Videos Document Cargo-Handling Negligence
Cargo handling can get rough. Accidents happen and people make mistakes but, sometimes, the magnitude of the slip-ups is simply jaw-dropping. This video of cargo handlers at Chinas Guangzhou airport is one of those. With 3.23 million views and climbing, its a mesmerizing e...
Cargo handling can get rough. Accidents happen and people make mistakes but, sometimes, the magnitude of the slip-ups is simply jaw-dropping.
This video of cargo handlers at Chinas Guangzhou airport is one of those. With 3.23 million views and climbing, its a mesmerizing example of willful incompetence. In the four-minute video, a worker loading a plane tosses boxes from a transfer deck toward a conveyor belt. Approximately half bounce off, or land on the tarmac and are tossed again, increasing the potential for damage.
The problem isnt just with one airport or one carrier. Comments point out that similar mishandling occurs throughout the world, despite boxes being prominently marked fragile. Even conscientious companies sometimes have workers who, as this video shows, blatantly disregard common sense as they hurl pizza-sized boxes into a FedEx van.
The message is clear: pack carefully and monitor impacts. By deploying impact monitors, recipients know which packages to evaluate for potential damage. This is particularly important for sensitive, calibrated electronics and for items with delicate components.
Monitoring solutions range from simple, inexpensive, stick-on indicator labels that record impacts of 25Gs or greater, to devices that are sensitive to impacts as low as 0.5 Gs. No matter the impact threshold, the size, shape or weight of the cargo, or your shipping budget, a solution is available. With an impact monitor, if your product is mishandled, youll know.
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Assessing the Total Cost of Damage
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Developing a Risk Management Program
Multiple types of monitoring devices are available to ensure shippers have the data they need at a price they can afford. For example, electronic data loggers monitor a range of impact thresholds, the direction and duration of impacts, and their G-force, along with the event’s GPS coordinates and time of occurrence. Some options record thousands of shipments and can generate trend reports that span months to years.
Supply Chain Conditions May Damage Even Rugged Consumer Electronics
A cell phone, dropped from ear height, can experience an impact of up to 1,000 Gs. Even though that phone, like other consumer electronics, is designed to withstand a certain level of impact, it still can be damaged. During shipping, even though devices such as cell phones, laptops, televisions, headphones, video game controllers, etc. are protectively packaged, they are still at risk from supply chain mishaps. The damage from these events may go unnoticed, however, unless a package shows visible signs of damage – a crushed corner, for example.
Minimizing Unsalable Product
For the customer, receiving goods with dings, dents or temperature issues may indicate serious problems in the supplier’s logistics organization. Even when there is no actual product damage, the appearance of damaged packaging makes buyers question the reliability of the product and the commitment of the manufacturer to develop and deliver products that meet agreed-upon standards.