Blog

  • How to Ship by Rail for Beginners
    This year we have seen an increase in businesses interested in exploring the potential of becoming a rail shipper. As the trucking industry continues to deal with driver shortages and high costs, many companies are starting to consider rail as an alternative to trucking. Rail is an excellent mode of... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 09-29-2022
  • How to Prepare Your Rail Supply Chain for Hurricanes
    In August of 2021, Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans, a major rail shipping hub. The destructive weather and resulting flood waters forced a Class I railroad, the Kansas City Southern, to close a main line. This triggered a cascade of additional railroads seeing service disruptions as well, even if they... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 09-13-2022
  • What is an Embargo and How Can You Prepare for Them?
    Have you ever been to the grocery store and noticed the check-out lines just keep growing longer and longer? Sometimes the cause is a customer ahead of you with a lot of items, sometimes there are only a few employees staffing check out stations, and sometimes it is just because... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 08-25-2022
  • What is Rail Fuel Surcharge and Why is it Important?
    A topic on everyone’s mind recently is fuel. Fuel impacts all of us, whether in our daily commute or in the supply chains that deliver us our products. Thus, rising and falling fuel prices play an important role in our supply chains. Rail carriers utilize a rail fuel surcharge to... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 08-11-2022
  • Rail Shipping Service and the Presidential Emergency Board
    President Biden recently announced a Presidential Emergency Board, gathering some of the nation’s rail carriers and their unions to resolve labor challenges. But what is a Presidential Emergency Board? Why did Biden announce an Emergency Board? And what could this mean for the future? Let’s take a look at these... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 07-28-2022
  • Maintain Your Railcar Fleet and Overcome Challenges
    At RSI Logistics, our experienced staff keep informed of industry news that can affect your rail shipping. Our Fleet Maintenance services team works hand-in-hand with railcar lessors and repair shops to get the most accurate and up-to-date industry news related to supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and shop performance. They... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 07-14-2022
  • Celebrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Rail Industry
    A common phrase that is growing in importance amongst organizations is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. But what does that mean? Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective. Equity is promoting justice,... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 06-28-2022
  • Intermodal vs Transloading and When to Use Each
    Whether you are shipping over long or short distances, getting your products from one place to another often involves multiple modes of transportation. Using different modes of transportation allows you to traverse land and water, as well as lower transit costs. Intermodal shipping and transloading are two methods of shipping... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 06-07-2022
  • Benefits of Right Sizing Your Fleet
    If you own or lease your railcars, it is important to understand how many railcars you need. Having a grasp of your necessary fleet size helps to ensure that your product is delivered to your customers on time. Although many rail shippers may consider increasing the number of railcars in... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 05-24-2022
  • When to Identify Alternative Rail Routes
    Every time we get an opportunity, we assert that rail transportation can often help you reduce shipping costs substantially without disrupting your overall supply chain. However, it is not as easy as just transitioning to rail and picking the first rail lane that presents itself. There are situations when captive... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 05-03-2022
  • Railroad Service Issues in 2022
    As a third-party logistics provider that specializes in bulk rail transportation in North America, we manage rail shipments across all industries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Amongst our customers, one current common difficulty is that the railroads are struggling to deliver railcars. Across the networks of all railroads,... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 04-25-2022
  • The Advantages of Rail vs Truck Shipping
    Finding the optimal shipping modes and routes can help you reduce shipping costs substantially and improve the efficiency of your supply chain. Rail and truck are the most common shipping modes across land. However, finding which shipping type is right for your materials and your business can be a challenge.... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 04-05-2022
  • How to Speed Up Your Supply Chain In 2022
    Multiple supply chain disruptions across the last two years have created challenges for logistics professionals. The ongoing pandemic, military conflicts, material shortages, driver shortages, trade wars, and numerous other issues mean the globalized supply chain is unlikely to stabilize anytime soon. As a result, many businesses are using new strategies... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 03-29-2022
  • How Supply Chain Managers Can Navigate Truck Driver Shortages
    Supply chain slowdowns continue to present challenges for logistics experts around the world. Truck driver shortages are a component of this growing problem, and experts predict this challenge will continue through 2022. American Truck Associations estimate a shortage of about 80,000 drivers this year, with a total shortage of 160,000... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 03-21-2022
  • Strategies to Reduce Demurrage
    No one likes to pay demurrage and storage charges. 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 reduced or eliminated with the proper focus and attention. This... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 03-08-2022
  • Celebrating Pullman Porters in the Rail Industry
    RSI Logistics, Inc. continues to celebrate Black History Month by honoring the rail industry Pullman Porters. Despite many hardships, the porters made their mark on history in shaping a new Black middle class and were part of the catalyst in launching the civil rights movement in America. One of the... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 02-24-2022
  • Celebrating Black Pioneers in the Rail Industry
    Black History Month is a time to commemorate and reflect on the remarkable achievements of African American inventors, pioneers and community leaders who played an integral part in the rail industry. As follows is Part One of a two blog series in which RSI Logistics focuses on those individuals who... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 02-21-2022
  • Carta Porte Mexican Tax Changes and How to Prepare
    What is Carta Porte: The Carta Porte is a Mexican tax receipt for merchandise being transported and will soon replace the standard transfer invoice and logistics letter. Changes to the Carta Porte, as mandated by the Mexican Tax Authority, were recently announced. This new requirement was issued by the Servicio... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 12-14-2021
  • Carta Porte Mexican Tax Changes and How to Prepare
    What is Carta Porte: The Carta Porte is a Mexican tax receipt for merchandise being transported and will soon replace the standard transfer invoice and logistics letter. Changes to the Carta Porte, as mandated by the Mexican Tax Authority, were recently announced. This new requirement was issued by the Servicio... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 12-14-2021
  • UP Petitions STB to Reject CP-KCS Merger Application
    On November 19th the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) submitted a petition to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to reject the application for the Canadian Pacific (CP) to acquire Kansas City Southern (KCS). The petition submitted by the UP states that the grounds for the rejection is that the application is... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 12-03-2021

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