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New Ideas to Strengthen the Chemical Supply Chain

New Ideas to Strengthen the Chemical Supply Chain

Chemical manufacturers face unique supply chain requirements. The way a chemical company responds to supply chain risks can ultimately determine their success. Research shows market leaders:

  • Source critical supply chain expertise and experience
  • Apply process engineering to integrate sales and operations with business management practices
  • Use integrated technology for visibility to the full order life cycle

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How does a company decide that outsourcing logistics is the right choice? This white paper can help companies decide by exploring:

  • Misperceptions about the realities of outsourcing
  • How to set reasonable expectations for what outsourcing can contribute to your organization
  • How much of a role you will need to play to achieve the successful business outcomes you seek

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Open discussions with people in your organization about how potential business decisions impact the transportation budget—and how the business can decide whether the tradeoff is worth it—before the decisions are made. In terms just about anyone can understand, it explains the key drivers of transportation cost increases:

  • Shipment sizes
  • Changing networks
  • Product mix
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Truckload’s unique shipper/carrier contract

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Natural disasters and other events can disrupt connections between you, suppliers, and customers. You can circumvent disruptions or minimize their impact on the supply chain. This white paper explores:

  • Which companies face the greatest risk for disruption
  • What supply chain mapping can reveal about risk
  • How you can build resilience into your supply chain

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Cold chains—whether they span a state, region, or the globe—often lead to unique challenges. A strategic approach to temperature controlled shipping should include the right combination of collaboration, communication, and best practices. Learn which best practices can lead to better outcomes:

  • Establishing clear expectations
  • Sharing responsibilities
  • Balancing cost and technology

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Questions often arise when shippers that import to the U.S. try to navigate the complexities of customs regulations. These questions, if not addressed properly can lead to mistakes and costly errors. Building a proactive strategy for exercising “reasonable care” is critical to understanding:

  • The most common customs mistakes and best practices to avoid them
  • The true cost of noncompliance
  • The importance of a strong import compliance strategy

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Certain shipping and freight characteristics can make it challenging for less than truckload (LTL) carriers to serve companies and maintain profitability. Shippers can add process efficiencies and make their LTL freight easier to handle to become more attractive customers. This white paper covers:

  • Tips to make LTL freight more attractive
  • Practices that help make LTL carriers more efficient
  • Common accessorials—and what to do about them

Attractive LTL shippers are more likely to achieve greater rate stability, potentially reduce costs, and become preferred customers when capacity is tight.

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Incorporating intermodal service into a supply chain can be a strategic method of adding efficiency and achieving cost savings. Shippers with the right supply chain characteristics can make the most of intermodal service. Aspects to consider include:

  • Origins and destinations of shipments
  • Products being transported
  • Seasonality of demand

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Shippers pay LTL accessorials to cover inefficiencies in transportation and administrative processes, as well as requirements for specialized equipment. This white paper:

  • Reviews common LTL accessorials
  • Explains why they occur
  • Provides ways that shippers can reduce exposure to LTL accessorials

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Change management is not a one-time event. Even as the company and outsourcing provider move ahead with planned improvements, changes in the market, acquisitions, and other unplanned events occur. Part 3 of this 3-part white paper series discusses:

  • How benchmarking plays a role in ongoing change
  • How an open issues log can uncover systemic problems and keep improvement efforts on track
  • How KPIs keep the company and provider aligned as they pursue continuous improvement

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For employees, the pendulum of change can quickly swing from resistance to optimism as outsourcing projects begin, problems are addressed, and successes are earned. Part 2 of this 3-part white paper series examines:

  • How to approach process transformation
  • What to expect during the change management lifecycle
  • How to pursue objectives and measure results

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Companies turn to outsourcing transportation management to optimize and dramatically improve their supply chains. Outsourcing provides the greatest value when organizations minimize obstacles to change. Part 1 of this 3-part white paper series explores:

