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We’re in Supply Chain Strategies in The Times this week with complimentary copy for you

Posted 24-02-17, Tags: lost transit equipment, recover rollcages, roll cage recovery, rollcage rental, supply chain strategies

Some of you may have seen the Supply Chain Strategies supplement in the Times yesterday and read the stories about some of the supply chain disasters and what we can learn from them. If you want to find us we’re right next to a picture of Ed Sheeran and those 12 valuable lessons on page 13 (lucky for some). We’ll also be in this supplement in the Sunday Times this weekend. There is also an article on the internet of things (IOT) from Senior VP Hans Thalbauer at SAP and how that might affect your supply chain. 

A global map showing world trade flows for the UK, Germany, US, China, Brazil Australia and China may also be of interest for those musing on the future impacts of BREXIT and US protectionism on their global supply chains.

As we gear up for the Spring rush and the Easter holidays there will be plenty of other supply chain disasters we can prevent with our roll cage recovery and roll cage rental services. 

We thought you might enjoy reading about some of these supply chain disasters such as the one about UK retailers at Christmas in 2014 and not planning for the final mile delivery, when everyone is trying to use the same delivery company which can’t cope.

We’ve negotiated a special complimentary copy of Supply Chain Strategies for you, click to download and read your very own copy either online or offline.  

Let us know how we can prevent abuse and shortages of your transit equipment and the likely supply chain disaster which normally follows.   Contact us now.

Spring is in the air – are you ready for the rush?

Posted 22-02-17, Tags: peak retail trading times, rent roll cages, retail peak periods, retail peak season, roll cage hire, roll cage rental, rollcages, transit equipment

Everyone has different peak trading periods.   Some would say Christmas is their biggest retail challenge, but many companies feel the pressure at other times of the year such as Easter, Mother’s Day and the summer holidays. 

Retailers with airport outlets certainly feel the pinch in the summer holiday season. Suppliers of staples like milk and bread have a surge in demand when the children are on their school holidays and need feeding.

Well, it might not seem like it but the rush is only a matter of weeks away. If you haven’t planned for it already you’ve probably left it too late to build up stocks of roll cages, trays etc. to cope with demand. 

There are two options:

1. buy unbranded cages - that you’re likely to lose,
2. rent cages.

In the past, the issue with renting cages was the high cost of losing them. However now you can rent from our sister company at Roll Cage Rental and receive a free recovery service for the cages you lose and we find. 

They can offer this service because they are the only rental company that also has a nationwide recovery service for transit equipment.

Don’t throw your money away buying cages you will inevitably lose; go to the only rental company that helps you to hang onto the cages you rent.

 

 

How to get linen delivered snag free?

Posted 31-01-17, Tags: buy roll cages, laundry, laundry transport, lined roll cages, lost roll cages, rent roll cages, rollcages, snagged linen, transport linen

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If you run a laundry you will know the cost of getting your laundry snagged in roll cages and the huge repair bill that follows. There is an option to buy plastic containers but they are much more expensive and take up a lot of valuable space when they’re not in use. It seems a big, costly solution to a very simple issue.

The good news is that there is another solution and our sister company Roll Cage Rental has developed a plastic lined metal roll cage that is still nestable and ventilated but protects the linen and takes up far less space than a full plastic one.

You can now rent lined metal roll cages from Roll Cage Rental for a tiny sum in comparison to buying them. In addition you benefit from the national recovery service that we at ACQSYS provide as we return any lost cages to you free of charge.

So before you spend too much money on expensive plastic roll cages or more metal roll cages, contact Roll Cage Rental about renting their new lined roll cages and save yourself some money and potential hassle.

 

 

 

How green is your valley?

Posted 23-11-16, Tags: carbon footprint, lost rollcages, roll cage cost savings, roll cage recovery, roll cage recyling, rollcage rental, supply chain management, sustainability

Picture of waste metal mountain

Living in a city it’s hard to consider oneself as a particularly fine example of a waste recycler. However when I think about it, the work we are doing at ACQSYS is at least having its own impact on the amount of fresh metal and plastic being manufactured every year.

This reduction in waste happens because we track down and recover lost and misappropriated roll cages and plastic trays, belonging to our clients, thus saving them the cost of buying replacements.  Those replacements would be using valuable raw materials and their manufacture contributes to the carbon footprint.  Our clients are not only saving themselves valuable capital, they are contributing to the protection of our planet.

