THE ABC JOURNAL

3-17-2015 / Entry by ABC Admin

5 Benefits from our Warehouse Management System (WMS - FootPrint®)



In ABC Logistica we have a robust tool for the management, administration and inventory control for our costumers. This tool is key of our value proposition as it allows us to control material inbound and outbound in real time, take total or cyclic inventories, manage maximum and minimum material levels, reporting to our costumers about their godos in real time, among other capabilities no less important. Here we list features and benefits of our Warehouse Management System:

1. Versatility Multi-Client, Multi-User and Multi-locations - We can create a custom scenario for each type or family of goods of our different customers. Just as in ABC Logistica, it can be implemented inside the customer premises. Each user has an access type depending on their activities and responsibilities within the Warehouse and it is safe.

2. Technology Base - Interaction between hardware and software is given by scanning barcodes in real time with our Hand-Helds and radiofrequency network is used.

3. Visibility and Traceability - For customers is extremely important to know the status of their goods, our customers can access our system through web services where they can check their inventory levels, order status, transactions, reporting, among others, all in real time.

4. Cyclic Inventories - can be implemented cyclic inventories in order to provide necessary information and data to analyze the merchandise behavior and thereby make quick and assertive decisions.

5. Adaptability - The system is specifically designed for our logistics business, thereby customization for each of our clients, goods, and projects is our priority. This makes us an extension of the logistic processes of our customers, based on the understanding of their key processes, as we align to their main objectives.

ABC Logistica fully understand the need to have the latest technology in Inventory Control. If you need logistic solutions, let us know: 01 800 0400 ABC (01 800 0400 222), info@abclogistica.com.mx

4-1-2015 / Entry by ABC Admin

Advantages of Cycle Counting



Cycle Counting is a method commonly used to control inventory and maintain accurate records. By definition of the APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) Dictionary: ?cycle counting is an inventory accuracy audit technique where inventory is counted on cyclic Schedule rather than once a year?.

ABC Logística seeks, in agreement with the costumers, to make an ?A-B-C? classification in order to Schedule Cyclic Counting programs of their goods. This agreement allows us to maintain the inventory accuracy and to report and work out any variance. The ?A-B-C? classification depends commonly on the cost of the goods or level of in & out transactions.
These are some advantages of Cyclic Counting:
1. Assists and maintenance of a high level of inventory accuracy. When the inventory´s owner depends on a yearly physical inventory to adjust inventory, variances can go unadjusted for long periods.
2. Assure to maintain a permanent high level of inventory accuracy all the time.
3. Abolish the expense and operation disruption of the annual physical inventory
4. Offers the information provided to inventory controllers to investigate and eliminate the root cause of why inventory variance occur at all in the transaction flow.

Our Warehouse Management System (WMS) lets us Schedule Cyclic Counting programs for the goods. This program consists in determining A-B-C items in order to give the specific location of the material to the workers and make the counting. When the worker finishes counting any item, the account executive receives a notification and corroborates the records. Our customers are able to consult and read this reports once the counting has finished.

ABC Logística fully understands the need to have the latest technology in Inventory Control and Cyclic Counting. If you need logistic solutions, let us know: 01 800 0400 ABC (01 800 0400 222), info@abclogistica.com.mx

4-13-2015 / Entry by ABC Admin

5 Technologies that are changing telecommunications



In ABC Logística we are deploying an on-time platform in order to track and monitor transport units and have them visible all the way through. We are aware of the world wide telecom revolution and that?s the reason why ABC Logística remains in the forefront to provide the best service.

For the next years, and months, some of the new technologies that are here to stay and influence the way we communicate are:

1. Smartphones ? Now a day we have so much more processing power in one single device than the one NASA had when man got to the moon: our smartphone. It?s not only the capability of communicating by telephone, executive apps are added, sensors and multimedia power make this technology here to stay.

2. Wearable Technology ? Smart watches, adjustable clothing and an endless variety of devices that allow us to monitor people biometrics remotely. In transportation and telecom glimpse tracking advances for drivers and other personnel preventing them to drive tired and measuring their stress level in certain routes.

3. Internet of Things ? This is a concept that has been wedging for a few years and is seeking connectivity for every object and/or product that are around us as well as the capability of measuring and interacting with them.

