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Security Seals for Irrigation and Water Conservation

Security Seals for Irrigation and Water Conservation
Australia is experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record, resulting in desperate water shortages across large parts of New South Wales ...

Australia Drought Map

Australia is experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record, resulting in desperate water shortages across large parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland. The latest report by the Bureau of Meteorology issued on 5 September 2019 focused on these key points:

  • Rainfall in the past 17 months has been below average over much of New South Wales, southern Queensland, northern and eastern Victoria, South Australia and northern Tasmania
  • Rainfall deficiencies generally persist with little change in affected areas
  • Long-term rainfall deficiencies, record-low for some periods, continue to severely limit water resources across the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Root-zone soil moisture was below average for August for most of Australia
  • Water storages in the Northern Murray-Darling Basin is extremely low, with no meaningful inflows during August
  • Below average winter filling season for water storages in the Southern Basin for the third year in a row

As water is the main necessity of life, it has become imperative that all measures are taken to secure this precious resource. However, there are cases of unscrupulous behaviour where offenders have been caught in acts of water theft. Water theft comes in many forms, mainly taking water without an access license or tampering with water meters. This is where Seals HQ’s expertise can help you.

SHQ_MeterSeals

Our range of Meter Seals are designed to be easy to apply, resistant to UV and water exposure. Our Rotor Seals, Cable Seals and Combi Seals can be applied without any tools and can only be removed with a wire cutter. Optional features include:

  • Stainless Steel wire or plastic-coated wire ensures that the wire does not rust.
  • Customisable wire length to suit any meters.
  • Custom design available to include your company logo, text and a unique serial number.
  • Contractor ID numbers can be marked on the seal to identify which contractor installed that meter and security seal.

Contact us via one of the following methods to discuss your options with our Product Specialists:

          Phone          1300 920 778
          Email           sales@sealshq.com.au
          Web             https://www.sealshq.com.au

Securing Unit Load Devices

Securing Unit Load Devices
Freight forwarders who have registered as a Registered Air Cargo Agent (RACA) have an important responsibility in ensuring safety across the air ca...

Freight forwarders who have registered as a Registered Air Cargo Agent (RACA) have an important responsibility in ensuring safety across the air cargo supply chain.

If you are a RACA, what steps have you taken to ensure that there will be no tampering or pilferage of the cargo before uplifting international outbound air cargo which has been examined onto an aircraft?

Tamper Evident Security Seals can be used to secure ULDs. Depending on the value of the cargo, you can choose either a simple plastic indicative seal (which can be easily applied and removed by hand) or use a wire cable seal, which is designed to provide greater security as it can only be removed with a wire cutter.

ULDs with loose carton boxes can be secured with tamper evident security tapes and labels.

Seals HQ is a specialist provider of tamper evident products and solutions. With our wide range of cost effective products, RACA Freight Forwarders can now apply best practices to ensure maximum security for your packaging.

Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to discuss how we can help you effectively secure your packaging:

1) Send us an online enquiry - https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact
2) Send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au
3) Call us at 1300 920 778

The Role of Tamper Evident Security in the Pharmaceutical Industry

The Role of Tamper Evident Security in the Pharmaceutical Industry
In 2018, the top 10 Pharmaceutical Manufacturers achieved a combined sales of $412.52 billion dollars [*1]. Obviously the pharmaceutical industry i...

In 2018, the top 10 Pharmaceutical Manufacturers achieved a combined sales of $412.52 billion dollars [*1]. Obviously the pharmaceutical industry is a lucrative yet important industry that contributes to the welfare of the general public. 

Many pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors have implemented methods to secure their:

  • Raw Material
  • Work-in-Progress (WIP) goods
  • Packaging
  • Distribution Network

In this post, Seals HQ will look at what type of Tamper Evident Security Solutions are suitable for each of the stages above. 

RAW MATERIAL

Whether you store your raw materials in IBCs, Storage Tanks, Roll Cages or Crates, securing raw material is the first step in ensuring that the final product is not compromised. 

WORK-IN-PROGRESS MATERIAL

Whether it is goods waiting for packaging or additional production process, it is imperative to ensure that WIP material is not compromised. 

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PACKAGING

Finished Goods are equally important to secure. Whether it is to protect against pilferage or attempts of sabotage, securing finished goods is important to maintain product integrity.

Packaging
DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

Whether your goods are distributed locally or exported, ensuring security along the distribution network ensures that product integrity is maintained. Security seals are used to secure pallets, trucks and shipping containers to protect against any attempts of pilferage or sabotage. 

