The global supply chain today faces constant change and uncertainty across every industry.
There have been significant fluctuations in demand that make forecasting extremely difficult, and as a result, the manufacturing sector has been one of the most impacted by these disruptions. The manufacturing sector covers a broad range of industries, including electrical equipment, appliances and parts, textiles, furniture and related products, machinery, transportation equipment, paper products, printing and related support activities, and wood products, to name a few. Now, with so many facets of the manufacturing sector facing supply chain and labor disruptions, it’s no wonder consumers are frustrated and fed up with shortages, long lead times, and higher prices. However, one major lesson manufacturers have learned during this time of disruption is the need for contingency plans and flexibility.
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In an ever-changing landscape, the ability to be flexible is what makes a manufacturer successful.
Those that can’t adjust will flounder and eventually fail. One key business strategy that can aid any manufacturer is partnering with the right third-party logistics provider. That partner is AirFreight.com.
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, which is why they must maximize production uptime while minimizing factory downtime. Production is supported by an extensive supply chain that requires parts and materials to be delivered on time. Parts delays or equipment breakdowns push product delivery dates, which then ripple out to retailers and their customers.
This is where the speed, expertise, and experience of freight services from AirFreight.com can make a difference throughout the entire manufacturing supply chain.
Whether it’s in the air or on the ground, freight services by AirFreight.com can get you back online with the prompt delivery of parts and equipment throughout North America. Here are just a few ways AirFreight.com serves and supports the manufacturing sector.
Maximizing Your Uptime
All manufacturers have a certain level of parts they maintain in order to rapidly make minor repairs. With forecasting now more difficult due to supply chain disruptions, many companies are moving from just-in-time to just-in-case inventory management. This means that instead of minimizing excess inventory by only ordering what they need to meet expected orders, they are ordering additional inventory to avoid shortages. This puts pressure on manufacturers to overproduce to meet the new demand. Now, the biggest challenge is getting the right part in the right place at the right time, and having an expedited freight solution backing you up as fast as possible is critical when every minute counts.
The fact is, not every logistics provider has the expertise to ensure a seamless process. So it’s critically important to take the time to do your research and find a provider with the level of expertise that meets your needs. The answer is AirFreight.com.
Shipping Services and Expertise
When seconds matter, a manufacturer can’t afford to have a part stuck waiting to clear a loading dock. You can count on AirFreight.com, an industry leader, to deliver parts and equipment through innovative planning and execution. As a creative logistics provider, AirFreight.com might craft a plan that lands at a less-busy airport and then provides an expedited ground solution for last mile service. Or, it might make sense for a part to be consolidated with other shipments headed to the same destination. The consolidated larger shipment can move as a single shipment and then clear the loading dock as smaller individual transactions. Then, the shipment can then be broken down for further distribution.
In the end, you need to choose a provider that is innovative and creative and who will go the extra mile to meet your logistics needs. Manufacturing is a highly competitive market. Under massive economic and regulatory pressures, manufacturers are always looking at ways to reduce cost, improve efficiency, and increase competitiveness. Using cut-rate logistics providers is not one of them. Get the security and peace of mind that comes by using shipping services and expertise from AirFreight.com.
Production downtime is one of the biggest problems in manufacturing. It is costly and damaging to all manufacturing businesses. Production downtime is caused by many factors, including planned and unplanned maintenance, equipment failures, and even bathroom breaks. Every minute a manufacturer’s machine isn’t up and running, there is an opportunity for lost revenue. Additionally, unplanned downtime handicaps manufacturers that rely on performance and quality to stay competitive in their market. The consequences of factory downtime are serious and significant to any manufacturer.
Equipment failure is one of the biggest causes of production line downtime. Losses compound exponentially with the delay or loss of inventory and the idling of your entire workforce.
Downtime creates a delay that interrupts production schedules and customer shipments. Equipment breakdowns prevent scheduled production cycles from starting on time. Customers who are dependent on your business to help them meet a deadline are also impacted. In this instance, missing a delivery schedule can affect revenue and strain client and customer relationships.
Downtime is costly. Productivity and profits go hand in hand for any thriving business. A loss of production costs money to fix issues and slows and reduces revenue from coming in. If your company's downtime holds up a customer from their deadline, they may cancel their order altogether. Downtime might leave your customer no choice but to do business with your competitor.
Lost Business to Competitors
Losing business to competitors can cost you more than a lost sale. Your company's brand reputation and customer perception are also at stake. It also doesn't help your business look any better if your competition is available to fulfill an order when you're not.
Preparing for Production
By having the right plans, parts, people, and same-day logistics partner, you can effectively mitigate the loss of revenue, schedule disruptions, and customer dissatisfaction due to manufacturing downtime. Here’s how we do it.
Private flights on an AirFreight.com air charter provide the exclusivity and speed you need to hit those critical 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.
Before your production system gets back online, the parts have to travel by ground—at least part of the way. Ground expedite service from AirFreight.com includes sprinter vans, small and large straight trucks, and up to 53-foot tractor trailer delivery teams. 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 Your Flight
With AirFreight.com, you can always expect the same top-flight service from start to finish.
Always-Free Freight Quotes
AirFreight.com offers efficient and effective solutions across a wide range of service options. 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.
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 their destination on time.
Lost or delayed parts can cripple a repair schedule, driving up costs to the airplane operator. 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.
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 anytime.
With AirFreight.com, you’ll work with the same expeditor 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 manufacturing 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.
Choosing the right 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 business as usual!
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