The Opportunities of Digitalization in Chemical Logistics

Talking Logistics

The typical distribution process in the chemical industry looks mostly like this: The chemical producer distributes goods from various locations to a large number of customers, using different forwarders depending on the company’s diverse transportation requirements. The digitalization of management and information processes in logistics opens up groundbreaking opportunities for companies in the chemical industry.

Awash in Volatility, Chemical Manufacturing Must Be Agile


The chemical industry can change on a dime. Supply Chain GHS Chemical Labeling

Strategic Planning is Critical to Dow Chemical’s Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Chemical Industry Supply Chain Network Design Dow Chemical Port of New Orleans stratetgic planningWhen it comes to bulk shipments of commodities, strategic planning is even more important than day to day operations. Without careful advance planning, logistics personnel can never hope to effectively manage logistics operations when they are stuck with a suboptimal supply chain network.

A “Must Read” for Chemical Supply Chain Success


What are some of your top-of-mind concerns in the Chemical supply chain? Supply Chain GHS ChemicalIf you’re like most professionals in the industry, labeling certainly plays a key role—especially with ongoing GHS regulations. Any mislabeling can result in costly delays and fines.

The Dow Chemical and Dupont Merger Has Obvious Massive Implications

Supply Chain Matters

The biggest news last week and perhaps for all of 2015 was the announcement that long-time rivals Dow Chemical and DuPont‘s intend to merge into a specialty chemicals giant of more than $120 billion. There are stated plans to split both enterprises into three separate companies providing different specialty chemical based product offerings.

Six Ways to Leverage Chemical Labeling To Increase Safety and Supply Chain Efficiencies

Material Handling & Logistics

How can you leverage innovations in enterprise barcode labeling to help your chemical company succeed in a highly regulated, highly competitive global marketplace? Greg Wimble.

5 Best Practices in Chemical Logistics and How to Implement Them

Logistics Viewpoints

For chemical manufacturers, knowing what you don’t know about your transportation process can be your greatest asset. Chemical Industry Guest Commentary Logistics Service Providers Transportation Chemical logistics service provider

Key Ingredients to Formulating a Winning Supply Chain Strategy in the Process Chemical Industry


Chemical manufacturers are faced with shrinking margins and cannot afford to put the wrong product in the wrong location at the wrong time. For additional information, download the white paper: Process Chemical Supply Chain Planning: Finding the Perfect Formula

A New Red Wagon?

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week, I spent time with large chemical companies engrossed in this discussion. Let’s take a look at the world of the chemical manufacturer. Acquisitions drove DOW Chemical’s wide swings. Performance Data for the Chemical Industry for 2006-2016.

Breaking Supply Chain News: Blast Occurrence at BASF Ludwigshafen Chemical Production Complex

Supply Chain Matters

Reports indicated that that an explosion has occurred at the massive BASF chemical production complex in Ludwigshafen Germany. Asset Intensive and Process Based Industry Industrial and diversified industry supply chain Process industry focused supply chains Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Disruption BASF chemical complex blast Supply chain Matters blogInitial indications are that two employees have unfortunately lost their lives and two others are currently missing.

Upstream Unconventional Oil and the Chemicals Used in Drilling: A Supply Chain in Need of Improvement

Logistics Viewpoints

In producing oil, chemicals are injected into the ground to increase flow. The amount of chemical treatment is tied to the oil and gas production rates; treatments need to be adjusted as production rates vary. In many situations production treatment chemicals represent the second highest […]. Business Intelligence Chemical Industry Inventory Management Mobile Technologies Procurement/Sourcing Unconventional Oil includes shale oil and oil from tar sands.

Better Chemical Inventory Needed To Avoid Disasters


ChemicalThe possibility of environmental disasters threatens development around the world. Nations throughout the developing world are seeking new corporate investment. But environmental issues are demonstrating how challenging this can be.

Pilot Chemical Company: Capacity Assurance and Being a Dependable Supplier

Talking Logistics

Capacity assurance is critical,” said Jeff Baxter, Director of Supply Chain at Pilot Chemical Company in a recent episode of Talking Logistics.

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What Hazardous Chemicals Are Hiding in Your Commercial Food Packaging?


Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to manufacture plastic bottles, has been an area of concern for several years because BPA is an endocrine disruptor and consumers were worried about the substance’s ability to migrate to food and beverages. There’s been a lot of buzz lately about food safety.

Using IT as a Competitive Weapon: Dow Chemical, PepsiCo, and the Internet of Things

Logistics Viewpoints

Logistics Technologies Dow Chemical Industrial Internet of Things IoT PepsiCoCompanies interested in exploring whether the Internet of Things (IoT) is a worthwhile investment have three different paths they can go down. The Internet of Things connects intelligent physical entities – such as sensors, devices, machines, assets, and products – to each other, to Internet services, and to applications. IoT represents a stack of technologies […].

Chemical Logistics: Formula for Success

Inbound Logistics

As the chemical industry continues to grow, shippers and their service partners work hard to keep product moving, trouble-free

Supply Chain Operating Networks Create Supply Chain Rockstars

Talking Logistics

In a study conducted by Accenture in 2015 of chemical companies, results showed that 94 percent expect to boost their investment in digital capabilities in the next three years to embrace a competitive advantage.

