Railcar Tracking

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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RSI Logistics to Operate Norfolk Southern Thoroughbred Bulk Terminal in Spartanburg SC

RSI Logistics Inc. (RSI) through its bulk terminal division, RSI Leasing Inc. has been awarded the operations of Norfolk Southern’ s (NS) Spartanburg SC Thoroughbred Bulk Terminals™ (TBT). The Spartanburg TBT is located 5 minutes from Interstates I-85, I-585 and I-26. The terminal is ideally positioned within 200 miles of Atlanta GA, Charlotte NC, Augusta […]

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Safety and Compliance for Hazardous Materials by Rail: What You Need to Know

Shipping hazardous materials can be dangerous and can have serious consequences when done incorrectly. When shipping hazardous materials by rail, safety and compliance measures help to mitigate these risks, and mitigate harm if an incident occurs. Knowing and understanding these safety and compliance measures for shipping hazardous materials by rail will help to prevent delays, […]

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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 […]

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Should You Bundle Your Moves When Negotiating Rail Rates?

Being strategic with your rail rate negotiations means establishing goals for your current and future contracts, clarifying each party’s values, and challenging the ground rules. Although you should always negotiate with your entire rail transportation portfolio in mind, this does not mean that it is always best to bundle your rates when negotiating. Shippers often […]

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Maximize Your Rail Rate Negotiation Leverage

  As a follow up to the Rail Rate Guide that we published last month, here are some additional tips for maximizing your negotiating leverage with rail carriers. Take the time to be strategic. Working in logistics can feel like a plate spinning skit. It’s fast paced work, you have to juggle multiple priorities, and there can be […]

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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 […]