Tratics Rail Rate Blog

Rail price visibility helps shippers save money

Rail shippers often lack price visibility due to various railroad systems and pricing methodologies. To address this, shippers can use software tools like Tratics, a rate management platform that integrates all carrier rates, enabling quick comparisons and optimal decision-making. This results in enhanced competitiveness and informed shipping decisions.

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Nearshoring: The Slow but Major Tectonic Shift and its Impact on Rail Shippers

Read along as we explore the impact of the growing nearshoring trend on North American rail logistics and the broader transportation sector. The article highlights the opportunities and challenges it presents for rail shippers and railroads, especially as demand for cost-effective, long-haul transportation increases.

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Evaluating Railroad Rate Proposals (Part 4 of 4)

This article provides insights on how to effectively analyze railroad bid proposals and negotiate the best possible rates for your business. Use this guide to assist you in making informed decisions when evaluating rail rate proposals.

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Rate Negotiating Strategy: Strategy and Checklist for Shippers (Part 3 of 4)

In order to effectively negotiate lower rail rates, it is important to craft a compelling business case, understand railroad pricing strategies, and profile each railroad's specific attributes. Included in this article is a detailed shipper preparation checklist.

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Rail Rate Analysis: Competitive Alternative Analysis by Lane (Part 2 of 4)

Shippers should explore alternative transportation options for cost savings. This includes examining various rail options, considering Rule 11 rates and routes, assessing alternative sourcing, and developing transload programs for captive lanes.

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Rail Rate Analysis: An Introduction for Shippers (Part 1 of 4)

Explore the crucial role of rail rate analysis in helping shippers optimize logistics strategies, stay competitive, and thrive in a constantly evolving marketplace with ever-increasing rail prices.

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Improving Safety in Rail Transportation

New and advanced technologies such as sensors, analytics, and artificial intelligence can enhance rail transportation safety. Regulators and other government agencies can play a crucial role in supporting the development of new safety technologies through incentives, subsidies, and research support.

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Rail rate management system: A must-have for industrial shippers

An effective rail rate and contract management system is crucial for shippers to stay competitive. Pricing systems are prevalent for other modes of transportation, such as truck or ocean shipping. But for rail shippers, pricing has historically been based on spreadsheet tools. Complete rail rate visibility paired with advanced pricing tools is now available with Tratics software.

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Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern merger: What you need to know

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPRS) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) will join to create the first railroad that provides a single-line connection between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Click here to read a summary of the merger history written by our CEO, Nderim Rudi.

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Shipping by rail vs. truck: Benefits to the shipper (Part II)

Rail transportation offers additional benefits over trucking, including the ability to use railcars as mobile warehouses for storage in transit, efficient movement of large volumes of goods, reduced damage to the interstate highway system, and alleviation of truck driver shortage issues.

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