Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Cando digital platform increases rail supply chain visibility

Steve Rogerson
February 19, 2019

Canadian company Cando Rail Services has released Quasar, a digital platform designed to increase productivity and supply chain visibility, optimise rail networks, and reduce time and costs for shippers, rail transportation managers, railyard staff and logistics managers.
Cando demonstrated Quasar to potential customers at this month’s Cargo Logistics Canada Expo & Conference in Vancouver.
With more than 40 years' experience specialising in rail services and optimising supply chain networks, Cando saw the need for improved technology to help companies move products efficiently and at lower costs.
"The future of supply chain management has arrived," said Cando's CEO Brian Cornick. "Our customers can now easily track the location and movement of their assets in real time, from origin to destination, and beyond, anytime, from any device. This is a huge step forward."
Quasar's platform includes yard management and shipment visibility applications, as well as components for car storage, activity-based costing, metrics, analytics, and predictive and prescriptive analytics.
"In a complex, globalised, digital economy, the supply chain of yesterday is not up to the task of meeting shifting demand and increasingly complex digital supply chain networks," said Corrie Banks, director of logistics at Cando. "We need new solutions to position Canada in the digital supply chain of the future. We have a product that we believe will play a significant role in the future of the digital supply chain. Feedback from customers testing Quasar has been extremely positive."
Established in 1978, Cando Rail Services helps its customers optimise their bulk material supply chains at more than 30 locations across North America, providing rail services including industrial switching, material handling, logistics, terminal and transload services, mechanical services, railcar storage, and engineering and track services.