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 Railway Software Becoming Increasingly Popular in Logistics

Rail transport software is increasingly used to improve fleet management, track railcar maintenance and repairs, and view rail transportation data.

Software for Rail Transport Managers

Advanced software enables rail managers to view freight charges, shipper data, railcar movements, and shipment records. There are capabilities for equipment management that allow managers to store and view maintenance records, track and monitor maintenance costs, and schedule repair works. Software solutions also come with functionalities to help keep managers updated on fuel surcharges and charges, tariff changes, and contracts. Additional capabilities make it possible to store and access historical transit times, track shipments, and view logs and jeopardized deliveries. Rail software also helps monitor for off-route cars, bad orders, delayed and stationary railcars, and invoice errors.

Software solutions are also available to factory rail operators and intermodal linear service operators to help with scheduling and planning, rail logistics, train switching, and train disposition and formation.

Railway Software in Logistics


Software for Logistics Services Providers

Freight forwarders throughout Europe increasingly use software that enables them to plan and process shipments. They benefit from solutions that help them to keep track of assignments and check container and wagon capacity. Advanced functionalities allow businesses to monitor deadlines, equipment usage, and dates.

Many businesses also use multi-transport software for rail, sea, truck, and air freight and roundtrip tracking. Services providers are offered multiple functionalities for truckload management, export and import management, customer management, and shipment tracking. Added functionalities help businesses with load optimization, routing and scheduling, driver management, and dispatch management. Integrated software systems can be used on different mobile and desktop platforms, including Windows, web app, and Android. They are used by enterprises, agencies, small and medium enterprises, and startups.

Other multifunctional software systems feature capabilities for statistical evaluations, freight billing, transport planning, and order management. Advanced functionalities enable services providers to track intermodal transportation, monitor vehicle utilization, and record freight data. Users have access to details such as tour structures, messages, status feedbacks, shipping times, orders, and plenty more.

Intermodal solutions have multiple functionalities for rail and road transport that help businesses control the entire supply chain. Integrated transport solutions for rail and road shipments, for example, feature functionalities such as digital claim and order management, multi-country and inter-company support, and route intelligence. Additional capabilities allow for route optimization, real-time traffic monitoring, and intercity retail logistics. Logistics services providers also benefit from advanced features for capacity and load management, multi-modal planning, and carbon dioxide calculation based on maut, height, and other truck properties.

There are also features for packing exchange, including exchange and administration and registration of packings. Multimodal transport software solutions also feature finance functionalities for credit and debit checks, automated e-billing and invoicing, revenue calculation, and profit and loss pre-calculation. Finally, intermodal software comes with capabilities for quality and service management, control delegation, and dossier and data sharing. These features help improve event and workflow management, minimize supply chain costs, and improve cost visibility and transparency and risk management.