Distribution

We offer customers the ability to custom design your Security Seals, Labels and Tapes. We also offer a Stock Management Program that ensures continuity of supply without requiring customers to hold stock. 

Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to discuss how we can help you effectively secure your packaging:

1) Send us an online enquiry - https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact
2) Send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au
3) Call us at 1300 920 778

Best Practices for Secure Packaging

Best Practices for Secure Packaging
Have you ever wondered how effective is your current method of applying Security Tape? Unfortunately, many companies are not aware of and not imple...

Have you ever wondered how effective is your current method of applying Security Tape? Unfortunately, many companies are not aware of and not implemented best practices when applying Security Tape on their packaging.

Seals HQ has compiled the most effective method to apply Security Tapes on pallets and boxes. We have also estimated how many pallets and boxes you can secure using 1 roll of security tape.

SECURING PALLETS (Pallets measure 1.2 meters x 1.2 meters with a height of 1.4 meters)

SECURING CARTONS (Cartons measure 40cm x 25cm x 20cm)

With our cost-effective security tapes, you can now apply best practices to ensure maximum security for your packaging.

Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to discuss how we can help you effectively secure your packaging:

1) Send us an online enquiry - https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact

2) Send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au

3) Call us at 1300 920 778

How to Custom Design your Security Tapes and Labels

How to Custom Design your Security Tapes and Labels
Do a search for 'Tamper Evident Labels' now on Alibaba and you'll be presented with over 100 pages of suppliers peddling their labels. Perform anot...

Do a search for 'Tamper Evident Labels' now on Alibaba and you'll be presented with over 100 pages of suppliers peddling their labels. Perform another search for 'Tamper Evident Tape' and again you are presented with over 100 pages of suppliers selling generic tamper evident security tapes. 

Why was the above exercise necessary? It's to prove to you that having a generic tamper evident label or tape is just not good enough - anyone can buy labels off online marketplaces and gain the ability to remove and replace your label without ever being noticed. 

This is where Custom Designed Tamper Evident Security Tapes and Labels greatly increases security in your operations. Whether you are securing pallets, boxes, envelopes, satchels, doors and crates, applying custom designed tamper evident labels or tapes deters pilferage or sabotage because it is unique and not readily available. 

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So now you've decided to start custom designing your tamper evident security tapes and labels. However, majority of the suppliers require a large order (usually a minimum of 250 rolls of tape or 10,000 labels) before they even consider your order. Furthermore, suppliers will charge a fee to fabricate a printing plate to be able to print your customised artwork. 

This is where Seals HQ can help you. Our Minimum Order Quantity for custom designed tamper evident security tapes starts at 100 rolls and 5,000 labels for custom designed security labels. Furthermore, printing plates are provided free-of-charge

What is the next step? Contact Seals HQ and our Product Specialist will assist you to:

1) Decide the size and shape that is most suitable for your application.
2) Decide the colour of your custom designed tamper evident security tape or label.
3) Design the artwork - logos, text, barcode or serial number.

Here are some templates that might inspire you:

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Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to begin the process of custom designing your tamper evident security tapes and labels:

1) Send us an online enquiry - https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact

2) Send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au

3) Call us at 1300 920 778

Customising your Security Tamper Evident Bag

Customising your Security Tamper Evident Bag
To further cement our reputation as the leading tamper evident products provider in Australia, Seals HQ now offers customers the ability to customi...

To further cement our reputation as the leading tamper evident products provider in Australia, Seals HQ now offers customers the ability to customise your own Security Tamper Evident Bag at competitive prices and low Minimum Order Quantity.

Why do you need to consider customising your own Security Tamper Evident Bag? 

  • You need Corporate Branding on your Security Tamper Evident Bags for marketing and identification purposes;
  • You have a specific requirement on various aspects of the artwork which serves specific purposes;
  • You have a requirement of specific sizes to suit a particular application.

Below are just some examples of our custom designed Security Tamper Evident Bags:

Custom Designed STEB Compilation

There is no bag too small or too large for us and there is no artwork we cannot print. All custom designed Security Tamper Evident Bags incorporate the standard features below:

STEB Standard Features

If you have a need for custom designed security tamper evident bags, contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below:

1) Send us an online enquiry - https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact

2) Send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au

3) Call us at 1300 920 778

Are you a Known Consignor? Let us help you.

Are you a Known Consignor? Let us help you.
The Australian Government recently launched an initiative called the Known Consignor scheme. The Known Consignor Scheme is for businesses that manu...

