Get More From Your Chemical Logistics Program

With more challenges, regulations, and options than ever before, chemical manufacturers struggle to maintain their global chemical logistics operations at maximum efficiency without increasing costs. Suppose you need to transport your products by rail across the country, where they’re then dispersed to a variety of different customers in different states throughout the region. How do you keep track of appointments, carriers, and loading sites for all of your shipments and ensure each customer is taken care of?

Most companies that specialize in chemical manufacturing don’t have decades of experience in developing chemical transportation and supply chain strategies. So finding the right partner is critical to ensuring smooth operations and avoiding rising costs.

In our case study, Optimizing Chemical Transportation Logistics, we look at the goals of an industry-leading chemical producer and explore the steps CLX Logistics took to help achieve them.

Identify Potential Areas of Improvement

Once a chemical provider reaches a certain size, they’ll start to face challenges in their supply chain. Processes become overly complex, and costs can swell among all of the deliveries that leave your transload stations.

Our chemical manufacturing client (the Company) had two core goals:

  1. Simplify processes
  2. Reduce operational costs

The Company partnered with CLX Logistics to identify specific areas of opportunity within their supply chain to make shipping easier for themselves, their carriers, and their customers, and reduce costs through efficiency and intelligent optimizations.

Implement Forward-Thinking Strategies Into Your Supply Chain

We wanted to deliver improvements to the Company’s operation as quickly as possible. By leveraging our extensive chemical supply chain experience, modern data analytics strategies, and practical, working knowledge of the industry, the Company and its customers experienced a difference right away.

The key to exceeding expectations is clear communication. With weekly delivery schedule updates, we made seamless adjustments to accommodate the needs of the Company and their own customers, handle special requests, and assist with any unforeseen challenges. A few of the critical areas of support we provided include:

  • Appointment booking
  • Carrier booking
  • Loading site designation

With open lines of communication between all parties, schedules can be kept, and partnerships become stronger and more efficient.

Chemical logistics is a 24/7 operation, so service wouldn’t be complete without prompt, 24/7 customer support. No matter when a need arises, your chemical logistics specialist has to be prepared to act quickly and effectively to maintain schedules and costs, and stay ahead of unforeseen snags before they can cause problems.

Make Smart Optimizations to Your Chemical Logistics Operation

Over the first 6 months of the partnership between the Company and CLX Logistics, they optimized and successfully completed 170 shipments to customers throughout the Northeastern US. Download our case study, Optimizing Chemical Transportation Logistics to learn more about how CLX Logistics helped the Company, and how we can do the same for your company through global transportation management, modern technology, and comprehensive supply chain consulting services.

TMS Strategy in Volatile Times: Where You Should Be & How to Get There

By Mike Skinner, VP, CLX Logistics

We’re currently in one of the most volatile freight markets in the past 20 years. 2018 was brutal for shippers with the demand/supply equation heavily favoring carriers. 2019 brought a dramatic swing back in favor of shippers as capacity loosened. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, dry van capacity was at a premium. As of this writing, carriers are actively looking to deploy idle trucks. By early 2021 as the economy rebounds and carriers have departed a depressed market, under-prepared shippers will again have trouble getting loads covered.

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Outsourcing Tank Truck Logistics for Optimal Results

Chemical manufacturers and suppliers around the world face a sea of choices when it comes to shipping carriers. Rather than reading countless lists and guides of all the things you can do to navigate your carrier options, why not let the experts take care of it for you?

By outsourcing your tank truck logistics to the right partner, you achieve faster route optimization, more efficient service for your customers, and more value for your time and money. In this blog, we’re looking at the support structures and benefits that come from outsourcing tank truck logistics to the right provider.

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7 Ways to Control Transportation Spend

For chemical logistics practitioners, 2020 is proving to be an especially interesting year for managing transportation spend, performance, and market capacity. The global challenges introduced by the spread of COVID-19, including shutdowns, workplace adjustments, and political and social tensions, demand that logistics experts are more flexible and knowledgeable than ever before. With the right global chemical logistics strategies, the right 4PL partner can find effective solutions that keep your shipping lanes fully functional without breaking the bank.

