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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.

We’re in Supply Chain Strategies in The Times this week with complimentary copy for you

Posted 24-02-17, Tags: lost transit equipment, recover rollcages, roll cage recovery, rollcage rental, supply chain strategies

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Some of you may have seen the Supply Chain Strategies supplement in the Times yesterday and read the stories about some of the supply chain disasters and what we can learn from them. If you want to find us we’re right next to a picture of Ed Sheeran and those 12 valuable lessons on page 13 (lucky for some). We’ll also be in this supplement in the Sunday Times this weekend. There is also an article on the internet of things (IOT) from Senior VP Hans Thalbauer at SAP and how that might affect your supply chain. 

A global map showing world trade flows for the UK, Germany, US, China, Brazil Australia and China may also be of interest for those musing on the future impacts of BREXIT and US protectionism on their global supply chains.

As we gear up for the Spring rush and the Easter holidays there will be plenty of other supply chain disasters we can prevent with our roll cage recovery and roll cage rental services. 

We thought you might enjoy reading about some of these supply chain disasters such as the one about UK retailers at Christmas in 2014 and not planning for the final mile delivery, when everyone is trying to use the same delivery company which can’t cope.

We’ve negotiated a special complimentary copy of Supply Chain Strategies for you, click to download and read your very own copy either online or offline.  

Let us know how we can prevent abuse and shortages of your transit equipment and the likely supply chain disaster which normally follows.   Contact us now.

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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