January 15, 2016
This week, KCS participated in the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) meeting in Lombard, Ill. In addition to hosting a customer dinner during the three-day meeting, KCS president Pat Ottensmeyer was the luncheon speaker addressing supply chain protection in an uncertain market.
In his talk, Ottensmeyer noted the variety of supply chain issues highlighted in recent national and trade media, stemming from the ever-changing capacity issues in well-established import and export channels, port congestion, economic uncertainty, the strength of the U.S. Dollar, growing inventories or variability of commodity markets. All of these are factors that contribute to the need for new and different strategies for supply chain protection. He also illustrated how KCS can provide its customers with supply chain protection with the network’s strategic position in the heart of North America; efficient connections to all other major railroads, unique cross-border franchise, access to 12 Gulf ports and one Pacific port, service to 11 intermodal terminals, co-location with about 140 transload centers and connections to 48 short-line partners. In addition to its network position, KCS boasts excellent service, security and a commitment to investing capital in its infrastructure to grow capacity and enhance the safety of the operation.
Ottensmeyer concluded by saying, “Global distribution is essential and multiple shipping options provide supply chain protection. Now is the time to plan for the rapidly-approaching changes. The KCS network in North America is well-positioned and ready to provide customers the supply chain protection they need.”
MARS members come from the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The organization’s objective is to provide an open forum for resolving transportation and car supply problems, coupled with programs designed to educate and inform the membership in areas of railroad operating practices, new innovations in transportation and legislative matters. Members meet each year in January and July.