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Hedyla en SIL 2022

El SIL, feria líder de Logística, Transporte, Intralogística y Supply Chain del sur de Europa, ha vuelto con fuerza a Barcelona. Como eje principal, la feria ha contado con la digitalización e innovación 4.0, la sostenibilidad y el talento. Desde Hedyla no hemos querido dejar pasar la oportunidad para presentar nuestras soluciones para la optimización … Read more

4 warehouse location strategies

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Since the onset of the pandemic, it is clear that there has been considerable growth in the e-commerce sector. As a result, both online retailers and logistics operators have been working to improve and implement all the necessary changes in both warehouse management and last mile distribution. However, large retailers and distribution centers have gone a step further in the location of warehouses.

It is known that 82 logistics parks have been opened in Spain in the last 2 years, which is a remarkable number considering the impact of the e-commerce boom. However, what strategies are companies taking into account to locate their activities in certain logistics centers? If you want to know them, take a look!

Product features

This is one of the most important factors in warehouse location, as the product to be sold or distributed is at the heart of the business model, whether B2B or B2C. However, several components of the goods such as durability, intrinsic stability and manageability must also be taken into account.

Durability is a fundamental aspect when it comes to fresh goods where they are to be consumed soon after purchase such as foodstuffs. While intrinsic stability is a relevant factor for chemical products where mishandling can cause health problems, so they are safer, being stored only at their production plant and points of use. Handling is also an important point for bulk liquids and aggregates because it is not convenient to store them in many places and transfer them until they are already packaged. 

Production capacity

Another aspect to be taken into account in the location of warehouses is the storage capacity, which is in proportion to the amount of manufacturing and/or imports by suppliers. But it is not only a question of focusing on volume, but also of paying attention to other factors such as the degrees of transformation.

The degrees of transformation classify goods on the amount of processing required to become the manufactured product they distribute (which may not necessarily be destined to the final consumer depending on the business model). A product with a low degree of conversion is usually one that needs only to be packaged and/or processed such as fresh goods. While an item with a medium or high degree of modification are those that go through many or many developments and changes to make them suitable for sale such as industrial materials, so it might need several warehouses for the raw materials involved in manufacturing.

Finally, it is known that a distribution network is mainly composed of the following three characteristics of the warehouses: the number, location and types of warehouses. Keeping these aspects in balance in order to be as profitable as possible is not at all simple because of the tedious planning involved, apart from the fact that there are two important factors to take into account: the composition and the distribution in the marketing network.

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3 logistics solutions for the wine sector

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Two years after the beginning of the pandemic, we can confirm that the wine sector is gradually recovering. That is because its consumption is growing to pre-pandemic levels after the presence of really important stock problems derived from the lack of sales and reduction of production due to the pandemic.

On the other hand, we should not overlook the current threats to post-pandemic recovery that also affect the other sectors. From the increase in the price of supplies and their shortage to the political and economic tension caused by the invasion of Ukraine, which have left a difficult panorama for the restoration.

One solution for logistics in the wine sector to cope with the growing demand and cost savings has been digitization and with it, the use of digital tools to improve internal processes. In this case, the planning of e-commerce and in-store distribution routes and the tracking of deliveries through a mobile application have improved the quality of service. The customer is the most important thing and a mistake in delivery can be catastrophic for their confidence and satisfaction.

But let's go a step further and discover the ways in which logistics solutions for the wine industry can help in the supply chain. Here are some of them:

Transportation Management

An essential part of logistics in the wine sector is transportation. We are talking about a product that is sensitive not only to sudden temperature changes but also to the duration of the journey. To this must be added the weight of glass, which in some cases can exceed the maximum authorized weight and the consequent penalty that this entails.

With a transport management system we will be able to optimize not only the specific loads needed but also the routes. All this taking into account the necessary conditions to load wines safely without losing quality. This is undoubtedly one of the most important logistics solutions for the wine industry.

Traceability

Another problem faced by logistics in the wine sector is fraud caused by the lack of traceability of the origin of the products. To validate the quality of the wine, especially if it is a high-priced product distributed in bulk, it is very important to have the location of the components in hand. In this way, apart from fraud, we can avoid excessive costs for the recall of products in the market that are out of our control.

Among the logistics solutions for the wine sector, it is important to implement a warehouse management system or WMS, which has a good identification and coding system. That is because its correct labeling can unequivocally guarantee the origin of the products, particularly if they are high quality wines. Besides that a blockchain system is perfect in traceability. That is because such processes become more transparent for the consumer and more secure for producers thanks to its encrypted blockchain system.

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What are the most sought-after professional profiles in logistics?

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Currently, the logistics and transportation sector is becoming quite relevant due to the growth of e-commerce. In addition to the fact that in Spain it is one of the most important sectors of the economy for having a GDP of 10% and managing more than 500 thousand shipments per year.

Looking at this panorama, it can be stated that it is an industry that employs more than 950,000 people, a very attractive figure for people who wish to start or change their professional career. But, specifically, what are the professional profiles in logistics, and is any specific training required to be able to exercise these professions?

If you are interested in knowing the details of the most in-demand logistics professional profiles, take a look!

