Trucks, Planes and Automobiles
Load date/time: Friday 29th June, 14:00
Origin location: The Ruhr, Germany
Waypoints: Oporto, Portugal & the Ruhr, Germany
Delivery date/time: Monday 2nd July, 10:00
Final destination: The Midlands, UP
Payload: 4 large pallets (aluminium sheeting/automobile parts)
Just like in those ‘Road Trip’ movies where the characters just have to be somewhere by a strict deadline, the route taken by some of Priority Freight’s expedited cargo is not always A to B. In this story C and D also feature.
A large automotive client called us on a Friday. They had a potential production line stoppage, unless additional supplies of a part from Germany were not delivered by the following Monday.
At first glance this appeared to be a simple task until the full ‘road trip’ scenario was revealed……the required parts had not been manufactured yet, they were still in their raw state, sheets of aluminium. And there was another twist in the plot….the metal sheets needed to be treated before they could be turned into car parts….. the treatment plant was in Portugal!
The timeline was interesting too. The Portuguese factory needed eight hours to treat the product and the factory in Germany would need a further 24 hours to produce the parts. Then they needed to be on the production line in the UK by Monday morning.
So our dedicated team swung into action. The four large pallets of aluminium sheet were immediately trucked to Baden Baden airport, where a Saab aircraft had been positioned for the flight to Oporto. As soon as the aircraft came to a halt in Portugal the aluminium was trucked to the pre-warned tier-three supplier. As the vehicle waited and the air crew took its statutory break, the metal was treated and on the Saturday morning it was on the plane back to Germany.
Fortunately the script contained a helpful tailwind, which resulted in an arrival at Cologne airport ahead of schedule; much to the relief of both our UK client and their German tier-two supplier who were kept up-dated as the scene constantly shifted by our round-the-clock logistics team. The supplier’s factory was well prepared to start production of the parts as soon as the treated aluminium was delivered; just 24 hours after we had received the initial request.
So to the last reel of the film; on the Sunday we had a vehicle on standby, waiting at the German factory for the manufactured parts to be loaded and trucked to the UK. And the final denouement to minimise any delays, we arranged a driver swap en-route. Delivery was accomplished well ahead of schedule and costly production downtime was prevented. The end……well, not quite…. it’s all part of a long-running saga for Priority Freight.