Meet Our SIT Yard and the Advantages it Brings
Greater flexibility to meet changing demands and more transparent logistics processes are two requests that we have heard in 1000 hours of interviews with converters. To address those challenges, we are giving you an in-depth look at our Storage In Transit (SIT) yard and the benefits it will bring converters.
Save Time and Money Through Our SIT Yard
A SIT Yard is sometimes described as a “warehouse on wheels” as it acts as a storage site for products like PE resin. SIT Yards are rail yards where pellets are stored in rail cars, ready to be shipped to customers. Generally speaking, pellets are made in large batches and transported to a SIT yard where they are stored until being shipped to a customer. In our case, the SIT yard we use is owned and operated by Shell Polymers.
We know how challenging it can be when resin supplies are unreliable, late, or missing. Add on top of that slowdowns, extreme weather, or rail congestion, and you’ve got a recipe for supply challenges. Since we own and operate the yard, we can provide converters with more flexible and efficient shipping options because we control when and how the rail cars move. The SIT yard provides additional shipping benefits as product is already stored in the railcars and ready to be shipped when converters need it. The yard also provides additional railcar space quickly accessible from our PA plant location.
Using a SIT yard instead of traditional offsite storage creates a cost-effective resource for both the supplier and its customers. There is less of a need to store resin off-site as we’ll have materials produced and in storage, ready for converters, so they have a reduced need to order back stock. Plus, converters might be able to gain savings for rail cars staged in a SIT yard not owned by their supplier.
Location, Location, Location
One of the biggest benefits our SIT yard offers converters is its convenient location. While other suppliers may have SIT yards, we are the sole SIT yard owner and operator in the Pennsylvania area. Our SIT yard is located outside of Pittsburgh, PA, which is close to our Monaca, PA plant and 700 converters in North America. This opportune location makes it easier for us to respond to customer demand and get rail cars out quickly to our customers throughout North America.
And since we own and operate the yard, we control where the railcars go and can inform converters of their location.
Peace of Mind For Your Supply
The goal of our SIT yard is to provide converters with logistical peace of mind. Shell Polymers will be able to deliver high volumes of products to centrally located customers and keep them in the know when it comes to their supply and its location.
We can also work with other railroads in the region when needed. This will enable us to take advantage of additional tracks when demand increases. And as an added supply security measure for our regular customers, our fleet of trucks is at the ready in case of an emergency. This kind of supply chain modality will enable Shell Polymers to customize delivery solutions for the needs of our regular customers.
It’s also important to note that rail congestion typically happens four times a year, causing converters to send trucks to the Gulf Coast to pick up resin. This predictable congestion can be mitigated via our SIT yard, meaning converters may be able to avoid some of the challenges with delayed shipments during those times.
We are proud of our SIT yard and the benefits that it will bring our customers. The yard’s strategic location, advanced technology, and Shell ownership can translate to our customers getting their materials faster via a transparent and state-of-the-art supply chain.