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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How to Ensure Your Global Supply Chain Is Completely Optimized

by Neal Rothchild, International Sales Manager

A global supply chain is the process that facilitates the flow of raw materials and finished goods from one point on the map to another. This includes supplier product of inventory planning, availability, transportation, and total spend.  Sounds straightforward, but it’s not always simple.

Foreign governments, regulatory agencies, and world events greatly influence the flow of the global supply chain.  Supply and demand also plays a pivotal role.  Most recently, tariffs, trade agreements and now pandemics, are dominating the world of global trade.

These factors, as we are now seeing in real-time, are having consequence in supply chain performance. Fortunately, professional global supply chain management specialists are available to help supply chains of any scope and size overcome these challenges.

In this article, we’re looking at the benefits of working with a dedicated global supply chain management specialist for your international logistics and transportation needs.

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Coronavirus – Important Update from CLX Logistics

On behalf of the CLX Logistics team, we wanted to proactively reach out to you and let you know about the Continuity Policies & Procedures that CLX is implementing as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  CLX is focused on the safety of our employees and ensuring our customers are well supported through this time.

CLX Logistics continues to monitor the situation closely, should there be a need for CLX offices to close as a result of COVID-19, we have several systems and processes in place to ensure we are able to provide our customers with uninterrupted service.  For starters, CLX staff are equipped with laptops and tablets, and CLX maintains a robust VPN that will allow staff to work remotely. Additionally, our phone systems are configured to allow for call forwarding, so staff will be reachable during normal business hours.

Updates will be made public via email, social media and the CLXLogistics.com website as they are available.  Should you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact CLX Logistics at info@CLXLogistics.com or 1.800.288.4851

It is our privilege to serve you and thank you for your trust. We remain committed to doing our very best to care for your business, our team members, and the community during this evolving situation.

Respectfully,

David Vieira
Chief Executive Officer
CLX Logistics, LLC

Exploring the Intricacies of Logistics in International Trade

As the world becomes more interconnected than ever, companies will need to adopt effective international logistics and supply chain strategies. But shipping internationally is an entirely different beast compared to domestic shipping. International logistics services involve shipping cargo through a variety of mediums between countries without the cargo being directly affected at any point in its journey. CLX Logistics has forged solid partnerships around the globe to offer unprecedented safety, speed, and dependability for our planning and logistics solutions for international trade.

In this blog, we’re taking a closer look at the key elements of logistics in international trade and supply chain management.
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Manufacturing is Slowing Down: Will Your Supply Chain Lead or Lag?

There are a lot of questions about the U.S. economy right now, as different trade and tariff bills are proposed, and laws are set in motion. The most recent data from the Institute for Supply Chain Management, show that manufacturing production, including chemical manufacturing, is slowing down. The Purchasing Managers’ Index is currently at 52.1%, which is slightly down from what it was in April.

As this number nears closer to 50, red flags of a possible recession are beginning to raise. It’s important at times like this, for manufacturers and supply chain executives alike, to understand the factors that are impacting production—because we’ve seen this before: when the winds change, companies either prevail as leaders or fail as laggards. So, in this blog, we’ll discuss the factors contributing to slowed manufacturing production and their impact on transportation and logistics.

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5 transportation Procurement & Benchmarking Trends to Keep Costs Down in 2019

The year 2018 was challenging for shippers in all industries, including chemical, due to capacity constraints in the marketplace that inflated costs. The convergence of high costs, limited capacity, emphasis on timely delivery and demand for greater supply chain visibility, made it a problematic year for shippers and carriers alike. So, what happens after a year like that?

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The 3PL Freight Brokerage Basics

A freight broker is very different from a third-party logistics (3PL) provider that offers freight brokerage services. In more ways than one, a 3PL can offer a speedier and more reliable route for solving urgent shipping issues than a broker and support you through a trusted network of high-quality carriers. Understanding the difference between 3PL freight brokerage services and freight broker services will help you make a more educated choice when you need something shipped fast.

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Carrier Roadblocks and Ways to Bypass the Barriers [Infographic]

Small and large trucking companies find themselves in a changing industrial, political and economic climate that’s having adverse effects on overall performance and bottom-line earnings. Let’s explore the particulars of the issue, then learn how to combat the challenges with a single decision.

  • An aging workforce and a high turnover rate have led to a severe driver shortage. The problem won’t be easily solved as low national unemployment makes replacement hires difficult, while an aging workforce means the problem will only intensify.
  • Even with fewer workers, carriers still have to do more work: the ELD Mandate and the Food Modernization Safety Act have increased regulations and liabilities, leading to a drop in productivity and distance traveled.
  • And even though these challenges demand increased spend, the price of doing business is already skyrocketing. A spike in insurance has created anywhere between a five to double-digit cost increase for carriers, and the price of fuel has increased by 50 percent since 2016.1
  • Despite these challenges, consumers expect superior service, demanding delivery transparency and refusing to pay extra for anything less than two-day shipping, while the increasing cost of technology demands greater spend overall.

This series of challenges can seem like an impossible knot to untie. Trying to solve one issue might only make another issue worse. But it’s possible to meet all these challenges with a single decision­—partnering with a 3PL.

A 3PL provides the solution by efficiently and comprehensively tackling these challenges. With a 3PL, trucking companies benefit from

  • enhanced scalability
  • next-level technology
  • greater access to resources
  • reinforced financial stability
  • increased safety

To find out how a 3PL clears away the obstacles facing modern carriers, review the infographic, Carrier Roadblocks and Ways to Bypass the Barriers.

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[Infographic] Capacity Crisis of 2018: Cause & Effect

The economy, the weather, new industry regulations—it seems as though today’s shippers have had everything going against them, including nature itself, as they tried to navigate 2017 and move on to see success this year. And these issues have only compounded to cause a truck capacity shortage that has caused even more damage to shippers’ bottom lines with effects that continue to impact business.

So where has the capacity crunch come from and how can shippers take steps now to come out on top as we enter 2019? A steadily climbing economy, increasing holiday sales, colder temperatures, an aging driver force and the introduction and enforcement of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate have all led to a shortage of drivers and a loss in trucking capacity, which together make shippers unable to effectively meet the increased demand for their services and effectively bleed into other aspects of the logistics industry. Shippers can start to address these changes by working to strengthen their relationships with carriers, by obtaining private or dedicated fleets for captive, reliable capacity and by converting truck shipments to other modes of transportation, such as intermodal transportation or rail. It’s also a smart idea to start tapping into the resources of 3PL carrier networks to gain access to more carriers and better rates.

The infographic below provides a great overview of the main causes and tangible effects of the capacity crunch hitting shippers in 2018 and helps reframe the situation with more details on the four ways shippers can take action to protect their bottom line in the years to come. If your organization is taking a bit hit from these market forces, take time to consider the four strategies you can employ to fight the capacity crunch and invest in your long-term success.

Are you interested in chatting more about capacity crunch or capacity management services? Contact CLX Logistics today to learn how our vast carrier network can alleviate your capacity issues.

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