UPS Freight accelerates service to, from Central Illinois

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UPS Freight, the heavy freight arm of UPS, on Monday, Dec. 15, announced faster transit times between central Illinois and points throughout the United States. The new, enhanced direct service places all of Illinois under a next-day blanket and draws major markets — including Dallas, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis — to within two days of central Illinois, according to the company; in all, some 250 lanes to and from central Illinois will see faster transit times.

“We intend to aggressively grow our business,” says Jack Holmes, president of Richmond, Va.-based UPS Freight. “These enhancements are part of a long-term strategy to combine speed, technology and reliability to create an unmatched offering for our customers.”

The new offering includes time-definite guaranteed service for all shipments when moving under UPS Freight’s current 560 Tariff, plus improved visibility since all UPS Freight shipments will be handled by company drivers equipped with handheld computers. The handheld devices allow immediate input into UPS’s information data network, making it easier to manage inbound and outbound freight shipments, the company says.