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You can make a song and dance of it

Posted 24-09-19, Tags: bicycle ambulances, charity work, child mortality, fighting malaria, Transaid, Zambia

Usually, making a song and dance of something is associated with a long and elaborate explanation to justify it.  Well, here’s one instance where singing and dancing is not viewed by the audience with dismay.

I have just returned from a trip to Zambia to meet the teams on the ground delivering essential support to people living in remote areas.  The programme is funded by Transaid.org, the charity of the UK transport industry and is based on bicycle ambulances and a network of volunteers who ensure pregnant women in remote communities are taken to a local medical centre to give birth under the care of professionals.

Building on that support network, Transaid now supports the circulation of Rectal Artesunate (RAS) which, when administered to children up to six years old, provides a window of time to get the child to the medical centre and a course of treatment, using the bicycle ambulances of course.  In the Serenje district, child mortality from severe malaria has dropped by 96 per cent.

In the past, the convulsions that grip the child in the latter stages were attributed to nearby witches and children didn’t receive treatment in time. 

Now, a local drama group tours the communities and, through enacting the saving of one life using RAS and the loss of another through old beliefs, they are spreading the word and dramatically improving a child’s chances of survival.

I watched the group in action and it is very effective in getting the message across.  Nothing written, nothing transmitted, just passing on information in the simplest way, through song and dance.  Quite humbling really.

Bill Howie

Photo Credit: Bill Howie

Get ready now for deal or no-deal Brexit

Posted 15-08-19, Tags: Brexit, hire roll cages for Christmas, how to find lost roll cages, lost roll cages, No-deal brexit, peak retail trading times, recover lost rollcages, recovery of lost roll cages, retail peak periods, retailers, transit equipment, UK economy

And here you were, thinking “Deal or no deal” was some sort of TV game show rather than our approach to Brexit.  Well perhaps you are right.

Cameron threw his Brexit referendum haymaker and ran for the hills when he actually gained a majority and had to deliver on his promise.  Since then we’ve been living on the set of a TV game show with our politicians as the contestants.  Not an edifying sight. 

Westminster looks like a scene from “Lord of the Flies” and it’s all the result of allowing the stupid public to decide for themselves.  The problem with holding a referendum in a parliamentary system is that the politicians are supposed to then do as they’re told which, of course, they don’t.

Is that how you would run your business?  Ask the staff if HQ should relocate then let the directors argue over the result until the lease is up and you are on the street.

Anyway, regarding deal or no deal, at ACQSYS we are hoping for the best for Brexit, but assuming the worst. 

As supply chains clog up, everyone will start to run out of transit equipment. When that happens, it will make sense to have an effective search and recovery team keeping your stocks of roll cages, totes and magnums as high as possible.

Why not talk to us at ACQSYS and see how we can help you? 

With our help “Deal or no deal” might evoke fond memories of a fatuous TV show rather than the price of new equipment.

You can also head over to our sister company Roll Cage Rental and discover what they’ve found out about how retailers are preparing for a no-deal Brexit.

 

Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash

The thrill is gone

Posted 30-07-19, Tags: lost roll cages, lost rollcages, recover lost rollcages, recover rollcages, recovery of lost roll cages, roll cage recovery, Roll cages, rollcages

Picture this. After the first flush of passion, the emotions subside and in some cases desire turns to disdain.  But when he described this cycle the late B.B. King wasn’t describing his love life, it was a customer who had wronged him, and there aren’t many among us who haven’t experienced the same feelings as B.B. at some time.

Over the years we have had a couple of customers who started out believing ACQSYS was The Saviour of the Western World but came to resent paying for a service that was mopping up the results of their own incompetence.  It’s a simple example of focus on cost rather than value and it can drive a stake into the heart of a once beautiful thing.  What’s more, it’s usually the service provider who takes the pain, just like B.B.

Does this ring a bell?

At ACQSYS we take a slightly different approach to things that leave a sour taste in the mouth, we spit them out.  You might try it someday; it’s quite refreshing.  It happens rarely but it will happen again and when it does and the thrill is gone, we will move them along.  Our limited time should be devoted to people we care about.

