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Mt. Olive, NJ, United States, 2008/06/12 - With the increased use of technology to intelligently track shipments in transit, customers in many industries expect to be able to identify the status of their orders throughout the delivery cycle.
While a few of the largest chemical manufacturers have implemented in-house transportation management systems to automatically plan and track outbound shipments throughout delivery and communicate with customers, most chemical shippers have yet to make the investment as available transportation technology did not offer enough cost savings to justify implementation costs.
Newer transportation management services now make it possible to get the same or even better technology for substantially less, at a click of a button. By using on-demand transportation management services from TMS providers like ChemLogix, LLC, shippers can gain fully automated control over their logistics network without substantial investments. At the same time, TMS applications are more focused to their specific needs.
“There are proven solutions on the market that do not require major capital and upfront investment,” notes Michael Skinner, a partner with ChemLogix in charge of transportation technology and consulting. “Fees for implementing and integrating these applications typically ran as much as double or triple the cost of the software purchase, but now start below $50,000.”
While original TMS applications featured powerful, complex optimization engines to derive lowest-cost transportation solutions, they involved working with cumbersome and labor-intensive algorithms and often did not address other important transportation activities. Newer TMS solutions offer technology-based capabilities that address the shipper’s need for shipment visibility, proactive notification on potential customer service issues, robust cost and service reporting and better control over the freight management process. For example, ChemLogix On-Demand TMS optimizes daily routes, rates and service levels, provides real-time visibility into transportation status and automates freight payment. Substantial savings can be gained through this level of control over the transportation process.
And getting started has never been easier as newer TMS applications require less implementation and start-up time than previous generations. “With a more intuitive, user-friendly system, transportation planners are able to quickly grasp the benefits of the technology, as well as how to make their jobs more effective,” notes Skinner. “After all, isn’t that the whole point?”
ChemLogix describes the benefits of newest generation TMS systems in a new white paper entitled The Time Has Come – Visibility into the Transportation Process.
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.