UPS Freight is ramping up operations in Canada, hiring a former YRC Reimer executive to lead its sales efforts.
Allan Robison, former president of Reimer, joined UPS Freight as a vice president of sales. Robison left Reimer last year.
"Few people have a better understanding of the trucking industry as it relates to Canada and the needs of the Canadian shipper,” said Jack Holmes, president of Richmond, Va.-based UPS Freight.
Robison’s appointment is the latest step in a steady expansion of UPS Freight’s cross-border services, spokesman Ira Rosenfeld said. “We see Canada coming out of the recession, and we want to be in position to benefit from that.”
Over the past year, UPS Freight cut nearly 1,000 transit times to and from Canada and improved its cross-border operations, the company said. It operates a 18 facilities in a network stretching from Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In London, Ontario, UPS Freight is expanding its service hours. Starting Dec. 7, UPS Freight will put trucks on the street an hour and a half earlier each morning for deliveries and keep them out three hours later in the day for pickups.
Shippers will be able to tender freight three hours later in the day and still get two-day service to points in the U.S., the company said.
The less-than-truckload carrier's increased northern exposure is in step with the international strategy of package giant UPS. The company opened an expanded Toronto hub this week, completing a $70 million expansion it began in 2007.
The Toronto facility will handle freight as well as package shipments, the company said.
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