  • Why it is so critical to involve people throughout the company when preparing for change
  • Who should be involved
  • What roles executive sponsors, change managers, and the cross-functional team should play in building a change management framework

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Each claim is unique. But following these basic steps and timelines can help with cargo claims filing and resolution. This white paper explains:

  • Minimum requirements for every claim
  • Situations that can slow resolution or result in a rejected claim
  • Best practices that can help enable more effective claims resolution

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Coordinate worldwide suppliers and vendors so your global freight arrives on time, wherever you do business. This white paper highlights how to use global vendor management programs, including:

  • How Purchase Order (P.O.) management works
  • How companies combine global consolidation, visibility, and P.O. management to meet specific goals
  • How these programs are helping companies control global freight more efficiently and cost effectively

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Logistics outsourcing agreements can require the provider to place highly knowledgeable, strategic staff onsite at the company’s location. This paper looks at the strategic onsite role—both from the perspective of companies that utilize these highly skilled resources and the onsite staff themselves. It explores:

  • Best practices that can increase successful outcomes
  • How to measure the success of a strategic onsite relationship
  • Questions you should ask a potential provider about their onsite employees

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Global air and ocean shipments must follow unique international regulations that often favor carriers. Understanding how your cargo insurance policy covers your risks and liability is critical for regulatory compliance and protecting the value of your goods. The white paper helps you understand global shipments.

  • What regulations and international laws affect your shipments
  • How cargo insurance protects the value of your goods around the world
  • Why it is essential to understand exclusions in your insurance policy

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Customer demands are changing the dynamics of competition in many industries. Companies that make their supply chains more flexible can drive their business goals faster and create a better experience for the end customer. Learn how:

  • Customer demand affects supply chain dynamics
  • Companies can manage supply chain costs and risk to drive strategy
  • Technology can accelerate the global supply chain and help satisfy customer demand

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FAK agreements are one way to streamline your supply chain for both savings and efficiency. A successful, strategic FAK means finding a balance that is right for your company’s situation.

  • Understand industry influences that can affect your agreement
  • Correct internal flaws that may lead to FAK failure
  • Follow five steps to develop a more successful FAK strategy

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Mitigating risk of cargo theft begins with an understanding how criminals operate and what types of commodities they target is the first step to protecting your freight. This white paper explores:

  • Who the criminals are
  • Where freight is at risk
  • Which commodities are most at risk
  • Ways to reduce your risk

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Many factors affect the level of commitment that carriers and shippers have to each other’s business. But shippers who understand the dynamics behind carrier pricing and service levels are better positioned to:

  • Improve predictability and flexibility of available capacity
  • Have more productive relationships
  • Obtain more positive carrier service

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To reduce overall costs, shippers often modify their fuel surcharges by changing the index, raising the peg, or raising the escalator. But which of these methods actually can achieve the goal? Using the latest research on fuel surcharges, this paper explains:

  • How fuel surcharges work
  • What actually happens to costs as shippers employ three common tactics to modify fuel surcharges
  • Which of these three tactics can lower costs

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Chemical manufacturers face unique supply chain requirements. The way a chemical company responds to supply chain risks can ultimately determine their success. Research shows market leaders:

  • Source critical supply chain expertise and experience
  • Apply process engineering to integrate sales and operations with business management practices
  • Use integrated technology for visibility to the full order life cycle

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Volatile demand, growing regulation, compressed order lead times, and other factors are putting greater pressure on manufacturers and retailers. Research organization IDC looked at these and other factors to learn:

  • How consumers define fulfillment excellence
  • How IT investments are changing
  • What warehouse management and transportation best practices can lead to better service metrics

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Used together, live loading and drop trailers create a distribution strategy that’s ready for any business condition. But what is the best combination of the two for your business? Discover how you can add elasticity in capacity to your supply chain by considering such factors as:

  • How the shipper operates their dock
  • Amount of space for staging
  • Flexibility of loading times
  • Number of shifts

