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.

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.

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

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

Railroad Service Issues in 2022

As a third-party logistics provider that specializes in bulk rail transportation in North America, we manage rail shipments across all industries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Amongst our customers, one current common difficulty is that the railroads are struggling to deliver railcars. Across the networks of all railroads, railroad service issues continue to

Carta Porte Mexican Tax Changes and How to Prepare

What is Carta Porte: The Carta Porte is a Mexican tax receipt for merchandise being transported and will soon replace the standard transfer invoice and logistics letter. Changes to the Carta Porte, as mandated by the Mexican Tax Authority, were recently announced. This new requirement was issued by the Servicio de Administración Tributaria, also known

UP Petitions STB to Reject CP-KCS Merger Application

On November 19th the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) submitted a petition to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to reject the application for the Canadian Pacific (CP) to acquire Kansas City Southern (KCS). The petition submitted by the UP states that the grounds for the rejection is that the application is “incomplete”. The UP contends that