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Sensor-based Logistics and the Fashion Industry: Ensuring the Timely and Quality Delivery of Product in High Demand

Do you have the active monitoring in place to protect your high-demand fashion merchandise in transit? Humidity and excess temperatures can have deleterious effects on fabric. If you're struggling to remain agile in the face of fluctuating demand due to supply chain disruptions, Cargo Signal can help.




The fashion industry moves fast. Not only is product being shipped rapidly, what’s stylish today is old hat tomorrow–making it a particularly urgent and volatile sector of retail. If those in the clothing business can’t effectively manage their inventory or maintain the flexibility to keep up with shifting trends or demand, they may fall out of favor with their customers. Here are just a few challenges the fashion industry faces without real-time visibility of product:

  • Inability to track inventory surplus or shortages efficiently, especially during seasonal sales
  • Lost sales opportunities due to late or compromised shipments
  • Theft or damage of highly desirable cargo 
  • Unhappy customers and stakeholders who aren’t receiving regular updates about their shipment
  • Slowdowns in distributions centers due to still, delayed, or damaged freight

If your product isn’t where it needs to be, when it needs to be, the sale isn’t possible. The fashion industry relies on high supply chain visibility to keep the flow of goods moving at a steady pace. If you’re unaware of where your shipments are or what condition they’re in, you’re risking unnecessary slowdowns or stoppages and the loss of revenue.

How Sensor-based Logistics Can Help

  • Automate your inventory management by tracking at the container and pallet level, reducing surplus or shortage of product
  • Secure costly and fragile cargo against theft or damage in transit
  • Ensure the timely delivery of seasonal and high-volume sales product
  • Keep your customers satisfied and your brand dependable and reputable

Cargo Signal brings a revolutionary level of oversight to the fashion industry. The IoT-powered sensors that Cargo Signal attaches to global freight track real-time data about shipments, providing end-to-end visibility, security, and quality control. Our technology is supported by a Command Center staffed by logistics professionals who monitor your freight around the clock, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If anything goes wrong with your shipment, Command Center will intervene on your behalf to solve the problem. 

Automate and Optimize Inventory Management

If you’re still keeping track of your inventory manually, you’re leaving a lot of room for human error. Automatically tracking your shipments in real time with Cargo Signal, rather than relying on carrier updates, gives you full visibility and increased control. You’ll automatically know what’s already come in, what’s still in transit, and when you can expect the next shipment. Need a rush shipment of seasonal merchandise because the last truckload never arrived? Need to reroute an incoming shipment to a nearby distribution center or a storefront that needs it more? With Cargo Signal, you’ll be able to keep an eye on things and remain flexible. Our Command Center will work with you to make sure you get what you need, where you need it.

Safeguard Your Shipments

Moving highly desirable merchandise consistently from place to place leaves it vulnerable to theft or damage. Cargo Signal’s Security Alerts can prevent that from happening. If your freight falls vulnerable to theft, Cargo Signal will sound the alarm and our Command Center will get authorities on the scene. And what about potential damage to merchandise? Excess temperatures and moisture build-up can ruin fabrics. Our Temperature and Humidity Alerts will let you know if your product is at risk, so you can take measures to keep your merchandise in pristine, sellable condition.

Improve Customer Service

Retail customers have high expectations of service. Without the means to effectively keep track of inventory and protect your freight in transit, you’re putting your product and your entire company’s reputation at risk. Customers depend on you to deliver their merchandise on time and in pristine condition. If articles of clothing arrive damaged or behind schedule, your customers aren’t going to be happy. Cargo Signal’s real-time visibility keeps you informed about damage, theft, or delay before it becomes the customer’s problem. If something happens, Cargo Signal will automatically alert you and your chosen stakeholders. Our Command Center will then intervene to solve the problem, and you can provide your customers with up-to-the-minute status updates and protect your brand.

Is Now the Right Time for Sensor-based Logistics?

Ask yourself:

  • Is my inability to track inventory surplus or shortages costing me money?
  • Am I missing out on sales opportunities because of late shipments?
  • Am I unable to fulfill orders due to frequent damages or delays to my cargo?
  • Are customers going elsewhere because of my inability to provide real-time updates about their shipment?
  • Are supply chain disruptions and slowdowns disrupting my business?

If yes, contact Cargo Signal today so we can help you and your business get back on track.