In a business every action counts, we as business managers & owners know that. One who doesn’t know it will probably lose revenue or even an entire business. You try to be organized, efficient, develop and manufacture good products, you want your customers to be happy and to use your products. In order to achieve that, you work with the best materials, employ the best staff, perform careful planning and control, invest in hardware and software, invest in so many other aspects of the business and work round the clock to make your business thrive.
BUT THEN YOUR CARGO IS SHIPPED TO SEA AND YOU ARE IN THE DARK – IS THERE A BIGGER PARADOX?
It is somewhere between unbelievable and inconceivable that all your efforts wrapped in a crate are at sea for days or weeks, and then you have no clue on what happens to it. It can be stolen, receive shocks, the temperature and humidity may ruin it, and other incidents may occur. You think this is the only way, but it doesn’t have to be.
Every Supply Chain & Operation manager needs to manage this ‘DARK’, this paradox must be handled:
Security Manager - You have the best security manager, you installed the best CCBs, and you are in full control of who goes in and out of your factories, offices and warehouses. You implemented in your organization all possible methods and standards to insure zero thefts, losses and damages.
Then you ship your cargo - What control do you have on it now?? How do you avoid theft, protect your company’s IP and avoid anyone from taking advantages of your own cargo? From the second your container is closed until someone opens the container at the final destination you are completely in the dark.
Quality Manager – You have the best quality manager and QA/QC department, your organization is driven by QC success and everyone is fully committed to high standards. The QC/QA manager is getting all possible support he needs from you and from the organization to insure all production lines, stores and employees are working according to one set of standards, processes and regulation. You implemented the best available tools and SW to control this.
Then you ship your cargo - What QA/QC control do you have over your Cargo? How do you assure your organization and clients that they receive the same high standard product that left your warehouse and went into the container? Do you control the temperature? Can you control the humidity and light? Can you influence this when one of the parameters change during the shipment? The answer is NO! You are completely in the dark and have zero ability to influence this.
Planning & Control Manager – You have managed to gain full control over your inventory and after a long struggle and huge effort from everyone in your team, you managed to defined the needed inventory level and to maintain this level for a long period of time. Your contribution to your organization cost savings and cost reduction is well recognized. Your people are all excel masters and your organization is running the latest ERP version which are both two of the success factors that helped you reach this high planning and control standard.
Then you ship your cargo -What about the goods in transit? How much do you control this inventory? Can you plan and react on time if something goes wrong with the raw materials or finish goods while they are in transit? No you are not! You have no way to influence, plan and control this inventory. You are in total darkness with all transit inventory issues.
Purchasing Manager – How many times do you find yourself in a situation where your VP Operation is calling you and asking you to do the impossible, and expedite all open orders which are urgently needed, to recover from a crisis? In the complex environment that all purchasing managers are working-in, crisis can come from various areas. To mention some of them:
The recovery period and activities, in most cases, will result in expediting open and new orders, changing priorities and have your suppliers put all needed efforts & attention to support you on this. How comfortable are you that the materials you expedited will arrive on time, and in the needed quality and quantity? What if you will receive the goods after they are 30-45 days in transit and you will find out that there was a temperature & humidity issue? What if you open the container and realize that some parts/materials are missing? Crisis situations require us to be in full control at all times and minimize surprises. Without using a monitoring solution you are in total darkness.
Import & Export Manager - When was the last time you gave your organization an exact indication on the cargo’s location, status and arrival time, without being totally pendent on what you are told and not what you actually know? How many times were you told about shipment delays and you were not happy with the excuses you heard about this delay? Do you really know if your cargo was unloaded in the right port, handled in the right sensitivity, received the right attention and was placed in the right area (sensitive, secured, cold….)? How much do you know in real time if your cargo is going through one or two planned and unplanned trans-shipment ports?
You are in the dark and totally dependent on external information providers.
Contguard can provide you with full visibility on your cargo
There is a huge gap between the efforts put into your company’s internal awareness and effort to control the inventory to what they provide you with to control your cargo.
So, how can this gap be filled? How can you have full visibility on your cargo, is it even possible? YES IT IS
ContGuard provides full 24/7 monitoring and real-time information using a Global Operation Network and the most innovative technology that provides:
NOW YOU KNOW YOUR CARGO IS SAFE
Lack of inventory planning and control
Change in production schedule
Changes in demand & supply
100% real time reliable data by GSM, GPRS & Satellite
Alerts on door opening, shocks, temperature & humidity, course deviations and more
Smart data processing & analysis
An advanced digital control panel via web, app, PC
A qualified staff that is keeping a close eye over your most valuable cargo
Watch your cargo at any given time
View all real time data anywhere anytime