CLX Partner e2open® Named Leader in Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for TMS 2023

CLX Logistics, LLC (CLX), a global 3PL and 4PL provider of chemical transportation management solutions, supply chain consulting, and intermodal transportation, recently announced that our technology partner, e2open®, has been named a Leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Transportation Management Systems for its competitive TMS.

The 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Transportation Management Systems evaluates vendors based on their Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. Gartner recognizes e2open as a Leader in the Transportation Management System category for the software’s growing strengths and capabilities that differentiate it from competitors. This recognition also ensures that CLX TMS powered by e2open remains among the transportation management system power players and is poised to continue growing within the supply chain management industry.

E2open is integral to CLX TMS, providing a comprehensive solution that manages planning, bidding, routing, tendering, tracking, and settlement. The platform handles the most complex use cases and combines with CLX TMS to offer insights and analytics for proactive and predictive decision-making unique to the chemical sector.

Gartner’s research for the Magic Quadrant evaluates innovative technology companies’ ability to execute their mission and completeness of vision. This coveted distinction helps buyers assess vendor capabilities compared with close market competitors, promoting more educated purchases and stronger partnerships. Gartner’s Magic Quadrants are valuable because they influence the buying decisions of organizations of all sizes and verticals. Large companies often use Gartner and its reports to support their strategies and influence vendor selection.

Although there is no Gartner Magic Quadrant for procurement specifically, CLX Logistics is also Gartner-recognized for procurement, benchmarking, and bidding abilities. With a cohesive logistics operation, these trusted solutions combine to help chemical shippers manage all aspects of transportation planning, including execution, tracking, and end-to-end supply chain management.

To learn more, download the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for TMS Report.

About CLX Logistics

CLX Logistics, LLC, the world leader in chemical supply chain solutions, is a leading 4PL provider of comprehensive chemical logistics management, technology, and supply chain consulting services. With offices in North America and Europe, CLX Logistics solves its customers’ most vital logistics challenges by leveraging a broad range of industry expertise, best-of-breed technology, and a personalized, high-touch approach to deliver measurable, sustainable value. For more information, visit

About e2open

E2open is the connected supply chain software platform that enables the world’s largest companies to transform the way they make, move, and sell goods and services. With the broadest cloud-native global platform purpose-built for modern supply chains, e2open connects more than 400,000 manufacturing, logistics, channel, and distribution partners as one multi-enterprise network tracking over 13 billion transactions annually. Our SaaS platform anticipates disruptions and opportunities to help companies improve efficiency, reduce waste, and operate sustainably. Moving as one.™ Learn More:

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3PL vs. 4PL: What’s the Difference?

3PL vs. 4PL: What’s the Difference?

Chemical shipping can be a complicated and involved process. For many companies, outsourcing their shipping efforts is the best way to create economical logistics programs while maintaining a focus on core competencies. But to enjoy the benefits of outsourcing, you must choose a partner who will meet your needs and maintain industry standards. One of the primary considerations in selecting the right provider will be whether they’re a third-party logistics (3PL) provider or a fourth-party (4PL) logistics provider.

Often confused, 3PL and 4PL providers share some characteristics but ultimately fulfill different logistics needs for their partners, which is why it’s essential to know the difference between the two before signing a contract.

A 3PL manages specific areas of the supply chain for a chemical shipper, for example, the chemical freight company that handles transportation. A 4PL has a much broader reach, overseeing these individual networks and managing the entire logistics operation. 4PLs handle comprehensive planning and execution for a client, determining what modes and networks need to be tapped for appropriate shipping, establishing who will manage these, and creating the processes and governance for each mode. Simply put, a 4PL manages your entire supply chain, while a 3PL focuses on logistics.

Let’s take a deeper dive into 3PLs and 4PLs and what sets them apart.

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CLX Logistics Benchmarking Recognized by Gartner®

CLX Logistics is Recognized as a Leading Benchmarking Services Provider by Gartner®

Gartner® has recognized CLX Logistics for our global chemical transportation benchmarking capabilities in its Market Guide for Benchmarking Services for Transportation Rates and Logistics Performance. This publication aims to explain the goals and objectives of logistics professionals when considering and comparing rates and metrics from various benchmarking providers. The report also compares several logistics providers in multiple industries and considers their freight spend benchmarked, primary modes supported, and cost per benchmark.

