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Blue Bell, PA, United States, 2008/12/10 - Looking to automate its transportation planning and execution operations, Arizona Chemical Company, LLC turned to ChemLogix, LLC for a web-based Transportation Management System (TMS) solution.
Previously, Arizona Chemical, the world’s largest producer of naturally derived specialty resins and pine-based chemicals, manually interfaced with chemical transport carriers by email and Fax to negotiate prices and schedule shipments for both domestic and export shipments from its six U.S.-based manufacturing plants. In addition to being labor intensive, the manual processes were unreliable and inefficient.
Utilizing the On-Demand TMS from ChemLogix, the international chemical company now has online carrier contracting and rate management capabilities and is interacting electronically with carriers to assign loads and track delivery status as well as monitor and report on freight costs and activities, including historical spend and carrier performance. The system even permits carriers to update negotiated rates online, reducing Arizona Chemical’s workload so in-house resources can be deployed to other more critical tasks.
With online visibility to carrier rates and lanes, Arizona Chemical can more cost effectively choose the right carrier for specific shipments. Shipments are automatically routed based on cost and service considerations, and tendered and confirmed with the carriers via both EDI and web-based interfaces. In support of its domestic, as well as export operations, the On-Demand TMS provides Arizona Chemical with the tools for dock and bulk rack scheduling to better manage assets between its plants, drivers and contracted carriers.
Because of the streamlined enrollment process offered by ChemLogix, TMS implementation at the chemical company took just seven months. With the web-based TMS system, there were no requirements for servers, new databases or in-house technical expertise as would be required by a client server-based system. Operations went live in July 2008 at Arizona Chemical’s six domestic plants. User-friendly system operations enabled ChemLogix to train a core team at Arizona Chemical, who then quickly rolled out functionality throughout the company.
Since implementation, the ChemLogix On-Demand TMS has improved Arizona Chemical’s freight operations in several key areas including online carrier contract and rate management, electronic shipment routing, automated carrier selection and real-time status updates.
About Arizona Chemical
Arizona Chemical (arizonachemical.com), headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., is the world’s largest producer of naturally derived specialty resins and pine-based chemicals for the adhesives, inks and coatings, lubricants, fuel additives, mining and oleochemicals markets. The company has six manufacturing plants in the U.S. and five in Europe. Arizona Chemical also has research and development capabilities and a network of sales offices throughout the world.
About ChemLogix, LLC
ChemLogix, LLC (chemlogix.com) is a leading provider of comprehensive chemical industry transportation management services and technology along with supply chain consulting that enable its clients to improve performance and drive economic value. ChemLogix is dedicated to solving its customers’ most vital logistics challenges by leveraging chemical industry expertise, best-of-breed technology and a personalized, high-touch approach to delivery measurable, sustainable value.
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