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NOV-DEC 2018

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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SOLUTIONS SHOWCASE 7PSOLUTIONS Supply-Chain Security Getting Back to the Basics T he daily life of an LP professional continues to become more and more complicated managing complex supply chains, global markets, risks, increased e-commerce, big data, and a list that continues to grow. From time to time we all need to take a step back and make sure the basic fundamentals of our policies and standard operating procedures are being practiced throughout the organization. 7PSolutions began in April 2010 to fulfill an unmet expertise within the supply-chain security arena by employing global supply-chain experts that could guide LP professionals through the complexities of the domestic and global supply chain. This expertise is combined with real-time GPS technologies along with our RouteWatch SaaS that is second to none in the market—a model that has been so widely accepted as an industry standard that others have attempted to duplicate. Although 7P has had several "firsts" in our short history, the foundation of our services and technologies assists our customers to ensure the basic fundamentals within their loss prevention procedures are being driven throughout their organizations. One of our biggest strengths is assisting LP organizations ensuring that their company policies and goals are being met and employees at every level are properly trained and understand their roles on a need-to-know basis. A solid LP supply-chain strategy must go beyond placing a GPS device within a shipment or bait package. 7P's expertise includes a robust cargo-security best-practice document that allows the LP team to check off those strategies that are most important to their policies, products, and shipping lanes. These services also include assistance with such certifications as Transport Asset Protection Association (TAPA) Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Transportation Security Requirements (TSR). Whether these strategic processes are internal or external, 7P provides the assistance and knowledge to train staff members and vendors on a need-to-know basis only. As we monitor thousands of miles per days in the air, over the rail, on the ground, and on the sea, we gain a true understanding of the daily challenges that LP organizations face. As transportation experts, we are well positioned to provide solutions around these challenges. Still today one of the biggest issues that we see within the industry is the lack of proper vetting of carriers and drivers. This can lead to major delays and issues in the event of a cargo theft. For this purpose, we are speaking to domestic ground shipments; however, the same driver interviews should be performed for any mode of transportation, even when the carrier is simply taking the product a few miles to an airport. The vetting process of the carriers for air, sea, and rail should be similar as to how their employees, agents, and contracted vendors are trained and aware of best practices used to prevent loss of product. Drivers must be provided clear instructions of what is expected. They do not need to be aware that they are being tracked. Our monitoring center receives calls from drivers checking-in even when they do not have GPS on board. This is a result of good driver instruction and keeping them unaware that they may or may not have a tracker onboard. Additionally, we help document full details about the driver and the truck he is driving. The 7P RouteWatch platform allows you to document all of this information within the platform, including pictures of the driver and vehicle being used. We see all too often this information missing because it "takes too much time to document." However, a few minutes with each shipment can save hours of time in the event something happens and can make the difference between making a recovery or not. Getting back to the basics and coupling 7P real-time GPS with CargoNet's 24/7 recovery support center, cargo theft data, and expansive law enforcement communication platform could be the difference between a painful loss and getting back your products. Call us today at 812-988-4433 or visit 7Pgps.com to find out how we can help you get back to the basics of reducing shrink, fighting organized crime, and increasing the bottom line. 73 LP MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2018

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