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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

Locked down ensuring you are not locked out

Posted 22-04-20, Tags: coronavirus, Covid-19 strategies, how to find lost roll cages, lockdown, locked down, lost rollcages, lost transit equipment, recover lost rollcages, recover rollcages, roll cage abuse, roll cage cost savings, roll cage recovery, roll cage theft, Roll cages, rollcages, transit equipment

While those of us who can are working from home, there are still many out there performing essential tasks.  This includes the ACQSYS asset recovery teams, keeping hospitals, supermarkets, parcel carriers and others supplied with the roll cages, trays and magnums necessary to keep their supply chains running.  All of our teams are working, across the country.

When you run out of this equipment, the whole delivery system slows and eventually jams, so we are working harder than ever to keep supply lines open by ensuring critical assets are re-inserted into the system.  At the moment, however, many delivery services have shut down and, when lockdown is over, it’s going to be a messy restart because a lot of outlets will never open again and most will be short of staff.

So, while I’m stuck here at home, I’m thinking of ways we at ACQSYS can help bring some sanity to the inevitable chaos.  One way is to carry out “sweeps” of all the sites that are currently closed where your cages and totes may be tied up.  The risk of leaving them there and hoping they’ll turn up is that the next time you see them will be on eBay and Facebook marketplace.  There are a lot of crooks out there and they will be quick off the mark, so our advice is to do the same.

If you think your equipment is at risk, why not contact us?  Some of us may be locked down but that doesn’t stop us preparing for the release date.

Bill Howie

Photo Credit:  Pixabay by Alexei Chishov

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 

 

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.

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 na├»ve, 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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