1. How long have you worked at Sociprime?
I have been working at SociPrime since 2012 when I joined the storage and logistics team until now, evolving and leading the department myself.
2. What is the storage capacity in Sociprime?
At the moment we have a capacity for 3000 pallets divided by our warehouses, and we already have the capacity, or space, to expand to 5000 pallets.
3. How can your storage and logistics implementation services help and be a competitive advantage for brands?
There are many advantages to having an efficient and effective logistic storage, which include cost reduction and greater control of stock levels, and the timely distribution of products.
In addition, logistic storage also makes it possible:
- batch picking of various materials;
- better use of equipment, space and labor;
- increase in productivity, with the control of material losses;
- better response to customer demand, by meeting the agreed delivery deadlines.
- even better when this cycle is closed by the same company, and there comes the implementation of the same materials, making the better control of this process one of the great advantages for our customers.
4. How is the management of materials at Sociprime done from the time they are received until they are implemented at the point of sale?
The logistics in our warehouse does not happen only with the arrival of the materials and their proper allocation. Through the use of our own software to manage the warehouse, our own vehicles and other equipment, today we are able to efficiently measure all the phases of movement of materials in our warehouses. These are;
The reception of the load is the moment where we verify the quantity and if necessary, the conformity of the materials.
The internal allocation of materials requires special care to minimize the occurrence of damage, the materials are entered into the system, classified by type and customer, a QR Code is printed on each external box and pallet for later picking, and finally stored in the vacant location. After this moment it is in the system and we can identify all the movements of this stock. In addition, these movements involve the use of equipment and machinery, such as forklifts, for example - which also requires specific care, according to labor safety standards, regarding both the items and the employees circulating in our warehouses.
Here, temporary storage must respect the specificities of each allocated product, and needs to be managed according to supply and demand rules and stock valuation methods, whether FEFO (first out, first in), FIFO (first in, first out) or LIFO (last in, first out).
- Separation or picking
This is the movement of materials from storage to make them suitable for shipping. This is a phase that requires a lot of care, especially when packing.
Finally, this is the moment when the material is weighed and forwarded for delivery. Not necessarily ending our involvement since it is often distributed and delivered by our own means and also implemented by SociPrime teams.
5. What future challenges do you foresee in your sector?
In my perspective, among many others, two challenges stand out; one of them certainly enhanced by the pandemic and accelerating "Manufacturer-to-customer" that reflects the reality of the digital lifestyle: customers can order directly from manufacturers, introducing new requirements in the management of global logistics networks.
M2C introduces a new business model in which the manufacturer, bypassing retailers, sells and delivers its products and services directly to the consumer / end user.
Urban Logistics - In less than five years more than half the world's population will live in urban areas. But already today the main logistical problems of urban areas are traffic density and environmental impact. The so "scary" last mile. This fact, combined with the growing relevance of e-commerce and home delivery, demands new approaches to urban logistics, both from the point of view of efficiency and sustainability.
Francisco Soares | Warehousing and Logistics