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By its very nature, the construction industry succeeds or fails based on how strong its logistics plans are.

Logistics is at the very heart of construction planning, from people, parts and equipment to scheduling and transportation. As a result of being driven by logistics, the construction industry is very exposed to fluctuations in the supply chain and the cost of materials. A project may face supply issues with construction hardware, clothing, workers, vehicles, personal protective equipment, tile, glass, flooring, or even raw materials like sand. The costs of other basic construction materials such as aluminum, copper, steel and lumber have drastically increased, with some material costs more than doubling.

Industry Statistics

10%

Average capacity loss due to unplanned downtime

20-30

Estimated downtime rates for the construction industry

8%

Industry average of revenue spent on maintenance costs

$448-760

Average daily costs for fleet vehicle downtime, per vehicle

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Construction Industry

By its very nature, the construction industry succeeds or fails based on how strong its logistics plans are.

Logistics is at the very heart of construction planning, from people, parts and equipment to scheduling and transportation. As a result of being driven by logistics, the construction industry is very exposed to fluctuations in the supply chain and the cost of materials. A project may face supply issues with construction hardware, clothing, workers, vehicles, personal protective equipment, tile, glass, flooring, or even raw materials like sand. The costs of other basic construction materials such as aluminum, copper, steel and lumber have drastically increased, with some material costs more than doubling.

So with construction firms being confronted by widespread supply chain problems, soaring material costs and delayed deliveries of materials, parts, equipment and supplies, what is one thing they can do to help drive stability and predictability into their logistics planning?

The short answer is to partner with the right third-party logistics (3PL) provider. Since one shipping delay can snowball and cause delays throughout your entire project, you need an experienced 3PL provider who understands the construction industry and has the logistical reach to deliver your freight on time, anywhere. That 3PL partner is AirFreight.com.

Construction Logistics

Challenges to construction logistics

There are many impacts to construction projects due to poor logistics. These can include rising/higher costs of construction materials, strict deadlines and late projects, delayed or missing freight deliveries, backordered or unavailable supplies, materials or equipment and unplanned redeployment of materials, equipment, and personnel. This can lead to strained working relationships and lost business. Companies also need to be aware of contingencies for inclement weather or force majeure scenarios.

Shipping Services and Expertise

Shipping Services and Expertise

If construction contractors are planning a project where they know specific items may be hard to obtain, ordering those early and paying for storage may be more efficient in the long run to ensure the project does not face unnecessary delays. Similarly, some contractors are procuring high-risk items and pre-purchasing material for projects, then working in storage cost to help prevent delays. As the project progresses, they sometimes find they need to move materials around to different projects that face more critical needs or that have tighter timelines. This is where the right 3PL partner, like AirFreight.com, can ensure those resources get to new work sites on time and undamaged.

Protecting Against Delivery Delays

Protecting Against Delivery Delays

AirFreight.com can help you protect against delivery delays by planning to have deliveries made three to seven days before your crews need them. To avoid waiting for backordered materials, develop relationships with several suppliers, then work with AirFreight.com’s experienced expeditors to get them delivered to one or multiple work sites. Place orders for hard-to-find products well in advance and have them transported through AirFreight.com’s extensive air and ground shipping options.

Meeting Shipping Challenges

Meeting Shipping Challenges

By working with AirFreight.com’s expeditors, you can avoid last-minute rush deliveries that will cost you more than regularly scheduled shipments. Of course, if a last-minute situation does come up, AirFreight.com can handle that too. Replacing damaged materials costs you more than properly shipping them in the first place, so by working with AirFreight.com, you know you will have the right equipment, right-sized vehicle and experienced crew handling your freight. Simply put, poor construction freight logistics is costly, and without proper planning and 3PL support, it could cost you a few important business relationships too.

Helping you stay on schedule

Helping you stay on schedule

Logistics is at the very heart of construction planning, from people, parts and equipment to scheduling and transportation. As a result of being driven by logistics, the construction industry is very exposed to fluctuations in the supply chain and the cost of materials. A project may face supply issues with construction hardware, clothing, workers, vehicles, personal protective equipment, tile, glass, flooring, or even raw materials like sand. The costs of other basic construction materials such as aluminum, copper, steel and lumber have drastically increased, with some material costs more than doubling.

Construction Air Charter

Air Charter

Private flights on an AirFreight.com air charter provide the exclusivity and speed you need to hit those critical construction deadlines. Air charters offer complete shipment flexibility from departure time to final destination. Air charters are one of the fastest shipping options available and include in-flight tracking, so you’ll always know the status of your parts shipment. We have access to some of the largest cargo aircraft in North America – including helicopters, so if it fits, it flies.

Scheduled Flights

Scheduled Flights

This involves reserving space on a scheduled flight that carries cargo for multiple customers or booking it on the next flight out. For long-term shipping plans, scheduling same-day air services ensures regular access to critical freight capacity from any starting point. Scheduled flights are economical, predictable, and use both commercial passenger and freighter aircraft from major airlines at most airports across the country. If your shipping timeline is too compressed or unpredictable to wait for scheduled or next flight out air service, you still have options.

Ground Expedite

Ground Expedite

Before your construction project gets back online, the parts have to travel by ground – at least part of the way. Ground expedite service from AirFreight.com includes everything from Sprinter vans, small and large straight trucks, up to 53-foot tractor trailer delivery teams or other specialized equipment. We’ll pick up your shipment, deliver it to the airport, then receive it at the other end – providing hand-carried service as necessary or required.

