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In virtually every operating environment, productivity and operational efficiency are dependent on the use of Mission-Critical Assets such as equipment, instruments, handheld and other electronic devices, calibrated tools and rechargeable batteries. Without reliable, constant access to the assets required to do their jobs, workers cannot perform their assigned tasks, productivity and safety suffer, and operating costs escalate dramatically. Often, operations cannot function at all without these assets. This is why they are often referred to as “mission critical.”

The use of Mission-Critical Assets cuts across all industries and operational settings. From logistics and transportation, to healthcare, institutions and retail, to manufacturing, industrial and construction environments, the need is pervasive. However, most systems currently in use to manage, track and control these assets are inefficient, costly and woefully inadequate. This is true for both small and mid-size companies and for the largest global organisations. The result is that billions of pounds are wasted annually in retrieval, management and replacement of these needed items.

This white paper explores the problem in detail and examines the economic and operational impact of current practices and operational methods. It also reviews opportunities for improvement and the experiential results that have been achieved in a variety of settings where cloud-based, self-service automated locker systems have been deployed to streamline and optimise the distribution and management of critical operational assets.

Apex Supply Chain Technologies

Worcester-based Apex Supply Chain Technologies® Ltd is the European headquarters and subsidiary of Apex Industrial Technologies LLC, the world’s leading provider of intelligent, automated dispensing systems for the industrial, retail and service sectors. Apex installed solutions have executed more than 3 billion automated dispensing transactions for thousands of customers around the world, including some of the world’s best known brands. Apex has offices in Australia, Columbia, Germany and the United Kingdom and is headquartered in the United States.

Apex Supply Chain Technologies® Ltd is the European headquarters and subsidiary of Apex Industrial Technologies LLC, the world’s leading provider of intelligent, automated dispensing systems for the industrial, retail and service sectors. Located in Worcester, England, and led by Managing Director Julian Adams, Apex Supply Chain Technologies Ltd has been serving EMEA customers since 2011.

Globally, more than 70,000 Apex automated dispensing solutions have executed in excess of 3 billion automated transactions for more than 15,000 companies around the world. Many of these companies are on the Global Fortune 500 or Blue Chip lists of companies with the highest turnover, and many are headquartered in Europe. The company’s purpose-built solutions replace inefficient manual processes and inventory management with point-of-use control, automation and 24/7 data and business intelligence. In fact, the concept of industrial vending was first introduced by Apex CEO and founder Kent Savage, an internationally renowned expert in the field of automated dispensing solutions and supply chain technologies. Today’s next-generation Apex solutions result in substantially lower costs, greater productivity, and clear competitive advantages for its users.

All Apex devices are Internet-based and powered by Apex Connect n’ Go™ Technology, so there is no special software to install or maintain. The company’s proprietary Trajectory Cloud™ platform provides real-time visibility, tracking and control, and can integrate with other enterprise applications such as purchasing, warehouse management and e-commerce systems.

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