“And now that it’s all over
All I can do is wish you well”*

Bill Howie

* B.B. King “The Thrill is Gone”

Photo Credit: Tom Beetz Flickr

Life is not like a nursery rhyme

Posted 13-12-18, Tags: how to find lost roll cages, how to report stolen roll cages, lost roll cages, lost rollcages, lost transit equipment, peak retail trading times, recover lost rollcages, recovery of lost roll cages, retail peak periods, retail peak season, roll cage abuse, roll cage recovery

Remember the tale of Little Bo Peep?  Trusting in blind faith she did nothing and her lost sheep came home.  Unfortunately life’s not like that.

It’s getting awfully close to Christmas and the stores are hanging onto your roll cages, stuffed with stock they haven’t had time to move onto the shelves.  That wasn’t part of the plan when you worked out how many cages you would need to survive peak trading.

As the cages are emptied they become a nuisance and they get pushed outside onto the loading bay or in the car park where they become prey to all and sundry who have a desire to help themselves.  That’s how your assets find their way into other supply chains and you never see them again.  Come January you are wondering how it was possible to lose so many.

With our national asset recovery service we are likely to find a lot of those cages in places your vehicles never go and where you would never expect to find them. 

So before you start making a case for more capital to replace lost cages, why not call us?

We recover equipment across the country for major distributors, retailers, wholesalers et al and we can do the same for you.  They used to think like Bo Peep but they don’t need to anymore.

Bill Howie

Don't have your head turned by a pretty roll cage

Posted 21-01-18, Tags: how to find lost roll cages, how to report stolen roll cages, lost roll cages, lost transit equipment, recover lost rollcages, roll cage abuse, roll cage recovery, roll cage theft

If you take a stroll down to your despatch dock and look at the roll cages about to be loaded onto vehicles, you might be surprised to find a number that don’t belong to you.

Understandably, you might not want the hassle of emptying the “foreign” cages but, when they come back, you should isolate them, because using other people’s equipment for your own purposes is against the law.

I know they might get into your system by accident but once you use them again it’s no longer an accident, it’s called conversion and it has consequences.  The sensible thing to do is to contact us at ACQSYS and we will return them to their rightful owners.

It might seem harmless enough but it’s depriving the rightful owner of the opportunity to use a valuable asset and the law takes a dim view of that.  Our clients think the same way and that’s why you might find us knocking on your door asking for their cages back.

At the extreme end, there are some companies who never buy a cage of their own and misappropriate everyone else’s.  Indeed, one company was caught removing the original owners’ identifying marks and the directors spent some time making furniture at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

So don’t be tempted by someone else’s, find your own.

If you’re in a fix and need some roll cages fast then don’t forget you can rent them from our sister company Roll Cage Rental.

Kidnap

Posted 10-11-17, Tags: hire roll cages for Christmas, how to find lost roll cages, lost roll cages, lost transit equipment, recover rollcages, recovery of lost roll cages, rent roll cages, retail peak periods, roll cage cost savings, roll cage theft

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Did you hear the story about the new roll cage starlet?  There it was, looking forward to playing its first part in a Christmas supply chain pantomime of epic proportions; practicing, rehearsing, dreaming.

In just a few week it would be delivering all sorts of goodies to the shops- such delights as would light up the children’s faces on Christmas morning and give them a day to remember.

Then suddenly, rough hands, gruff voices, dragged into the rain, a tail lift, strapped together with other cages in a van - KIDNAP!

The owner of the poor little roll cage “What do we do?  We don’t have people who can track our cage down. Call the Peelers?  I think not, no kids or animals involved. 

But wait, what about those nice people in the black vans who bring cage criminals to justice?  Yes, ACQSYS!”

ACQSYS were brought in, scoured the land, lifted every roll shutter door, peeked in every unloading bay and questioned every driver in the realm until they found our little roll cage - dusty, a bit emotional, but with a heart as big as an Amazon fulfilment centre and ready to walk the boards again.  What a trooper!

Our little friend was last seen on Oxford Street delivering Christmas crackers and looking none the worse for wear, which is more than can be said for the evil monsters who kidnapped it.

Don’t let your roll cages be kidnapped.  Call ACQSYS, we dispense justice the old fashioned way.

Image Credit: The Black Hood, from Top-Notch Comics #9 (October 1940). Art by Al Camy.

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

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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)

Some of our clients

“In my opinion the ACQSYS model is absolutely unique in its approach and Bill and Graham have proved many times that they can create and lead successful teams to reach the goals they aim for.”

John Harvey CBE, Chairman Keswick Enterprises Limited

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