CLX Logistics’ inclusion in this list showcases our effective and competitive benchmarking services and recognizes our efforts to improve benchmarking and cost-savings for our clients. We’re highlighting the specificities of this market guide and how this industry-leading consultant evaluates CLX Logistics and other companies.

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How to Ship Chemicals Internationally: What You Need to Know

Shipping chemicals is a highly complex process involving many regulations, requirements, and safety considerations. The process becomes even more challenging when shipping chemicals across international borders due to each country’s unique customs and compliance requirements.

To help businesses navigate this complexity, the experienced professionals at CLX Logistics have compiled a comprehensive guide to international chemical freight logistics. Drawing on decades of experience in global logistics, we’re offering practical advice on effectively and safely transporting chemicals internationally while minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the industry, these valuable insights and strategies will help you successfully navigate the complex world of international chemical shipping. Continue reading “How to Ship Chemicals Internationally: What You Need to Know”

3 Tips for Successful Chemical Logistics Budgeting in 2023

After nearly three years of a global pandemic, supply chain interruptions, labor shortages, and lingering economic uncertainty—manufacturers, shippers, and logistics providers have learned to plan for the future with calculated caution. As global costs rise, supply is increasing across most industries due to a drop in demand. As many individuals and companies prepare for a potential recession, they’re determined to minimize losses by preemptively cutting costs.

Estimates have shown drops in sales for this year and a potential 5-10% slowdown in business, so many companies are searching for cost-saving avenues aside from or in addition to their usual practices—and looking for alternative options and improvements for shipping and logistics is a prime road to travel down first.

While short-term solutions may dampen the effects of a recession or economic downturn, implementing lasting procedures that strengthen your supply chain, logistics, and operations will help weather potential storms and reinforce resiliency for future economic hiccups.

To help you get there, here are three tips for successful chemical logistics budgeting.

Tip 1: Save with Benchmarking

Freight rates are declining, especially dry van shipping, and clients want to ensure they’re paying cost-competitive rates. Therefore, shippers must actively pursue the most affordable and efficient modes of transportation. Benchmarking is a critical tool that all logistics professionals should leverage annually, if not every quarter, to achieve this goal.

Benchmarking from CLX Logistics helped a client with 19 million in freight spend save over 18% of costs after the cost-saving potential of a mode switch was revealed through benchmarking data analysis.

Benchmarking from CLX Logistics helped a client with 19 million in freight spend save over 18% of costs after the cost-saving potential of a mode switch was revealed through benchmarking data analysis.

Benchmarking compares your current shipment rates against market averages, rates paid by peers in your vertical, and against other modes of transportation, i.e., air versus rail or truckload.

This data helps determine the most cost-efficient mode and can help identify other areas of opportunity, such as locally sourced materials, instead of relying on distant or international procurement.

Market volatility determines how long freight rates remain valid and are typically updated yearly. We recommend quarterly benchmarking for 2023 and updating your modes of transport if necessary due to the predicted economic uncertainty.

CLX Logistics’ procurement team will find the most efficient custom-fit solution for your freight. Contact us for a benchmark today to get started.

Tip 2: Make Flexible Shipping a Premium Service

In the chemical vertical, most companies are driven by meeting and exceeding client demands, and fast shipping is a demand worth paying a premium for. This expectation is why flexible shipping options should be available at a higher cost to ensure you meet margins. Your clients expect expedited shipping options, especially in a recession when minor hiccups can have major consequences. Structure your service offerings to charge for faster shipping so that this expedited offering doesn’t impact your bottom line. This price recovery creates more flexibility in your budget should any economic hiccups interrupt your operations.

Setting rates is complex, as every company’s needs are unique. Talk to our team to determine the right shipping charges for your logistical needs, capacity, and capability.

Tip 3: Regiment Shipping Lead Time

While easier said than done, providing longer lead times in times of uncertainty is crucial to avoid mistakes and ensure proper procurement, brokerage, and on-time shipping. Faster and enhanced communication between shippers and their logistics provider once an order is placed, will lead to better pricing and expedited delivery. You’ll also build better relationships with your clients when communication is enhanced and you exhibit the qualities of a trusted and reliable partner.

CLX Logistics helps clients establish a proper lead time cadence that is custom fit to match their needs and capabilities. Get to know CLX Logistics and see what we can do for you.

