Case Study: GlaxoSmithKline

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) came to Roambee for shipment monitoring services to help prevent theft and improve inventory planning.

Roambee's rugged wireless devices, called

Roambee's rugged wireless devices, called "Bees," accompanied shipments from the factory to their destination, providing real-time information about shipment security and vehicle movement.

The Roambee solution for the customer's shipment monitoring required no capital outlay.

The Roambee solution for the customer's shipment monitoring required no capital outlay.

Shipment Monitoring for Theft Prevention

The Need: Real-Time Data to Improve Shipment Security

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) moves medical products from several factories to a network of warehouses across a large geographical area. For reasons of cost and efficiency, several 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) companies are hired to transport the company's goods.

But GSK found itself facing serious security problems. Their products were at risk for theft during transit and distribution — as full loads as well as item pilferage. A ban on nighttime driving, which should have reduced theft, was difficult to enforce because the company lacked visibility into shipment location and vehicle movement.

GSK sought a solution that gave them complete visibility for their goods moving on the trucks of their 3PLs – but did not involve them in equipping those third party vehicles. They wanted the solution to be available on-demand to meet spikes in production. Finally, they needed real-time data that would enable them to take action if there were a potention or actual problem with theft.

Solutions like RFID and GPS vehicle tracking were rejected because they would require both heavy investment in hardware and significant infrastructural change.

The Solution: Real-Time Monitoring Foils Theft and Saves Money

Roambee provided GSK with with “Bees” – Roambee’s rugged wireless device that lasts up to 90 days on a single charge. The Bees were attached to the shipments as they left the factory and provided real-time data on movement and location. Once shipments were delivered, the Bees were simply sent back to Roambee.

A web portal to Roambee’s cloud-based service provided GSK with real-time information about their shipments. The service generated alerts about unauthorized activities such as night-time driving, unplanned stops, and route deviations. The data on shipment movement also helped GSK’s logistics people to plan more effectively for inventory distribution.

Because Roambee services are “on-demand,"" GSK has the flexibility and scaling they wanted to meet spikes in shipment activity while keeping shipment-monitoring expenses under control.

Using Roambee services put an end to instances of cargo hijacking and theft. GSK has been able to implement anad enforce the policy against night-time driving, further increasing shipment security. With Roambee analytics data about shipments, GSK is also achieving cost-savings through just-in-time inventory management. 

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Founded in 2013, the Roambee team has decades of distribution & logistics domain experience including multi-code barcode, RFID, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, GSM Enterprise application integration, cloud application development experience in multi-national corporations and other successful start-ups.

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