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Supply Chain Challenges and Solutions

By Greg Umstead and Warren Hoppmeyer, Transplace |

Transportation is vital to the CPI, so here are some tips to keep your products moving as the market for hazardous-materials shipping continues to tighten All shippers strive to keep costs under control while simultaneously running smooth, efficient and time-sensitive supply chains that fulfill orders and satisfy customers. For companies transporting chemicals and hazardous materials (hazmats), this challenge is compounded by the need to comply with a myriad of mandates and regulations, both country-specific and international. A further obstacle for the chemical process industries (CPI) is the relative uniqueness of their requirements for equipment configuration, container cleaning, and control of prior contents. These challenges, plus a number of others, make it all the more important for CPI managers to place added focus on their supply-chain and transportation strategies. Though this article is written from a U.S. perspective, chemical companies worldwide will recognize many of the issues.   Key challenges in chemicals It’s no secret that there are a number of supply chain challenges in the chemical sector. At the most basic level, the chemical industry is currently going through a period of change and restructuring.…
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