This week our guest blogger is from Cargo Signal. Cargo Signal brings new levels of supply chain control and visibility through digital services powered by a proprietary, sensor-based logistics system and a 24x7x365 Global Command Center staffed with seasoned professionals trained in risk management, logistics, and supply chain security. Cargo Signal is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. It is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with employees located throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.
The evolution and advancement of IoT (internet of things) technology has led us to be surrounded by connected devices. Smartphones, smartwatches, smart homes…smart things are everywhere. When physical objects can connect to the internet and give you the ability to view their data or make changes through a digital platform - that’s IoT. And now IoT is coming to the logistics industry, making “Smart Cargo” a reality.
Cargo Signal brings real-time visibility to supply chains struggling with disturbance, damages and delays by placing IoT sensors on global shipments. Our sensors get attached to your container, pallet or box, then go on to transmit data about its location and condition. If the data points signal an issue, an alert will be generated letting you know action is needed. Or you can have our logistics professionals in the Command Center, who monitor your shipments 24/7, 365 days a year, intervene on your behalf to solve the issue.
With IoT-powered sensors on your cargo, you will be able to:
- See exactly where your cargo is mid-transit on the Cargo Signal platform
- Connect with carriers in real-time to stop theft
- Identify if your freight is stationary when it shouldn’t be
- Catch your cargo before it gets misrouted
- Course correct delays
An investment in IoT is an investment in supply chain resilience. Our single-use devices don’t require reverse logistics, don’t have to be declared for customs, are compliant on all modes, and can be installed in a few seconds. With the proliferation of climate/weather events, political unrest, or digital disturbances, having the data from the IoT devices on your cargo can help you stay informed, involved, and in control of your supply chain, despite the disruptions.
If you would like to get started with sensor-based logistics, the first step is to identify the scope of shipments you would like to cover with our sensors. What is your most valuable, most at-risk, or most operationally crucial cargo? Starting with your most critical freight will help you immediately see the value of having real-time visibility with sensor-based logistics. After you have determined the scope of your shipments, the next step is to attach our sensors to your pallet, container, or box. Then you’ll be able to log onto the Cargo Signal platform to view all your shipments and any associated alerts with possible problem shipments.
Sensor-based logistics is helping to digitize very analog processes within the supply chain and logistics industry. Though it might seem intimidating to get started, our team at Cargo Signal will help you transform your supply chain.
To learn more about Cargo Signal and the benefits of sensor-based logistics watch our Smart Cargo in 60 Seconds video series:
- Real-Time Visibility
- Sensor Based Logistics
- Internet of Things
- Live Intervention
- How to Get Started
- Avoiding Theft
- Avoiding Damage
- Avoiding Delay
- Saving Money
- Improving Inefficiencies
- Improving Operations
- Collaborating During an Emergency
- Improving Cross Department Workflows
- Strategic Planning
If you would like to discuss how Cargo Signal can help your team contact us today.