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Do regular procurement events help control transportation costs, or are frequent rebids a waste of time? This white paper answers the question, based on the results of Iowa State University research:

  • How carriers adjust and honor contract rates between procurement events
  • Why regular procurement events lower costs
  • How procurement events promote strategic relationships with service providers

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You can improve efficiency and lower costs by outsourcing your LTL (less than truckload) freight. Read this paper to discover:

  • Why companies outsource LTL
  • How LTL pricing and discounts can work for you
  • Advantages of collaborative LTL outsourcing
  • 5 criteria for selecting an LTL outsource provider

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As companies navigate an environment of changing motor carrier safety rating assessments and regulations, many express concern about their risk profile and potential involvement in lawsuits. This white paper explores:

  • Ways to mitigate risks in motor carrier selection
  • 7 items to consider when structuring a motor carrier qualification process
  • Comprehensive risk management through 3PLs

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Globalization puts forward opportunities to companies of any size who can effectively provide or source products and services in dynamic markets. Review our white paper and learn:

  • How to gain a competitive advantage through global transportation logistics
  • Factors that influence international shipments
  • Five characteristics of a global TMS and why companies worldwide should consider TMS technology

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Strategic truckload procurement will help you obtain better access to capacity, regardless of economic and market conditions. Learn:

  • Which shippers are likely to experience the most trouble obtaining equipment in times of tight capacity
  • How to align your business goals and outcomes with the carriers’ for better rates and exceptional service over time
  • How to prepare an ongoing strategy for fluctuations in the market

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Use the tips in this white paper to learn how you can aggregate low volume lanes to obtain more favorable pricing. Learn:

  • How long haul, point-to-point pricing on RFPs leads to spot market pricing
  • How you can aggregate low volume lanes by broadly defining origin and destination sizes
  • How aggregation leads to contract pricing that can help you save up to 15 percent over spot market rates

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With globalization of raw material sources and a growing number of origins and destinations for project cargo, efficient transportation is becoming crucial to success. This white paper explores:

  • How transportation impacts the project cargo supply chain
  • The role of transportation, from preplanning to project completion
  • How transportation best practices can improve project cargo outcomes

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Food and beverage companies that employ best practices in perfect order fill find opportunities for revenue growth and cost reduction. Find out how fulfilling the perfect order helps companies:

  • Maximize productivity and profits
  • Protect brand equity
  • Improve customer satisfaction and competitiveness

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CSA remains a work in progress. As the FMCSA prepares to implement SMS in December 2010, review our updated white paper to learn:

  • What CSA is designed to do
  • How CSA tracks for SMS and SFD differ
  • What you can do now to prepare for CSA implementation

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Know what can happen at the U.S.-Mexico border with your truckload shipments and understand:

  • How carrier restrictions, inspections, cargo insurance, and equipment availability affect your shipments
  • The steps involved in crossing the U.S.-Mexico border
  • How you can choose the best provider for your cross-border needs

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Discover whether a China warehouse solution is right for you by learning about:

  • The benefits of overseas warehousing and shipping directly to end customers
  • Potential challenges
  • Implementation strategies

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Your truckload procurement strategy can lead to excellent customer service and significant savings—if you can avoid common pitfalls. Read this paper to discover:

  • What dynamics influence the truckload market
  • How you can align shipper and carrier networks for optimal performance
  • What tools you will need to execute a strategic procurement plan

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Learn what makes freight more attractive from a carrier perspective by understanding:

  • How shipper freight complements an individual carrier's network
  • What influences carrier price and volume commitments
  • What can help reduce costs for both carriers and customers

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Learn how you can apply outbound process improvements to inbound transportation to obtain:

  • Reduced costs
  • Improved service
  • Minimized delays
  • Reduced confusion
  • Increased performance

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Explore these ten ways to cut transportation costs and learn:

