COVID-19 has disrupted the world as we know it, global travel bans, quarantine timeframes and factory closures implemented since the outbreak have exposed flaws in global supply chains, including the end-to-end electronic supply chain.
Before the outbreak, equipment engineers routinely traveled to conduct equipment inspections before purchasing. However, international border closures and access limitations inside facilities have disrupted the supply chain as buyers needing equipment are hesitant to invest without the added confidence provided by in-person equipment inspections.
To address this challenge, Macquarie is helping clients pivot to a digital model by utilising video technology for equipment inspections. The Virtual Inspection Program provides the ability to perform equipment inspections, but without the cost, worry or hassle of travel.
Macquarie coordinates with all parties and pre-arranges the inspection timing and scope.
Using a video conference platform, the inspection is typically performed live by the seller or Macquarie specialist.
Over the course of the inspection, the dedicated Macquarie specialist addresses questions, assists with translation, and manages post inspection details.
Virtual equipment inspections reduce if not eliminate the need to travel, thereby reducing CO2 emissions.
For some companies, reducing their carbon footprint by offering Virtual Inspections or participating in them instead of traveling, may contribute to overall corporate environmental and sustainability goals.
For a round-trip flight from Shanghai to San Jose, CA, for example, the carbon emission is 3.3 tonnes according to flight emission calculator.
If you are interested in purchasing equipment with confidence, visit our equipment inventory and contact us to schedule your virtual inspection.
If you are interested in selling your equipment or want to learn more about how the Virtual Inspection Program or other Macquarie offerings can benefit your business, please contact us at any of our regional locations to discuss.