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Crisis averted during recent Chunnel delays

By Kyle Linsay
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 11:00

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Brad Brennan, Evolution Time Critical managing director

Responsive air charters intercept road and rail freight as part of multifaceted contingency action by emergency logistics specialist

Emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical averted production crises for a number of vehicle manufacturers during the recent period of Channel Tunnel delays. The interrupted service, sparked by a lorry fire on January 17 and lasting for more than a week, resulted in a number of OEMs and tier suppliers having to implement supply chain contingency measures to prevent production line stoppages.

With shipments delayed in the Tunnel gridlock for up to 12 hours, Evolution Time Critical intercepted and redirected inbound deliveries through private jet charter for a number of vehicle manufacturers.

“Nobody anticipated that the freight delays would be so long following the initial fire, which made emergency logistics expertise an essential time-sensitive response to safeguard supply chain activity,” says Evolution Time Critical managing director, Brad Brennan. “Our 24-hour Control Centre is tailor-made for handling large-scale disruption of this type and help avoid supply chain collapse.”

As well as upgrading van deliveries to jet charters, Evolution Time Critical implemented a range of solutions for a number of customers, depending on individual supply chain circumstances. These included air charters direct from supplier plants in Europe, and even intercepting trailers with shipments already en-route in order to transfer small quantities of components for air charter, in some cases providing a door-to-door service in under 5 hours.

During the Tunnel delays and in the aftermath, Evolution Time Critical was able to apply its analytic expertise and agility, not only reacting to supply chain jeopardy but also working with its clients to provide a proactive contingency that safeguards production.

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