The Australian Government recently launched an initiative called the Known Consignor scheme. The Known Consignor Scheme is for businesses that manufactures and assembles goods to be transported by aircraft as cargo. The Known Consignor scheme has been introduced to streamline the way goods are cleared through Australian borders. Instead of using a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA), the scheme offers businesses an alternative way to meet air cargo security requirements. As a Known Consignor, any international outbound cargo shipped will not require further examination before uplift onto an aircraft.

Known Consignors must be able to meet and maintain a high level of security to ensure cargo is safe to load onto an aircraft. Known Consignors must demonstrate that they have implemented security measures and procedures and can secure their cargo from where it originates until it is handed to another regulated business.

A new initiative has been recently announced whereby beginning 1 March 2019, before outbound international air cargo is uplifted onto an aircraft, it must be examined at piece-level by a RACA under an EACE notice or originate from a Known Consignor.

If you regularly export your products, it would be time consuming and costly to have your consignment checked at piece-level by a RACA. If you have applied and been approved as a Known Consignor, one of the requirements is that you must protect the security of air cargo that originates from your business until the air cargo is provided to another regulated business.

This is where Seals HQ comes in. As a Tamper Evident security specialist, Seals HQ has a wide range of products and solutions that can help you fulfil your Known Consignor obligations.

SECURE PACKING

Seals HQ Secure Packing

Our Security Tapes and Labels are designed to leave clear visual evidence when triggered. The tapes and labels are designed to be robust and eliminate accidental triggering via movement, but sensitive enough to leave a tell-tale sign when the packaging has been tampered with. Our tapes and labels are designed to work on both porous and non-porous surfaces, making it ideal for applications on carton boxes, plastic crates, pallet wrapping and many more. 

Our tapes can be supplied either in a continuous roll of 50 meters, or in a roll of 45 meters with perforated sections of 150mm. 

Large volume users also have the option to customise the tapes and labels to include a custom VOID message, custom size and artwork. 

Click HERE to see our tapes and labels.

SECURE STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION

Seals HQ Secure Storage and Transportation

Seals HQ has a wide range of plastic and metal security seals that is suitable for all aspects of securing storage and transportation. Whether you're securing a crate, storage cage or even the truck delivering your cargo to the airport, we have a seal for that. 

Click HERE to see some of our security seals designed for securing transportation.

Contact us today and one of our friendly specialists will be able to help you. Contact us via any of the following:

1) Leave a message on our website (https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact)

2) Email sales@sealshq.com.au

3) Call us at 1300 920 778

 

Cargo Theft Statistics: Unreported Incidents May Greatly Understate the Numbers

Cargo Theft Statistics: Unreported Incidents May Greatly Understate the Numbers
Cargo theft statistics indicate that it's a low-risk, high-reward crime. Cargo theft has been around for centuries. History has seen robbers attac...

Cargo theft statistics indicate that it's a low-risk, high-reward crime.

Cargo theft has been around for centuries. History has seen robbers attacking merchants on trading roads, to pirates seizing ships at sea, to bandits on horseback robbing stage coaches.

Fast forward to today. Trucks have replaced horse-drawn wagons, and today’s cargo theft perpetrators are often part of international crime syndicates. The global economic crisis increased demand for black-market goods. But cargo theft statistics are difficult to track.

Adding to the cargo theft problem is the fact that it is seen as a low-risk, high-reward type of crime carrying minor criminal penalties. The FBI reports that less than 20 percent of stolen cargo is ever recovered.

Cargo theft statistics vary, but it is generally agreed upon that cargo theft is a $15 to $30 billion-dollar problem each year in the United States. Exact numbers are impossible to determine in that many cargo crime incidents go unreported, and the numbers related to those incidents that are reported differ greatly by agency. Regardless, the most recent cargo theft statistics available continue to be sobering.

For the past five years, CargoNet has reported a rise in cargo theft incidents over the Labour Day holiday (reported as the Thursday before to the Wednesday after). California leads in reported incidents, followed by New Jersey and Texas. Warehouses were the most targeted locations, with secured freight yards placing second.

The average loss value per incident was $254,800, with food and beverage being the most targeted with electronics in second place. In addition, home and garden products are quickly becoming a major cargo theft target.

Over the Labour Day holiday, unattended trucks and closed warehouse facilities present an opportune target to would-be thieves. Some large Labour Day weekend cargo thefts in recent years included:

  • $5.7 million in cell phones from a warehouse in Delaware
  • $1.5 million in equipment from a California warehouse
  • $1.3 million in silver from a Montreal port

Some good news is that, according to Sensitech’s SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Cargo Theft Annual Report, overall reported cargo thefts during the first quarter of 2018 declined 22 percent, with a 15 percent drop in dollar value versus the same period in 2017. Some reasons given are the adoption of team driving, better locks, wider use of GPS tracking devices, and a number of law enforcement agencies that have formed cargo theft task forces.