4. Redes LTE ? Wifi / Wimax ? Computers and other modern devices cannot be wired and have fixed connections. Wireless technology has allowed carrying data even to the most inaccessible corners of our planet.

5. Cloud Technology ? Undoubtedly, the bust in cloud technology will be a constant in communications here to come; the capability of leasing high-tech equipment remotely makes the world even smaller.

Extra The Big Data ? The great amount of data sets that we can collect make traditional methods so slow, inadequate and ineffective. The Big Data is exploring ways to capture, search, visualizing and other sets operations (structured or unstructured) to very large datasets.

ABC Logística fully understands the need to have the latest telecom technology. If you need logistic solutions, let us know: 01 800 0400 ABC (01 800 0400 222), info@abclogistica.com.mx

5-18-2015 / Entry by ABC Admin

Different Types of Storage



The process of warehouse design implies that the various types of product storage equipment have been reviewed and selected. Obviously, the selection process depends on the nature of the products the enterprise is to warehouse. Product characteristics can be described as the number of units to be stocked, throughput targets, weight, cubic volume, width, depth, stacking limitations, association with related products, packaging, dangerous and hazardous substances, temperature control and shelf life. A useful way to view storage types is to divide them into two classes: large-item or large-volume product storage and small-item or small-volume storage.

Large-item or large-volume product storage is used to handle products whose unit size is significant or whose planned inventories quantities are large. Examples of storage types in this class include the following:

? Open Floor Storage. This type of storage would be the most applicable for large products whose physical characteristics make it difficult for them to be easily stored on pallets or placed on racks. Another application would be the storage of products whose stocked quantity and volume permit stockmen and order picking personnel to cost-effectively stack, service, and fill items directly from open floor storage areas.

? Pallet Racks. This type of storage structure has been designed to facilitate the maximum storage of a given product placed on pallets. Normally, both the pallet and the storage structure sizes are standardized. When products is received, it is stacked to meet the maximum pallet storage capacity. The advantages of this storage type is ease of material handling in put-away and the ability to pick case lots or whole pallets to meet customer demand.

? Drive-in/Back-to-Back Pallet Racks. Drive-in racks are designed so that forklifts or other equipment can ?drive-in? to the racks between structure uprights and pallet support rails. These types of storage provides maximum utilization of warehouse space by eliminating wasted aisle and vehicle maneuvering space.

? Storage Racks. Often product stocking quantities are too small to warrant pallet storage but whose stock or physical size disqualifies them for small parts storage. Normally, the storage shelf is standardized into several heights to accommodate product inventory requirements.

? Cantilever Racks. Normally consists of a row of single upright columns, spaced several feet apart, with arms extending from one or both sides of the upright to form supports for product storage. Because of their long, unobstructed support, these types of racks are best used to store metal rods, tubes, pipes, bar stock, wood poles, and other products of comparable shapes.

? Flow Racks. The single characteristic of this storage type is the use of conveyors positioned within rack. By tilting up the back end of the conveyor, gravity draws individual products or pallets serviced from the rear forward so that they ca be easily picked. The advantages of flow racks over pallet and shelf racks are that they permit FIFO inventory control, reduce need for aisles, minimize handling by having one input and discharge point, and reduce damage and pilferage.

? Specialized Racks. Because of their shapes characteristics, some products require specialized storage racking. One example is the use of tilted barrels staged in racks to store casters, metal ingots, and short metal rods.

Small-parts or small-volume storage is used to warehouse items whose size and/or volume permit them to be warehoused in small-capacity storage equipment. Examples of static storage systems are the following:

? Shelving. Normally, shelving structures are constructed of light-gauge cold-rolled steel and consist of a number of different type of posts or sides, shelving that is secured through bolts or special brackets, and optional steel backings.

? Modular Storage Drawers. A method employed to better utilize shelving space is to use compartmentalized drawers mounted in storage shelving or cabinets. Similar to shelving, modular storage drawers can also be stacked or mezzanined to utilize vertical warehouse space.

