USRail Impact™ Rail Rate & Traffic Analysis Software
Benchmark your freight rates, find savings opportunities, and negotiate with more confidence.
USRail Impact is an online application to help your company manage its rail spend. With a license, you get unlimited support from our team of experts. Take advantage of our 100+ years of rail pricing experience to discuss long term rate strategy, create management reports comparing your transportation costs to competitors, and prepare for rate negotiations. USRail Impact is the enhanced version of its PC-based predecessor, USRail.desktop.
It’s Not Just About the Software.
When you license our software you also get unlimited product support from our team with over 100 years of rail pricing experience (on each side of the table). Whether you want to discuss long term rate strategy ideas, get ready for a presentation to management on your transportation costs versus the competition, or preparing for an important meeting with a rail carrier, take advantage of our insight and experience.
“The best rail costing tool keeps getting better and the benefit far outweighs the modest cost of the software. We have and will continue to use it in our negotiations and to determine our competitiveness in markets in a rapidly changing environment.” – Thomas Waskiewicz, Ingredion
Are you negotiating the best rail freight rates?
Download the free eBook, A Shipper’s Guide to Rail Freight Rates to learn how to navigate and negotiate rail rates like a pro.
“One neat package that saves us time and money. It puts accurate information from multiple sources at our users’ fingertips so they can effectively develop high-level logistics projects or detailed revenue and market analysis.” – Diane Elhakim, Evonik
Know Your Options
USRail Impact allows you to quickly view routing options and rail mileages. The program knows the serving carriers for each rail station and junction. Enter your origin and destination and USRail Impact will provide the options.
Understand the Marketplace Like Never Before
What purchasing manager would ever spend significant dollars without understanding a vendor’s costs? USRail Impact includes a proprietary cost model in addition to the government’s Uniform Rail Costing System (URCS). Our cost model is updated with quarterly railroad financial data and it is used by a number of railroads as well as the majority of large rail shippers in the U.S. Knowing the operating cost isn’t critical only for developing rate targets, it’s also a useful tool for estimating rail rates without needing to request and wait for a quote.
“DuPont has relied on USRail to quickly and easily assess our rail rates and in the process, identify those that do not meet our reasonableness’ standard. USRail has served us well as a valuable negotiating tool.” -Kevin G. Acker, DuPont
“It’s a user friendly ‘no-brainer’ purchase for anyone shipping commodities by rail.” -Phillip R. Bedwell, OmniSource Corporation
Analyze Your Rates the Same Way Railroad Pricing Managers Do.
Do you know how your rail rates compare to what other shippers are paying? USRail Impact has a large database of sample freight bills from the Surface Transportation Board as well as profitability comparisons generated from railroad data. You should understand how carrier market shares are changing and consider if there are railroad pricing strategies that are influencing those trends.
Ready to get serious about controlling your rail rates? Register for one of our live or on-demand webinars.
Save Time and Reduce Errors
What is the fuel surcharge miles for this lane and what is the current rate? Where is the map for the SJVR, who is the rate contact and what is their phone number? What is the abbreviation the railroad for Guanajuato Mexico? This industry requires a lot reference information and having much of it organized and kept up-to-date in one place saves countless hours.
“We use USRail all day, every day. So much information all in one place; it’s a real time saver.” -Bert Skarbek, Lumbermen’s Merchandising Corporation
See how USRail Impact has helped this company improve their rail rate processes.
USRail Impact Features
Your Rate Database
Rail Costs & Benchmarking
Serving Carrier & Switching
What our customers have to say...
My IT department gave me a new PC recently and I was without USRail.desktop for a few days; I had contract renewals pending and I felt like I was flying blind without it. I called the USRail.desktop Help Desk and they got me back up and running ASAP.
Curt Warfel, AkzoNobel
The best rail costing tool keeps getting better and the benefit far outweighs the modest cost of the software. We have and will continue to use USRDT in our negotiations and to determine our competitiveness in markets in a rapidly changing environment.
Thomas Waskiewicz, Ingredion
One neat package that saves us time and money. It puts accurate information from multiple sources at our users’ fingertips so they can effectively develop high-level logistics projects or detailed revenue and market analysis.
Diane Elhakim, Evonik Degussa Corporation
It’s a user friendly “no-brainer” purchase for anyone shipping commodities by rail.
Phillip R. Bedwell, OmniSource Corporation
We use USRail.desktop all day, every day. So much information all in one place; it’s a real time saver.
Bert Skarbek, Lumbermen’s Merchandising Corporation
USRail.desktop made it easy for us to analyze over 150 lanes, quickly providing railroad miles, costs, operating margins, and revenue to cost ratios (RVCs). We now have a much better handle on where we stand for upcoming negotiations.
Dan Cahill, Air Liquide
DuPont has relied on USRail.desktop to quickly and easily assess our rail rates and in the process, identify those that do not meet our reasonableness’ standard. USRail.desktop has served us well as a valuable negotiating tool.
Kevin G. Acker, DuPont