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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 

 

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

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

“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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