Case Study – How Shipping Is Driving Growth In The Automotive Industry
Case Study – How Shipping Is Driving Growth In The Automotive Industry
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How Shipping Is Driving Growth In The Automotive Industry

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How Shipping Is Driving Growth In The Automotive Industry

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When creative collaboration applied to logistics delivers results ahead of time.

Case Study – How Shipping Is Driving Growth In The Automotive Industry

As a global leader in shipping and logistics, we are used to overcoming unique challenges to help our clients move products from one part of the world to another. Unfortunately, the last few years have not made this goal any easier from the global pandemic and highly congested shipping lanes across the land, air, and sea. Through all of this, Vector has continued to grow and succeed only because we cultivate strong partnerships with each new project we undertake.

We recently had the opportunity of helping to find a solution for international auto parts and car dealer brands in Mexico. In March 2022, two well-known manufacturers found themselves in a bit of a precarious situation. Usually, they would be able to use the highway between Queretaro and Aguascalientes in Mexico (El Bajio) all the way to the city of Puebla, where cars are assembled for distribution. Typically this is a 335-614km journey by a truck that can be done in 4-6.5 hours, depending on which route you take and your city of origin. It should have been a simple logistic problem only requiring a truck or two, but then things got interesting.

Moving Auto Parts in Mother Nature’s Timeline

Case Study – How Shipping Is Driving Growth In The Automotive Industry

What made this logistics situation so exciting was the unique series of events that led up to our involvement. Both manufacturers needed automotive parts urgently to fulfill their obligation for product and client needs. However, the main highway that they would use for the normal distribution of parts was shut down, effectively cutting off their service.

That is when we were contacted to step in and help coordinate local companies and find a solution. Our expert team started reaching out to different companies we knew in the area and were able to get a hold of both manufacturers. These service providers worked closely with other automotive industry companies before and there needed to be coordination between them as we decided the best method of auto parts was going to be via helicopter.

Our goal was to ship parts through the air using a series of helicopters so the automotive industry in the area could continue production and meet KPIs. We had some issues finding a solution for our clients as none of these locations had heliports, but once a safe area was cleared, we could begin making a delivery in a timely manner.

Then Mother Nature stepped in to add a twist. A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Veracruz, causing warning alarms to sound off all over Mexico City. This created a bit of a speed bump. We already had to get special expedited flight permits because helicopters are not supposed to fly during the night in the area, but now we had a local government handling the aftermath of an earthquake that knocked out communication with the major flight tower on top of a global pandemic that will still be causing issues with health and safety.

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Case Study – How Shipping Is Driving Growth In The Automotive Industry

This project was extremely challenging for me due to its complexity since we had to process special permits to be able to fly the cargo during nighttime; in addition, the plant parking lots had to be adapted for the landing of the helicopters. Within my trajectory in the logistics industry, this has been one of the shipments that have left me with the most learning and feedback.

Case Study – How Shipping Is Driving Growth In The Automotive Industry
— Adriana Murillo, Operations Manager

The Power of Solid Logistics Partners

Case Study – How Shipping Is Driving Growth In The Automotive Industry

Once again, our operations team snapped into action and began to immediately coordinate with local providers that, to us, are heroes for their professionalism during a truly once-in-a-lifetime series of challenges.

Our goal was to complete this order within 5 days. On day one, we were able to make 5 movements of shipped auto parts via helicopter. After that, it was very touch and go depending on the weather, wind, and ability to communicate with local authorities as they handled the aftermath of the earthquake.

We are happy to report due to the incredible effort of local partners, our logistics teams, and the excellent service and communication with our clients, we were able to complete the expedited delivery of auto parts in less than 4 days.

This was one of our more interesting cases. Besides handling all the challenges from nature and physical locations of delivery, we had to manage the weight distribution and calculate what could be moved inside of each helicopter. Load balancing is a serious concern with helicopters, even when you use larger models like we were able to secure.

In the end, all deliveries were made under the proposed time limit and because of the strong partnerships made in the local community. Our role in this expedited project was guiding to the teams we worked with who put in a huge effort to succeed in delivery. We are happy to report that the positive outcome of this project has led not only to a great point of experience for our team but new partnerships within the automotive industry have been achieved because of the high-quality customer service and ability to get the job done with innovative solutions.

Creative Logistics Provided by Seasoned Experts

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One of the many benefits we always use in our B2B marketing is Vector’s dedication to communication. This case is an excellent example of why transparent, clear, and timely communication is necessary to overcome roadblocks that pop up now and then in your shipping and logistics efforts.

These automotive industry clients could easily have waited for the highway to open up, but they wanted to honor their commitments to their clients. Their goal is to maintain a quality of service, and they relied on our team to help ensure that goal could be met. Our expert team had to utilize their experience and communication skills to solidify local partnerships to get the work done to the client’s satisfaction. This is the kind of scenario where Vector thrives because it involves creative problem solving and one-on-one communication with locals to ensure success.

Our clients benefit from getting access to a unique team of dedicated and results-driven individuals, each with their own network and skill set, that can help you move your products from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

If you would like to experience the Vector difference for your next logistic challenge, reach out to our expert team and give us a call today. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We are an international shipping and logistics team that works with clients all over the world. Please feel free to explore our website to learn more about our background and services. We have other excellent case studies like this one with the automotive industry that demonstrate our commitment to finding a solution for any situation.