But Sensitech cautions that continued delays, under-reporting or non-reporting of cargo thefts can still greatly understate the numbers. In addition, the lack of uniform categorisation of thefts by states and police departments adds to statistical inaccuracy. As well, not all states report to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting database.

It’s interesting to note that both Sensitech and Scott Cornell, a transportation crime and theft specialist, report that cargo thieves are shifting their efforts from truckload targets to less secure categories of cargo, such as less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments or mixed retail loads that offer opportunities for quicker fencing of the stolen product.

Many of these smaller thefts don’t drive owners to file a police report or insurance claim. LTL thefts that are reported are categorised as pilferage and have seen a 107 percent increase since 2013. LTL shipments are often less closely guarded, and truckers carrying this type of cargo often make several stops, thus increasing vulnerability.

Why It Matters

“OK”, some in LP may say. “Interesting, but most of this really doesn’t apply to my job.” That may be true now, but it behooves all retail LP professionals to understand as much as they can about every aspect of total retail loss and how to prevent it. You never know what the future holds. So, here are some tips from CargoNet to minimize cargo theft, both in the warehouse and on the road:

  • All aspects of a warehouse facility should be in good working order, including lighting, backup generators, alarm systems, surveillance equipment and perimeter fencing.
  • Strict key control of all equipment including trucks, motorized pallet jacks and forklifts is a must.
  • All alarm signals must be taken seriously and responded to. Thieves will often trip alarms multiple times to give the impression of false alarms or malfunctioning systems.
  • All suspicious activity, no matter how minor, should be documented and reported to management and loss prevention/security.
  • Take extra precautions on weekends and holidays where facilities may be unoccupied. Request extra police drive-bys.
  • Make sure all tractors, trailers, containers and container chassis have accurate license plates, VINs, and descriptive information—and that this information is readily accessible to management, security and drivers.
  • Be sure all tractors are secured with high-quality locking devices and steering column locks.
  • Secure all trailers (loaded and unloaded) with high-security-compliant barrier seals in addition to hardened padlocks. Use kingpin locks for unattached trailers.
  • Avoid having loaded trailers sit unattended.

Seals HQ offers a no-obligation consultation with one of our specialists if you need to discuss on cost-effective ways to secure your cargo. We provide free samples and recommendations on effective ways to increase visibility of your truck and cargo, thus completing the Chain of Responsibility obligation to both the transport party and their clients.

Contact methods:

Email    : sales@sealshq.com.au 
Call      : 1300 920 778

 

Footnotes:

Source: LPM Insider

Seals HQ Tamper Evident Bags

Seals HQ partners with Adsure Packaging (www.adsurepackaging.com) for our tamper evident security bags. We provide high quality Auto Perforated Pre...

Seals HQ partners with Adsure Packaging (www.adsurepackaging.com) for our tamper evident security bags. We provide high quality Auto Perforated Pre-Opened Bags, Tamper Evident Security Bag, STEBs, Courier Bags and Medical Biohazard Specimen Bags to our clients.

Adsure Packaging boasts over 30 years of manufacturing experience and houses an internal R&D department to continually develop and improve on their range of bags. Adsure Packaging is ISO9001 and WCA certified, which promises to deliver high quality products and services with the highest quality standard.

Adsure Packaging showcases their advanced technological knowledge by possessing various patents that protects a wide range of technology that has been incorporated into the bags. Some of the patents include a breathable security bag for law enforcement agencies, or bags designed for medicine or sterile specimens.

Seals HQ stocks standard A3, A4 and A5 bags and offers clients the option to customise the bags based on their own design and requirement. Whether it is customised artwork, bag construction or developing special features incorporated into the bag, Seals HQ and Adsure Packaging has the experience and technological know-how to fulfil every requirement.

Talk to one of our specialists today to know more.

Tamper Evident Labels

Tamper Evident Labels are a cost effective yet powerful deterrent to theft and relabelling. They are made using destructible materials that destruc...

Tamper Evident Labels are a cost effective yet powerful deterrent to theft and relabelling. They are made using destructible materials that destructs when the labels are removed. Tamper evident labels helps to secure the authenticity and integrity of products as they can be printed with serial numbers, customised messages and generic ‘void’ messages upon removal. 

Tamper evident labels are used in many industries including food packaging, chemical labelling, pharmaceutical & healthcare, transport & logistics and wine. 

