Trucking Cube (Container): An Innovative Portable Storage Solution
The Indian Logistics Industry is rapidly evolving and the interplay of technology, infrastructure, and distinct service providers, which work to provide the customers with cost-effective and quality services. The industry is inclusive of both outbound and inbound segments of supply chains and manufacturing. From last few years, the logistics infrastructure has gained a lot of attention from industry, business, and government. However, the role of logistics infrastructure management to efficiently compete has been under-emphasized. The inefficiency of infrastructure has created a bottleneck in the economy’s growth. If we consider the long-term scenario of the industry, it has capabilities to overcome the challenges with the deployment of innovative strategies.
Some Major Problems Faced By Logistics Providers
The Logistics sector of India has usually been driven by the aim of cutting down the cost of truck transportation that is extremely high owing to improper infrastructure. Freight movement in India is majorly carried out through roads with implications of timely delivery and damage-free transfer of goods. The Government of India should make efforts towards making improving the condition of roads in India.
Poor road conditions result in high vehicle turnover, which reduces efficiency and increases the operating cost of the transportation company. Furthermore, this leads to freight transshipment. Picking and placing of freight during the change of vehicle or transportation mode can cause damage or loss of customer’s possessions. Transshipment is a silent killer of the company’s reputation and quality of the product. This is why there is a need for a smart solution that will eliminate transshipment.
No Proper Storage and Warehouses
Certain goods need special storage space to maintain their efficacy and these include pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fruits and vegetables. Such items get oxidized easily if they aren’t kept under defined temperature. The time-consuming process of transportation can have an adverse effect on the quality of these items, incurring losses to the owner of the goods as well as to the moving company.
Apart from the storage problem, there is a need for well-equipped warehouses at different destinations. It is a fact that it’s impossible for a company to set a warehouse in all the domestic as well as international cities. Owing to the shortage of warehouses, cases of freight theft are increasing day by day.
Another problem that arises during the transportation of goods is the wastage of space on the truck. According to the company, 71% of open trucks have space wastage of at least 4ft. and 20ft. at maximum. On average, 15% of space in trucks remains unutilized that result in freight loss of 19,000 Cr. There is no solution to this problem in the industry.
In order to address these issues, Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. conducted research to come up with an all-in-one solution. The outcome of the research is the revolutionary “Trucking Cube (container)”. According to APML chairman, Mr. Ramesh Agarwal, profit doesn’t happen, it’s made by doing something extra.
Portable Trucking Cube (container)
First things first, a trucking cube (container) is a specially made container that is meant for safe storage of the goods. This cube is your private storage area in which only your possessions are kept with the utmost care and locked with your lock. They make a perfect replacement for open trucks, eliminating the risk of shipment theft or damage.
The company brought them in various sizes to make it a money-saving option for you. You have to just pay for the utilized space and not the vacant area in the truck. The Company considered the customer’s point of view thus provides then with the flexibility to choose from a cube size chart.
- Cube Ace: 4’ x 8’ x 6.5’
- Cube Pick Up: 6’ x 8’ x 7’
- Cube 407: 8’ x 8’ x 8’
- Cube 709: 12’ x 8’ x 8’
- Cube 1109: 16’ x 8’ x 8’
- 20’ ISO Container: 20’ x 8’ x 8’
You will be charged based upon on the cube size and area occupied by it. This is relatively economical than whole truck transportation services.
Advantages of Trucking Cube (containers)
The trucking cube (container) is a portable cube-shaped storage box, which imparts several advantages, including the following ones:
Zero Per Cent Transshipment: Trucking Cubes assure complete safety of your cargo by eliminating freight transshipment. Whenever the cargo needs to be transshipped, the movers will lift it as a whole instead of shifting each item one by one. This takes down the risk of damage to your valued possessions.
ISO Containers: The Company has created these special cube containers as per the guidelines laid by ISO. They are designed to withstand weather changes, fire, and pest damage. So, you can expect a damage-free delivery of your freight.
Air Circulation System: The cubes are fitted with practical ACS that regulates the air inside them to ensure that chemicals, pharma products, and foods items maintain their quality. The system avoids rancidity.
Virtual Warehouse: With the trucking cubes, you get a facility of virtual warehouses where all your goods stay all-time protected against any kind of damage and theft. No matter where your cube is placed, no one can see what is stored inside them and there is no scope of touching the products.
Shipment of Goods and Vehicle Together: Do you wish to transfer your goods and vehicle in the same truck hired? If yes, trucking cubes make a perfect way to fulfill this requirement. Firstly, your cube is placed on the carrier and after that vehicle is loaded and secured with safety belts and other accessories. This way both of your belongings are shipped and delivered safely.
GPS Tracking: Now, you can track the status of your freight at your convenience using your mobile and company’s mobile application. All the cubes are equipped with GPS trackers for timely tracking of the consignment.
Meticulous Safety Features
During transit, the goods are exposed to a series of major and minor knocks, which can incur a huge loss to both the parties (clients and firm). A simple and cost-effective method to avoid such knocks would be to include a thick floor pad in the container. This will not just ensure the protection of the contents stored inside the cube but also maintains the quality of the container. The company uses a high-quality floor pad in each of the trucking cubes that is capable of absorbing shocks during transportation.
Furthermore, these floor pads are not solely responsible to keep your goods safe but there are also safety net and belts. After loading of goods in the cubes, they are secured with safety belts and at the end; a safety net is attached to prevent them from shifting here and there during movement or sudden stop of the vehicle.
Ease of Part Load Shipment
Do you have a part shipment to be transferred? If so then nothing could be best than trucking cubes. The company considers your part load like a full load and transports it with supreme care. This is how your part shipment is delivered:
Step 1: A trucking cube (container) is sent to your pick up place. The security is ensured with a lock and keys are handed over to you.
Step 2: Your personal container is placed at the hub.
Step 3: Then it is for lifted on a truck and shipped to the destination.
Step 4: At the destination, your cube is shifted to a truck with the help of forklift for final delivery. Once you get it at your doorsteps, you can unlock it with the keys that were earlier given to you.
Impact on Indian Economy
According to an article posted on Business Line, the effectiveness of this exclusive concept of “Trucking Cube (containers)” is such that if chosen by other logistics providers in the sector, it can potentially add extra revenue of 42,000 Crore approximately and that too without adding a single carrier to the current fleet.
A Game-changer in the Logistics Industry
A Trucking cube (container) has provided an edge over traditionally-used cardboard cartons. This container smartly combines innovation and cost-effectiveness and proved to be a game-changer in the logistics and transportation sector. APML believes that any business can become more rewarding and sensible only when its assets provide true value to its customers without incurring losses to the company. And this is what trucking cube does. Also, the company has got its innovation “Trucking Cubes (container)” patented to back its originality.