Trucking Cubes (containers): A Perfect Concept for Transforming the Way of Goods Transportation
The Logistics and transportation industry in India operates with an objective of transportation cost reduction that has a high proportion due to the inefficient infrastructure. Roadways, being the most preferred transportation mode for freight shipping have 60% contribution in total freight traffic in India. This is why the Indian Government should concentrate on the road conditions and make efforts to improve the same. A fact that should be taken into consideration is that the poor road condition is the primary reason for transshipment of freight.
The very next section of this article covers all the major problems faced by the truck rental companies, which impact the quality of services rendered by them.
If you are wondering what is transshipment then you must know that it’s a process of goods shifting from original vehicle to the secondary one in case of vehicle breakdown and change of mode of transportation. The goods become prone to damages due to multiple handling involved in this process.
The risk of thefts and damage increases when goods are shipped in open-body trucks. As the weather keeps on changing, there are chances of water seepage during rainy weather conditions owing to which consignment can get damaged. Also, there exists the probability of fire if the consignment carries hazardous materials. Furthermore, the clients and transportation service vendors incur a huge loss in the case of freight loss in moving vehicle.
Wastage of Space in the Carrier
According to the logistics company, 71% of space in the open vehicles remains unused. Minimum space wastage accounts for 4ft. and at maximum, it’s 20ft. On average, there is 15% of utilized space in the trucks that result in 19,000 crore freight loss in Indian Logistics sector.
No Appropriate Storage and Warehouse Facility
Rancidity is a phenomenon that commonly takes place in food and pharmacy products if they are not kept in the temperature-controlled storage boxes. Due to long transportation process, the products lose their efficiency before their real expiry date and become inconsumable. Therefore, there should be a solution to this problem.
Apart from the unavailability of appropriate storage, the logistics sector requires well-maintained warehouses at different locations. As it’s not possible for a company to own warehouses in all the operational locations, there is no proper warehousing facility provided to the customers. This again leads to damage and loss of goods.
Keeping all the above issue and many other logistics challenges in mind, Agarwal Packers and Movers has launched their “Trucking Cubes (containers)”. The chairman of the firm, Mr. Ramesh Agarwal introduced it with an aim to reduce transshipment losses and provide the customers with the 100 per cent assurance on zero loss during the process of transshipment.
Trucking Cube (container): A New Definition of Convenience
A Trucking Cube (container) is a portable container, which is made for goods storage for transportation purpose. This innovative box is a dedicated storage area of customers that is used for storing only their goods. Additionally, they would be locked by either you or the company but you are the only person who would retain those keys.
Features of Trucking Cubes (containers)
• Zero Transshipment Technique
The trucking cube is a handy option to move the goods with greater security without changing the vehicle or mode of transportation. Even if there is any mechanical issue in the original carrier and there is a requirement for transshipment then the movers will wholly lift this cube and transfer it to the new carrier, without even touching your goods. This way the risk of goods damage is eliminated smartly.
• Air Circulation System
When goods like pharmacy and food products are shifted from one location to another, the shifting process can be time consuming that can even sometimes stretched to a few days. Such a long duration can result in the expiry of the products before the actual date. Since they are not kept in the designated temperatures, rancidity happens and leads to product damage.
But this problem doesn’t occur when your goods are stored in trucking cubes as they have an air-circulation system. This facilitates air regulation inside the box to maintain product quality and efficiency.
• GPS Tracking
These cubical containers come with GPS trackers that allow you to track the cargo location at any point with convenience. Unlike the traditional way, you won’t have to make several calls to the driver of the carrier for location updates. Simply put your GC number on the dedicated page for consignment tracking on truckingcube.com.
Crucial Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Trucking Cube
These containers are a sorted, convenient, and economical storage option in comparison to usual Lorries. As it’s a newly-introduced concept in the market, many people are not familiar with it and the working of the whole process. So, here are some crucial questions that you should ask the company before renting the trucking cubes.
1. What is a cube made of?
The container should be made of heavy-duty materials otherwise it won’t be able to protect the goods from external damage.
The trucking cubes are meticulously-made from robust materials as per the ISO guidelines to assure you the 100% protection of your goods from weather changes, chemical leach, and fire.
2. How large is the trucking cube (container)?
This is a crucial question to be asked from the company as charges may vary according to the size of the cube. Also, it’s necessary to consider the container’s size as this would help you know whether all your goods can fit safely. The biggest advantage you get when shipping your goods in trucking cubes is that you’re charged only for the occupied space and not for the entire hired truck.
The trucking cubes come in six different sizes for different volume of cargos. Here is a size chart for your reference:
- Cube Ace: 4’ (L) x 8’ (W) x 6.5’ (H)
- Cube Pick Up: 6’ (L) x 8’ (W) x 7’ (H)
- Cube 407: 8’ (L) x 8’ (W) x 8’ (H)
- Cube 709: 12’ (L) x 8’ (W) x 8’ (H)
- Cube 1109: 16’ (L) x 8’ (W) x 8’ (H)
- 20’ ISO Container: 20’ (L) x 8’ (W) x 8’ (H)
3. Do you offer storage facility in these cubes?
There can be various reasons why someone might require a storage unit. Moving usually needs short-term storage facility but some customers might be seeking a long-term storage facility for their goods. So, you must know about the storage facility provided by your moving partner well in advance for a smooth shifting process.
When you transfer your belongings in these portable storage containers then you’ll get a complimentary storage service for up to 24 hours at your destination location. Moreover, there isn’t any issue if you want the same for more than 24 hours as you can avail it at a minimal cost. Also, they make virtual warehouses where your consignment is safely stored and has no risk of damage or theft.
4. How do you guarantee the safety of my goods?
You must ask the truck rental company about the safety features they use to ensure the protection of your prized possessions. You should always hire a company if you’re convinced by their answers.
The trucking cubes are well-equipped with quality safety accessories such as safety net, safety belts, and high-protection floor pad. The padding used on the cube’s floor is shock-absorbing to safeguard the goods from jerks and impacts during a sudden stop of the moving truck.
You must ensure that you have all the relevant information about the structure, storage facility, goods safety, size of the containers.
Situation Comparison: How Full-Load Of Food And Pharmaceutical Goods Is Delivered With/Without Trucking Cube (Container)
Trucking cubes have simplified the process of goods transportation for the moving companies, assisting them to achieve higher client satisfaction. Go through the below situation comparison in which you would understand the condition of goods when transported with and without these special containers.
Goods Transportation without
Goods Transportation with
1. The vendor collects
consignments from the manufacturer’s factory.
vendor collects all the goods in a single trucking cube. It is locked and
keys are given to the customer.
breakdown in vehicle happens and consignments are transferred to new vehicle
with the help of the untrained labor.
vehicle breakdown, the company will arrange another truck and crane within 3
hours. Then the entire container is lifted with the help of the crane without
moving the goods.
to improper method of consignment transferring, the goods get delivered in a
vehicle resumes the journey without any transshipment. The consignments are
delivered in a pristine condition.
Results: Poor Customer Experience
Loss to both client and
Results: Client Satisfaction.
No loss to customer or
Peace of mind to both the
An Unbeatable Concept in the Transportation Industry
Truly this is an unmatched concept in the industry, which if opted by the other logistics vendors can add annual revenue of approximately 42,000 crores to the GDP of India. The innovation is not only beneficial to the customers but also has plus points for the transportation service providers. According to APML, trucking cubes has cut down the cost of logistics by 8% and improved the efficiency by 200% at the same time. The positive customer response after using these cubes is a proof of practicality of the containers in itself.