Rail Logistics Consulting

Surface Transportation Logistics with PLG

PLG’s Rail Consulting Solutions help you meet your customer demands

For over 20 years, PLG Consulting has been providing expert rail logistics, design, operations, and strategy consulting for a wide range of clients. We have the most experienced team in the field of freight rail consulting. Our know-how covers all aspects of rail transportation including commercial operations, engineering and design, costing, feasibility analysis, and economics.

PLG Consulting is dedicated to delivering breakthrough results and sustainable growth for rail shippers, railroads, and investors.

Who We Serve

Railroads

Railroads benefit from thorough market analysis and economic due diligence to navigate and thrive in the transportation sector.

Rail Shippers

Rail shippers manage transportation procurement, optimize railcar fleets, and design engineering for efficient plant site logistics.

Investors

PLG specializes in rail-focused due diligence services, offering expertise in rail investments that cover carriers, service providers, and asset entities. PLG provides comprehensive market analysis and strategic evaluations to pinpoint opportunities and implement safe, secure, and effective post-deal strategies, thus mitigating risks within the sector.

Our Services

COMPREHENSIVE RAIL ASSESSMENTS

Utilizing our specific and unique experience and expertise, we have conducted thorough rail rate analysis and benchmarking to help shipper clients negotiate billions of dollars worth of rail transportation contracts, ensuring the long-term economic viability of production sites as well as competitive freight rates to end-use destinations.

INDUSTRY BENCHMARKING

Through industry benchmarking, PLG provides your business with insights through ‘Voice of the Customer’ research. We thoroughly analyze products, markets, and competitors to identify opportunities for future growth while remaining competitive and optimizing position. 

RAILCAR FLEET OPTIMIZATION

Assisting with the procurement and leasing of thousands of railcars, PLG Consulting helps you get the most out of your rail fleet operations. We have helped with commercial RFPs, mechanical specifications, pre-lease inspections, ad valorem reporting, fleet sizing, railcar storage, and technology systems for the efficient use of assets.

LOGISTICS PROCUREMENT

Leverage PLG’s expertise to create a winning business strategy and positioning with rail carriers. We analyze rail rates, commodity markets, and competitor pricing to ensure your operations are efficient and sustainable. PLG has a track record of negotiating large-scale contracts with confidence to control costs and increase leverage.

SUPPLY CHAIN DESIGN

Site selection mastery combined with rail expertise maximizes upfront investments and supply chain operations. PLG Consulting’s unique strength is the ability to develop multiple mode and carrier competitive options for shipper clients while cultivating “win-win” long-term relationships between our shipper clients and rail carriers.

FAQs

We have numerous experts, including the firm’s founder, who are veterans of several North American Class I railroads. In addition to that background, we also have one of the best rail design engineering teams in the industry as well as numerous experts who have managed the rail supply chains for some of the largest rail shippers in the world.
Understanding a shipper’s end-to-end supply chain is critical in right-sizing railcar fleets to account for a myriad of variables, including cycle times, inventory requirements, railroad vs. shipper-supplied equipment, and railcar mechanical specifications. Assisting with the procurement and leasing of thousands of railcars, PLG Consulting helps you get the most out of your rail fleet operations.
In every rail design and engineering project, we always ensure that the design comes with a highly efficient operating plan. Those operating plans also include successful commercial and operational interfaces with the serving rail carrier(s). Ultimately, we improve your supply chain performance for better outcomes with thorough rail rate analysis and benchmarking.

Our Rail Insights

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