Our new rental business rollcagerental.co.uk is continuing in the same vein.  When you rent from us we recover cages that you lose and not only reduce your charge for losses, but also keep existing equipment in play, reducing the need to replace it.  In the last six months alone we have helped one of our clients avoid purchasing £750,000 worth of new equipment.

So, the questions are:
How do you measure your performance against environmental targets?
Have you ever considered why you are spending capital every year replacing missing equipment that could be recovered, or even rented?

When you set out to buy new transit equipment this year why not contact us first to see how we can not only save you money but also help you meet some of your softer business objectives?

You may be surprised to find we can even help you to reduce your carbon footprint too. 

Photo credit: Russ Allison Loar Junk Mountain via photopin (license)

From Warlock To Magician

Posted 13-10-15, Tags: Roll Cage Rental

When you land in trouble you grab the nearest helping hand but hero worship for saving the day can soon turn to aversion.

Remember the 1959 film "Warlock"[1] when Henry Fonda and Anthony Quinn were gunslingers hired to restore order to a lawless mining town?  Having cleaned up the neighbourhood the residents, as Fonda predicted, came to resent him and after much gunplay and romantic angst he leaves town.  Nice.

The Christmas Crunch

Well, every year the same plot is played out in UK supply chains swamped by the Christmas peak, except the ending isn’t so clean.  A sudden shortage of roll cages sends countless businesses into the hands of the cage rental companies who provide much needed short-term relief.  Come January the price has to be paid and, lo and behold, the number of cages to be returned is greater than the number available.  One large invoice later and relief has turned to resentment and, what’s worse, it will happen all over again next year.

But...

What would happen if the rental company was also the largest national asset recovery company in the UK?

What if this company were able to recover a proportion of the rental cages lost by their clients?   

What if this company shared that benefit with its clients  and softened the blow of the lost cages invoice?

Well that’s exactly what will happen.  ACQSYS is the UK’s leading roll cage and tray recovery business. If you rent equipment from us we will share with you the benefit gained from all of the lost ACQSYS rental cages we recover.

We call it the ACQSYS Rental Rebate Scheme and I think it will make you feel more kindly towards us than the poor residents of Warlock did towards Henry Fonda.

Why not contact us and find out?

Bill Howie

acqsys.co.uk

Bill Howie is Chief Executive of ACQSYS Supply Chain Solutions Limited, a company that specialises in the management and recovery of mobile and transit assets for manufacturers distributors and retailers 

Uncovered, The Criminal Exploitation of Innocent Roll Cages

Posted 05-07-15, Tags: Roll cages

Roll cages are used by manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers across Britain to ship products to and from each other’s premises with a view to ultimately selling said products to us. They are mobile, strong and versatile and are used in preference to pallets in many cases because you don’t need forklifts or pallet trucks to move them around.
 
However, what you may not realise is that, every year, thousands of roll cages escape from their humdrum existence to seek exciting new opportunities in the illegal trafficking market. It looks so exciting to break free and experience life on the streets but what they don’t realise is that the streets are controlled by a criminal class that draws them inexorably into a life of drudgery and pain.
 
How often have we seen a retail transit asset (roll cage to you and me) chained up at the back door, containing spare engine parts, old cardboard or even soiled linen? It’s a heartrending sight watching this once-proud king of the supply chain lose its dignity and its sheen at the hands of these monsters. Unscrupulous dealers entice these naïve, shiny new roll cages with the promise of freedom from exploitation at the hands of their cruel owners and, before they know it, they are trapped in a life of slavery and physical abuse.
 
Local shop owners force these unfortunates to stand on street corners displaying their wares to passers-by.

I have even seen a roll cage nailed down with a sign attached to it.  Brutal!

Is there no end to the depravity of the criminals who traffic in the lives of these poor transit assets?  It’s not just abduction; it’s abuse of the worst kind.  At ACQSYS we have made it our life’s work to track down the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and bring them to justice.  Along the way we rescue thousands of cruelly exploited roll cages and restore them to the bosom of their loving owners.  For some, though, it is too late.

Sob!

Bill Howie

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Bill Howie is Chief Executive of ACQSYS Supply Chain Solutions Limited, a company that specialises in the management and recovery of mobile and transit assets for manufacturers distributors and retailers

Are we living in the past?

Posted 06-08-13

Last week I was watching with interest as the Spanish customs and fishermen tried to bring Gibraltar to a halt by harassing shipping and searching cars entering Spain.  Some might say, why bother to keep Gibraltar under British rule?  After all, anyone who goes to The Rock is less likely to be in awe of standing on the northern column of the Pillars of Hercules than confused by the sense of being in Aldershot whilst looking across at the Atlas Mountains in 30C sunshine.  English pubs, keg beer reminiscent of Watneys Red Barrel, lots of tattoos, no tapas bars (fine by me) and an overwhelming sense of being at home, plus the apes of course.
 
