Case Studies

  • 1,145 Tons. One desert. A disappearing road. No problem

    1,145 Tons. One desert. A disappearing road. No problem.

    Customer Challenge: Our Client was faced with transporting 372 pieces of oil and gas equipment, many of which were heavy and oversized from Italy to a drilling site in Uzbekistan through the Volga-Don canal and the port of Turkmenbashi. To avoid potential problems and ensure the job was completed on time, our customer required extensive pl …

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    1,145 Tons. One desert. A disappearing road. No problem.

    case study spot constructionCustomer Challenge:

    Our Client was faced with transporting 372 pieces of oil and gas equipment, many of which were heavy and oversized from Italy to a drilling site in Uzbekistan through the Volga-Don canal and the port of Turkmenbashi. To avoid potential problems and ensure the job was completed on time, our customer required extensive planning and surveying of the proposed transit route.

    Our Solution:

    • Complete route survey, clearance from all local authorities in advance of move
    • Route planning and permit applications
    • Transportation management
    • Documentation
    • Escorts and convoy

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    Customer Benefit:

    The OIA Energy Team’s intimate knowledge of the areas and countries along the project’s transportation route proved invaluable and ensured that progress was maintained according to schedule. Several potential disasters were avoided thanks to the team’s extraordinary attention to detail, diligence, and experience. The customer was pleased with OIA's quick reactions and solutions to unforeseen problems the route presented along the way.

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  • A complex global solution enables management to focus on strategy, customers, and sourcing

    A complex global solution enables management to focus on strategy, customers, and sourcing

    Customer Challenge: Compliance with ever-changing life science logistics and transportation requirements coupled with a global portfolio of suppliers, resulted in one company’s very challenging, labor-intensive supply chain. Our customer, a multinational healthcare manufacturer, needed a solution that woul …

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    A complex global solution enables management to focus on strategy, customers, and sourcing

    case study spot plane2Customer Challenge:

    Compliance with ever-changing life science logistics and transportation requirements coupled with a global portfolio of suppliers, resulted in one company’s very challenging, labor-intensive supply chain. Our customer, a multinational healthcare manufacturer, needed a solution that would reduce complexity and allow management to concentrate on strategic initiatives.

    Our Solution:

    • Air and ocean forwarding
    • Customs brokerage and compliance
    • Control tower centralized coordination
    • Logistics and financial management reporting
    • Dedicated account management
    • On-site support in Japan and China
    • Quality control
    • Purchase order verification and management

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    Customer Benefit:

    The customer achieved over $400,000 in annual savings through improved supplier productivity and online visibility to over 25 key logistics reports covering KPIs and financial metrics provided to global management. The customer also saw a reduction in labor costs by outsourcing to OIA’s on-site logistics experts in Asia.

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  • A domestic managed transportation program that reduces costs and supports crictical supply chain flows and custom requirements

    A domestic managed transportation program that reduces costs and supports crictical supply chain flows and custom requirements

    Customer Challenge: Golf clubs are a highly seasonal and competitive product and clients retail and end user customers have exacting demands requiring country club deliveries, trade show management, and temporary inventory support. Time-sensitive delivery windows and loc …

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    A domestic managed transportation program that reduces costs and supports crictical supply chain flows and custom requirements

    Customer Challenge:

    case study spot semiGolf clubs are a highly seasonal and competitive product and clients retail and end user customers have exacting demands requiring country club deliveries, trade show management, and temporary inventory support. Time-sensitive delivery windows and locations without unloading facilities pose additional challenges.

    Our Solution:

    • Carrier management and auditing
    • Management reporting
    • Online shipment visibility
    • Temporary inventory storage
    • Trade show services
    • Trailer supply and yard management

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    Customer Benefit:

    Our client was able to obtain dedicated customer service and a simplified transportation solution with a single point of contact. Transportation costs and damages were reduced, and the client achieved 99% on-time delivery performance.