Warehouse handler

Undoubtedly, this is the most sought-after profile in the logistics sector. Their tasks are based on assisting in the loading and unloading of trucks, checking and ordering merchandise, controlling the stock of products, preparing them and keeping the warehouse register up to date.

These professional logistics profiles require a minimum of compulsory secondary education. However, there are specialized training courses such as forklift or warehouse handler that help to have a solid foundation for the job performance and improve the curriculum. Not to mention the physical ability to move heavy objects from one place to another. cursos de formación especializados como la de carretillero o la de mozo de almacén que ayuda a tener una base sólida para el desempeño del trabajo y mejoran el currículum. Sin olvidar que se debe poseer la capacidad física para mover objetos pesados de un lugar a otro.

Forklift operator

The second most sought-after profile in the sector is the warehouse foreman. These are people who handle forklifts and are responsible for receiving, placing heavy packages on pallets and preparing orders and packaging.

Despite what the name suggests, the professional is not only focused on a specific task. In the case of forklift operators, they perform other complementary tasks such as reviewing delivery notes. In order to access this position, it is required to have passed the ESO and to undergo forklift training to be able to handle the machinery.

Delivery person

This is probably one of the professional logistics profiles that has gained much relevance in recent years due to the considerable growth of e-commerce. The delivery driver is in charge of getting the goods to their destination, as well as planning the most efficient schedules and routes. This task can be much easier if a route optimizer is used.

In addition to that, he also organizes the merchandise in his van and communicates directly with customers, having a certain profile of a salesman. To be able to work as such, you need a type B driver's license, own your own van and have all the documentation in order to be self-employed.

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Keys to understand the rise in fuel prices

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La gran subida del precio del combustible es un hecho, ya que está presente en nuestro día a día, además de preocupante. La mayoría de las personas están comentando por su gran impacto tanto a particulares como a empresas. Pero, ¿cuáles son las causas principales que nos ha llevado a este punto? ¿Qué consecuencias va … Read more

5 ways to optimize your logistics nodes

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Logistics nodes are known to be a fundamental part of all the processes involved in logistics. They range from factories to last mile distribution centers in charge of receiving, storing and managing the entire distribution of goods.

However, these operations are often not optimized. Therefore, the quality of service to customers deteriorates considerably due to delays, reduced shelf life of perishable products, having a product out of stock for a prolonged period of time, among others.

For ways to get the most out of your logistics infrastructure, take a look at the following points:

Design distribution strategies

The company may already have its own distribution strategies for its own network of logistics nodes. However, given the constant changes that can affect all logistics, it may be necessary to update them according to current demands.

Para ello, recopilar la mayor cantidad de datos posibles es esencial para conocer los siguientes pasos que se tienen que dar. De esta manera, se pueden diseñar estrategias eficientes para cubrir las necesidades de la mercancía y la distribución.

Define management indicators

As it is often mentioned, the performance of an activity cannot be evaluated if we do not have key indicators assigned. In the management of a logistics infrastructure, this is no exception and KPIs must also be assigned in all operations to have their monitoring at hand.

It not only serves to measure the performance of merchandise management. It is also very useful for keeping logistics node costs and customer satisfaction in check, especially in the event of complaints and problems with products.

Perform inspection of the infrastructure

The inspection and maintenance of the infrastructure of the logistics nodes is essential both for the safety of the personnel and for the guarantee of the goods. Otherwise it can cause serious accidents in both situations.

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5 solutions for carriers to make their job easier

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One of the most critical moments in logistics is the transport of goods in which we try to operate with the least possible inconveniences to achieve the objectives successfully. Also carriers are a key part of this process with many setbacks, therefore, it is important to find solutions for carriers.

The most common problems drivers encounter are often beyond their control and their main causes are overwork and lack of proper management. If you want to know the keys to help carriers in their delivery and driving management, take note!

Optimize routes

Carriers often work against the clock to get deliveries to loading and unloading centers on time, especially those over long distances. It usually takes a lot of work to organize all the destination points to save time. In addition, both freight managers and carriers have strict work schedules and limits on their vehicles, making organization even more difficult.

Therefore, a route optimizer, plays an important role in finding the most efficient route possible taking into account the various constraints and characteristics of the load, the vehicle and the driver himself. That is why it is one of the most useful solutions for carriers.

Communicate in real time

On the road and in cities, many types of mishaps can occur despite a well-defined route and optimized loading. All this work would be in vain if good real-time communication is not maintained.

Thanks to the digitization of the industry, more carrier solutions have been developed that keep staff in touch and can instantly send messages about the status of the delivery. From supply chain delays to traffic restrictions and outages, everyone involved in the process must be informed of any unforeseen events and create strategies to avoid them as much as possible.

Upgrade vehicles

Given the increasing restrictions in cities and on highways regarding the circulation of a certain number and type of vehicles, it is time to consider such solutions for carriers as alternatives that meet the requirements of the environmental label.

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How Santa carries out his logistics for Christmas

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It is one of the most important times of the year and Santa Claus along with the heads of each department's help prepare well in advance their logistics for Christmas so that all the gifts arrive on time to their homes.

