CSX CTO: Customer Collaboration Helps Drive Service Improvements And Growth
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 22, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cindy Sanborn, CSX (NYSE:
CSX) vice president and chief transportation officer, today told the
RailTrends annual conference in New York City that a stronger focus on
customer collaboration and improved utilization of key resources such as
locomotives and rail cars are contributing to the company's ability to respond
effectively to market changes.
"Growth in our merchandise and intermodal sectors – the most service-sensitive
parts of our business – means that the dual goal of focusing on asset
utilization while gathering customer feedback is imperative to continue
delivering the high levels of service to which they are accustomed," Sanborn
CSX's dynamic resource planning model, which improves the capability to deploy
locomotives and rail cars, has helped drive ongoing productivity savings.
Those savings, along with a 6 percent gain in merchandise and intermodal
business since 2011, have helped offset a 21 percent decline in coal volume
during that period. Sanborn shared the example of improved planning for
dynamic locomotive utilization, which is expected to create $20 million alone
in productivity savings in 2013. CSX is on track to exceed $150 million in
total productivity savings this year.
In addition to productivity savings, CSX is creating value through programs
like Service Excellence, which emphasizes customer engagement and service
execution at all levels of the organization. With the help of customer input,
the company is improving railcar utilization, transit times and real-time
customer communication, supporting better planning for both customers and CSX.
"Superior service and coordination help set a foundation for our long-term
growth," Sanborn said. "Our customer satisfaction levels are at an all-time
high, and we continue to focus on using our assets more efficiently and
incorporating customer feedback to achieve our company-wide goal of being the
safest, most progressive railroad, relentless in the pursuit of customer and
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It
provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions
to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial,
construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years,
CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and
industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in
the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population
resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70
ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming
towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is
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