Shipping is a big part of our global chain of value. The different operations during production rarely happen at the same location, or even in the same country. So an efficient network of transportation is crucial to make a global chain of value work.
We transport our goods by sea, truck and air. We strive towards keeping our number of shipments to the minimum, and to send as much as we can by sea shipments. The obvious advantage is that it is less costly to send in big bulk shipments, which is also more friendly to the environment. Shipping by sea dwarfs any other method of transportation in terms of CO2 emissions, the bigger the vessel the better.
In the world of shipping, time is your constant enemy. To be able to ship by sea, you need to plan very long ahead of time. For example, shipping a denim by sea from Japan to Portugal will take around 60 days. This of course assumes that the denim we need is on stock in Japan. If not, you need to add a few more months to the equation.