Enjoy concierge level service

With AirFreight.com, you can always expect the same topflight service from start to finish.

Free Freight Quotes

Always Free Freight Quotes

AirFreight.com offers time-sensitive and effective solutions across a wide range of service options to handle your construction shipping requirements. No prior account is needed to get started. Just call us at (800) 713-1000 or enter your order online. All costs are listed without any hidden fees, so you know up front how much you will pay.

Customized Solutions

Customized Solutions

We do all the logistical legwork to find the best solution for your specific situation. It might mean an exclusive air charter, or perhaps expedited ground shipping that still gets your critical parts to its construction site on time. Let us focus on getting you what you need, where you need it, so you can focus on meeting your construction deadlines.

Real-time tracking

Real-time tracking

Lost or delayed parts can cripple a construction schedule, driving up costs, decreasing labor productivity and generally making everyone unhappy. AirFreight.com uses the latest tracking technology to always know where your shipment is, and our team is happy to give you updates whenever you need them. We are proactively engaged with your shipment, monitoring air traffic, inclement weather, connecting flight cancellations, road construction and congested streets.

Constant Contact

Constant Contact

Want status on your parts? Our team is always available to answer your questions, provide an update on your shipment’s location, and take new instructions 24/7/365. Call us any time.

Experienced Expeditors

Experienced Expeditors

With AirFreight.com, you’ll work with the same expeditor who understands your business from start to finish, ensuring consistent communication, eliminating misunderstandings, and improving the quality of your entire shipping experience. That’s why some of the largest names in the construction industry trust AirFreight.com to meet their urgent shipping deadlines. We develop plans that guarantee shipping services are supported by time-effective options whether the final destination is a major air hub, a regional airport, or even a remote airstrip.

Delivering your construction freight with little or no notice is what we do every day, regardless of size or urgency.

It's why we also count companies from the energy, automotive, and aerospace sectors among our frequent customers. AirFreight.com also offers trucking services for large cargo that defies conventional packaging and traditional delivery vehicles. There is no limitation on a shipment’s size, weight or dimensions – including mega-sized equipment, non-standard dimension machinery, over-sized and awkward, delicate and fragile, palletized or pressurized. We dispatch the exact type of carrier you need with a driver thoroughly trained in its safe operation.

Choosing the right construction logistics partner is a critical business decision. With AirFreight.com, experience the peace of mind and confidence that comes from an expert delivery plan, and working with a dedicated expeditor from start to finish. For more information, contact us today at (800) 713-1000 and let us help you get back to work and back on schedule!

Industries We Serve

Aviation & Aerospace

Every moment a commercial airliner sits on the ground, it costs an airline money. Expedited freight services by AirFreight.com can get you back in the air with the prompt delivery of parts and equipment throughout North America.
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Energy

The consequences from lost power production are serious for any business. Equipment failure is one of the biggest causes of energy production downtime. Losses compound exponentially with the delay or loss of energy capacity or the idling of plants for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance. Whether it is a hydroelectric power station or solar farm, you need a 3PL who can move your parts and equipment safely and securely while meeting your most stringent deadlines.

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Farming & Food

Food processors can lose a significant percentage—up to 20 percent or more—of production capacity due to unplanned downtime. With processing plants running 16-20 hours a day, the hourly cost of a shutdown can reach up to $30,000 per hour. Get back online with the parts you need expedited by AirFreight.com.
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Manufacturing

Every moment a manufacturing facility or factory sits idle costs a company money due to the high costs involved in lost sales and lost customers. With many manufacturers building to only a just-in-time production rates, any disruption threatens parts and vehicle inventories. This is where the speed, expertise, and experience of freight services from AirFreight.com can make a difference throughout the entire manufacturing supply chain.
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Oil & Gas

The oil and gas industry faces challenging conditions in offshore and onshore oil rigs, often in remote locations with limited infrastructure. Don’t let oil pumps or pipelines sit idle waiting for equipment. By having the right plans, parts, people, and a logistics partner such as AirFreight.com, you can effectively mitigate plant or pump downtime, unscheduled disruptions, and equipment failures.
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Renewables & Environment

Wind turbines can be as tall as an 85-story building with a blade radius of an acre. Transporting just one wind turbine can take up to nine separate shipments. Solar equipment has sensitive electronics and glass that are easily subject to damage. Just to make one solar panel requires nearly 40 different components, including precious metals, that need to get to the factory on time. With requirements like this, working with the right 3PL provider, such as AirFreight.com, who can flex with your needs when situations and requirements change is absolutely critical.
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Retail

During downtime, retailers experience lost sales, the inability to process credit cards, access customer purchasing history, or locate items in stock at a distribution center or another retail location. Don’t let unexpected downtime due to point-of-sale equipment failures impact your brand or frustrate your customers. If you can’t serve your customers, your competition will!
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Technology

Unexpected IT downtime can bring down even the largest businesses—just ask the airlines when their reservation systems go offline. The importance of e-commerce, online sales, and the computing infrastructure that supports it makes getting systems and servers up and running even more critical. With 98 percent of organizations reporting that a single hour of downtime costs over $100,000, you can’t afford a slow logistics partner.
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3PL

With today’s broken supply chains, even companies that specialize in logistics find themselves needing help. We provide an expansive network of expedited air and ground shipping options to make the trip in the air, to and from the airport, or complete the entire delivery on the ground. Through these resources and our centralized planning operations, we help 3PL providers overcome all the challenges of their industry.
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