Chemical Logistics Budgeting Best Practices 

To properly budget for 2023 while incorporating our three tips for success, we recommend a tactical approach that begins with leveraging CLX LaneLogix™ for benchmarking your current freight rates and processes and utilizing the gathered data to adjust modes, shipping prices, lead times, and any other necessary adjustments. Our experts will help you create a resilient operation and budget for the economic uncertainty of the upcoming year.

Our supply chain procurement process, extensive rate database, and automated RFQ tool benchmark current rates against best-in-class shippers before placing online carrier bids. Following the auction process, we use CLX LaneLogix data to determine the best carrier mix and savings based on service levels, capacity commitments, and rates.

Our industry-leading technology and expert logistics professionals will simplify your procurement processes, reduce operational costs, and create significant savings across all global modes of transportation. We recommend quarterly benchmarking to ensure you continuously operate with the best rates as the market ebbs and flows.

Data-driven adjustments using CLX LaneLogix and CLX Gravity, our analytics platform for improving transportation, will ensure that your operations remain steadfast and your budget is protected.

CLX Gravity improves analytics through comprehensive data integration capabilities that combine internal and external sources. The intelligent curation, organization, and analysis of key data points provide data-driven insights to build and sustain a recession-proof supply chain.

Learn more about CLX Gravity through our resource:
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With these powerful tools at your disposal and our expert assistance, CLX Logistics will help your unique company develop a best practice, data-driven approach for properly leveraging benchmarking data to make flexible shipping a premium service and better regiment lead times. We’ll ensure your 2023 budget is prepared to keep your logistics and shipping operations uninterrupted.

While economic uncertainty and a potential recession are never easy to navigate, the experts at CLX Logistics have the tools, knowledge, and dedication to ensure our assistance will strengthen your 2023 budget through data-driven preparation.

Ready to begin budgeting for 2023 with CLX Logistics? Contact a managed transportation expert today.

Dos and Don’ts of Transportation Management

Would you trust a mechanic that didn’t know how to change a tire? Probably not, which is why standards and best practices are established to show a basic level of competence that can be expected from every service or product provider. Every business needs to understand standards and best practices regardless of the industry. When it comes to logistics, this understanding and implementation can mean the difference between success and failure. Logistics can be complicated, and there’s always the potential for unforeseen problems in your supply chain.

Proper transportation management can help you mitigate risk, better control shipping speed, increase efficiency and adaptability, and lower costs. Follow these industry dos and don’ts to take full advantage of these benefits and avoid issues on the road, in the sea, or the air.

Do: Use a Good Transportation Management System

One of the best things you can do to increase your shipping capabilities and streamline operations is to install a solid transportation management system (TMS). A TMS combines valuable technology that helps you plan, execute, and optimize incoming and outgoing shipments while ensuring all deliveries are properly documented and compliant with industry standards and regulations. Transportation management systems have quickly become a necessity in the logistics industry, but not all TMS products are the same. Be sure your TMS is capable of the following:

  • Increasing transportation visibility across your global supply chain
  • Creating and tracking shipments, generating reports, and confirming deliveries
  • Addressing capacity management issues for all freight flows
  • Storing information in a centralized and easy-to-access platform

These are the essential elements of an effective TMS and a necessity for improving your logistics workflows.

Don’t: Forget About Chemical Freight Brokerage

When it comes to chemical shipping, freight brokerage can be incredibly complicated. You have to meet specific regulatory requirements and effectively manage safety and security concerns regarding hazardous materials while minimizing costs. Finding the right logistics partner and tools to help simplify the brokerage process is essential to success in chemical logistics, so be sure that chemical freight brokerage is a priority when establishing your transportation management operations.

Do: Take Advantage of Flexibility and Supply Chain Visibility

It can be hard to handle problems quickly and efficiently when you don’t have real-time transportation visibility over your shipments. Advanced telemetric tools allow you to keep a close eye on all shipments while they’re in transit, better managing customer satisfaction and keeping ahead of issues as they arise, granting you more control and flexibility with your shipments.

Do: Focus on Data

Data is essential when optimizing logistics capabilities and a vital part of any transportation management effort. How can you know what needs to improve without utilizing real-world data? Integrating data collection and analysis into your transportation management will provide valuable insight into your operations, exposing gaps and indicating where you’re currently succeeding, allowing you to improve wherever necessary.