In this blog, we’re exploring 7 ways chemical logistics practitioners can keep their transportation spend under control. 

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Rail transport service update: Norfolk Southern & BNSF

As the fallout from COVID-19 continues to dominate the transportation landscape, CLX Logistics remains focused on the health and well being of our employees while maintaining full operational support to our customers. Our employees continue to operate from home with a limited number of employees voluntarily working in the office now that Southeastern Pennsylvania has moved to a yellow phase. Utilizing our technological capabilities and state-of-the-art systems we continue to be able to focus all of our attention on monitoring supply chains and effectively keeping all shipments moving as needed.

As detailed last month, our Rail Fleet Management and Operations department in the Global Transport division has continued to find success in the new work environment. With rail transportation volumes remaining steady in comparison to other modes of transportation, we have seen little change in how we operate.

We remain in constant contact with customers and railroads to stay up to date on the latest information available and sharing it with you here. Today’s entry covers updates for two more large rail operators in North America: Norfolk Southern and BNSF.

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5 Best Practices for Chemical Logistics Success in Times of Crisis

For chemical manufacturers, knowing what you don’t know about your transportation process can be your greatest asset. With every US state and many countries around the world implementing work and travel restrictions, it’s more vital than ever to minimize unknowns and gain complete control over your shipping process, essential data, and your decision points.

Chemical companies have to partner with third-party logistics providers that can develop customized programs tailored to their industry.

We’ve identified 5 best practices for chemical logistics success with some updates for 2020. Learn about these best practices, and then get expert tips for putting them into action.

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Take Control of Your Logistics Spending With CLX Gravity™

Do you ever wish for a better picture of exactly how much you’re spending on transportation?

With so many disparate systems, it takes a serious commitment of time and effort to get all your data sources and reporting tools working in concert. To maximize the continual optimization of your spend, you need a single analytics platform that improves transportation visibility by combining data from all your various internal systems and transportation management system.

In this blog, we look at how CLX Gravity™ makes transportation spending more transparent for your company with clear, actionable insights.

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Rail Transport Service Update: CN Railway & Union Pacific – 5/18/2020

At CLX Logistics, the health of our employees remains our top focus. Our dedicated team is in full operation under our Business Continuity Plan to provide our customers with complete support throughout this unprecedented time. Leveraging our technological capabilities and state-of-the-art systems, all of our employees are working from home without missing a beat in any mode of transport.

Our Rail Fleet Management and Operations department in the Global Transport division has been particularly successful amidst current challenges, as all major rail lines continue to operate fluidly. Rail transportation volumes haven’t been impacted as severely as other modes of transportation, but there are some decreases in usage due to the shutdown of many nonessential manufacturers and industries.

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New Case Study: Journey Towards Continuous Improvement

Logistics, transportation, and supply chain management plans and strategies can always be updated to suit the ever-changing needs of your organization, your partners, and your suppliers. CLX Logistics was selected by a global chemical Company to implement continuous transportation improvement projects domestically and internationally.

Our Case Study: Journey Towards Continuous Improvement takes a closer look at how our analysts use best practice experience in analytics and continuous improvement to drive real change in logistics performance with our client.

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CLX Logistics Offers Priority Discounted Shipping for Medical Device Manufacturers

Despite the challenges we’re all facing with the ongoing spread of COVID-19, CLX Logistics continues to adapt our operational and business capabilities to serve the needs of our clients worldwide.

CLX Logistics is committed to assisting clients immediately with full-service transportation and logistics capabilities, including:

  • International Freight Forwarding
  • Customs Clearance / FDA Compliance
  • Air Freight
  • Domestic Trucking and Last-Mile Delivery

At this time, our priority is the safe transportation of medical devices and equipment. Discounted rates are now available to medical device and equipment manufacturers.

High-priority shipments include:

  • Medical Supplies
  • Sanitizing Agents and Food-Grade Solvents
  • Ventilating Equipment
  • Pharmaceuticals

Contact us at MedicalAid@clxlogistics.com to discuss your immediate transportation needs.

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