Search
  • Home
  • News
  • About us
  • Global network
  • Careers
  • Contact us

Case Study: Overcoming Supply Chain Disruption

Vantec Hitachi Transport is Helping Keep the Vibe Tribe Moving Closer to Adventure

The economic effects of supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 continue to ripple through the global economy. From automotive importers to agriculture exporters, few industries have been immune.

Staying Together (six feet apart)
Social distancing and stay-at-home orders intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 have made the call of the outdoors irresistible for many of us. While many segments of the outdoor industry have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 shutdown, some companies, like Kennesaw, GA based Vibe Kayaks are fortunate to offer the perfect solution for social distancing outdoors.

Since 2013, Vibe has focused on one thing—giving paddlers of any skill level the opportunity to experience the freedom that comes with diving into what nature has to offer. The brand is built on a passion for the water, fishing, and outdoor living and Vibe's products are the perfect combination of good looks, great features, and affordability

No Drama. Just Adventure.

Vibe Kayaks Supply Chain

The Challenge - Keep the Vibe Tribe Moving

Vantec Hitachi Transport System is proud to serve Vibe Kayaks as their full-service logistics provider. It has been our mission to help Vibe successfully navigate the supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19.

And make no mistake, COVID-19 introduced some serious supply chain challenges. In a three-week period between March and April, the folks at Vibe saw a tremendous spike in demand for their ocean-tough kayaks; effectively selling out their in-stock inventory. Consumers were signaling strongly their desire to realize the physical and mental benefits of doing their social distancing outside. Getting out on the water to experience the outdoors in a Vibe Kayak is the perfect way to connect with friends and family while keeping that all-important social distance.

However, with warehouses closed or short-staffed and ocean carriers cancelling sailings, replenishing that inventory was no small task. All of this supply chain drama, coincided with the introduction of Vibe’s exciting, new Shearwater line of kayaks.

Vibe Kayaks Shearwater

In order to replenish stock and satisfy existing pre-orders of the Shearwater, Vantec Hitachi Transport worked closely with Vibe to keep the flow of product moving. From timing the shipments at origin to ensure smooth warehouse throughput to inventory management services, our goal was the successful delivery of product to dealers and end users alike.

When new inventory finally began to arrive in late April/Early May, Jacob Modrzynski, VP of Operations & Supply Chain at Vibe describes it as an ‘all hands on deck’ effort to turn that inventory and ship it out to dealers and customers. “In working with Vantec Hitachi, we are able to focus our efforts less on the warehousing/distribution and more on customer service, product development and marketing our brand. A partner like Vantec Hitachi that is eager and willing to take on the product is so much more valuable than a random fulfillment warehouse that considers the product ‘just another number’ even though they may be cheaper."

A Partner for Success

Vantec Hitachi Transport remains committed to providing a high-level of customer service with a full scope of Smart Logistic Solutions. In challenging times like these, it is more important than ever that your logistics partner possess a spirit of collaboration and offer solutions for success. Contact us for more information on our Smart Logistic Solutions. 

Contact Us

Latest Posts

Case Study: Overcoming Supply Chain Disruption

Vantec Hitachi Transport is Helping Keep the Vibe Tribe Moving Closer to Adventure The economic effects of supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 continue to ripple through the ...

read more

Your Guide to Importing PPE

  Are you considering importing PPE or other Medical Equipment into the United States? The impact of COVID-19 has created an unprecedented global demand for medical equipment needed to ...

read more

When is Air Freight the Right Choice?

In 1903, on a cold and windy December day the Wright brothers changed the world with a single 12-second flight. Considering how much work had gone into building an aircraft that could ...

read more

Does Your Freight Forwarder Offer More Than Just a Good Price?

 

read more
Latest Posts