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.
Large-volume rail shippers report many of the following challenges:
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 – The VantEdge Rail Solution
Capture, store, and reference commercial deals in one integrated system
Lay out your plan and track against it
Optimize your loading
Loading information at your fingertips
Real time reporting
Make your plans and track against it. Or track railroads against their plans
Core to any rail logistics platforms. Where are my cars and when do they arrive?
How much does my fleet cost and how can I better manage it?
EDI communications to all class 1 railroads. Ship, divert
Wheelhouse can automate virtually all processes related to a cross border moves
Eliminate BOL entry while databasing your cars and storing PDF’s with your cars
Store your BOL with your shipment so everyone can find it quickly if needed
track and trace
Actuals vs. Planned
Match offloads with incoming BOL’s. Set alerts for underloaded cars
Utilize forms to manage checklists and take pictures of cars for shipment or arrival
Mass balance or delineate by customer. What is available in the system
3rd party portal
Customers download their data. Eliminate manual errors, improve payment cycles
Commercial trading views
Traders have real time contract performance. Make better decisions sooner
handheld device ready
Stay mobile, it’s the way of the world
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.