For any logistics company, providing security for cargo, especially high value cargo, is top priority. They know how vital it is that big ticket merchandise reaches its destination undamaged. High value cargo may be fragile, heavy or unwieldy.
Logistics teams have to think out of the box to keep such cargo secure; here are some ideas:
- Create a detailed process: Starting from booking and acceptance of goods from the customers, through loading and transportation and right up to delivery, make sure there is a proper system in place. Use checklists to ensure everything is being done systematically. Have clear guidelines for customers; specify pickup and delivery times on weekends for safety; using CCTVs and security guards at all times at your warehouses, and so on.
- Leverage technology: today it has become the norm to use IoT in logistics and transporting; if you’re not doing it already, start now! Using the internet of things in logistics helps companies keep track of every item in the consignment at all times; they get to know the location at any specific time, making it easy to identify the place and time – if ever an item gets lost or stolen – and helps you take action to prevent such loss in the future. This also helps you to provide real time tracking updates to your clients.
- Invest in the right equipment: you may have to shell out a few extra bucks; but if you want to ensure the safety or fragile or large sized goods, it will be well worth the cost. There are several tools that can help ensure the safety of such goods throughout the transit. Coupled with IoT based tracking devices, you have almost airtight security for the goods. It goes without saying that the cargo has to be packed securely and properly labeled to eliminate any confusion or ambiguity.
- Train your Employees: They need to be able to recognize and treat high value cargo properly – proper loading and unloading methods, knowledge of security procedures, and implementing those measures – all these are essential if you want your customers’ cargo to be intact on delivery.
- Written agreement: If you’re transporting the merchandise via another carrier (especially an airline or shipping company), make sure to have a watertight agreement with them regarding the method of transport – maybe an extra secure container, or nonstop flights – security measures to be taken during transit, dealing with damaged cargo, insurance policies to be taken out and so on. Make sure the insurance covers the full value of the cargo.
- Plan the route: This may sound simplistic, but it’s not; you need to plan the routes to not only ensure speedy delivery, but also safety. For example, if route A is shorter but with high chances of theft, and route B is longer but absolutely safe, you may have to choose the latter to ensure safety – you get the drift.
Basically you need to work closely with your customers and carriers to ensure that all your high value cargo is secure at all stages and locations. Do you need help with providing additional security to high value cargo? We are the leading providers of IoT supply chain and logistics solutions. Call us today on +91 928 720 1826 to talk to us now!