This Case May Leave You Stumped

Did you know?  A tree survives and thrives by extracting the nutrients in the soil. When a tree is harvested for lumber the stump is usually left behind.  Our client has developed a way to harvest nutrients from unused or discarded tree stumps. These chemicals are used to make products ranging from solvents, turpentines, and even cosmetics (depending on how many times the liquid is run through their filtration system).

When we were asked to help them with their supply chain, we quickly identified two challenges. The first was to reduce expenses. The second was to ensure that their carriers were delivering their products more carefully. Safety is of the utmost importance in a chemical environment, and unfortunately, it can often be overlooked by carriers.

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The Challenge

As we began our diagnosis process, we uncovered the third challenge: two of their chemical plants which were 70 miles apart. The client would run specialized tanker trailers with chemicals between the two plants. Frequently, the chemical was then transported back to the originating plant to run through multiple filtration processes. One of the biggest challenges they faced in this process was the loading and unloading time.

This time-frame to fill and drain the tankers ranged from 90 minutes to 2.5 hours. Because their current process involved hiring outside common carriers, drivers would wait countless hours for loading and unloading to occur. This created tremendous inefficiencies and resulted in higher costs, with each load taking more than seven hours to complete a full cycle.

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RedStone Logistics Solution

Our solution included the elimination of outside common carriers and transitioning the client to a “Dedicated Contract Carrier (DCC)” environment. This DCC solution included increasing the number of trailers and securing spotting equipment to move trailers in and around the chemical plant.  By having their own personnel move the trailers, they significantly reduced the risk of new, inexperienced drivers trying to maneuver around tight spaces within the chemical plants. The additional trailers also enabled the long load and unload processes to be performed faster with the elimination of outside driver waiting time.

Creating a solution that involved a Dedicated Contract Carrier not only made things easier operationally, it also cut costs. This solved our first and third challenges. We were able to solve their second problem by utilizing experienced drivers moving products back-and-forth

When you have shipments that only travel 70 miles in each direction and are loaded in each direction more than 85% of the time, it is almost always more cost-effective to do this either with a private fleet or a DCC solution. The client did not want to be in the trucking business, so ultimately the DCC solution was the right choice.

Finishing On Top

The DCC solution created tremendous efficiencies, including delivering the product at a much lower cost in a much safer environment. As a result, the savings generated were in excess of 17%, leaving our customer very satisfied with the improved flow in the cycle of chemicals and savings.

MORE ABOUT OUR CUSTOMER

Our client is a chemical company in the southeastern United States that extracts chemicals from tree stumps after the tree has been harvested for lumber. They are an industry leader of over 100 years in high-performance rosin and polyterpene resins.

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