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Logistics for the Logisticians: Expedited Air & Ground Services for 3PL Providers

Logistics is essential for success in any industry, but it has become so complex in recent years that many businesses have given up trying to handle it internally. Instead, they leave it to the professionals, contracting with third-party logistics (3PL) businesses to take care of the transportation, warehousing, and broader supply chain management. 3PL businesses benefit from greater specialization, direct experience, and the ability to invest in a large enough number of logistics resources to benefit from economies of scale. 

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Of Fortune 500 companies use a 3PL partner


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Of shippers say their 3PL partner has reduced their overall logistics costs


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3PL Business

3PL businesses’ success has created new challenges.

Ironically, these businesses deal with logistical mishaps beyond what their existing infrastructure can handle. 3PL companies have been expanding resources to cope with this new demand, but in the meantime, it can be difficult to stay ahead of their obligations. In this situation, expedited freight providers become essential.

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AirFreight.com offers the gold standard in expedited freight solutions.

As an emergency delivery broker, we’re used to helping companies out of logistical jams, and we have no trouble providing that help to companies in the logistics business. We provide an extensive network of cargo airline affiliates across North America. Through these resources and our centralized planning operations, we help 3PL providers overcome all the challenges of their industry, including:

Warehousing Woes

Warehousing Woes

As demand grows, so must the amount of available space, and 3PL businesses have to avoid both paying for space they don’t use and failing to obtain the amount of space they need. Ordinarily, 3PL businesses expand and contract their available warehouse space in tandem with need. But when there’s a sudden shock to the systemsay, a client that demands a larger delivery than usual or a truckload that needs to stay in its warehouse because the original delivery didn’t work out3PL businesses often have to scramble to find the space for all their inventory.

3PL Coverage Network

The Coverage Network

AirFreight.com takes the pressure off of 3PL companies’ warehousing needs. Thanks to our enormous web of cargo airline affiliates, truckers, and vehicles, we have the ability to reach any payload on the continent, load it up, and deliver it to its destination anywhere else on the continent within 24 hours. By keeping your items moving even in the face of disruptive deliveries and unstable demand, we make sure you never have more inventory on hand than your storage capacity can handle.

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Changing Weather Conditions

By having the right plans, parts, people, and logistics partner like AirFreight.com, you can effectively mitigate unscheduled disruptions. Here’s how we do it.

3PL Provider Shipping Challenges

3PL Provider Shipping Challenges

Experienced 3PL providers know how to minimize the potential for weather to disrupt their plans, notably by planning their deliveries in such a way that they don’t avoid areas with frequent storms or ice during the particular season when they’re making a delivery. But between the changing climate and the inherent unpredictability of inclement weather, no company can ever make 100% sure that their shipment won’t get disrupted. Sooner or later, you’re going to find yourself with a payload of items that you can’t get to the destination on the ordinary route.

Finding the Best Route

Finding the Best Route

AirFreight.com is adept at finding the best routes with ideal weather conditions throughout North America. The size of our network supports our operations against weather changes. Having both airline and trucking affiliates means that if some form of weather makes one delivery method infeasible, we’ll use the other. And having so many successful cargo companies and experienced drivers in our network means we can easily find people with the expertise to deliver safely and swiftly under all conditions.

Keeping in Contact

Keeping in Contact

3PL providers need to maintain open communications with their customers. But like all other priorities, communication is scrambled when 3PL providers suffer a logistical mishap and have to turn to expedited freight providers. In these situations, 3PL providers have to first get information from their expedited partner before they can pass it on to the customer.

Regular Updates

Regular Updates

AirFreight.com avoids this confusing game of telephone by staying in regular contact with all our clients, including 3PL companies. From the moment we load up your items until the moment we’ve delivered them, we give you detailed updates on the location, condition, and estimated delivery time. We also have a central line open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which you can call anytime for more detailed updates on your order.

Tracking in Real Time

As 3PL operations expand, they become more complex.

Complex Timelines

Complex Timelines

It’s not uncommon for a 3PL provider to have hundreds of trucks on the road or planes in the air at any given time, with each vehicle having complex timelines for delivering, handing off, or storing the items they’re carrying. Such a complex operation is inevitable if you want to do business on a large scale for a variety of customers, each with unique delivery needs. But the more complicated it gets, the more layered successful operations become.

Advanced Tech

Advanced Tech

AirFreight.com’s resources and advanced technology allow us to replace parts throughout your 3PL chain quickly, should they go missing or become delayed. Because our vehicles are spread so widely across North America, we can easily identify a truck close to the location of your items and dispatch it to pick those items up. Once we have the items, we’ll get right on the road toward their destination, and will use our centralized tracking and planning infrastructure to make sure it stays on the fastest, most reliable route.

Scheduled and Charter Flights

Scheduled and Charter Flights

If the destination in question is an airport, we’ll either get it there in time for its flight or, if the flight has already left, schedule space for it on another flight to its final destination. If scheduled flights are limited, we can charter a new flight specifically for your items. One way or another, we’ll complete the delivery and make sure that a momentary lapse in your system never gets out of hand.

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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Because 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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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 delay, loss of energy capacity, or the idling of plants for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance. Whether it's a hydroelectric power station or solar farm, you need a 3PL provider 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% 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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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 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 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 includes sensitive electronics and glass that are easily subject to damage. Constructing one solar panel requires nearly 40 different components, including precious metals, that need to get to the factory on time. With requirements like this, it's critical to work with the right 3PL provider that can flex with your needs when situations and requirements change.
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During downtime, retailers experience lost sales with 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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Unexpected IT downtime can bring down even the largest businesses—just ask 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% 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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