Don’t: Use Outdated Technology

It may seem more straightforward to utilize the technology you’re familiar with regarding transportation management but using outdated tools can create problems and bog down operations. The technology you use in your logistics management should be capable of processing hefty amounts of data, analyzing that data, and utilizing any insights to improve operations and management. Older methods cannot deliver all this as efficiently as newer technology, and you don’t need to invest massive amounts into new tools as was the previous norm. Most transportation management systems from full-service managed logistics providers like CLX Logistics can give you access to the advanced tools you need without breaking the bank. TMS adoption can increase your return on investment over time so much that it covers and returns the initial implementation costs.

Do: Establish a Trusted Carrier Network 

The need for suppliers and carriers is growing each day, making it challenging to find available carriers you can trust. Establishing a network of trustworthy carriers you’ve worked with before ensures you have options. Qualified transportation management partners and 3PLs can provide this connection for clients, leveraging their freight brokerage relationships with high-quality carriers to expand your capacity without sacrificing peace of mind.

Do: Look into Transportation Management with CLX

Organizing the mentioned dos and don’ts into a streamlined and effective transportation management program can be difficult for chemical shipping professionals. But some partners like CLX Logistics can make it easier. CLX offers a full-service transportation management system that simplifies and optimizes your logistics with specific solutions to help you take control of your operations. Our unique platform gives you the advanced tools required to stick to these dos and don’ts with planning, freight procurement, tracking, and more.

All this and more is possible with CLX TMS, from enhanced supply chain visibility to better data collection to securing trustworthy freight partners.

The demands of the modern world require advanced solutions, and to ensure your logistics operations are well-managed and prepared for all future possibilities, contact CLX.

Avoid Supply Chain Disruption with Global Real-Time Transportation Visibility

If we learned one lesson over nearly three years of unprecedented industry interruptions since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s that supply chain stability is never entirely predictable. The wisest of shipping and logistics professionals will always remain agile and prepared for the worst-case scenario—even when supply chain conditions are ideal. Proper preparedness and visibility into a company’s global supply chain can create buoyancy when waters get rough.

For instance, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve witnessed supply chain disruptions from staffing shortages, cyber-attacks, material shortages, a carrier ship stuck in a critical worldwide port, and countless other snags that have slowed or impacted the stability of the global supply chain.

While no one solution can account for or prevent these disruptions, ensuring that you have complete, real-time transportation visibility for your shipments can vastly improve your shipping stability, speeds, procurement, and brokerage abilities. But perhaps most importantly—your ability to give accurate time and expense forecasts to your clients and stakeholders to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction.

In the modern era of shipping, however, we’re lucky to have technological tools like an intelligent Transportation Management System (TMS) to provide global and real-time transportation visibility so that logistics professionals always know where their shipments are at any time. This visibility access expedites shipping and saves companies time, money, labor, and headaches.

What is Transportation Visibility?

When discussing transportation visibility concerning shipping and logistics, we’re referring to the exchange of information between individuals and technological platforms regarding the current, projected, and past locations of freight from origination to delivery. Modern, real-time transportation visibility platforms provide updates on the condition and quantities of cargo and offer route optimization and analytical insights into better procurement and brokerage practices.

Modern TMS tools eliminate antiquated and less efficient pen-and-paper methods of freight tracking, which don’t allow for real-time transportation visibility, especially on the global intermodal scale required by many chemical logistics operations. Accurate freight pinpointing is a modern amenity that consumers expect in almost every industry, and billion-dollar chemical companies are no exception.

How do Transportation Visibility Platforms Improve Supply Chains?

According to IBM Insights with Watson, less than 10% of supply chain data is ever used, and 87% of surveyed Chief Supply Chain Officers said it’s difficult to predict and proactively manage disruptions. Implementing a TMS with real-time transportation visibility will alleviate potential supply chain interruptions by granting more significant control over your chemical shipments by accurately locating your freight at any time and place. When shipping volatile, radioactive, or biohazardous chemical materials, many are climate controlled and must be delivered within a particular window. With accurate freight transportation visibility, shippers can prepare for and minimize supply chain strains as they arise.

For example, suppose a shipment falls outside the allotted timeframe to safely deliver a usable chemical product due to improper temperature control, natural disasters, physical damage, misplaced containers, or any other disruption that would fail to deliver a product as expected by customers. In this case, supply chain managers or freight forwarders can cancel, re-route, reorder, and act quickly to recoup any losses from the failed shipment while keeping their clients informed of the situation in real time.

