Challenges: Transshipment and Goods Storage
The Logistics and transportation industry is driven by the aim of minimizing the transportation cost, which is typically high due to poor infrastructure. The roadways is the most preferred means of transportation for freight forwarding in India that accounts nearly 60% of total freight traffic. Considering the road freight traffic in the country, Mr. Agarwal highlighted the need of better road infrastructure. According to him, poor road conditions lead to carrier breakdown, which eventually calls for transshipment, a major cause of goods damage.
The process of transshipment involves shifting of goods from carrier to carrier during transportation. The multiple handling of goods enhances the risk of damage of goods. It is crucial to understand the reasons behind carrying out this process. When goods are to be shifted from one carrier to another in case of breakdown of vehicle or when they are required to be shifted via different mode of transport then transshipment takes place. Due to loss of goods during transshipment, the logistics cost increases. Hence, APML required a solution to this issue.
The second most prominent challenge in the industry is storage of goods and warehousing. There were certain cases in which customers wanted their consignment to be stored at their premises for some days. In the meantime the customer would have sufficient time to settle at new place. However, storing client’s goods meant that the vehicle could not be utilized further, incurring loss to Company.
Traditionally, the goods are shipped in open trucks due to unavailability of proper storage systems. As weather keeps on changing, the goods are at risk of damage all the times and make another reason for loss to business and customers. Therefore, this issue needs to be resolved at the earliest.
Apart from these, there were several cases of consignment theft on national highways in certain locations where moving vehicles are looted by some groups of robbers. This accounts to be a huge loss of both the company as well as clients. So, APML had to come up with of a solution to curtail the problem of consignment thefts.
Solution: Trucking Cube (Container)
To address these concerns, the R&D team of Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. brought a cost-effective and single solution “Trucking Cube (container)”. These cubes are independent units, which could be easily attached to and unattached from the carriers. They are lifted as a whole and then placed on a carrier, ensuring zero transshipment.
Customers will get the facility to lock the containers with their own locks and keep the keys with them till the final delivery of the consignment is done at the destination. This overcomes the challenge of Container Tampering.
These containers are designed in different sizes to suit the size and volume of different consignments. The company allows the clients to make an appropriate choice of container size in order to charge them accordingly. Additionally, they are made in accordance with ISO guidelines to safeguard your from fire, weather and other losses during the transit. Further, their air-circulation system prevents the phenomenon of oxidization of pharma and FMCG items.
This extraordinary concept assures convenient transportation with complete safety and zero transshipment of the goods.
This concept of Trucking Cube (containers) proved to be the beneficial asset for the Company as well as Customer, which reduced the logistics cost upto 8% and efficiency is enhanced by 200%. Also, it facilitates the smooth handling of goods that make it a cost-effective solution for the Company. The sole motive of the firm behind the introduction of this brilliant concept is to attain higher customer satisfaction.