What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter into the logistics and/or rail industry? What advice should they ignore? (Jim Blaze)

Jim Blaze

Actually, logistics skills should help any of the railroad companies develop selling and marketing communications directly with the customers' TMS inventory systems. That is still a lacking railroad capability. The danger is that not every officer in a Class I railroad executive suite fully comprehends how those digital-age tools can be valuable when in a cost-control-centric executive mindset.

You'll need to pick carefully which of the big seven are fully committed to what is going to change now that the low hanging fruit of PSR changes have occurred. I fear that at some of the railroads, a young hire might become frustrated early on. I'd like to be wrong. But that is my warning.