Optimize your rail freight transport: capacity, availability and penalties

September 26, 2023

Optimize your rail freight transport to avoid penalties that weigh heavily on your budgets, while making your teams' work easier.

As in many fields, optimization is key. Your rail freight transports are no exception. Transport optimization means time saved, problems avoided, costs reduced, and a team with more time for higher value-added tasks. 

Plan and execute transport

The Everysens platform's planning module constructs the transport forecast, based on information transmitted by the shipper's logistics team for this transport (point of departure and arrival, dates, loading, etc.) and on information gathered from contracts with rail companies, wagon hire companies, etc. This is the moment to optimize the transport using our artificial intelligence. Now it's time to optimize transport with the help of our artificial intelligence. If there's a sticking point with one of the parties involved, it can easily be resolved directly within the platform.

Once the train corresponding to the shipment has departed, it passes into the platform's execution module. This module is used to track the progress of the shipment right up to its point of arrival. In the event of any incident (train out of service, driver late, power failure, etc.), an alert is sent to the shipper, informing him of the incident and its consequences. In this way, the shipper can take the appropriate measures to respond to the incident and minimize its impact on his transport plan.

Costs and penalties

Everysens allows you to centralize the management of rail transport costs: 

  • Projected transport cost: Depending on the transport contract, a cost model is determined according to the route. It calculates costs based on various parameters specified in the contract between carrier and shipper. These parameters include the type of traction, the type of wagons, the number of wagons, the net or gross tonnage, and the nature of the goods transported. It is on this cost model that our artificial intelligence determines the most financially advantageous route for the shipment in question.
  • Actual composition cost: This is the same cost model as for projected costs, except that these also take into account the products actually loaded.
  • Extraordinary costs that may lead to penalties : 
  • Transport: These costs relate to incidents during transport. Pricing is based on a case-by-case basis, depending on the contract between the shipper and the carrier. These costs can be declared after transport. They have an impact on the total cost of transport.
  • On the road: These extraordinary costs apply in the event of problems on the road and according to the contract between shipper and carrier. For example, if, at the end of the period specified in the contract, the shipper has not reached the total tonnage required on the route in question.

All costs are logged within the platform, enabling them to be compared and compiled. This greatly facilitates cost analysis, prepares the invoicing process and encourages cost optimization by identifying the main areas of expenditure and acting to reduce them.

Wagon capacity and availability

A daily view of wagon availability is available to shippers on the platform. It is automatically updated according to planned shipments. Every month, we collect information from the shipper to update this view. This view can be sufficiently precise to indicate, for a given site, the number of wagons of a given type available on a given date.

It is also possible for the loader to see, for a given site, how many tons can be loaded by his wagons, and how many tons can be produced per day by his sites. This makes it easy to find out how many tons can be loaded, and the state of stocks at the factory gate. 

A weekly view is also given of unloading time slots, enabling goods to arrive at the receiving site as efficiently as possible. If unloading teams are available to receive goods immediately, the whole logistics chain is optimized.

A user interface designed to optimize transport

The concern for optimizing transport extends right down to the user interface. It highlights constraints, alerts and problems directly on the home page dashboard. By putting this crucial information in the spotlight, stakeholders can quickly identify critical points and take corrective action more effectively. This ease of use promotes more transparent and optimized transport management, guaranteeing smoother operations.

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