Don’t Perpetuate the Hoax of the Gartner Top 25

Supply Chain Shaman

As a result, when the spreadsheet is sorted, a chemical company is stack-ranked against a retail player, and a high-tech company against a food distributor. In the chemical report, we found that Eastman Chemical has the highest level of performance and Ecolabs is posting recent improvement.

Solving planning challenges in manufacturing liquid chemicals


The chemical manufacturing industry has shown impressive growth over the past 25 years. Since the 80s, the global chemical industry has grown by seven percent annually. The storage and manufacturing of liquid chemicals is an intricate process.

Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

Supply Chain Shaman

They wanted to know, “ How was the market affecting the chemical supply chain?” Volatility. Demand redefined. Economic markets plummeting… D aily we see the financial charts roll across the news.

Insights from Elemica reveal 2014 Frankfurt

Talking Logistics

Herman Woltjes, Shell Chemicals – “Logistics Execution”. “Elemica Logistic Tools in Shell Chemicals,” Herman Woltjes, Shell Chemicals, Elemica reveal 2014. What do the Germany World Cup Team and the Boston Red Sox have in common?

Good Safety is Good Business at the LogiChem 2015 Conference


I always come back from these conferences inspired and fascinated at how diligent chemical supply chain managers must be to mitigate risk and adverse events. These chemical manufacturers must improve their supply chain resilience in order to thrive, be successful, and—ultimately—be safe.

Chemical Logistics: Delivering Solutions for a Complex Industry

Inbound Logistics

Shipping and storing chemicals means managing regulatory issues, hazmat safety, and specialized equipment needs

Chemical Logistics: Keep it Moving, Keep it Safe

Inbound Logistics

A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues

Chemical Manufacturing: A High-Speed, Volatile Supply Chain


Chemical producers must stay agile and responsive. Supply Chain Chemical Track & Traceability Logistics

How The Dow-DuPont Merger Will Impact The Chemicals Industry


In December , Dow and DuPont, the world’s fourth and fifth largest chemical companies announced their plan to merge as DowDupont, with a combined value US $130B. If passed, DowDupont will become the second largest chemical company, controlling 41% of U.S.

Chemical Logistics: Keep it Moving, Keeping it Safe

Inbound Logistics

A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues

Why chemical companies need prescriptive analytics for S&OP


The chemical industry is facing some powerful changes that are directly impacting revenues and margins. This means chemical companies need to be adept at managing costs and profitability. There’s a lot of flux in the chemical industry.

Live Webinar: Don’t Let Chemical Labeling Hurt Global Sales


companies had to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for the classification and labeling of chemicals, which mandated, among other things, a new label format with signal words, pictograms, red triangles, etc. We’re fast approaching the three-year anniversary of GHS deadlines. That’s of course when U.S.

Why Extend Chemical Labeling Outside Your Four Walls?


For years companies in the chemical industry have struggled with how they integrate partners like distributors and tollers into their processes. Many manufacturers still package and ship the chemical labels right to the partner or they pay to have the labels printed for the third party by an outside vendor. Supply Chain GHS ChemicalToday many companies use third parties as extensions of their own business.

C-Suite Spotlight Series: What is Zero Based Budgeting and What Does It Mean For Your Supply Chain?


As the chief financial officer of Harris & Ford LLC, a major chemical distributor, Charles works to improve the firm’s global distribution and logistics services to leading Fortune 500 companies in the food, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.

Live webinar with 3M on updates to Prop 65 for chemical labeling


Chemical Proposition 65First passed by voters in 1986, California’s Proposition 65 requires companies to clearly warn Californians before they are exposed to substances that may cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

The Chemical Supply Chain: 3 Things Learned from This Year’s LogiChem Conference


The Chemical Supply Chain: 3 Things Learned from This Year’s LogiChem Conference. The panels and presenters at LogiChem USA displayed an expertise in chemical supply chains seen nowhere else. Chemical. Chemical prices tend to move in conjunction with crude/natural gas prices.

Arkieva Customer Spotlight: AkzoNobel Strengthens Position as The Leading Global Supplier in Coil Coatings


Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Arkieva customer AkzoNobel is a leading global paints, coatings and specialty chemicals manufacturing company. Chemicals Customer Spotlight AkzoNobel Chemical Industry Supply Chain Software

Why Is Blockchain Not Hotter?

Supply Chain Shaman

For example, receivables and payables steadily increased in the chemical industry. I was sitting with a representative from the United Nations on my way back from Colombia.

The State of Chemical Labeling


Chemical Video LabelingWelcome back to the Loftware blog and our breakdown of the current state of the enterprise labeling industry.

GHS and US Regulations: Important Differences Remain


GHS Regulatory Chemical LabelingWill U.S. rules begin to echo GHS more closely?

Sweet smell of enterprise labeling success


Get the full story by attending a special session at the Best Practices for Chemicals conference next week in Houston, TX. So how does a $4B leader in fragrances and flavors comply with OSHA GHS standards and optimize supply chain operations?

Chemical Market Busy with Mergers and Acquisitions


THe chemical sector has seen merger and acquisition activity of late. Standardization GHS Regulatory Chemical

Color is Crucial for Effective Barcode Labeling


OSHA's GHS classification and labeling system for chemicals mandates that products that pose specific hazards must be marked with corresponding symbols.