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Blog July 2023 Updated October 2023

From Container to Cash: Powering Profitability with Intelligent Container Management

Containers are the backbone of your waste and recycling operations, but how often do you overlook them? They're the unsung heroes of your business, quietly shouldering the heavy burden of transporting and storing your valuable assets.

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Conor Dowd

AMCS Director of Product Marketing

Containers are the backbone of your waste and recycling operations, but how often do you overlook them? They're the unsung heroes of your business, quietly shouldering the heavy burden of transporting and storing your valuable assets. Imagine a world where you could see every aspect of your container fleet in real time - that would be a game changer. And that's precisely what we have in store for you!

Enter the Equipment Inventory module, our latest innovation that puts a dynamic, user-friendly control panel at your fingertips. And it's not just about being cool and high-tech. It's about managing your containers—those workhorse assets that are always on the move, collecting, transporting, and storing your precious (metallic) resources—with such precision and efficiency that you might just start seeing dollar signs every time you glance at them.

Your Container Assets: Let's Get Personal

In the grand scheme of things, tracking each container might seem like a detail-oriented nightmare. But the difference tracking can make to your operations is monumental. Suppose you're dealing with high-value assets, such as roll-off containers in metal recycling. A misplaced or stolen container isn't just a logistical headache - it's a sizeable dent in your profits.

One of the shining gems of the Equipment Inventory module is its ability to manage your inventory in serialized, non-serialized, or both modes. Think of serialized inventory as getting to know your containers on a first-name basis. Using identifiers like serial numbers, RFID tags, barcodes, or QR codes, you can track each high-value container's GPS location, activity, and service history.

Is that elusive roll-off container playing hide-and-seek in your yard? Now, you can track its every move, ensuring it's always at the right place at the right time, ready for action.

This isn't just about knowing where your containers are - it's about knowing exactly when they're available for hire. Imagine being able to spot a high-earning container that's currently idle, and quickly redeploying it to maximise profits - that's the power of serialized inventory.

For the simpler, more humble containers that hang out at your yard or customer locations, a non-serialized mode gives you the quantity overview you need, without the complex tracking. It's all about choosing the right management style for each member of your container family.

Transforming Mobile Operations

In the waste and recycling business, mobility is everything. Drivers need to seamlessly move containers in and out of yards without any hiccups ensuring that your containers are always on the move. With the AMCS Mobile application, the arduous process of manual container selection and confirmation becomes a breeze.

Now your drivers can simply scan a code to update your inventory. This not only minimizes manual errors, but also significantly reduces the time spent on data entry. Plus, our Container Exception Management Tool quickly identifies and resolves any anomalies. No more scratching your head over duplicates or incorrect serial numbers! This means fewer mistakes, more productivity, and a happy, efficient crew.

More Goodies in the AMCS Box

Have you ever wondered if you're fully utilizing all your containers? Our platform now boasts an Idle Container dashboard to help you spot those slow-moving containers hiding in the corners of your yards, a Container Exception Management Tool to quickly resolve serial data anomalies, and even support for Clustered Containers, perfect for our friends in the Dutch Municipal model.

The bottom line: Show me the Money!

Now, let's talk money, because that's what it's all about, right? Our Equipment Inventory module is designed to transform your operations from a maze of uncertainty to a smooth, well-oiled money-making machine.

You'll see increased sales revenue as you harness the power of always knowing which containers are available to meet your customer and market demand. Reduced container costs and increased margin by getting the most out of your existing containers and cutting down on the cost of unnecessary new purchases. More importantly, you'll minimize the risk of losing containers, reducing costly leakage caused by theft, damage, or oversight.

Upping the Ante on Customer Service

Numbers and the bottom line are just the start. We understand the value of customer relationships in your line of business. With better control and visibility over your container inventory, you're more equipped to meet your customers' needs and exceed their expectations.

Never again will you have to disappoint a customer by not having sufficient or the right type of containers available. No more frantic searching or scrambling. Just smooth, efficient service that leaves your customers impressed and your competition envious.

Empowering you to run your business better

The new Equipment Inventory module isn't just about tracking containers - it's about empowering you with real-time insights to make smarter decisions that boost sales, increase margins, and improve customer service. It's about transforming your everyday processes into a highly efficient, profit-maximizing operation.

We know we've shared a lot of exciting information here, and you might be eager to dive into more details. If you want to explore all the new features and enhancements we've added, check out our comprehensive Release Highlights document (download below). It's got everything you need to fully understand the ins and outs of these updates.

Remember, every piece of the puzzle—every container in your yard—plays a role in your success. With our latest release, we're thrilled to offer you more control, visibility, and revenue potential than ever before.

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