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Blake Gasaway

Recent Posts by Blake Gasaway:

To Improve Rail Velocity You Need To Learn Your Carrier's Language

Improving rail velocity is a growing priority for shippers, but it's difficult to achieve when you're in a challenging relationship with your rail carrier. In many cases, poor relationships between shippers and carriers are as much the responsibility of the shippers who accept poor service as the carriers who offer it. So what if shippers and carriers were to start thinking about how they can help each other out? It is possible to turn even the worst shipper/carrier relationship into a mutually beneficial  partnership but first you have to speak each others' language.

Topics: Rail Logistics Transportation

Optimizing Rail Logistics in the Alabama Corridor

Blake Gasaway is Maine Pointe's Logistics Practice Team Leader for the Chemicals Industry.As demand for rail freight intensifies, rail logistics along the Alabama corridor are becoming ever more congested, with forecasts indicating that freight volume will continue to increase.The challenges this creates are causing pain to all major shippers using the corridor threatening both growth and capability. As many of the shippers are already aware, improved collaboration with Norfolk Southern (NS) is the key to beating the congestion challenge.Working together, shippers and NS can find the answers to some critical questions:

Topics: Rail Logistics

Overcoming Rail Logistics Congestion in the Chemical Industry

As shale gas becomes a game-changer for the US chemicals industry it will, in all likelihood, promote growth within the chemicals market. However, the negative side of this change is that it is also slated to become a significant factor in constricting transportation capacity, with shale oil and fracking materials consuming rail cars and tank trucks.

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