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The “Bullwhip Effect” on Rail

Between Coronavirus, supply chain slow-downs, and an encroaching recession, we’re entering a perfect storm of “inventory drawdown.” As FreightWaves puts it, we’re bracing for a “bullwhip effect."

STB Hearings Highlight Need for Rail Network Visib...

You’ve probably heard about the recent Surface Transportation Board hearings regarding railroad service improvements. The complaints are ample, and there’s a consistent theme: the rail industry is in dire need of network visibility.

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Visibility with RailState: It’s Time for Rail to...

When it comes to the railroad: you can trace your car and get an estimated ETA based on system average statistics, likely from two or three weeks ago. Unlike the other modes of transportation, there aren’t real-time updates on what

Rail 101 Part Two: Switching and Blocking Cars for...

Part two of this course describes the process of switching and blocking cars for outbound movement on manifest trains.

Speed, Dwell Time, and Cars Online: Class I Rail M...

When it comes to Class I railroads, there are a few metrics used to report performance, and Supply Chain Dive broke them down recently

“State of Freight” on: Intermodal Tren...

A podcast we love? "State of Freight," by FTR's VP of Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. This episode features some great stats on intermodal — a hot-button sector of the industry.

Constrained Capacity: A Long History and a Need fo...

Railroads prioritize cutting costs and raising prices (with a focus on the operating ratio). They have less concern about capacity and service.

RailState Webinar Featured in Railroad Weekly

We were thrilled to be mentioned in Railroad Weekly’s most recent post, “Shrilling and Grilling”!

Reciprocal Switching: One Industry, Two Sides

Reciprocal switching is one of the most debated topics in rail. What does it mean, exactly? As defined by FreightWaves, “Reciprocal switching occurs when a shipper has access to one freight railroad but wants access to a nearby competing freight

April 26 Webinar Recap
Our April 26th Webinar, “On Track: Hot Topic...

On April 26th, RailState hosted our webinar: “On Track: Hot Topics in Rail.” We were thrilled with the turnout and the discussion! Thank you to everyone who made it such a great event.

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