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  • A logistics program enables a new product without a hitch

    A logistics program enables a new product without a hitch

    Customer Challenge: Golf clubs and apparel are highly seasonal and competitive industries, and our customer, a major manufacturer and retailer, was in danger of missing retail deadlines for its newly designed products. Failure to have the product in stores would have cost the company millions in lost revenue. Our Solution:

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    A logistics program enables a new product without a hitch

    Customer Challenge:

    case study spot plane3Golf clubs and apparel are highly seasonal and competitive industries, and our customer, a major manufacturer and retailer, was in danger of missing retail deadlines for its newly designed products. Failure to have the product in stores would have cost the company millions in lost revenue.

    Our Solution:

    • Analysis and review of logistics options from Asia to Mexico
    • Supplier and carrier coordination
    • Air freight forwarding
    • Web tracking and shipment status
    • Cross-border services (USA-Mexico)
    • Management reporting

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    Customer Benefit:

    Our client successfully distributed its new products to retail and end user customers during the peak buying season for golf clubs, enabling the company to successfully build new revenues and market share while reducing its transit costs in excess of 20%. Transit times were also reduced by an average of 10 days.

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  • An Asia-to-US import program enabling retail and direct-to-customer fulfillment

    An Asia-to-US import program enabling retail and direct-to-customer fulfillment

    Customer Challenge: Our customer, a global producer of hiking boots and outdoor footwear, was challenged with providing consistent and low-cost order fulfillment directly to North American retailers and customer sales channels. However, the company faced market forces such as port labor issues, and transport capacity …

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    An Asia-to-US import program enabling retail and direct-to-customer fulfillment

    case study spot warehouseCustomer Challenge:

    Our customer, a global producer of hiking boots and outdoor footwear, was challenged with providing consistent and low-cost order fulfillment directly to North American retailers and customer sales channels. However, the company faced market forces such as port labor issues, and transport capacity fluctuations.

    Our Solution:

    • Supplier management program
    • Air and ocean transportation (LCL & FCL)
    • 100,000sq. ft. cross-docking and distribution facility
    • Warehouse optimization program
    • Inventory management
    • Order fulfillment

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    Customer Benefit:

    OIA implemented a metrics and reporting system, managed over 30 Asia vendors, and optimized inbound transportation spending. Labor costs were reduced by 10% at import distribution facility, and created contingency plans for East Coast destinations. With these innovations in place, the company also required less warehouse space.

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  • An inventory visibility solution that reduced costs and improved customer service

    An inventory visibility solution that reduced costs and improved customer service

    Customer Challenge: Global management of sophisticated, costly engine repair tools used to provide quick response aircraft repairs was a major undertaking for our customer, a multinational maintenance and repair support firm for aircraft engines. Meeting intense customer demands and providing the correct equipmen …

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    An inventory visibility solution that reduced costs and improved customer service

    Customer Challenge:

    case study spot engineGlobal management of sophisticated, costly engine repair tools used to provide quick response aircraft repairs was a major undertaking for our customer, a multinational maintenance and repair support firm for aircraft engines. Meeting intense customer demands and providing the correct equipment to ensure airline customer productivity required developing the perfect combination of standard operating procedures, technology support, and people resources.

    Our Solution:

    • 100,000 square foot distribution center
    • Inventory management system
    • Documentation verification and support
    • Carrier management
    • Pick and pack from inventory
    • Shipment staging

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    Customer Benefit:

    Our client was able to quickly respond to urgent customer demands for aircraft repair worldwide. Relying on OIA’s logistics team, the company was able to reuse existing tools thanks to the complete inventory visibility provided by OIA’s WebTracker and Edocs system which, tracked shipments down to the product code level. Before implementing this program, the client was purchasing new tools rather than reusing available existing ones and so realized annual savings in excess of $3 million. Tool utilization also improved. Paperwork issues that had previously delayed shipments ceased as the OIA team ensured that packing lists, invoices, and certificates of origin were in order for quick customs clearance.

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  • An out-of-gauge logistics challenge facilitates a new energy source in Southern Europe

    An out-of-gauge logistics challenge facilitates a new energy source in Southern Europe

    Customer Challenge: Our customer had to transport a 113- ton rotor shaft from a factory in Switzerland through mountain passes and tunnels to a hydropower site in northern Italy. This was complicated by different rules for convoy transportation in the two countries, requiring an exchange of vehicles at the bor …

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    An out-of-gauge logistics challenge facilitates a new energy source in Southern Europe

    case study spot alstromCustomer Challenge:

    Our customer had to transport a 113- ton rotor shaft from a factory in Switzerland through mountain passes and tunnels to a hydropower site in northern Italy. This was complicated by different rules for convoy transportation in the two countries, requiring an exchange of vehicles at the border.

