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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.

Industry Statistics

800

Hours of manufacturing equipment downtime annually

15

Hours of manufacturing equipment downtime weekly

$22,000

Line-down loss per minute rate for automotive manufacturers

5

Conservative estimate of annual factory lost productivity

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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.

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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.

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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.

Overcoming Downtime

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.

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Lost Productivity

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.

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Production Delays

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.

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Lost Revenue

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.

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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.

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Air Charter

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.

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Ground Expedite

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.

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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.

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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 their destination on time.

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Real-Time Tracking

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.

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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 anytime.

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Experienced Expeditors

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!

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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Construction

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.
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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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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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