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    Expect Shipment Delays Due to Unprecedented Weather Conditions

    By Stephen Hamilton Managing Director CLX Logistics clxlogistics.com Blame Mother Nature. Severe weather conditions over the past two months are causing significant network transportation obstructions across the country. We are seeing a combination of scenarios where trucks are rerouted onto...
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    A Pragmatic Guide To Managing Transportation Costs

    Let’s try a quick word association. What comes to mind when you hear “transportation costs”? For many of you, the immediate thought will be “carrier rates”. It’s a valid response, but; unfortunately, it is also one that can reveal a limited point of view about the best way to manage those...
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    Your Supply Chain is Only as Strong as the Weakest Link: Leveraging Internal Talent

    As the economic recovery continues, companies are, again, looking toward growth and expansion. The years of stagnation or retrenchment, however, forced many chemical shippers to reduce staff and limit investment in associate development. As a result, a growing gap now exists between business...
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    Lasting Values: What Every Professional Should Bring on the Job

    By Mike Challman, Vice President, North American Operations, ChemLogix, LLC When I was a younger man, I developed and, then, refined over the years a simple list of tenets to guide my personal and professional life. As I’ve grown as a leader, I’ve seen clearly how these principles yield a very...
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    Seven Questions to Determine If Your Logistics Provider is a “True Professional”

    What are the risks of assuming that any third-party logistics company can efficiently and safely manage your freight activity? Many people might just assume that all transportation modes and services are basically the same thing. The equipment looks similar, doesn’t it? Trucks travel on the...
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    Are You Getting The Most From Your 3PL?

    3PLs typically offer a range of important supply chain management services that support customers’ daily transportation operations including: o Shipment information tracking o Accurate billing o International shipment bookings o Warehouse and carrier coordination But you should expect more...
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    Are You Getting The Most From Your 3PL?

    3PLs typically offer a range of important supply chain management services that support customers’ daily transportation operations including: o Shipment information tracking o Accurate billing o International shipment bookings o Warehouse and carrier coordination But you should expect more...
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    TMS Mobile Applications Get Us Closer to Meeting the Rubber on the Road

    Online applications for mobile devices are emerging in ways that can finally close or reduce many of the information gaps in the supply chain between Transportation Planning, the Shipping/Receiving dock, customers, and even Accounts Payable. These mobile applications are enabling shippers to...
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    Having Shipping Capacity Issues? Consider Obtaining Volume Where Capacity Already Exi

    Limited truck driver and asset availability is shrinking shipping capacity for many chemical manufacturers. Noel Perry, an FTR senior consultant, noted that the industry is several hundred thousand drivers short of raising capacity to meet demand. Some chemical shippers simply take the route...
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    Do Your Carriers Find Your Freight Attractive?

    Next year, the market will still experience a shortage of carriers for freight transport. While a modest 3 percent growth is forecasted for trucking this year and into 2012, Noel Perry, a FTR senior consultant, notes that capacity might be enough to maintain freight rates but not to replace...
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    Do Your Carriers Find Your Freight Attractive?

    Next year, the market will still experience a shortage of carriers for freight transport. While a modest 3 percent growth is forecasted for trucking this year and into 2012, Noel Perry, a FTR senior consultant, notes that capacity might be enough to maintain freight rates but not to replace...
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    Is Intermodal Right For You?

    Capacity and driver shortages plague the over-the-road (OTR) trucking sector, prompting shippers to consider the merits of other transportation modes. Intermodal freight shipping combines the resources of different transportation modes, such as trucking and rail, to move products from...
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    Is Intermodal Right For You?

    Capacity and driver shortages plague the over-the-road (OTR) trucking sector, prompting shippers to consider the merits of other transportation modes. Intermodal freight shipping combines the resources of different transportation modes, such as trucking and rail, to move products from...
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    Shorter Cash-To Cash-Cycles Ensure Chemical Shippers Have Money as Econoy Improves

    As the economy improves, chemical shipments will be on the rise. Companies that had held onto cash will start to address capital expenditures and investments put on hold until recession conditions improved. Now is the time for companies to evaluate their cash to cash cycles to ensure cash flow...
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    Importers and Exporters Face Difficult Challenges with Ocean Freight

    Ocean freight rate management is a becoming ever more challenging for importers and exporters, especially smaller-sized shippers. Frequent changes to ocean freight rates due to market conditions as well as bunker price changes make it more difficult for shippers to accurately price products to...
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    Importers and Exporters Face Difficult Challenges with Ocean Freight

    Ocean freight rate management is a becoming ever more challenging for importers and exporters, especially smaller-sized shippers. Frequent changes to ocean freight rates due to market conditions as well as bunker price changes make it more difficult for shippers to accurately price products to...
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    Limited Truck Capacity Makes Intermodal An Attractive Transportation Alternative

    With the continuing competition to contract quality truckers to transport products across country, Intermodal freight shipping provides an attractive transportation alternative to OTR trucking for shipments over 750 miles. Offering economic and environment benefits, in addition to addressing the...
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    A Good Time to Outsource Transportation

    New proposed “Hours of Service Rules”, limited truck driver and asset availability, increased year-over-year shipments and higher fuel surcharges will continually increase pricing and capacity pressures as the year progresses. Is this a good time for shippers to outsource one or more truck...
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    Did you know the Fuel Surcharge you pay on every load doesn’t cover carrier costs?

    Why? Fuel surcharge formulas are based on a loaded mile formula. All empty miles run between the terminal and your loading site, such as miles from the carrier’s last delivery to you or miles to the terminal for equipment repairs or tank cleaning, are not included in the fuel surcharge...
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    Shorter Cash-To Cash-Cycles Will Ensure Chemical Shippers Have Money On Hand as Econo

    As the economy rebounds and business normalizes, companies with healthy cash flows will be in a good position to address corporate expenditures and investments put on hold due to the recession. Those with long cash to cash cycles, however, may find themselves short on cash to fund future...
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