  • How can you achieve the greatest transportation savings with the least amount of effort
  • What kind of ROI you can achieve as a result

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Reduce transportation costs by altering the load tendering process. Discover:

  • Some of the factors that cause a higher rejection of load tenders
  • What your company can do to employ the practical results and realize savings

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As U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) steps up enforcement of customs regulatory compliance, more companies find themselves faced with a customs audit. This white paper explores:

  • The factors that increase the risk of being audited
  • How companies can prepare an audit team to practice for such an event
  • How a customs audit can lead to smoother processes and better communications with CBP

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Global trade management (GTM) is about more than compliance. To support a comprehensive GTM program, experts should consider both supply chain finance and visibility as equal components with compliance. American Shipper provides in-depth analysis regarding the following questions:

  • How GTM experts can articulate their challenges to management
  • What a well-rounded GTM program requires
  • Where the future of GTM is headed as supply chains grow in geography and complexity

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Research from C.H. Robinson’s Produce Consumer Insight Panel highlights what consumers think about buying produce online:

  • Find out which produce items shoppers order most often when shopping online
  • Understand how you can deliver a positive online shopping experience
  • Learn who shoppers think will offer the best online grocery shopping experience

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Research from C.H. Robinson’s Produce Consumer Insight Panel highlights shopper preferences for limes, mangos, pineapples, and avocados. Discover:

  • Who in a household consumes tropical produce
  • When people eat tropical fruit throughout the day
  • How often people shop for tropical produce

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Did you know 58% of shoppers polled switch stores due to perceived declining quality of produce? Do you wonder what attributes—from quality and freshness to price and variety—cause shoppers to choose one store over another?

Find the answers and more from C.H. Robinson’s leading panel of produce consumers and gain consumer insight on product purchase behavior.

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Research from C.H. Robinson’s Produce Consumer Insight Panel highlights substitutions and other shopper preferences:

  • By the unit or by the pound
  • Shopping frequency
  • Importance of produce manager

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In today’s era of big data, companies around the world strive to use customer data to drive supply chains forward. Discover the top five practices identified in a recent Aberdeen Group Omni-Channel survey for collecting and analyzing customer data across channels.

  • Coordinate across operations with omni-channel inventory and collaboration
  • Evaluate planning scenarios and analytics to keep a balanced supply chain
  • Utilize social business and cloud technology to reduce costs and time to market

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New sales channels and globalization contribute to complex market dynamics, especially for consumer market companies. Read the results of Aberdeen Group’s recent Retail and Consumer Market Supply Chain Collaborations survey to discover why rising business complexity is a top business pressure.

  • Which factors contribute to the top overall business pressures?
  • What capabilities do companies find valuable in today’s dynamic market?
  • How do consumer market businesses alleviate the strain?

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Learn how best in class companies manage the pressures they face in this report based on Aberdeen Group’s recent Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCO) survey. Discover what sets best in class companies apart from the rest:

  • What pressures drive priorities?
  • How are strategic actions identified?
  • Where are improvement efforts focused?

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A formal Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP) process is becoming increasingly important in today’s global market. Discover the capabilities, technologies, and processes best in class companies utilize and how to apply them to your supply chain.

  • How do process, measurement, and organizational capabilities affect S&OP?
  • What level of technology support is necessary for core S&OP processes?
  • is the evaluation of S&OP specialists essential?

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There can be a link between top business pressures and disruptive events. Best in class companies are better able to prepare for and mitigate potential disruptions, which sets them apart from lagging organizations. Understand the connection between continuous improvement and the role of a Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) when it comes to managing disruptions.

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Many organizations find tariff and duty reduction opportunities with free trade zones strategies. Discover what sets best in class companies apart when it comes to the development of effective free trade zone (FTZ) solutions.

  • Why multi-level calculations and big data are essential
  • How BOM inventory and origin tracking play a role
  • What steps to take to achieve an optimized global supply chain

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