Monday, January 23, 2012

BNSF offers new online tools for shippers

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

BNSF Railway Monday announced the release of two new online tools —Carload Shipping Advisor and Serving Carrier Reciprocal Switch Inquiry— that it says "allow customers to compare shipping options by price, equipment, and route for multiple origins and destinations." 

“All of the features in the Carload Shipping Advisor tool are based on direct customer feedback and designed to meet customer needs,” said John Lanigan, BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “We are confident that providing this upfront visibility to all routing options will save our carload customers time and allow them to more easily plan their shipments.” 

“Whether planning or pricing their shipment moves, our customers told us that determining if a destination is rail-served is their first step,” said Jo-ann Olsovsky, BNSF vice president technology services and CIO. “The new Carload Shipping Advisor and Reciprocal Switch Inquiry allow customers to quickly take that first step by easily verifying whether a shipping origination or destination has rail or transload service.”