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Cargo Tips to Secure Holiday Shopping Supply Lines

The holiday season is the busiest time of year for many cargo thieves. The extended winter holiday season presents plenty of opportunity for thieves to nab goods from both truck drivers and warehouses. Trucks and warehouses are more likely to be left unattended, and facilities that sit full of merchandise awaiting the empty shelves that follow holiday sales provide rich targets for cargo thieves. Moreover, these facilities tend to have fewer personnel over the extended holiday.

To combat potential theft and best protect cargo in transit, businesses should develop a comprehensive risk management plan that includes, but not limited to:

  • Select a carrier or transportation provider that is reputable, provides real-time tracking of shipments, and has an established and viable method of tracing and locating missing shipments

  • Use new, well-constructed packaging materials with features that can indicate whether tampering occurs during transportation

  • Set practical size and monetary limits on shipments in transit to minimize the financial and operational impact of any loss and require documented accountability every time the shipment changes hands during transit

  • Select storage facilities with established emergency plans that address all natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and windstorms, and ensure storage facilities are located in an area that is not surrounded by hazardous operations

  • Require storage facilities to be guarded by qualified security personnel on a 24/7 basis, and all entrances/exits (even at roof level) should be protected by motion detectors, alarms, and surveillance cameras.

  • Keep all shipment documentation confidential, including bills of lading and delivery receipts

  • Require all employees of the storage facility, including temporary, seasonal and contract maintenance staff, to go through comprehensive pre-employment screening with a background check including driving, criminal records and credit reviews

  • Always involve your logistics, security, risk manager and other relevant professionals in the development and implementation of cargo/transit security practices

Original article source: Cargo Tips to Secure Holiday Shopping Supply Lines

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