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Sensor-Based Logistics

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IoT Technology: A New Necessity for Supply Chain Leaders case

 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.




Cargo Signal's Difference

Rather than waiting for someone to physically search for your freight to give you an update, placing a sensor directly on your cargo can automatically and in real-time provide you information about where it is and what condition it’s in. Cargo Signal provides real-time visibility of your cargo, so you can make decisions to keep your supply chain moving. Our customers use our sensors and data to optimize their shipping operations, reduce costs and improve customer service.

Neutrality & Data Privacy

Cargo Signal is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Expeditors International. Our platform is neutral and available to all shippers. All data is private and exclusive. Access to the platform requires user authorization. We understand that when it comes to business, privacy is of the utmost importance. That's why we've made sure our platform is completely secure and confidential - so you can rest easy knowing your data is always in good hands.


Real-Time Visibility

Is your cargo faster than your data? If your cargo arrives and you don’t know about it; then it is. This is called latency. And, latency is not good for business. Visibility is essential for the post-pandemic supply chain riddled with disturbances and delays.

During a time of great strain on your supply chain, sensors can be more reliable than people. Rather than waiting for someone to physically search for your freight to give you an update, placing a sensor directly on your freight can, automatically and in real-time, provide you information about where it is and what condition it is in.




Avoid Damage

Do you really know what condition your cargo is in when it is being moved all over the world? This information is especially crucial if your cargo is fragile, perishable or you have had to deal with damaged freight in the past. Everything from seasonal temperature changes to over-extended warehouse operations can create a volatile environment for your freight. And volatility can result in damage.

Not only is damaged cargo a waste of money but it can cost you your relationship with your clients. The condition your freight is in does not have to be a guessing game.


Avoid Theft

Would you be able to detect intrusion while your cargo is in transit? Though it’s extremely common for seals to be broken and cargo to be tampered with this doesn’t mean it has to happen in your supply chain. Pandemic related disruptions and delays are increasing dwell time which makes carriers more vulnerable to theft.

Instead of worrying, you can be proactive. Placing sensors on your freight is the first step in making sure your cargo is safe. But the second step is even more crucial; making sure you have someone keeping an eye on your cargo.


Increase Carrier Accountability

Do your carriers and forwarders follow protocols to protect your freight in transit? But how can you be sure? If you don’t have round the clock real-time visibility, once your freight leaves your sight, you have to trust someone else will keep an eye out. Will they handle your goods responsibly? Will they stick to the safest and most expedient route? Will they make effective use of their time? Will they report threats or damage to your cargo responsibly?

Recent statistics from the logistics space show just how vulnerable cargo is in transit, and how costly it can be for your business if your carriers and forwarders are inattentive or irresponsible.

Smart Cargo in 60 Secondscase


Take a minute to learn about the benefits of sensor-based logistics with Cargo Signal's Smart Cargo in 60 Seconds video series.


Episode 23 | Digital Solutions: Visibility & IoT

How does connected, smart cargo do more for you? In this episode of the Expeditors Podcast, we return to our series on Digital Solutions with Global Director of Cargo Signal Randy Gould to learn how the Internet of Things is bringing change to the logistics industry and what that means for visibility and supply chain resilience.



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