    Our Solution:

    • Route planning and permit applications
    • Heavy lift and out-of-gauge movements
    • Escorts and convoys
    • Specialized transportation equipment

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    Customer Benefit:

    The customer satisfied significant liability, engineering safety, and product integrity requirements. Surveys, communication with road authorities in both countries and detailed planning ensured the entire operation was completed without incident. To the customer’s great satisfaction, the rotor shaft was safely delivered to its destination. The customer entrusted this project to the OIA Energy Team because of our proven history of delivering complex projects on time and on budget.

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  • Brand standards and sustainability challenges solved through vendor management and packaging redesign

    Brand standards and sustainability challenges solved through vendor management and packaging redesign

    Customer Challenge: Our customer, a major importer of bicycles and apparel, was experiencing fast growth, challenging the company’s ability to position its brand and meet sustainability goals. Market expansion required an increased number of vendors, more coordination, and costly quality checks. …

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    Brand standards and sustainability challenges solved through vendor management and packaging redesign

    case study spot helmetCustomer Challenge:

    Our customer, a major importer of bicycles and apparel, was experiencing fast growth, challenging the company’s ability to position its brand and meet sustainability goals. Market expansion required an increased number of vendors, more coordination, and costly quality checks. This meant the company needed to meet additional sustainability requirements while also maintaining brand standards.

    Our Solution:

    • Packaging Restricted Substance List (PRSL) management
    • Redesign of retail packaging
    • Global quality program
    • Sourcing of sustainable and compliant materials
    • Management reporting

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    Customer Benefit:

    Vendor management and a retail packaging redesign resulted in a 26% reduction in packaging costs, and implementation of a “one-size fits all” format achieved an additional 8% savings. Further quality management ensured PRSL compliance, as well as an overall improvement in brand consistency and carbon footprint reductions across the board.

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  • Circuit of the Americas: Getting 27 cars ready for a day at the races

    Circuit of the Americas: Getting 27 cars ready for a day at the races

    Customer Challenge: Thirteen privately owned race teams had the challenge of making sure that 27 full race spec cars worth in excess of $3 million USD were delivered safely to the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas. Timing was everything, and even small delays could have proven to be disastrous. In addition, a …

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    Circuit of the Americas: Getting 27 cars ready for a day at the races

    case study spot automotive1Customer Challenge:

    Thirteen privately owned race teams had the challenge of making sure that 27 full race spec cars worth in excess of $3 million USD were delivered safely to the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas. Timing was everything, and even small delays could have proven to be disastrous. In addition, all cars and associated equipment and parts were to be returned to Germany within 72 hours of race completion.

    Our Solution:

    • Selection of race track handling companies, airport authorities, customs brokers
    • Dedicated on-site team
    • Chartering of two Boeing 747 freighters
    • Fully supervised loading/offloading processes
    • Build and break of specially designed auto pallets
    • Air units trucked to site on flat-bed truck with ensuring breakdown in the pit lanes

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    Customer Benefit:

    A 100% one-stop solution. Single point of contact throughout the entire project life span. The Automotive Team took care of every single step of the project, making it possible for the customers to focus on the actual racing event. Cars and parts were available trackside precisely when needed, and returned to the race owner in Germany on schedule. OIA’s attention to detail ensured a trouble-free experience for all race teams involved.

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  • Combining materials management with an optimized logistics solution

    Combining materials management with an optimized logistics solution

    Customer Challenge: Our client, one of the largest producers of outdoor and athletic wear faced challenges when four of its Vietnam-based OEM’s consistently ran short on a key production material, resulting in production and product delays. Material lead-time for the item was six weeks, so by the time an OEM thought to order fro …

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    Combining materials management with an optimized logistics solution

    case study spot swatchesCustomer Challenge:

    Our client, one of the largest producers of outdoor and athletic wear faced challenges when four of its Vietnam-based OEM’s consistently ran short on a key production material, resulting in production and product delays. Material lead-time for the item was six weeks, so by the time an OEM thought to order from the raw material supplier, it was often too little too late.

