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

You are more than likely familiar with OT-5 application process and the various charges and penalties that many rail shippers have been charged as a result.  The OT-5 application process had some inherent problems including:  The OT-5 application itself was a time-consuming process.  Each railroad had different criteria to approve/reject applications Some railroads would not […]

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 […]

What is OT-5 and Why is it Important to Rail Fleet Management

OT-5 is something that you may have been hearing about lately. Loading Authority OT-5 is the AAR Circular for Rules Governing Assignment of Reporting Marks and Mechanical Designations. Although the circular has been around since 1989, it has recently become more of a challenge for shippers because the rail carriers are more strictly verifying and […]

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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8 Strategies to Reduce Rail Transportation Costs

The railroad barons who oversaw the railroad industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries understood the importance of controlling geography and the industries within it. This highly competitive group also realized that they had to look outside their own defined markets to enhance their, and their customers’, growth. The only way to accomplish […]

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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6 Factors that Affect the Effort Required to Proactively Manage Your Railcar Shipments

When tracking your railcars, there are several drivers that determine how complex your rail shipping is and how much time is needed to properly monitor your fleet and follow up on problem cars. Factors affecting the complexity of your railcar shipments 1. Railcar billing accuracy and timeliness Complete and accurate bill of lading submissions are […]

Terminal Dwell by Railroad

The chart data below is the last 6+ months of performance reporting that Class I rail cariers are required to submit to the Surface Transportation Board on a weekly basis (per EP 724, United States Rail Service Issues – Data Collection, issued October 8, 2014). Weekly average terminal dwell time, measured in hours, excluding cars […]