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Sensor-based Logistics in the Retail Industry: Automate Your Inventory Management and Reduce Your Warehouse Overhead

Retail is a fast-paced industry. With seasonal merchandise coming and going and consumer trends constantly in flux, businesses need to know where their product is and when it will be arriving. Placing Cargo Signal on your shipments gives you end-to-end supply chain visibility, so you can get your product on the shelf and make the sale. 


The retail industry is a whirlwind of moving freight. Product is constantly on the move–from manufacturing plant to warehouse, from warehouse to storefront, from storefront to customer, and beyond. If that movement gets stopped up anywhere along the way, that can mean big delays and even bigger financial losses down the line. Here are just a few common challenges the retail industry faces without real-time visibility of product:

  • Theft of highly desirable cargo frequently in transit, including new product launches or prototypes
  • Damage to products that require temperature/humidity or shock/tilt monitoring
  • Inability to track inventory surplus or shortages efficiently, especially during seasonal sales
  • Slowdowns in distributions centers or outlets 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 retail 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 shortages
  • Secure costly and fragile product against theft or damage in transit
  • Eliminate supply chain disruptions resulting from delayed or damaged freight

Cargo Signal brings a revolutionary level of oversight to the retail 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 gives you full visibility and increased control. You’ll 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 storefront that has higher sales volume? With Cargo Signal, you’ll be able to keep an eye on things and maintain flexibility in a volatile sector. 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 or confidential new products or prototypes intended for launch makes them vulnerable to theft or damage. Without real-time visibility, you’re risking devastating financial losses or the loss of years of innovation. 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. Likewise, if your shipment sustains shock and possible damage by your carrier, you’ll know the moment it happens, so you can hold those responsible accountable and start problem-solving right away. 

Improve Efficiency and Increase Revenue

Knowing exactly how much product you have and where that product is at all times can reduce your overhead and increase efficiency across sectors. With Cargo Signal monitoring your shipments, you’ll be able to schedule just the right amount of staff you need in your warehouses, distribution centers, outlets, storefronts. Cargo Signal gives you complete oversight of your supply chain and automates your inventory oversight so you don’t have to make a guessing game out of how many hands it will take to load or unload product at one of your facilities or how many carriers you’ll need to hire to move product from one location to another. Complete oversight means saved time and labor. And saved time and labor means saved money.  

Is Now the Right Time for Sensor-based Logistics?

Ask yourself:

  • Have I experienced theft or damage of new product launches, prototypes, or intellectual property?
  • Are my products suffering damage due to excess temperatures, dangerous humidity levels, or shock and tilt?
  • Is my inability to track inventory surplus or shortages costing me money?
  • 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.