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Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, CSX to use new freight scheduling platform

By | January 19, 2022

Blume Global system aims to increase collaboration, visibility

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Logo of technology firm Blume GlobalPLEASANTON, Calif. — Supply-chain technology firm Blume Global has announced a collaborative information platform to coordinate cross-country shipments. Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, and CSX will be partners in the end-to-end freight scheduler, intended to allow shippers and intermodal firms to synchronize shipments across railroads.

“Coordination among railroads is essential, Seana Fairchild, assistant vice president of premium marketing at Union Pacific, said in a press release. “Utilizing a neutral platform that encourages further collaboration … will influence the future of all cargo deliveries. At Union Pacific, we are eager to deploy this intelligence as a means to meet increasingly higher demands from our customers.”

The scheduling platform and Blume asset management will track details of shipments and interchange, the company says, with the ability to catch missing interchange points and improve future deliveries.

“Consistency and accuracy of service are critical to our customers, and this platform helps by improving the visibility of their cross-country rail freight shipments,” said Jeffrey Heller, vice president of intermodal and automotive at Norfolk Southern.

Pervinder Johar, CEO of Blume Global, said, “This free solution enables better cooperation among railroads and their [intermodal marketing] customers, making sure freight is flowing on the rails as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

8 thoughts on “Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, CSX to use new freight scheduling platform

  1. Gotta love the term “free”. Unless Blume Global is a non-profit, charitable firm, the use of this platform is not “free”.

  2. Anyone who has ever shipped freight in the EMP/UMAX pool already uses the Blume platform to book a container. Blume is just unsiloing data between teh rails for better visibility.

  3. A) wonder why these “technology companies that happen to run trains” haven’t jointly developed something like this on their own?

    B) you can have all the awesome whizz-bang technology you want, but if the RR doesn’t pick up, move, & deliver your junk, without it sitting somewhere for days, what good is it other than to “see” your load of junk is stuck somewhere?

  4. Michael it is probably “free” like our Covid test kits and masks that are coming, hopefully not by rail or through LA.

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