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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 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

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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)

Self help aids recovery

Posted 05-06-13, Tags: roll cage cost savings, roll cage recovery, UK economy

The British Chambers of Commerce recently upgraded its long-term growth forecasts for the UK up to the end of 2015. The BCC said it expected output to increase by 0.9% this year, up from a previous growth prediction of 0.6%. It sees gross domestic product (GDP) for 2014 being raised from 1.7% to 1.9%, and for 2015 from 2.2% to 2.4%.[1]

While this is good news, the government and the banks should not be planning to take any credit for it. In particular, the banks should be hanging their heads in shame because the improvement in business performance has not been funded by imaginative lending, but by painful cost cutting and cost avoidance.
 
The companies we deal with have embraced ways to reduce expenditure on non-core but expensive activities so they are able to focus spending on stores, products and services. It’s no coincidence that our new asset recovery business is growing every month, when you consider the scale of the problem of stolen and misused transit equipment and the cost of replacing it. We locate and repossess stolen and abused roll cages, totes, stillages, etc. for about 20% of the cost of replacing them with new. This frees up capital running into millions of pounds for our customers every year. That money can now be spent positively rather than simple replacing what’s been stolen.
 
One unexpected benefit of being in a long period of stagnation is that firms start to become innovative when it’s clear the government hasn’t got a clue and the institutions could care less. Eventually, new methods start to flow through to the bottom line and the trends start to improve, no thanks to the government or the banks.
 
When we started the ACQSYS asset recovery business it was three years after the 2008 crash and we aimed the business squarely at a major problem. Millions of pounds worth of transit equipment disappears every year from supply chains but, no matter how big the company, the cost of putting in place effective recovery programmes is too great. What was needed was a multi-customer consolidated approach, in which the costs would be spread across far greater quantities than any one company could muster.
 
The result is that our customers can redirect valuable capital towards growth generating activities. We have grown and taken on staff and none of us had to waste valuable time listening to a bank business development (?) manager bleating about his lot. Poor thing.

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

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22723384  “British Chambers of Commerce raises UK economy forecast".

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