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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

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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

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.

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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