UPS Freight Cuts Transit Times to Canada

UPS Freight Cuts Transit Times to Canada

UPS Freight is speeding its cross-border service to Western Canada, extending its two-day and three-day delivery network to the energy-rich region.

Transit times between Denver and Las Vegas and Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta have been cut to two days, the less-than-truckload carrier said. Shipments from Dallas and Southern California can reach the Canadian cities in three days.

Early this year, UPS Freight extended its two-day delivery network from Toronto and Montreal as far south as St. Louis, Mo., and Atlanta, following up on faster transit times rolled out last year between Central Canada and the U.S. Midwest.

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The cross-border transit time improvements are part of a larger network restructuring at UPS Freight aimed at moving shipments more quickly.

"We've enhanced 30,000 lanes over the last 18 months, as the economy was dropping," Jack Holmes, president of the Richmond, Va.-based carrier, told The Journal of Commerce. More than 1,100 of those lanes cross the Canadian border.

Transit times are being cut across the less-than-truckload industry as shippers carry less and less inventory and rely on faster and faster replenishment cycles.

UPS Freight's cross-town rival in Richmond, Estes Express, cut transit times from Texas and Oklahoma to Western Canada from five days to three in June.

Western Canada is the fastest growing region of the country, thanks to its oil and mining industries, both of which source equipment and supplies in the U.S.

-- Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com.