OMAHA, Neb., 25 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Union Pacific Railroad today announced additional proactive measures to reduce congestion in the global supply chain, helping to restore the flow of goods and products flowing through United States west coast ports.
To encourage weekend arrivals and reduce the backlog at ports, Union Pacific will launch a pilot program through December 31st, offering a $ 60 reimbursement by container to its shipping customers for each container put into service on Saturdays and Sundays at its intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) near the port in Long beach, california. The refund will apply to in-gated containers incremental from each customer’s current weekend 2021 average.
Union Pacific recently increased 24/7 gate access to ICTF, adding 20 hours on weekends, giving customers full opportunities to bring in and out cargo. The movement supports the ports of Los Angeles’ and Long beach recent move to 24/7 operations.
This reimbursement is another example of Union Pacific’s continued efforts to proactively work with key transportation industry stakeholders and customers, finding creative solutions to reduce supply chain congestion. Other measures taken by Union Pacific include reopening its Global III terminal abroad Chicago and its Englewood terminal at Houston, providing additional storage capacity inland. Union Pacific has also moved freight to less busy terminals within the same metroplex to maximize freight availability for its customers.
With the nationwide driver shortage a key driver of congestion, Union Pacific is leveraging technology with its UPGo app to reduce the time it takes for a driver to drop off and collect intermodal containers, and Union Pacific is using the capacity. of subsidiary factage via his WOLF. subsidiary to help shippers.
“Getting drivers back on the road is essential, and the app allows them to perform critical tasks, such as pre-registering their gearbox and getting real-time parking information before they arrive,” said Kari Kirchhoefer, Vice-President – Premium, Marketing and Sales. “We’re also doing things like creating consistent signage across our facilities, so it’s easier to find what they need and get help if needed.”
Union Pacific is just one part of the supply chain, located in the middle between shipping carriers, distribution centers and the dumpers who control the critical âfirst and last milesâ. While the intermediate kilometers remain fluid, Union Pacific believes it has a responsibility, as a leading transportation company, to support and facilitate fluidity at all levels of the supply chain.
Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) delivers the goods families and businesses use every day with safe, reliable and efficient service. With operations in 23 western states, the company connects its customers and communities to the global economy. Trains are the most environmentally friendly way to move freight, helping Union Pacific protect future generations. More information about Union Pacific is available at www.up.com.
SOURCE Union Pacific Corporation