    Our Solution:

    • Volume price negotiations
    • Reduced raw material lead times
    • Planned & assured capacities/secured supply chain
    • Multi-user warehouse (Hanoi)
    • Materials management
    • Ocean transportation
    • Management reporting

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    Customer Benefit:

    Order lead times for the OEM factories were reduced from 45 days to 10 days. The customer saw a marked increase in supply consistency, as the OEMs no longer had difficulty reordering in time to meet demand fluctuations. OIA was able to leverage the long-ranging volume demand from the four OEMs in negotiations with the raw material supplier. The brand client is now able to enjoy transparency to OEM cost for the raw material (via OIA), OIA’s ability to buy in FCL loads and single-point volume buy negotiations with the supplier has resulted in over $1 million in annualized savings.

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  • Logistics challenge enables client to build the worlds’ heaviest and tallest wind and power infrastructure

    Logistics challenge enables client to build the world's heaviest and tallest wind and power infrastructure

    Customer Challenge: Our client, a global manufacturer of specialized wind energy installations, took part in a competition to supply some of the highest energy-generating wind power turbines in the world. This contest involved establishing the world’s largest land based windmill at the Hunt …

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    Logistics challenge enables client to build the world's heaviest and tallest wind and power infrastructure

    case study spot windCustomer Challenge:

    Our client, a global manufacturer of specialized wind energy installations, took part in a competition to supply some of the highest energy-generating wind power turbines in the world. This contest involved establishing the world’s largest land based windmill at the Hunterston test site in West Scotland, one of the windiest places in Europe. However, the port at Hunterston did not have port facilities to receive windmill parts of this size, so a custom quay had to be built. The customer engaged OIA to help navigate the multiple challenges related to the planning and execution of what essentially was a world first: the transportation of the largest windmill blade parts ever made.

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    Our Solution:

    • Consolidation
    • Transportation management
    • Project cargo
    • Specialized logistics equipment

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    Customer Benefit:

    The very long time line of this project required our customer to select a logistics partner that could participate in the project from the first minute of planning until completion several years later. This required a great deal of dedication as well as attention to detail and knowledge of the customer’s internal organization. OIA’s Energy Team provided the consistency and continuity needed for a project this size and duration. Our true partnership with the customer enabled the company to concentrate on the other technical challenges of this enormous endeavor.

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  • New packaging builds revenue and sustainability for a large healthcare manufacturer

    New packaging builds revenue and sustainability for a large healthcare manufacturer

    Customer Challenge: Our healthcare customer, a manufacturer of therapeutic products, issued new parameters to its healthcare product suppliers to eliminate PVC clamshell packaging, due to the packaging’s lack of environmental compliance. The new packaging needed to be shelf-ready and not pegged in the retail envi …

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    New packaging builds revenue and sustainability for a large healthcare manufacturer

    case study spot optiboxCustomer Challenge:

    Our healthcare customer, a manufacturer of therapeutic products, issued new parameters to its healthcare product suppliers to eliminate PVC clamshell packaging, due to the packaging’s lack of environmental compliance. The new packaging needed to be shelf-ready and not pegged in the retail environment, despite the fact that space allocated by retailers typically only displayed products in PVC clamshells on a pegboard. Also, as a result of the clamshells not being able to stand upright, excess products were being flat-stacked below the display, which severely limited space in the display area.

    Our Solution:

    • Retail Packaging
    • Air and Ocean Transportation (LCL/FCL)
    • Customs Clearance
    • Packaging Optimization

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    Customer Benefit:

    Our customer’s new OIA-developed packaging was well received by retailers. One retailer increased the shelf space display by 17 inches, enabling our customer to add an additional 3 SKUs to the store set, resulting in increased revenue. Additionally, improved brand messaging and graphics helped their products to stand out among competing brands.

