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1/17/2002



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Arzoon software targets more-simplified rail logistics, larger railroad marketshare




Arzoon Inc. Jan. 16 introduced two software products aimed at reducing shippers’ transportation costs and simplifying rail logistics.
Part of its LIFE™ suite of software, Arzoon® FastTrack Rail Manager and Arzoon Rail Rate Manager are designed to streamline the process of sourcing, executing, tracking, and settling payment for existing rail shipments.
Arzoon officials believe most logistics solutions address only a single mode and most software ignores rail, in part due to the difficulty in developing software that addresses complex rail rates, shipment execution and monitoring issues.
Arzoon Rail Rate Manager would enable shippers to conduct a cost analysis of rail versus other transportation modes by providing shipment visibility and Web-based access to rail-rate catalogs.
In addition to centralized rail-rate management, Arzoon FastTrack
Rail Manager is designed to provide shipment execution workflow, event management, tracking, reporting, and payment settlement to streamline inbound and outbound rail transportation.
Both software products also incorporate event data to offer greater shipment visibility — including interline shipments — through near real-time tracking and estimated time of arrival information.
"Most transportation managers today choose a mode and carrier based on delivery time, price, and ease of doing business," said Charley Eisele, Union Pacific Railroad senior vice president of strategic planning, in a prepared statement. "Rail is often excluded as an alternative despite its comparatively low cost because shippers either don't know that rail is an option or they don't understand how to use it."
UP, Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX Corp. and Norfolk Southern Corp. are Arzoon investors; UP and CPR hold licenses to use the company’s software.


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