Not exactly exotic, short of beaches, mediocre food,of no strategic value anymore and perpetually hassled by the Spanish, so why do we love it so?  Simple, because it gets up the noses of the Spaniards and, like The Falklands and Argentina, that’s all we need to stay put.
 
Then I got to thinking of other anachronistic notions we cling to when there is no logic to support them.  The first one that sprang to mind is the belief held by so many that England will one day produce a national football team that will make the country proud.  With most of our top clubs in foreign ownership and the playing squads filled with overseas players we can’t field a first team that can beat Montenegro and yet we wind ourselves up to believing that nine times out of ten the Germans won’t stuff us.
 
When the next pointless tournament comes around, the kit manufacturers and makers of the flag of St George (another Johnnie Foreigner, by the way) will ride the profitable surge of national fervour, leaving the fans wondering why blind faith didn’t carry the team beyond the pool stage.
 
What other old-fashioned nonsense do we cling to?  Ah, Entente Cordiale.  Need I say more?
 
All right, none of these is particularly serious, just indicative of how we conduct ourselves.  However, there is one anachronism that we should abandon- the notion that the British High Street can recover from the impact of internet shopping, out-of-town shopping centres and greedy landlords.  All the evidence points to a continuing decline in town centres as retail destinations and no amount of pop-up shops and national market days will reverse that trend.
 
In the light of this compelling evidence the government is proposing that councils retrench retail activity to a few core streets and convert abandoned shops into flats.  It all sounds too sensible to be true but it is on the cards.  Town centres have been revitalised before by converting warehouses and wharves so why not with retail outlets?
 
So, while we hang on grimly to many of our outdated notions that annoy and amuse the rest of the world, perhaps this is one to which we can give some serious thought- reviving town centres as thriving residential communities.


Bill Howie

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Bill Howie is Chief Executive of ACQSYS Supply Chain Solutions Limited, a company that specialises in the management and recovery of mobile and transit assets for manufacturers distributors and retailers

Self help aids recovery

Posted 05-06-13, Tags: roll cage cost savings, roll cage recovery, UK economy

The British Chambers of Commerce recently upgraded its long-term growth forecasts for the UK up to the end of 2015. The BCC said it expected output to increase by 0.9% this year, up from a previous growth prediction of 0.6%. It sees gross domestic product (GDP) for 2014 being raised from 1.7% to 1.9%, and for 2015 from 2.2% to 2.4%.[1]

While this is good news, the government and the banks should not be planning to take any credit for it. In particular, the banks should be hanging their heads in shame because the improvement in business performance has not been funded by imaginative lending, but by painful cost cutting and cost avoidance.
 
The companies we deal with have embraced ways to reduce expenditure on non-core but expensive activities so they are able to focus spending on stores, products and services. It’s no coincidence that our new asset recovery business is growing every month, when you consider the scale of the problem of stolen and misused transit equipment and the cost of replacing it. We locate and repossess stolen and abused roll cages, totes, stillages, etc. for about 20% of the cost of replacing them with new. This frees up capital running into millions of pounds for our customers every year. That money can now be spent positively rather than simple replacing what’s been stolen.
 
One unexpected benefit of being in a long period of stagnation is that firms start to become innovative when it’s clear the government hasn’t got a clue and the institutions could care less. Eventually, new methods start to flow through to the bottom line and the trends start to improve, no thanks to the government or the banks.
 
When we started the ACQSYS asset recovery business it was three years after the 2008 crash and we aimed the business squarely at a major problem. Millions of pounds worth of transit equipment disappears every year from supply chains but, no matter how big the company, the cost of putting in place effective recovery programmes is too great. What was needed was a multi-customer consolidated approach, in which the costs would be spread across far greater quantities than any one company could muster.
 
The result is that our customers can redirect valuable capital towards growth generating activities. We have grown and taken on staff and none of us had to waste valuable time listening to a bank business development (?) manager bleating about his lot. Poor thing.

Bill Howie

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Bill Howie is Chief Executive of ACQSYS Supply Chain Solutions Limited, a company that specialises in the management and recovery of mobile and transit assets for manufacturers distributors and retailers

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22723384  “British Chambers of Commerce raises UK economy forecast".

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