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Rail Freight is Losing Market Share: How Can It Improve?

Rail is losing market share to faster and more reliable modes. But technologies exist that can improve throughput substantially. Why aren’t the Class 1 railroads investing in it?

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CSX’s Turnaround Strategy Faces Challenges

Hunter Harrison, the new CEO of CSX is seeking to turnaround his fourth railway. His operating philosophy is known at “Precision Railroading.” The Industrial Internet of Things will undoubtedly play a role.

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ArcelorMittal Optimizes Supply Chain Logistics with Predictive Analytics

Michel Plourde, Systems Director at ArcelorMittal Canada, recently briefed ARC Advisory Group about the supply chain challenges surrounding the company’s decision in 2012 to expand its iron ore pellet production in Canada.  These challenges largely involved eliminating logistics bottlenecks created by an inability to adapt quickly to disruptions and changes to plans. ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, operates two interdependent companies in Quebec: ArcelorMittal Mines Canada and ArcelorMittal Infrastructure Canada.  Following a recent 10 million […]

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The Resurgence of Rail

There was a very good article in the Wall Street Journal last Wednesday on the resurgence of rail. “North America’s major freight railroads are in the midst of a building boom unlike anything since the industry’s Gilded Age heyday in the 19th century, this year pouring $14 billion into rail yards, refueling stations, additional track,” stated the article. But that is not the whole story. Rail investments have often had a significant level of public […]

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