Trucking Cubes (containers): Improvising Surface Logistics
The Indian Logistics sector has today become an integral part of the economy. There is a considerable increase in the volume of cargo traffic, which has provided the growth opportunities in all fields of logistics, including warehousing, truck transportation services, container services, express cargo shipment, etc. Despite observing such a great growth, the Logistics and transportation sector has complexities that hold it back. These problems include transshipment of freight, poor condition of storage systems, inefficiencies of trucks and carriers.
Major Issue: Transshipment of Goods
First things first, you need to understand what transshipment of goods means. It is a process of changing of vehicle or mode of transportation during movement of goods from one end to another. The reasons behind carrying out this risky process could be breakdown of primary carrier that is used to transport the cargo or simply when goods are to be shipped via another transportation mode like from roadways to railways or water ways. Your goods are prone to damage due to transshipment.
Do you know majority of freight is forwarded via roads in India? Even then the condition of roads in India, including the National Highways is poor. Consequently, the cases of vehicle breakdown are increasing. Now, at this stage goods need to be transshipped to avoid late delivery of consignment. This is why logistics providers stress on the requirement of improved road infrastructure and implementation of policies for smooth operation of the industry.
As per an article published in Business Standard, the Logistics and transportation industry in India is overwhelmed by huge losses incurred due to transshipment in surface logistics. The yearly loss comes out to be 42,000 Cr. Approximately.
Other Problems: Hire Open Truck and Poor Storage & Warehouses
The transportation and storage industry is also hampered by miscellaneous reasons, including the open truck hiring and poor condition of storage and warehouses. Here is how they impact the quality of services.
Open truck hiring for shipment of household, corporate, or industrial goods is another reason that can lead to loss of goods. There is a risk of damage to goods when weather turns unfavorable. Additionally, chances of theft also exist.
The road transport ministry has addressed this issue and notified CMVR that logistics service provider shall offer closed-body lorry hiring services. This means that goods are to be shipped in a closed-body carrier to safeguard the goods against any kind of damage. Furthermore, in cases where goods transportation needs to be done in open trucks then they should be covered with tarpaulin sheets or similar protective material.
Now, let us come to the problem of poor storage and warehouses. Certain products like pharmaceutical items, fruits and vegetable, and chemicals are sensitive to different temperatures. This means if they are not kept under the appropriate conditions then they could lose their efficacy before their actual expiry date. Oxidization is the culprit behind expiry of products before the real date.
These problems pose a negative impact on the performance and quality of surface logistics contributing just 13% in GDP of India.
Trucking Cube (container): One Solution for all Logistics Issues
Deployed by Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. the concept of “trucking cube (container)” helps overcome all Logistics challenges. According to the chairman of APML, Mr. Ramesh Agarwal, the trucking cube is brought in the industry with an objective to reduce transshipment losses. This would ultimately benefit the customers as well as Company.
What are trucking Cubes (containers)?
Trucking Cubes (containers) are specially designed cube-shaped containers that are designed according to the ISO guidelines to facilitate safe transfer of goods from origin to destination point.
What is Unique about Trucking Cubes?
Trucking cubes are not similar to regular storage containers but are distinctively made to keep all type of goods safe during transit. The unique features of the cubes:
Variety of Sizes: These containers are constructed in a number of sizes, including 4-feet, 6-feet, 8-feet, 12-feet, 16-feet, and 20-feet. Each container is identified with a different name- Cube (Container) Ace, Cube (Container) Pick Up, Cube (Container) 407, Cube (Container) 709, Cube (Container) 1109, and 20" ISO (Container).
This gives you a flexibility to choose a right container as per the size and volume of your freight and transport it at an economical price.
Highly Protective: The Company took into consideration the ISO guidelines at the time of trucking cube construction. They are made to resist fire and weather that means no external element can damage your goods. Furthermore, they are pest-free for additional protection of goods.
Cargo Tracking with GPS trackers: Keeping in mind the safety concern of your goods and requirement of real-time consignment tracking, the cubes come equipped with GPS trackers. Now, you won’t have to call the driver of the truck hired for your freight status.
Safety features: The protection of your goods is a prime concern of the company so these special containers have all necessary safety features like safety belts, safety net, and shock-absorbing floor pads. They all make sure that your goods do not get even a single scratch due to shocks and jerks during transportation.
How do trucking cubes cater to the Logistics Problems discussed above?
The trucking cubes (containers) have redefined the process of goods transportation as well as catered to the prevailing problems in the industry.
0% transshipment: This exclusive container is a versatile asset for freight-forwarding companies as it assures shipping of goods with zero transshipment. Instead of transshipping goods from vehicle to vehicle in case of carrier breakdown, this container is lifted as a whole without causing any damage to the belongings stored inside it.
Air-circulation System: During transportation of Pharma and food products, the temperature generally goes beyond the defined levels, resulting in oxidization. This phenomenon reduces the efficiency and quality of the items. The trucking cubes are fitted with a practical air-circulation system that prevents oxidization of such products.
Virtual Warehousing Service: There is a possibility that your service provider doesn’t have physical warehouses in your destination city or in between due to which problem of safe storage and warehousing arises. In this case too trucking cubes prove their efficiency. Your goods are locked inside it and no one can access them except you. This way they act as virtual warehouses.
What are the plus points of trucking cubes?
There are several advantages of trucking cubes that also make the reasons for their deployment by storage and transportation providers.
Money-saving choice: When you ship your goods in trucking cubes then you would not have to make payment for the entire truck. The Company would charge you only for the space used by your cube.
Part Load Shipment Made Possible: Transporting a part load is not a challenge with these special cubes. Your cube is chosen as per the cargo size and shipped just like the way your full load is transported.
Easy transportation of Vehicle and Goods together: Usually there is requirement of separate truck hiring for transporting vehicle and other belongings. But now with trucking cubes, both can be shipped together without any hassle and incurring extra cost. Both of them are carried by a single carrier with utmost care. The process of cargo shipment via trucking cubes is easily understandable even if you have minimum knowledge of goods transportation.
Usage of Personal lock: Your are allowed to put your lock on these cubes as well as keep the keys with yourself to access the goods at the destination. You are assured of 100% safety of your cargo.
Complimentary 24-hour Storage Service: You’ll be happy to know that you get a complimentary freight storage service for up to 24 hours at the destination place. This facility comes handy when you don’t have any secure place to keep the goods. In addition to this, if you wish to avail the storage facility for more than one day then you just have to pay minimal charges.
A Win-Win Situation for Both Customers and Company
Transporting goods has never been so convenient but now it is and for this the entire credit goes to the advanced innovation “Trucking Cube (containers) by APML. It is a smart way to utilize the vacant space on the carriers. The space wastage in trailers is minimized and mix up in consignment is eliminated.
This concept not only caters to the logistics issues but is also beneficial for both transportation service seekers and providers. It helps customers to save money up front by making a choice from an array of cube sizes as well as cut down the logistics cost by 8%. Furthermore, according to the company, the deployment of this concept has improved the efficiency by 200%. Considering the above facts, we can say that the firm is providing a new shape to the Indian Logistics sector.