Chemical industry leader receives objective assessment of recently insourced logistics processes

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Client is one of the leaders in the chemical industry with multiple production facilities, a nationwide customer base and multiple grades of products. Their highly competitive commodity market is differentiated on safe transportation, superior customer service and competitive distribution costs. They recently insourced their logistics processes and needed an objective assessment of their logistics business processes.

Services Provided

  • Assessed and compared logistics operations and transportation and safety compliance programs against industry best practices
  • Benchmarked transportation rates vs. industry specific rates
  • Detailed and staged implementation plan for high impact projects
  • Provided real time freight market assessment and benchmarked transportation rates for various modes-rail, truck, barge, marine
  • Provided long term transportation contract strategy
  • Reviewed logistics cost management resulting in recommendations to changes in cost accounting, KPI development and freight payment.
  • Analyzed organizational structure and organizational skill sets with recommendations to improve customer service an internal communications
  • Reviewed S&OP processes and recommended adaptation of executive ES&OP structure

Results

  • Analyzed rail fleet assets and rail tracking operations resulting in tangible recommendations in terms of fleet sizing, loading opportunities and maintenance considerations
  • Provided logistics safety assessment resulting in short term implementation activities
  • Identified several individual rates for improvement across rail, truck, barge and marine

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