Let’s look at the facts – the percentage of supply chain managers using new analytics tools and services to develop better bidding strategies has increased from 17% in 2017 to more than 30% in 2020.1 As the ability to strategize bidding continues to improve and keep shippers competitive, that number will continue to grow. Soon, it’ll almost be a guarantee that if you’re not leveraging modern data analytics properly, you’re losing money or leaving it on the table. So, what are your competitors getting from modern data and analytics solutions that you’re missing out on?
Choosing the right TMS is a critical part of every chemical shipper’s transportation network. Modern TMS provides advanced visibility into your day-to-day transportation operations and documentation that ensures your chemical freight gets to your customers on time. The right TMS makes it easier, more efficient, and cost-effective to track, manage, and optimize logistics operations across all modes and provide the right level of visibility to all parties.
You’re likely familiar with a 2PL or 3PL, but now, we often see the term 4PL used throughout the industry. Sometimes you’ll see both 4PL and Managed Transportation Services used together or interchangeably to describe similar services. Even here at CLX Logistics, we provide 4PL services to many of our clients. So, what does it mean, exactly?
In the world of transportation and logistics, the chemical industry is a bit unique. The biggest differences come from the need for highly specialized containers to safely transport chemical freight, and the extensive regulations chemicals must comply with for transportation. Fortunately, these challenges can be solved with a combination of tools and techniques that not only address the problem but introduce significant potential to save time and money across your supply chain. The strategy as a whole revolves around intermodal transportation and the use of BulkTainer ISO tanks.
This blog looks at the key challenges of chemical logistics, leveraging intermodal transportation, and how BulkTainer ISO tanks fit in to streamline the whole process.
Each year, bulk truck and mode managers, transportation managers, and executives develop budgets to address new or different needs – but 2020 was unimaginably volatile, and 2021 has shown little signs of settling. Around the world, COVID-19 continues to strain driver capacity, the demand for chemical products continues to rise, and opportunities for supply chain improvement are increasingly difficult to forecast. A complete understanding of how your procurement process compares with other chemical manufacturers and their partners is key to developing efficient transportation strategies.
Whether you need to report on supply chain performance or identify sources of value within existing operations, it’s never been a better time to benchmark and bid your carrier rates. Our new Case Study, Achieving Chemical Supply Chain Optimization with CLX LaneLogix, shows how CLX Logistics implemented LaneLogix to help a Dutch multinational chemical company transform its global supply chain to enable continuous optimizations.
Big data and predictive transportation analytics are transforming the supply chain industry in incredible ways. More and more, transportation companies are considering predictive analytics a crucial component of doing business. As the global transportation and logistics market continues to grow, new complexities such as health-related closures, capacity issues, global regulatory changes, and other factors drive shippers to seek better solutions.
Intermodal is a term we see all the time in freight and supply chain logistics, but what does it actually mean? It’s pretty simple – intermodal transportation uses two or more modes or carriers to transport freight from shipper to consignee. This shipping strategy began in 18th century England, and in the 1950s, the steel intermodal transportation container was standardized based on design specifications from the US DoD. Today’s intermodal containers often include further specializations, such as CLX Bulktainers for liquid chemicals, allowing carriers to transport liquid chemicals between trucks, trains, and ships without handling any actual cargo. When considering different strategies, shippers want to balance cost and service, and intermodal is often an effective solution to meeting those goals.
Our intermodal shipping containers specialize in bulk ISO tanks and our large fleet is ready to transport your bulk liquid chemicals. We provide this intermodal transportation solution from the shipper’s plant to the consignee—with comprehensive tracking and monitoring—all on a single bill of lading. As the leader in global chemical supply chain management, CLX Logistics knows what it takes to safely transport large quantities of liquid chemical products. Our global fluency and international presence enable us to optimize the transportation of chemical products and compositions to locations around the world quickly and safely. With extensive international transportation management and logistics experience and state-of-the-art strategies and equipment, we simplify processes, enhance supply chain efficiency, and reduce costs for our partners. To help our customers, we have created an ISO Tank Capacity Guide to help with your Intermodal needs.
One of the most efficient ways to optimize a chemical supply chain logistics strategy from top to bottom is through proper planning, analysis, and smart decision-making in the procurement, bidding, and benchmarking process. With this guide, we look at the major steps involved, offer key insights from the experts at CLX Logistics, and help you enhance the efficiency of your supply chains while reducing spend.
The transportation of chemicals comes with significant financial, environmental, and health-related risks. That’s why the US and other countries have robust laws and regulations in place to ensure proper safety precautions and regulations are strictly followed. Around the world, hazardous materials regulations change frequently, and experienced 4PLs have to be diligent about staying up to date on those changes. Our Infographic: Achieve Chemical Compliance Quickly & Effectively is an excellent resource for chemical manufacturers to learn how to keep up!
It’s critical for chemical manufacturers to partner with a 4PL that specializes in, understands, and complies with the regulations and responsibilities set by the federal government. Today, we’re going back to the basics with a quick look at the various types of HAZMAT Classes defined by the FMCSA.