Rail Scheduling

Rail Transportation Challenges

Rail logistics is a challenging and time-consuming component to the Energy Business. With current business processes, any increase in the volume of railcars (in or out) will mean an incremental uptick in manual processes, further straining current resources, generating more errors, and absorbing valuable time.

In our experience, large-volume rail shippers report many of the following:

  • Frequent schedule changes
  • Large amounts of information to be managed
  • Manual keying of information
  • Minor errors on Bills of Lading (BOLs)
  • Challenges and delays matching information
  • Use of fax or insecure email to transmit key data
  • Delays sharing BOLs with counterparties
  • High effort managing and maintaining BOL records

Wheelhouse – VantEdge’s Solution

Our answer to the commonly experienced industry concerns above is the Wheelhouse scheduling platform, which:

  • Create and share schedules in real time
  • Generate, send, and store digital BOL’s
  • Contains all relevant information for accounting & invoicing, contract management, risk mitigation, etc.
  • Generates a customized database for each company in a contract chain.
  • Supports EDI transmissions to the railroads for billing purposes. EDI capabilities are easily expanded into diversions, customs and many more uses.

Wheelhouse Efficiencies

 Reduction in time required to manage a rail shipment across the life cycle of a BOL.
 Increase in time available for scheduling staff to do value added activities.
Reduction in human touch points throughout the life cycle of a BOL.

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