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  • Packaging optimization results in 20% savings for a large medical manufacturer

    Packaging optimization results in 20% savings for a large medical manufacturer

    Customer Challenge: Our healthcare customer, a manufacturer of endoscopic imaging systems, and devices and infection control products, was experiencing consistent damage and higher than normal logistics costs on their international materials shipments as well as their outbound finished goods. Their current packaging w …

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    Packaging optimization results in 20% savings for a large medical manufacturer

    case study spot optimization boxesCustomer Challenge:

    Our healthcare customer, a manufacturer of endoscopic imaging systems, and devices and infection control products, was experiencing consistent damage and higher than normal logistics costs on their international materials shipments as well as their outbound finished goods. Their current packaging was ineffectively utilizing container space and was wasting logistics spend and increasing their carbon footprint.

    Our Solution:

    • Retail Packaging
    • Customs Clearance
    • Air and Ocean Transportation (LCL/FCL)
    • Packaging Optimization
    • Consulting
    • Management Reporting

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    Customer Benefit:

    Our customer realized an inbound logistics savings of 20% as well as an outbound finished goods savings of over 30% on ground and air shipments. They reduced warehousing costs with a weekly replenishment system based on minimum/maximum levels set up by OIA, which reduced their distribution space requirements. The reduction in the number of inbound shipments achieved through packaging optimization lowered their carbon footprint. Our customer was so pleased with the results that they awarded OIA with an additional retail packaging project focused on the centerpiece of their product line.

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  • Packaging Optimization: Results in 21% savings in transportation costs, while reducing wasted space

    Packaging Optimization: Results in 21% savings in transportation costs, while reducing wasted space

    Customer Challenge: Our customer, a global producer of hiking boots and outdoor footwear, recognized that poor packaging processes were being utilized by their footwear factories, which caused their packaging and products to arrive damaged. They also wanted to upgrade the look of their packaging a …

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    Packaging Optimization: Results in 21% savings in transportation costs, while reducing wasted space

    case study spot color swatchesCustomer Challenge:

    Our customer, a global producer of hiking boots and outdoor footwear, recognized that poor packaging processes were being utilized by their footwear factories, which caused their packaging and products to arrive damaged. They also wanted to upgrade the look of their packaging and increase brand awareness with high-end graphics. In addition, increased environmental pressure was pushing them to implement a PRSL compliance program.

    Our Solution:

    • Retail & Transit Packaging
    • Packaging Optimization
    • Management Reporting
    • Warehousing Management
    • Air and Ocean Transportation (LCL & FCL)
    • Supplier Management Program

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    Customer Benefit:

    OIA and our customer improved their packaging supply chain, achieving a 21% reduction in transportation costs, while improving the retail performance of their packaging and generating greater perceived value for the brand. Further, OIA’s processes provided the brand with a level of supply chain transparency and control that they previously did not enjoy.

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  • There and back – Vintage cars to Pebble Beach and Shanghai

    There and back: Vintage cars to Pebble Beach and Shanghai

    Customer Challenge: Our client, a Classic Motors company, required a sophisticated compliance solution for the transportation and customs/tax treatment of four rare vintage cars from Germany to the United States and China, and potentially back again. The cars were to be shown at an auction in the United States at the prestigious Pebble Be …

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    There and back: Vintage cars to Pebble Beach and Shanghai

    case study spot planeCustomer Challenge:

    Our client, a Classic Motors company, required a sophisticated compliance solution for the transportation and customs/tax treatment of four rare vintage cars from Germany to the United States and China, and potentially back again. The cars were to be shown at an auction in the United States at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event. Our client needed several customs and tax solutions in place, depending on any potential sales.

    Our Solution:

    • Secure loading and lashing at the OIA automotive warehouse in Stuttgart.
    • APs (wooden automotive platform) were used for secure and loading of all cars into (2x) 40'
    • Bookings, organizing the sea freight
    • Customs clearance and documentation
    • Dedicated Auto Team management
    • Dedicated enclosed car transporters

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    Customer Benefit:

    We developed a one-stop solution with a single point of contact. OIA put transportation, customs and tax solutions in place for every car’s sale/show status. The team’s attention to detail ensured a trouble and stress-free experience for the owner, event organizers, and buyers alike. After a successful Pebble Beach event, two cars were sold, and the other two continued on to the Bund Classics event in Shanghai before they were finally returned to Germany in pristine condition.

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