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How to Prepare for Winter as a Rail Shipper

Inclement weather will challenge all rail freight customers at some point. Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and other natural dangers all pose possible hurdles throughout the year; however, one natural challenge that you can count on almost every year is winter storms, snow, and freezing temperatures. If your organization has a facility that ships and receives railcars,

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Meet the Author: Mitch Haney
Mitch is the SaaS Client Success Manager at RSI Logistics, dedicated to the satisfaction of RSI’s broad customer base as he works to develop each relationship as a trusted advisor with every client. Prior to his current role, he spent over eight years at RSI within the Client Service department. His knowledge, along with close client relationships, allows him to understand and anticipate needs and offer training or additional services that add value for every client.

5 Places to Find Rail Industry Data and Insights

Good data helps you make informed decisions, measure your goals, find solutions to problems, and be strategic in your methods. Without data you’re relying on “gut feelings”, which can be affected by different experiences, assumptions, and abstract observations. Whether you’re planning out your rail supply chain and organization, working on a consultation project for a

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Meet the Author: Matt Culver
Matt Culver is the Marketing Coordinator at RSI Logistics where he is responsible for content creation, managing RSI’s marketing, and developing digital strategies. On a mission to tell everyone about RSI, he is focused on implementing best practices and the fundamentals of marketing. His experience and knowledge have allowed him to focus on the growth of RSI's digital marketing and customer journey. Matt holds a Bachelor of Digital Marketing and Advertising and is a member of the American Marketing Association.

What is Rail Shipping Demurrage and How to Dispute It

Railroad demurrage is a charge that compensates the rail carriers when railcars are held in the carriers serving yard waiting to be ordered in for placement. This a charge that rail shippers try to avoid, as it’s a fee that compounds on top of the loss of revenue by a railcar just sitting and not

Meet the Author: Erica DePond
Erica DePond began her career at RSI Logistics in 1994. Having over 20 years’ experience in the rail industry combined with ground up, hands on growth at RSI has catapulted her into her role today as Client Logistics Manager. Erica’s expertise provides innovative rail-centric services and solutions that bring high level performing results to the organizations that RSI serves. Her many years in the industry have positioned her for leadership and mentoring with the staff at RSI Logistics.

How to Ship by Rail for Beginners

This year we have seen an increase in businesses interested in exploring the potential of becoming a rail shipper. As the trucking industry continues to deal with driver shortages and high costs, many companies are starting to consider rail as an alternative to trucking. Rail is an excellent mode of transportation due to its advantages

How to Prepare Your Rail Supply Chain for Hurricanes

In August of 2021, Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans, a major rail shipping hub. The destructive weather and resulting flood waters forced a Class I railroad, the Kansas City Southern, to close a main line. This triggered a cascade of additional railroads seeing service disruptions as well, even if they were not near the hurricane.

Meet the Author: Ethan Folger
Ethan Folger joined RSI Logistics after graduating from Michigan State University (MSU) with a major in Economics and a minor in Quantitative Data Analytics. He works as a Data Analyst and assists RSI’s logistics department with missing rail car sightings and other special projects. During his time at MSU Ethan studied natural disasters and their effect on the economy.

What is an Embargo and How Can You Prepare for Them?

Have you ever been to the grocery store and noticed the check-out lines just keep growing longer and longer? Sometimes the cause is a customer ahead of you with a lot of items, sometimes there are only a few employees staffing check out stations, and sometimes it is just because there are so many people

Meet the Author: Karey Miller
As an Account Manager, Karey is a lead point of contact for client relations and strengthening partnerships through collaborative solutions. Her experience and education have strengthened her skills to make sense of diverse projects and scenarios. Karey uses her listening skills and strategic perspective to expose opportunities for improvement. She is passionate about organizing ideas into action, representing information in useful ways, and streamlining effective results for her partnerships.

What is Rail Fuel Surcharge and Why is it Important?

A topic on everyone’s mind recently is fuel. Fuel impacts all of us, whether in our daily commute or in the supply chains that deliver us our products. Thus, rising and falling fuel prices play an important role in our supply chains. Rail carriers utilize a rail fuel surcharge to help balance the fluctuations in

Meet the Author: Gail Carlson
As RSI Logistics’ Director of Client Service, Gail Carlson has worked to develop strategic relationships with clients, railroads, and other vendors. Gail has developed a culture of honesty and open communication that has resulted in low client turnover and long-term client relationships. She also keeps up with the ever-changing rail industry while offering robust solutions to fit each client’s needs.

Rail Shipping Service and the Presidential Emergency Board

Ongoing Updates September 12th, 2022 More of the labor unions have agreed to tentative agreements with the railroads. However, the last two union holdouts also represent the most members. The deadline for the cooling off period, which restricts striking, is Friday, September 16th. If an agreement cannot be reached by Friday, the remaining unions without

Maintain Your Railcar Fleet and Overcome Challenges

At RSI Logistics, our experienced staff keep informed of industry news that can affect your rail shipping. Our Fleet Maintenance services team works hand-in-hand with railcar lessors and repair shops to get the most accurate and up-to-date industry news related to supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and shop performance. They ensure they are knowledgeable on

Meet the Author: Dan Kretchman
Dan Kretchman began his time at RSI as a Logistics Coordinator before being named the Fleet Maintenance Manager. In previous roles in third party logistics, he learned valuable skills related to sales, operations, and customer service. He’s using these skills to service RSI’s diverse client base as part of the fleet maintenance team. Key initiatives Dan is working with internal stakeholders to develop are more robust invoice/estimate auditing tools, client engagement, and the expansion of the fleet maintenance team.

Celebrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Rail Industry

A common phrase that is growing in importance amongst organizations is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. But what does that mean? Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective. Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the