Real-World Transportation Visibility Effectiveness

Perhaps the most recent high-profile case where supply chain strains needed to be overcome globally was with the initial shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine. The mRNA vaccines must be kept at subzero temperatures to ensure safe and usable delivery to health systems and their patients. Real-time transportation visibility helped track and monitor the vaccine vials and the temperature of their containment systems. This crucial capability helped expedite and ensure the safe and efficient distribution of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine worldwide when labor shortages and disruptions of almost every kind disrupted the global supply chain.

Choose an Industry-leading Real-Time Transportation Visibility Platform

With real-time transportation visibility, supply chain interruptions are more effectively overcome through enhanced tracking, data collection, and cost and route-optimizing abilities. Industry-leading intelligent technology, like CLX TMS, provides visibility into all modes of transportation, including truckload, rail, maritime, and air. With greater visibility, your supply chain becomes resilient, secure, and flexible, leading to saved costs, increased ROI, capacity, and higher customer satisfaction rates—all of which make supply chain interruptions irrelevant for a properly prepared logistics program.

Learn more about Clx Logistics’ ability to illuminate your supply chain and allow for proper preparation against supply chain disruptions in our free eBook, Optimizing Chemical Industry Supply Chains with Advanced Transportation Visibility.

If you’re ready to begin optimizing your supply chain with enhanced real-time visibility into your entire supply chain, contact us today to partner with CLX Logistics.


The Role of Real-time Transportation Visibility to Build Supply Chain Agility & Resilience

IBM Supply Chain Insights with Watson

What Are International Logistics Services?

There’s never been a time when companies have done as much international business as they do today, especially considering global operations were once exclusive to big corporations. Now, even small businesses can effectively expand their global reach and services with the right tools and logistics partners. Along with growing international opportunities, the processes companies use to achieve global growth are also increasing and expanding.

International logistics services are modern methods to take a business from a local fixture to global success. These services focus on the international supply chain and are integral to a company that wants to take its product global. Explore precisely what international logistics services are and their benefits below.

What is International Logistics?

Before breaking down the intricacies of international logistics services, it’s good to understand more about the operations these tools enable. International logistics sounds complicated, but when broken down into its base elements, international logistics is producing and managing products or processing orders and shipping outside the country where you create your product. When a company has a global customer base with headquarters in a single country or carries out some supply chain phases in multiple countries, this can be considered international logistics.

The Benefits of International Logistics Services

International logistics services are the platforms and tools shippers use to maintain global operations with the goal of shipping cargo between countries using various transportation methods without affecting the shipment moving between transports. The best international logistics partners have built strong global relationships with trusted freight providers to offer safety, speed, and dependability with their international logistics services.

There are numerous benefits to using these services. The most obvious is that you can effectively expand your local and international market opportunities. Shifting certain operations in the supply chain to another country can also offer lower costs, freeing up resources to focus on integral and impactful parts of your business. The proper international logistics solutions will also ensure your global effort doesn’t put your product integrity at risk, allowing you to expand your worldwide reputation and provide a more expansive product line to a broader customer base.

Examples of International Logistics Services

International logistics solutions provide different benefits and can help you meet certain customer expectations. Understanding these options and choosing the one best suited to your needs is vital to international success and the safe delivery of your products.

The following are various services commonly offered for international shipping:

Full Container Load

When you have many products to ship, they may take up all the space in a shipping container, known as a full container load (FCL). An FCL shipment can be a valuable service, providing convenience and better pricing when importing or exporting, regardless of whether shipments move from door to door or port to port.

Less than Container Load

When a product doesn’t require the entire shipping container space, it’s considered a less than container load (LCL). LCL shipping services allow cost-sharing with other manufacturers and businesses to use the remaining container space for international shipments. This sustainable compartmentalization saves money, time, and resources for all involved parties.

Bulk/Parcel Tanker

Bulk/Parcel Tanker services allow you to ship large and cumbersome products that would otherwise be difficult to transport, helping to choose the best mode of transportation and carrier. Ocean carriers, for example, can handle heavy weights and large objects efficiently while protecting freight from the elements during transport. Choosing the proper method of transportation for the size and demands of the product being shipped is vital.


When speed is vital to successful shipment or a top priority for a customer, air freight is the ideal international logistics service, utilizing cargo aircraft or even passenger planes. Specialized cargo handling, like temperature control, is also a viable option with this kind of shipment. While not every load is suitable for this mode of transportation, it’s typically the fastest shipping method when permissible.

