Managing Supply Chain Disruption

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Presenter: Robert Skarzynski, Chief Executive Officer - Standard Rail
Air Date: October 13, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm EDT

​In this webinar, Rob discusses how COVID-19 has affected the rail supply chain and what shippers can do to prepare for the next supply chain disruption. 

A rail-centric perspective on preparing for and managing supply chain disruption. 

Topics discussed in this webinar include:
- Revisiting the initial shock caused by the onset of the pandemic and government-mandated lockdowns.
- Upcoming challenges rail equipment users can expect in the next few years.
- How volatility in commodity prices and labour shortages might affect your rail supply chain.


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About the facilitator: 

Robert Skarzynski, Chief Executive Officer - Standard Rail

Fortunately, I stumbled into the railroad industry in 2011 and have been hooked since. What fascinates me about the rail industry is the endless depth that will undoubtedly keep me occupied for years to come.

It all started when I got a job as a track labourer on a shortline railroad in Winnipeg, Manitoba. My unbridled enthusiasm quickly lead me through a series of roles with increasing responsibilities; from track worker, to transload supervisor, to a position at an environmental company that responded to and cleaned up train derailments. By the age of 24, I managed all the resources for the derailment response and clean up in the Saskatchewan region.

Things came off the rails (pun intended!) in 2016 when I left my role as Operations Manager and entered the exciting world of entrepreneurship and started a railcar service company, my goal is to provide services to railcar shippers and owners in Western Canada.

The railcar service niche we targeted began to bear fruit and by 2018, after many ups and downs, I had achieved my goal and I am happy to report Standard Rail is adding value to railcar shippers, owners, repair shops, and shortlines all over North America.