8 factors affecting railroad shipments

Factors That Affect Your Railcar Shipments

When tracking railcars, there are several components that determine how complex your rail shipping is and how much time is needed to properly monitor your fleet and follow up on problem railcars. These factors can increase or decrease the complexity of your shipments. Streamlining rail operations begins with understanding each factor and how it affects […]

Why Complete Tank Car Qualifications Early in the Year

Bulk shipping by rail is no easy task. As shippers, whether you lease or own your railcars, they need to be shopped from time to time to complete a scheduled maintenance program or perform the annual qualifications for tank cars. Scheduling tank car qualifications can be problematic, to say the least, and can place constraints […]

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 […]

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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 […]