Progressive Railroading: KCS enlists Commtrex to boost supply-chain efficiency

Kansas City Southern announced today that it has engaged Commtrex to enhance the visibility and connectivity of its network of more than 100 transload facilities in the United States and Mexico using Commtrex's platform.

The new relationship with Commtrex comes at a time of increasingly complex and volatile global supply chains, capacity constraints, labor shortages, rising transportation costs and growing trade throughout North America due to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, KCS officials said in a press release.

Located in 19 U.S. and Mexican states, KCS' transload facilities handle food and agricultural commodities, bulk materials, chemicals, paper and forest products, steel and other metals.

The Commtrex platform enables shippers to search for transload centers by location, commodities handled, services provided and other parameters to develop their freight-rail options.

Close to one-third of Commtrex’s 2,300 members are rail-served shippers.