For the food industries, fresh foods are typically stored in cold rooms below 5 degrees.  Our tamper evident labels remain agile even in those temperatures

Depending on usage, aesthetic and branding requirements of our customers, tamper evident labels comes in 3 forms; Non-Transfer, Partial Transfer and Total Transfer.  The main difference being the amount of residue or markings left upon removal of the label.  Visual representation of the labels can be found here.

The labels markings and size can be customised according to our customer’s requirements.  For high volume labelling requirements, a turnkey solution incorporating automatic machine labellers can be provided.    

Please feel free to get in touch with us on 1300 920 778 or sales@sealshq.com.au to discuss best practises or any other queries, we are happy to help. 

 

Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment | Completing the Chain of Responsibility

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is due to be amended on 1 October 2018, which provides that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply...

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is due to be amended on 1 October 2018, which provides that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. In applied terms, this primary duty represents an obligation of each party in the transport supply chain to eliminate or minimise potential harm of risk of loss by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety. [1]

While the amendment focuses on very important issues like fatigue management, adherence to speed limits and loading requirements, one cannot ignore the importance of securing the cargo in the truck. Chain of Responsibility should begin at the loading dock, and every party in the transport supply chain should take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of loss, including loss of cargo until the truck arrives at its destination.

Based on the latest report by SensiGuard, cargo theft volume and average values increased year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018. The firm recorded 144 cargo theft incidents during the quarter with an average loss value of USD178,273 (AUD250,000) – an 8% increase in volume and 28% increase in value when compared to the second quarter of 2017. [2]

What steps can be taken to increase the security of cargo? One very effective and cost-efficient method is the application of tamper evident security seals, labels and tape.

Whether it is securing the tautliner buckles on a side curtain truck, the back door of a rigid truck, applying security tape on pallets or security labels on cartons, these small steps increase visibility and minimises the risk of loss of cargo.

Seals HQ (www.sealshq.com.au) carries a wide range of tamper evident security seals, security labels and security tape which are versatile and can be used for a wide range of applications.

Seals HQ also offers a no-obligation consultation with one of our specialists if you need to discuss on cost-effective ways to secure your cargo. We provide free samples and recommendations on effective ways to increase visibility of your truck and cargo, thus completing the Chain of Responsibility obligation to both the transport party and their clients.

Contact methods:

Email    : sales@sealshq.com.au
Call      : 1300 920 778

Footnotes:

[1] Source: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/chain-of-responsibility/about
[2] Source: https://www.ccjdigital.com/cargo-theft-numbers-rise-in-second-quarter-year-over-year-firm-reports/

ONE TOO MANY SERIAL NUMBERS

You have just finished loading your truck and now it’s time to apply security seals to the tautliner buckles to secure your truck. Standard operati...

You have just finished loading your truck and now it’s time to apply security seals to the tautliner buckles to secure your truck. Standard operating procedure states that a total of 10 seals need to be applied – 5 on each side of the truck, and the serial numbers must be recorded onto the paperwork as an audit trail. Going from seal to seal, you start writing down 534901, 534902, 534903, 534904… 534910.

Recording multiple serial numbers on a single application leads to:

  • High probability of human error – serial numbers might be recorded incorrectly;
  • Time wastage – 5 seconds to write down 1 serial number. 10 seals = 50 seconds;
  • Labour wastage – Shouldn’t the employee be spending their time doing something more productive?
  • Confusion – At the destination, multiple serial numbers must be matched to the paperwork to ensure that the seals are intact.

Another scenario might be applying security seals to intermediate bulk containers (IBC). Usually 2 seals are applied on a single IBC. Hence, each record of sealed IBCs will have 2 serial numbers against that record.

What if Seals HQ told you there is a better way?

Seals HQ can customise the serial numbers on our security seals to suit any configuration of applications. Rather than supplying seals with individual serial numbers, Seals HQ is able to supply seals in sets of multiple quantities.

Take the scenario that was presented at the beginning of this post. Seals HQ will provide sets of 10 seals with the same serial number. Hence, the 4 risks are averted as only 1 serial number needs to be recorded, resulting in time and resource saving while reducing the risk of human error. Checking the serial numbers at the destination will also be quicker as there is only 1 number that needs to be matched to all 10 seals.

This is just one of the many innovative methods where Seals HQ helps our clients increase efficiency and accuracy in their respective processes. Talk to one of our specialists today to discuss how Seals HQ can help you too! Contacting us is very easy:

  • Chat with us using our online chat tool, or
  • Email us at sales@sealshq.com.au, or
  • Call us at 1300 920 778