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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 

 

How to deal with Election Blues

Posted 26-11-19, Tags: ., Brexit, lost transit equipment, recover lost rollcages, recovery of lost roll cages, retail peak periods, retail peak season, retailers, roll cage cost savings, roll cage recovery, Roll cages, rollcages, transit equipment, UK economy, UK elections

Here we are folks, at the start line of the UK Political Demolition Derby.  The aim of the race is to make as many unachievable promises as possible between now and 12 December, while giving or not giving an opinion on Brexit.  The winner is the one left standing with no majority to make good on any of their promises.

On the left we have Comrade Corbyn and on the right, Flashman Johnson.  In between we have various grass munchers and delusional characters, hoping to do anything but achieve a clear result. 

Last week the Corbynistas welcomed his manifesto speech but must be wondering why he left out curing cancer, establishing world peace and free Corbyn hats to all party apparatchiks. 

All at no cost to anyone earning less than someone more successful than them. 

Meanwhile, “The Boz” has aimed money at the NHS and the police but it’s just pocket money compared to the plans of the socialists, who want to take us back to the 1970s of high taxes, rampant unemployment and trades unions on steroids.  So, he’s staking everything on achieving Brexit, in the face of every other party who either think the original result was the result of stupidity or are running scared of their own constituents.

About now, I would probably start preaching that you should use ACQSYS to protect your roll cages and plastic trays in the face of chaos but I’m too depressed, so I’ll just say good luck and we’ll see who is left standing on Friday the 13th.

 

Bill Howie

Photo Credit - Pixabay Pete Linford.  Left to Right in photo only - Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn 

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

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.

Uncovered, The Criminal Exploitation of Innocent Roll Cages

Posted 05-07-15, Tags: lost roll cages, lost transit equipment, recover lost rollcages, recovery of lost roll cages, roll cage theft, Roll cages, sustainability, transit equipment

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

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