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Sustainability in Action

Posted 20-09-20, Tags: circular economy, how to report stolen roll cages, lost roll cages, lost rollcages, lost transit equipment, recover rollcages, roll cage abuse, roll cage recovery, roll cage recyling, sustainability, transit equipment

ACQSYS Supply Chain Solutions Ltd started life as a simple commercial response to a problem in the last mile supply chain - how to stop losing delivery assets (roll cages, plastic trays and magnums) and reduce the capital required to replace those losses.  We run a national recovery system that finds and repatriates transit assets for our clients.

It soon became clear that the work we do has a direct impact on the environment and how supply chains affect the planet.  Transit equipment goes missing for many reasons, but the major causes of loss are:

Neglect and inattention by staff;
Theft for sale to scrap yards;
Theft for own use instead of buying or renting;
Management incompetence.

We can’t do much about the incompetence, but we can and do address the other causes.

Every time a roll cage or plastic asset is scrapped, there are serious environmental impacts:

Energy is used to operate the scrapping machinery;
Transport will be required to move the scrap to the next user;
The owner of the equipment has to buy a replacement;
New raw materials will most likely be used in the manufacture of the replacement;
More energy will be used in the manufacture;
Roll cages will need to be imported by sea and road, usually from China;
Plastic will need road transport;
Every action produces potentially damaging emissions;
Labour is involved at every stage.


This intensive use of resources can be avoided if the assets are not scrapped.

ACQSYS works to break the current linear economic model of “Take, Make, Waste” by interrupting the flow and introducing the possibility of “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle”. 

Through our actions, we intercept assets before the Waste phase and take the first step in creating a circular economy.

If you want to hear more about how we do it, do get in touch and you can report abuse/loss of cages here too.

Bill Howie

Photo credit: Pixabay by vkingxl

billhowie@acqsys.co.uk

The Administrator the Liquidator and the Fire Sale

Posted 06-07-20, Tags: how to find lost roll cages, how to report stolen roll cages, lockdown, lost roll cages, lost rollcages, lost transit equipment, recover lost rollcages, recover rollcages, recovery of lost roll cages, roll cage abuse, roll cage recovery, roll cage theft, Roll cages, rollcages, transit equipment

While the insolvency practitioners and liquidators are sharpening their knives, it’s worth thinking about those transit assets that you may not have seen for a while.

As we start to recover from lockdown it’s easy to forget that not all companies will have survived.  This might include some of your customers and suppliers and there's a good chance you may have cages and trays sitting at sites which are about to be put into administration.

We know from experience that many administrators do not respect ownership or claims to title and will simply sell off your equipment to raise cash if the company goes into liquidation.  Because of this, we are currently rescuing equipment belonging to some of our clients before it becomes part of someone else’s fire sale.

If you believe you have assets at risk of disposal under liquidation, or simply sitting there waiting to be stolen, we can start to recover them for you.

Don’t wait to be a victim, “Get your retaliation in first”.

You can get in touch here or simply contact me at billhowie@acqsys.co.uk

Bill Howie

The safety car is on its final lap

Posted 03-06-20, Tags: Covid-19 strategies, how to find lost roll cages, lockdown, lost roll cages, lost rollcages, lost transit equipment, recover lost rollcages, recover rollcages, recovery of lost roll cages, retailers, roll cage abuse, roll cage recovery, roll cage theft, Roll cages, rollcage rental, rollcages, supply chain management, transit equipment

So you’d better be ready to “step on the gas” if you want to be at the front.  What that means in reality is that now is the time to be gearing up to come out of lockdown.  It’s not just customers who went AWOL over April and May. The chances are that a lot of your essential transit equipment did too.  Without those roll cages, trays and magnums, you won’t get off to a flying start.

At ACQSYS we’ve been working throughout lockdown, supporting food and health supply chains by recovering their equipment to keep them moving.  We’ve also been working with mail and courier companies in meeting increased demand for home delivery.

For those of you who couldn’t trade during lockdown, there’s a good chance a lot of your transit assets will be in the wrong place when you come to start up again.  That’s been our experience so far anyway. 

So, while you concentrate on opening stores and welcoming customers, why not rely on us to help get your supply chain moving again by making sure you have the right equipment in place. 

What’s worse, if you’ve had to rent roll cages to overcome problems during lockdown, you now have to find them or face punitive charges for losses.  We can help you find those missing cages!

The message is simple - don’t get caught napping when the safety car pulls over.

 

Bill Howie

Photo Credit Pixabay mibro

Do not panic but here is real meaning of falling pollution levels

Posted 12-03-20, Tags: buy roll cages, coronavirus, how to find lost roll cages, lost roll cages, lost rollcages, lost transit equipment, peak retail trading times, pollution levels, recover lost rollcages, recover rollcages, recovery of lost roll cages, retail peak periods, retail peak season, roll cage abuse, roll cage cost savings, roll cage recovery, roll cage recyling, roll cage theft, Roll cages, rollcages, sourcing roll cages from China, supply chain management, sustainability, transit equipment, transport linen, UK economy

Look at the reduction in smog over China since the coronavirus appeared. 

While you might say that’s a good thing, it does mean that a lot of the new roll cages you expected to receive are probably not going to arrive and you will be short of equipment for your peak period this year.

It also means there will be a shortfall in supply of roll cages in general across the country and, if you don’t take precautions, you are likely to see an increase in theft and misuse of your existing equipment, making matters even worse.

A policy of losing cages and simply buying more isn’t going to work this year because there won’t be enough new cages.  Hanging onto what you’ve got is the only answer.

If you already use us for recovery, you know what we can do to protect your fleet of cages and, if you need us to do more, just let us know.  If you don’t currently use us to recover your equipment, we would be happy to hear from you and explain how we can help.

Buckle up!

Bill Howie

Photo Credit  NASA  image published 28 February, 2020.  NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using modified Copernicus Sentinel 5P data processed by the European Space Agency. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/topic/atmosphere 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

Some of our clients

“I have worked with Bill and Graham of ACQSYS on many occasions and they have a simple philosophy; no mistakes, deliver what you promise. Improving asset retention and saving you money, that's what they do.”

David Johnson, Chief Executive, Provision Media Limited

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