Looking at how demand has grown in recent years, it is no longer enough to manufacture and distribute toys with his sleigh alone. The logistical processes have become increasingly complex and demanding, so Santa Claus has an army of elves and reindeer ready to facilitate such complex logistics management for Christmas.

From raw materials

When Santa Claus has an idea in mind for a new toy, he works with the development department to get the product into production. He makes sure that the elves get the raw materials they need for manufacturing thanks to his good relationships with suppliers.

To fullfill this, the materials travel through a complicated network of logistics from the time they are mined for processing in a factory and so on until they reach the hands of the elves, who make the final product. In addition, their magical staff has a warehouse for all those goods used for the manufacture of toys.

Inventory storage

From raw materials to toys ready to be shipped, all this inventory must be stored in their respective warehouses. There all the items are packed, sorted and well ordered so that they can be easily located in a warehouse as big as Santa's.

Thanks to the latest technological advances, Santa Claus has not hesitated to automate the ordering systems and to optimize the stock databases in order to have total control over the inventory and avoid stock-outs.

Warehouse operating processes

When one of the thousands of warehouses Santa Claus has all over the world orders a certain amount of toys, the elves in charge of the warehouse get down to work. First they check the available stock, locate the order and pack it carefully so that the products are not damaged in transport. For this purpose, a picking optimizer is very helpful in locating inventory quickly.

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10 types of stock to consider for optimizing logistics operations

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When taking into account several aspects in order to optimize delivery times, route planning and inventory management, much attention must be paid to the product itself that is present in the warehouses. We are talking about the stock or inventory.

Of course, not all types of stock can be treated in the same way. There are stocks that need special attention because they are more perishable, fragile or have more restrictive measures than others.

Any sector must work very well with the following types of stock, which are classified according to their functions and operational criteria.

Types of stock according to their functionality

Not all inventory in a warehouse serves the same function. These include stock that is stored in a warehouse, in transit to its destination, and stock that has yet to arrive to replenish inventories. The following are mentioned below:

Active stock

These are the stocks available for sale and distribution, which move between maximum and minimum limits. Of course, they are of utmost importance as they are the type of stock that directly affects customer demands, therefore, their quantity, the detection of possible defects, among other aspects, must be well monitored.

Cycle stock

It consists of inventory that has a regular demand and has this function: to cover it without being affected by unusual times or circumstances. As it is a matter of satisfying the number of regular orders, it is of great importance to control its stock level through the implementation of safety stock, among other measures. If this were not the case, there would be a serious case of stock out. 

Seasonal stock

These are stocks designed to meet high demand at a peak of sales based on specific seasons such as the Black Friday or Christmas. First of all, you must calculate the expected number of orders based on previous years and make sure that this stock is suitable for distribution and sale.

Security stock

As its name indicates, it is the type of additional stock that is intended to anticipate possible problems with the active stock, for example, factory defects, delivery delays, among other things. It is also used to cover unexpectedly high demand, excluding certain times of the year.

It is of utmost importance to have this type of inventory, especially at peak demand to avoid stock-outs.

Speculative stock

For rather economic purposes, it is stock that is ordered more than necessary due to the benefit of price reductions and discounts. However, special care must be taken in distributing it among the active stock because an excessive quantity can cause an excess of inventory that can become inactive due to expiration dates and product obsolescence.

In-transit stock

Not to be confused with the active stock, these are the goods that are in an internal process of the company, either delivery or distribution. It is possible to take control over these stocks thanks to route optimizer that report in real time the progress of the order.

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Do you want to know how to reduce costs in fleet management?

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Objective: to reduce costs in vehicle fleet management. This is the goal pursued by every logistics manager who wants to position his business as a leader in the sector. Although it is a complex task to carry out, in this article we are going to give you some keys to achieve it.

First of all we should know the causes of these high costs and how with digital technologies we are going to solve them.

  1. High fuel costs. Minimizing fuel consumption is a priority in fleet management, since it is estimated that 20% of the total cost of the fleet comes from fuel consumption.
  2. Vehicle maintenance. A correct maintenance of the fleet is a must for every company. To carry out the periodic revisions, to adopt security systems for the vehicles or to control and to solve any problem observed by a driver would be a good practice for any company, but unfortunately the lack of control in this area derives in an increase of costs of the management of fleets.
  3. Reckless driving and/or accidents. Reckless driving increases the probability of an accident and also the maintenance costs of vehicles, which suffer greater wear and tear.
  4. Costs that are unpredictable or difficult to control. Costs such as fines to drivers or fines for not having passed different vehicle inspections, even fines from insurance companies for irresponsibility on the part of carriers. Time lost in traffic jams or due to drivers' medical leave or time spent on vehicle inspections are just a few examples of costs that directly affect a company's fleet management.

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Optimizing Rotation with Hedyla

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Vamos a hablar de uno de los muchos casos de uso de nuestras soluciones, en especial de cómo el Business Inteligence puede ayudarte a optimizar la colocación de artículos y detectar problemas. La rotación en almacenes Las referencias en un almacén se distribuyen, normalmente, en múltiples zonas (e.g., A,B y C) dependiendo del tiempo estimado … Read more