Do we really have refrigerated trailers?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by 1080Driver, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. 1080Driver

    1080Driver Active Member

    Last week when it was super hot in the NYC area, I delivered a case of wine to a customer. I asked her to let me know how the wine was after riding around in my 125+ degree truck all day. She said the shipper assured her it came from California in a refrigerated trailer. Then today, another driver sent me a pic of a case of wine with a sticker on it saying "Temperature Controlled Shipment Provided by UPS" In my 20+ years as a driver, the only refrigerated trailer I've seen associated with UPS was the Christmas turkey trailer.
  2. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    UPS does have some refrigerated trailers. Not to keep packages cool though. There is more volume going to west coast than coming back east so instead of sending back empty trailers they use them to ship produce east. UPS gets very creative about making money. I never heard of refrigerated wine but its possible if UPS can make more money doing it.
  3. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Some loads come to the hub in refrigerated trailers (like Omaha Steaks), but the trailers are not ours.
  4. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    There are refrigerated trailer from the shippers. Once they hit the primary and are unloaded the packages are handled at the same temp as any other until you deliver it.
  5. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Now, a low life jack wagon, and still loving it.

    Like those Godiva chocolates in July.
  6. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    I've heard about reefer since I started at UPS 40 years ago.

    BSWALKS I Wanna Be Sedated

  8. Nimnim

    Nimnim The Nim

    I wish more reefer trailers would show up on my sort. I haven't seen one in months. In this heat you can almost guarantee that sucker will be on the bay door for hours.
  9. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Now, a low life jack wagon, and still loving it.

    I haven't had reefer since I started at UPS almost 35 years ago.

    But, that might change!:surprised:
  10. OptimusPrime

    OptimusPrime Active Member

    Had a lady stop me, and ask about air conditioning in our cars. Told no, we don't do that. She was dismayed. Was makeup from Sephora chilling in the 120 degree back of the truck.

    BSWALKS I Wanna Be Sedated

  12. 104Feeder

    104Feeder Phoenix Feeder

    We have reefers we use for local pickups here, Liberty Distributing (candy for C-stores) and I think they were using some for Gold Canyon Candles. They used to be Martrac trailers which were complete POS & broke down all the time but lately I'm seeing Swift rentals. We do have other reefers come in from chicken haulers, mostly Omaha steaks & flowers.

    You could always tell when a Martrac was used for produce shipping as it stunk. The FNN likes to say that was a program UPS never intended to make money, opting for the tax write off, but it didn't cooperate. I'm not buying that story.
  13. quamba 638

    quamba 638 Member

    They just left out turkeys sit outside for a week next to the guard shack. The temp probably didn't get above 20 though.
  14. tre305

    tre305 Member

    Only seen a trailer like that once at my Center maybe two years ago for all the valentine's flowers we were getting that couldn't be delivered.
  15. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    The temperature controlled shipment by ups stickers I just started seeing this week all appear to be styrafoam inside cardboard. My guess is dry ice inside?
  16. overallowed

    overallowed Active Member

    All of our trailers are refrigerated. In the winter.
  17. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    Actually...the company is going to start making refrigerated trailers available on a limited basis for wine shipments. Our building for instance will send one refer trailer per week to Texas, were the wine will be unloaded and distributed via our normal ground network to the surrounding region. The next week the trailer will go to Florida, then Ohio the week after that and New York the week after that. There will be a surcharge of $8.50 per box, which is far cheaper than 2 day or next day air. It will allow our local wine shippers to make periodic shipments to customers all year long instead of sitting on everything until fall and then hitting each route with 4 or 5 pallets in one day. My description of this new service is a bit oversimplified but basically accurate. I have been handing info cards about the new service to all of my wineries and some of them are very excited about it.
  18. Bagels

    Bagels Family Leave Fridays!!!

    We have a very large shipper in which UPS provides either company-owned or leased (not sure which) 48'/53' refrigerated trailers. The shipper then fills the trailers, and they're hauled directly to some of the larger UPS hubs around the country by either UPS feeder drivers or contractors. I have absolutely no idea how these trailers are returned to the shipper -- the business is heavily tilted toward spring/summer/some fall and never receive these trailers in our facility -- expect during peak during peak season, when we routinely receive one nearly every day from CACH (and at least one from another hub) that's then hauled back to the shipper. When CACH sends the load to us, I assume they turn off the refrigerant, but the trailer's usually dripping water throughout -- which is why I assume UPS would prefer not to use them for regular use -- and well-insulated as it's freezing. I'm somebody who loves the cold, and hardly ever wears a winter jacket, but I need one for those trailers...