Although static types of storage have long dominated the warehousing of small parts, dynamic parts storage systems have been growing in popularity. Examples of dynamic storage systems are the following:

? Carousels. This type of storage can be defined as a series of modular, movable shelved or compartmentalized bin facing linked together by means of a motorized oval track. Carousels consist of two types: vertical and horizontal. Vertical carousels revolve on a vertical oval track and are either top-driven or bottom-driven. The benefit of a vertical carousel is utilization of vertical warehouse space. Horizontal carousels can be configured into a much greater variety of heights, widths, depths, and weight capacities that vertical types, and they can be used for many different warehouse storage applications.

? Moveable-Aisle Systems. This type of storage is characterized by shelving cabinets or bins placed on movable carriages that either glide or roll on stationary tracks. The major advantage of moveable-aisle systems is the elimination of aisle space between stocking rows.

? Miniload AS/RS Systems. It is defined as ?a fully, enclosed, automatic storage that brings parts and materials to an operator for picking, kitting, and so on, and automatically returns the material into the system.

ABC logística fully understands the need to have the latest technology in designing different storage systems. If you need logistic solutions, let us know: 01 800 0400 ABC (01 800 0400 222), info@abclogistica.com.mx

Bibliography:
Ross, D. (2004). Distribution. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

7-1-2015 / Entry by ABC Admin

Amazon officially opens its sales portal in Mexico: Amazon.com.mx





Its official, since June 30th, 2015, Mexican buyers and sellers can use the e-commerce platform: amazon.com.mx where is included a huge catalog separated in 12 categories from books, movies, electronics and even baby items.

Amazon also offers a great variety of national and international products. It is characterized by an excellent customer service (easy shopping and fast delivery). They also presented their warehouse and logistics service offering tiny sellers the possibility of reaching more customers.

Amazon?s presence in Mexico represents for the company the biggest launch worldwide, looking forward to increasing its participation in the e-commerce market, which represents 23%. This has been threatened by the entrance of competitors such as Walmart, Best Buy, Macy?s who in addition to online selling, enjoy retail presence with a great amount of physical stores.

The 11 million dollars of the electronic market in Mexico includes product sales, services, airplane tickets and entertainment, being dominated by companies such as Mercado Libre, Linio, eBay and Dafiti.

The company was created in 1994 by Jeff Bezos. It grew from an e-commerce platform to developing their own gadgets. Nowadays they even have an online streaming service.

We will be aware of the impact of the Amazon?s arrival to Mexico? and, did you buy something yet?

9-2-2015 / Entry by ABC Admin

15 Facts about Ecommerce for 2015 and Beyond






1. By 2015 there will be 3 billion internet Users around the World.
2. 80% of online users have bought through Ecommerce at least once.
3. 71% Buyers think they will get cheaper prices online.
4. 89% users stop buying online after a bad costumer service experience.
5. By 2020 ?Consumer experience? will be a more important brand differentiator tan Price.
6. Internet users are willing to pay up to 25% more if they have a Better experience.
7. 30% mobile users will drop the cart if the site is not mobile-friendly.
57% will leave the site if it takes more than 3 seconds to load.
8. 26% carts are abandoned if the user is forced to register to be able to buy.
9. 31% users are more willing to buy if the Website has live-chat to solve their questions.
10. It is 7times more expensive to acquire new costumers than maintain them, take care of your user base.
11. A new costumer spends in average $24.5dollars, while a recurrent one spends up to $52.50.
12. Men buy more products via mobile than women: 22% vs. 18%
13. 79% users look for services that allow them to live-track their items.
14. 30.5% Traffic of online Stores come from organic searches; do not underestimate the power of SEO on your store.
15. On average online Stores have 5% more Traffic during week days.

In ABC Logística we have the experience to give you the BEST logistics solution for your Ecommerce. What are you waiting for? Contact us!

10-5-2015 / Entry by ABC Admin

The most important ports in Mexico




ENSENADA
Located in the state of Baja California, near to the border with US. It?s location in the Pacific ocean makes it a fundamental point of exchange with countries like CHINA, Hong Kong, Australia and Central America. It is extremely well connected with the main roads not only in México but also in the US.

WEB: http://www.puertoensenada.com.mx/espi/0000001/inicio

TAMPICO
Located in the state of Tamaulipas is considered the second in importance of the Mexican Gulf. Exchange to countries like US, Russia, Germany and Colombia occur in this port.

