What’s New in OT-57? Everything You Need to Know

As you may know, the Railinc OT-5 application process has been dismantled and replaced with a new, simpler process, OT-57.  The main difference is that there is no longer an approval process. Railroads will not reject applications due to storage limitations or mechanical specification issues in UMLER.  As long as your railcar is on an […]

Strategies to Reduce Demurrage

No one likes to pay demurrage and storage. For some shippers demurrage charges are merely a nuisance. For others, demurrage is a seven figure annual expense. Many of our clients have found it to be a cost that can be quickly reduced or eliminated with the proper focus and attention. This article offers a number […]

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Railcar Tracking Metrics for Shippers

Logistics managers are tasked with realizing more throughput from existing assets, and rationalizing private fleets and other fixed cost. As the saying goes, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Rail shippers require specific information to effectively manage their day-to-day shipping and for long term planning and decision-making. Small rail shippers usually start out manually creating reports […]

Railcar tracking - CN, CP, and KCS train delays

Tracking Railroad Performance Metrics

Have you checked out RSI’s Railroad Performance Metrics? Monitoring railroad tracking performance data of delays by railroad allows you to see and anticipate where your transit times may be affected. Here’s a recap of what the railcar tracking data has been showing in recent months: Total volume was up in March and the YTD volume […]

Rail Logistics Functions: tracking and tracing, equipment maintenance, rate management, freight audit and payment

Benefits to Outsourcing Rail Logistics Functions

Many companies have made the decision to outsource their trucking, intermodal, or warehousing to third party logistics providers (3PLs). The 3PLs bring to the table a vast amount of knowledge, experience, leveraging capabilities, technology, and continuous improvement processes.  In the end, these companies benefit greatly from having best-in-class solutions that allows them to focus on […]

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How Closely Should You Track Your Railcar Shipments?

How closely you monitor your rail shipment tracking can be related to several factors – the characteristics of the supply chain you are in, product perishability and value, and the cost of assets. Depending on the terms with your customers, you may not care what happens once shipments leave your dock. Finally, it may just be a […]

Delayed Trains and Held Cars

The chart below is the last 12+ months of performance reporting that Class I rail cariers have submitted to the Surface Transportation Board (per EP 724, United States Rail Service Issues – Data Collection, issued October 8, 2014). “Train Delays” represent the weekly total number of loaded and empty trains held short of destination or […]

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Railcar Congestion and Delays Continue

Rail congestion and slow transit times continue to be an issue, particularly around Chicago and the northern tier going into the Northeast. The volume and dwell time information below indicate where the longest delays are. U.S. freight carload volume in September was up 5.8% excluding coal and grain compared to the same period last year […]

Aerial View Of Freight Trains

Railcar Delays

If you regularly ship railcars you’ve probably noticed slower transit times this year. Rail carriers experienced difficult weather over the winter, then they had equipment shortages, and then higher traffic volumes. At the recent Midwest Association of Rail Shippers summer meeting, everyone on the shippers’ panel talked about how the slow transit times are hurting […]