Choosing an International Logistics Partner

When choosing international logistics services for your chemical logistics shipping, the tools and provider you select must meet your global shipping needs. The best partner can provide versatile possibilities while maintaining solid and reliable relationships with global transportation services.

CLX Logistics utilizes our worldwide fluency and international connections to ensure chemical shipments of any shape or size find a suitable carrier from our transportation partners without sacrificing sound shipping, cost efficiency, or timely delivery.

If you’d like to learn more about our international logistics services, check out our complete offerings on our website.

And feel free to contact our team to discuss your unique international chemical freight needs and specialized projects.

Three Key Elements of a Successful Managed Logistics Program

Managed transportation providers offer comprehensive logistics and supply chain expertise to all types of industries. Managed logistics solutions support businesses with a range of transportation solutions spanning shipping data analytics, tactics, planning, mode optimization, vendor consolidation, and more. These efforts ultimately focus on driving new efficiencies that reduce costs, improve delivery times, and enhance visibility over the entirety of a transportation network.

Depending on the needs of any given industry, there will be various nuances, exceptions, and challenges to contend with. Still, there are several components of every managed transportation program that must be considered in order to achieve your goals.

Let’s look at three key elements of a successful managed logistics program.

  1. Choosing the Right Supply Chain Services

The managed logistics providers with the most robust levels of flexibility often find the most success. That high level of flexibility comes from advanced knowledge and expertise in a wide range of supply chain solutions, including:

  • Mode management
  • Logistics technology
  • Capacity management
  • Digital freight brokerage
  • Project logistics
  • Visibility
  • Analytics and optimization
  • Continuous improvement programs
  • Industry specialization

Different managed logistics services are applicable at different stages of any managed transportation operation. Whether you’re considering a fully integrated solution covering a wide range of services like data collection, strategic development, procurement, TMS technology, and operational reviews, or only a single service, you should be confident your managed logistics partner has the experience and resources to help keep you and your customers happy.

  1. Implementing the Right Technology

Technology innovations continuously make waves across industries, and managed logistics is no different. With hefty data processing, storage, and analytics demands, managed logistics is at the forefront of some of the most advanced technologies, including AI, machine learning, and automation. As these capabilities become more accessible, their intelligent application helps shippers get ahead and maintain an edge, even in the most competitive industries and tightest timelines, with:

  • Improved forecasting of orders, inventories, workforces, warehousing, and partner activities
  • Improved real-time network visibility, with greater accuracy and feedback
  • Improved agility to make on-the-fly supply chain adjustments
  • Improved collaboration between individuals, departments, and partners

Full-service managed logistics providers bring a full range of technology solutions to the table, including Transportation Management Systems like CLX TMS that help you achieve these goals without making huge investments into hardware and software solutions.

  1. Determining Your Transportation Efficiency Goals

Do you need an immediate quick fix, or are you more interested in long-term improvements and operational efficiencies? Managed logistics programs can help with both, but the most significant value always comes from ongoing, long-term efforts. Many shippers seek managed logistics solutions to handle:

  • Purchasing and maintaining equipment
  • Hiring additional employees
  • Hardware, software, and technology infrastructure upgrades

These services enable organizations to keep costs down and scale as needed without worrying about overinvesting in additional labor, equipment, or technologies. Efficient supply chains have balanced expenses and limited time constraints to ensure safe, on-time deliveries and optimal customer experiences. Managed logistics providers can examine your supply chain from beginning to end to uncover opportunities and help strengthen those key areas. Any chance to improve can significantly impact costs and customer service, whether that means a complete supply chain redesign to overhaul outdated existing operations or minor adjustments like setting up a new warehouse location.

Getting Started with Bespoke Managed Logistics Solutions

First and foremost, an experienced managed logistics provider needs to have operations in place to help you with each of the three elements above. But there are other factors to consider, like their experience in your specific industry, their reputation with other vendors, and how they treat their customers.

No matter the logistics challenges you face, CLX Logistics can help. CLX Managed Transportation is a robust suite of a la carte managed logistics solutions that chemical shippers rely on every day for everything from on-demand adjustments to long-term operational efficiencies. With a comprehensive selection of freight management solutions, CLX Managed Transportation helps offers chemical manufacturers the logistics solutions they need to lower costs, improve service, and fill gaps in expertise with a proven team of chemical transportation specialists. Contact us today to discuss your managed logistics and chemical supply chain needs.