WEB: http://www.puertodetampico.com.mx/

MAZATLÁN
Located in the state of Sinaloa, near the peninsula of Baja California, serves as the mos important link between México, Panama and Los Angeles. It is also a very important touristic port, enjoys of a strategic and extensive road and rail connectivity.

WEB: http://www.puertomazatlan.com.mx/index.php

VERACRUZ
Located in the state with the same name, it is a port with a lot of tradition and historical value that has been part of key moments of Mexican history. It is a port that meets the demand of the Midwestern region of the country, located in a strategic position with excellent rail links and highways that link to the Main logistical centers in the country.

WEB: http://www.puertodeveracruz.com.mx/

PUERTO PROGRESO
Located in the state of Yucatan, in the Mexican Gulf it has preferential access to the markets of 44 countries. It has wide rail connectivity and roads that converge to the center of the country. It is also important for tourism, it receives lots of tourists that later will visit other cities and States in the peninsula.

WEB: http://www.puertosyucatan.com/

LÁZARO CÁRDENAS
Located in the state of Michoacan, with considerable commercial flow between Asian countries to Mexico, it?s a key logistic point, well connected, also it is the nearest from the pacific to the center of the country.

WEB: http://www.puertolazarocardenas.com.mx/plc25/

InABC logística we offer distribution options such as full truck load transportation (TL), partial truck load or less-than-truckload transportation (LTL) and ground or air parcel delivery.. Contact us: 01 800 0400 ABC (01 800 0400 222), info@abclogistica.com.mx!

6-7-2016 / Entry by ABC Admin

The future of Smartphones is here? ARA: Google’s future smartphone Platform is here.



Have you ever wished to be able to remove the camera of your smartphone to plug a pair of speakers? Or remove the conventional lenses to plug one with Wide angle?

Project ARA introduces a new paradigm and architecture for the development of the Smartphones in the near future, based in interchangeable modules with different functions, allowing you to personalize your smartphone according to the way you use it, and enhance its capabilities to fit better with your daily activities. Google started This Project along with Motorola, while it was Google’s subsidiary, but today This Project is in hands of Lenovo.

Plug a module into any slot and it will work, THAT’S IT, This Technology is powered by Google’s new software GREYBUS, that allows instant connections, with energy efficiency and Exchange rates that top 11.9 GBPS. Instant connections give developers more time to create and less to connect.

ARA’s frame is created over standards; this means its modules will be compatible from one generation to another. The basic frame contains CPU, GPU, antennas, sensors, battery and screen, giving a lot of Space to add extra modules with new functions. Google aims that other companies and developers will join then to create never seen Technology for Smartphones.

Project ARA will start user tests at the end of 2016, the basic frame will cost round $50. The goal is to eliminate the barrier of telephone hardware, giving small companies the ability to compete with the few big developers that exist today.

6-30-2016 / Entry by ABC Admin

Amazon FLEX – Amazon’s new bet.



Following Über model, Amazon recently surprised us with their Amazon FLEX concept. This allow private drivers perform “last mile” delivery in a bunch of United States cities. (Hopefully, soon in the rest of the world). This part of the supply chain has become vital and usually it is the most expensive because buyers now expect better prices and less delivery time.

At the beggining they just made Amazon Prime NOW deliveries (1 to 2 hours delivery) but now they do it this way for all kind of online shopping through Amazon.com

Amazon has being inviting drivers and people in general to take part of this service. The objective, beside saving some millions of the Logistic costs of Amazon (last year increaed in 18%) is to have more control over their deliveries. FLEX is specially effective in regions far from main cities where a Logistic company would take care of the delivery. Amazon ensure that this model would not be the end of their contracts with these delivery companies, it’s just a new business model that supports economy and society.

For FLEX, Amazon is offering a base tariff between 18 and 25 dollars per hour hour, (not bad right?) allowing the driver to choose their own shedule to work and deliver. Drivers pick up the package at Amazon’s distribution centers and deliver the products to the final consumer. This is an excellent option of self employment or for people seeking for an extra income.

At the moment this service is available in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, Seattle, Tampa Bay, y Virginia Beach.

If you want more information of this service, take a look in the webpage:
https://flex.amazon.com

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