When companies such as those in Aerospace have to ship packages as soon as possible, partnering with a tech-enabled 3PL provides the highest success rate for faster, more accurate deliveries while giving you a custom solution at a reasonable cost.
What Are Time Critical Shipments
Sometimes you can't afford to have your shipment take several days to reach its final destination. Either because the shipment is sensitive in nature or there's a sudden demand that you could have anticipated, getting a shipment to its destination quickly is a priority. This can be a range of products like aviation parts for AOGs, tissues or other specimens with a quick shelf-life or high-demand technology.
How Time Critical Deliveries Operate
The process behind placing a time sensitive delivery can be broken down in 7 steps.
- A business has an urgent need for a part/specimen
- They procure the part from a manufacturer
- The business communicates with their 3PL to deliver the part/specimen as soon as possible
- The 3PL dispatches a driver to pick up the package
- If a flight is needed, the driver tenders the package to an airline
- If there is a flight, another driver recovers the package from the destination airport
- The driver delivers the package to it’s destination
Now this process can change per delivery, shipping situations, package requirements, etc.
Why Technology Is Needed
The process listed above is traditionally maneuvered through antiquated technologies and lag indicators to manually move the process along. When every second counts, it is important to not unnecessarily waste time. The graph below shows how the antiquated process can take these 7 simple steps and create a manual web of lag indicators and delay the process.
To put it into perspective, it can take up to an hour for a business to call their 3PL, that 3PL to contact potential drivers and create an estimated quote, call the business back and confirm the order, then call the driver back to dispatch the job. That means from when an order has been placed, more than 8,000 different flights could have take off globally.
In an industry where every second matters, and in a world where we have the technology to automate these processes, why is this still common practice?