Rail Impact® helps your company manage its rail spend.
With a license for our online application, you get unlimited support from our team of experts. Take advantage of our 100+ years of rail pricing experience to discuss long term rate strategy, create management reports comparing your transportation costs to competitors, and prepare for rate negotiations. Rail Impact is the enhanced version of its PC-based predecessor, USRail.desktop.
How Rail Impact® helps rail shippers
Rate Procurement Process
It’s Not Just About the Software.
When you license our software you also get unlimited product support from our team with over 100 years of rail pricing experience (on each side of the table). Whether you want to discuss long term rate strategy ideas, get ready for a presentation to management on your transportation costs versus the competition, or preparing for an important meeting with a rail carrier, take advantage of our insight and experience.
Evaluate Your Options
Rail Impact® allows you to quickly view routing options and rail mileages. The program knows the serving carriers for each rail station and junction. Enter your origin and destination and Rail Impact® will provide the options.
Carrier Costs & Margins
Understand the Marketplace Like Never Before
What purchasing manager would ever spend significant dollars without understanding a vendor’s costs? Rail Impact® includes a proprietary cost model in addition to the government’s Uniform Rail Costing System (URCS). Our cost model is updated with quarterly railroad financial data and it is used by a number of railroads as well as the majority of large rail shippers in the U.S. Knowing the operating cost isn’t critical only for developing rate targets, it’s also a useful tool for estimating rail rates without needing to request and wait for a quote.
Rail Rate Benchmarking
Analyze Your Rates the Same Way Railroad Pricing Managers Do.
Do you know how your rail rates compare to what other shippers are paying? Rail Impact® has a large database of sample freight bills from the Surface Transportation Board as well as profitability comparisons generated from railroad data. You should understand how carrier market shares are changing and consider if there are railroad pricing strategies that are influencing those trends.
Save Time and Reduce Errors
How much time do you spend looking up rail-related information? Do you always know the serving carrier, routing options or the fuel surcharge miles? Rail Impact® provides easy access to a tremendous amount of reference information that is organized in one place to make your day more efficient.
Shipper’s Guide to Rail Rates
Are you negotiating the best rail freight rates?
Download the free eBook, A Shipper’s Guide to Rail Freight Rates to learn how to navigate and negotiate rail rates like a pro.
Rail Impact® Features
View a summary of activity including quick access to webinars and website blogs.
Your Rate Database
Save details of lanes in a secure database for easy access and analysis.
Serving Carrier & Switching
Identify customer stations with the associated serving railroad(s).
Analyze the individual rail segments of your lanes by railroad.
Rail Costs & Benchmarking
Understand the railroads costs, and corresponding benchmark rate estimates, for any lane in North America
Access government data to determine rate and volume trends for your commodities and view detailed freight bill information.
Obtain needed information quickly including access to railroads’ websites, stations, junctions, and more.
Determine and evaluate alternative routing options between stations.
Obtain railroads’ operating and fuel surcharge miles between stations via alternative routes.
Take Action on Your Rail Rates
Every week we host a weekly webinar – Railroads Will Negotiate. Join us for a 45 minute session to learn about the art and science of rail rate negotiation from our industry expert, Linda Glauber.
Director of Marketing, Rail Impact®
Linda Glauber is the Director of Marketing for Rail Impact®, where she oversees Rail Impact’s sales team and collaborating with users of the application to find value with the services provided. She has conducted numerous studies to help companies understand rail pricing, interpret market data, and make significant improvements to their bottom line.