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  • 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
  • RSI Logistics and R. J. Corman Railroad Company Strategic and Marketing Partnership
    RSI Logistics, Inc. is delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with R. J. Corman Railroad Company, LLC! RSI Logistics will be participating in a marketing alliance by jointly promoting R. J. Corman’s Transload Connect, a new series of custom transloading solutions, as well as serving as its third-party operator... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 12-02-2021
  • The Move from OT-5 to OT-57
    In February of 2020, OT-57 was introduced by Railinc. The Loading Authority OT-57 system provides a centralized, paperless process for registering private freight rail equipment and access to controlling entity (shipper, owner, or lessee) contact information and storage information. OT-57, and its predecessor OT-5, is crucial to understand for rail... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 11-22-2021
  • 5 Marketing Ideas for Short Line Railroads
    You want to run an efficient short line railroad, and making sure operations run smoothly takes time and attention. In between these essential tasks, it can be difficult to find time to grow your business and make sure you’re getting exposure. Furthermore, finding marketing strategies that resonate with your specific... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 10-28-2021
  • How to Increase Short Line Profitability and Negotiate with Class 1 Railroads
    Fair rates with Class 1 railroads are important for short line railroad profitability. But when these larger railroads keep revenue allocation stagnant for small rail lines, it can be difficult to negotiate. Understanding the pricing system behind Class I railroad rates, and gaining insight into the competitive landscape can bolster... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 10-25-2021
  • How Short Line Railroads Can Provide Value-Added Insights to Customers
    Strengthening relationships with shippers along your short line railroad often means increasing railcar volume, improving word-of-mouth-marketing, and encouraging customers to use other rail services you provide. How can you provide value-added insights to customers on your short line? Let’s take a look at strategies that you can use to gain... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 10-20-2021
  • Complications of Inaccurate Data in Rail Shipping
    One of the most important aspects of shipping by rail is accurate data. Since shipping by rail is heavily reliant on data, inaccuracies can be present numerous challenges. Inaccurate data in rail shipping can result in additional rates and switching charges, less optimized routes, increased time spent preparing shipments, and... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 09-21-2021
  • Canadian National Withdraws Merger Plans with the Kansas City Southern
    The September 12th acceptance of the Canadian Pacific’s (CP) $31 billion merger offer for the Kansas City Southern (KCS) initiated the KCS’ plans to terminate their merger agreement with the Canadian National (CN). The CN was provided five business days to respond to the KCS. During the morning of September... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 09-16-2021
  • 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... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 08-10-2021
  • Executive Order: Focus on Enhancing Rail Competition
    On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden released specifics concerning his Executive Order to promote competition within the American economy. Among other concerns, the President’s Executive Order calls for sweeping reform of corporate monopolies in the areas of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, technology, and transportation. The Executive Order consists of 72 initiatives... Read more
    Source: RSI Logistics Published on 07-14-2021

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Stephen Hamilton
Managing Director, Global
Chemlogix Global

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Interflow

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Emerald Materials