Telegraph, a Chicago-based startup offering a cloud-based operating system for railroads, shippers, logistics service providers and railcar leasing companies, has partnered with Watco to help shippers with tough logistics challenges, with a focus on rail transportation.
“Telegraph helps railroads, shippers, logistics providers and railcar lessors work more efficiently via a singular platform,” the company said. Its platform “up-levels the consumer experience, making it easier for businesses to incorporate rail into their procurement and execution processes. The combination of Watco’s decades of rail logistics experience and Telegraph software provides customers visibility of their railcars beyond Watco facilities or tracks. Telegraph provides exceptional predictability and visibility for carload and intermodal shipments. Leveraging EDI, API and telematics integrations, the platform delivers best-in-class forecasting capability and pipeline management. To date, we have saved customers thousands of hours in manual work and millions of dollars in accessorial charges.”
“We recognized a distinct need for software designed for the rail-centric supply chain,” explained Telegraph co-founder Shachar Astor. “The industry presents unique challenges that this collaboration allows us to address. Together, we’re making rail a more compelling option for shippers.”
“Telegraph’s tool helps us be more effective and efficient so we can focus on solving common rail [problems] for our customers,” said Watco Vice President Logistics Sales Michelle Bowling. “It is quick, it is easy, it is powerful. We help our customers keep their freight moving and provide cost-saving opportunities such as rate negotiations and demurrage risk mitigation.”
“It’s a pleasure to build alongside the team at Watco,” added Telegraph CEO Harris Ligon. “Both organizations share an operational grit and customer focus that has unlocked immense value. We’re excited about our shared pursuit of making it easier for everyone to incorporate rail into their supply chain.”