has teamed up with Union Pacific Railroad to offer the Wind 2 Rail program, a seamless solution for transporting wind components and reaping the benefits of rail.

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Market Spotlight: Biodiesel

Released February 22, 2017

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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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