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cost effective

Save money

Through enhanced visibility to chargeable events, like demurrage, and reduced days in transit.

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Save time

By automating reporting and manual work.

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realtime

Predict the future

Dynamic ETAs power automated pipeline reports that can help operations make more informed decisions.

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user friendly

Centralize data

Data that drives decisions – one source of the truth, with end to end transparency, visible to all users.

Product statement

What is RSVP and what can it do for Rail Shippers?

For rail shippers or car owners who want end to end visibility of their rail shipments, RSVP acts as a central data hub, turning information from railroads into actionable insights that save our customers time and money managing their rail network. 

One approach shippers are taking to better manage their shipments in this new era of railroading is to implement supply chain visibility and management software. ICL offers software and 3PL services that can help shippers reduce the cost and complexity in shipping by rail. Our latest article is the first in a two-part series, defining Precision Scheduled Railroading, examining the historical context of PSR, and analyzing the potential impacts on shipment tracking and management, both positive and negative.

Rail Shipment Management Made Simple

  • Automated exception alerts 
    Spend time resolving problems, instead of looking for them.
  • Smarter ETAs 
    Fixed standards don’t match reality for rail transport.
  • Pipeline management  
    At a glance view of your entire rail network.
  • Customized, scheduled email reports 
    All the information your customers need about their in-bound railcars.
  • Demurrage module 
    Everything you need to manage and audit demurrage in centralized data center.
  • Analytics 
    Prepare presentation-ready KPI reports in minutes.
  • Team collaboration in one place 
    Access from any location, any device, without any hardware installation.
  • See the full picture 
    End-to-end visibility across all your rail partners in one location.

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What Can RSVP Do For Rail Shippers

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    Cloud-based

    No IT cost to our customers.

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    Accessible anytime, anywhere

    Accessible anytime, from any device, with a unique user ID and secure website.

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    Embedded analytics

    Powered by Tableau, no additional license fees to our customers.

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    Direct data connections

    Data connections directly with the railways, for more timely, accurate data.

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    Proactive data management

    Through automated alerts and manual reviews, we monitor waybill and CLM data and contact the railways.

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    Continuous improvement

    Using our in-house development team, based on customer feedback and the latest technologies.

Looking for something custom?

Because we are a software company and do all development in house, we can accommodate your custom business needs. 

Standard Features

We offer products and services that meet the needs for many different areas of the logistics industry

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realtime
  • In-Transit Updates
  • Real Time Location
  • Shipment History
  • Pipeline & Last Mile Visibility
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railcar
  • Railcar Information
  • Bad Order Information
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analytics
  • Dynamic ETA
  • Transit Time Analytics
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performance
  • Performance Metrics
  • Route Management
  • Ability To Customize, Save And Schedule Reports
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hotlists
  • Ability To Create Hotlists
  • Ability To Flag Exceptions
  • Ability To Add Comments
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additional features
  • Freight Invoice Audit
  • Fuel Surcharge Audit
  • Demurrage Estimator
  • BOL Creator Tool
  • Car Hire Tools

Do you ever hear about Precision Scheduled Railroading?

PSR, or Precision Scheduled Railroading, is a system of railroad operations management, created by legendary railroader E. Hunter Harrison. First implemented at the Illinois Central, Harrison then implemented PSR at the Canadian National, dramatically improving the operating efficiency. Every Class 1 railroad in North America, except for the BNSF, has now implemented PSR.

Learn more in our latest article.

  • What Is Precision Scheduled Railroading
  • How Is PSR Measured? What Does The Operating Ratio Mean?
  • Why Was PSR Needed? Haven’t Railroads Always Been Concerned With Efficiency?

Frequently asked questions

Once your subscription agreement is signed, we have processes in place that can get you up and running in 1 week. 

RSVP is a subscription-based software as a service. There is no cost to purchase or install the software. 

Typical fee structures are a per railcar fee, based on the volume and complexity of your shipping network. A fixed monthly fee is also possible. 

There is no user limit for RSVP. Number of users required will be discussed prior to onboarding. 

Yes! We offer low-cost 30 day trials so you can get a feel for the software before making a purchase decision. 

Yes! You can set up automated reports that email railcar locations, ETAs, and any other relevant shipment information, and schedule these reports to run by email. 
You can also give your customers or suppliers a user ID, depending on what type of information you would like shared with them. 

The RSVP ETA engine provides an original ETA, the railway provided current ETA, and the RSVP calculated current ETA.
Our ETA algorithms are dynamic, reacting to the current trend in railway performance and day of week operating schedules, as opposed to fixed standards. And because the ETA is recalculated at every station and with every event, or, lack of movement, it doesn't become stale. 
Our ETA engine is scrubbed daily for outliers that impact data quality. 

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Our sales team is happy to answer questions.

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Patrick Lewis

Pat Lewis

Director,
Sales & Marketing

416.264.3963
plewis@iclsystems.com

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Lindsay English

Lindsay English

Director,
Strategy & Planning

416.820.0589
lenglish@iclsystems.com

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Glen Doiron

Glen Doiron

Manager, RSVP Rail Business Solutions

416.820.0589
lenglish@iclsystems.com