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Cerca Technology strengthens its TMS practice with Unigis at Empresas Najri

Empresas Najri, a leading distributor in Dominican Republic (Production and distribution of Fertilizers, Agrochemicals, seeds, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, and personal care and hygiene) chooses Unigis and Cerca Technology as allies for the improvement of its system of transport management.

Unigis applies the latest technology such as IoT, Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence to find innovative, scalable, and efficient solutions to the challenges faced by companies in the last link of the supply chains, allowing them to adapt in an agile way and natural to market demands.

Who is Empresas Najri

Empresas Najri is a conglomerate of national companies from Dominican Republic, both in the agricultural and commercial areas, among which Ferquido, Prosequisa, Gomep, Dr. Collado, Sebastián, and Login stand out, it has more than 70 years of experience in the market in the areas of fertilizers, agrochemicals, seeds, Pharmaceutical products, personal care, and hygiene, food, and beauty, among others. Thanks to its leading brands, this group has managed to establish itself as one of the most solid, diverse, and dynamic to date in the country.

In 2010 Login was founded, whose company is the logistics operator in charge of the logistics administration and distribution of the group’s pharmaceutical and personal care business.

Why does the need arise?

This project was born based on the growth projection that the company has, and the need to optimize delivery times, reduce operating costs and improve the level of customer service. From transport planning, the contribution to achieving these objectives requires greater control and visibility of the operation, which until now has been done manually.

The challenges in transport logistics presented by Empresas Najri’s operation are:

  • Seek efficiency in the route planning process by optimizing it and reducing the use of vehicles and operational costs
  • Comply with established times, visualize news that occurs in dispatches and deliveries.
  • Keep the sales force and the customer informed of the order status in real-time.
  • Measure and optimize the operation to make better decisions in the development of the operation

About the project

The project aims to support the supply chain digital transformation process that began after the implementation of Infor’s WMS. The project will allow the company to have the following functionalities in its operation:

  • Cargo and route optimization
  • Route monitoring and traceability of each vehicle by GPS
  • Carrying out the delivery compliment with mobile devices.
  • Record of “non-compliant” or expired material that returns to CeDi
  • Performance indicators for each vehicle.
  • The implementation of the project will be carried out in the operation of the main distribution center located in Santo Domingo, from where around 300 clients are served.

Najri Quote

“The search for efficiency in speeding up transportation, the need to improve the availability of use of the equipment so that they can increase their loading frequency, as well as the reduction in operating costs and the transparency of the status of the order, it has prompted us to implement the Unigis TMS. ” Sandy Tejada, Logistics Manager at Empresa Najri

Quote from Cerca Technology

«Accompanying the growth of our clients with innovative technologies is a fundamental pillar for Cerca and we are pleased to be that strategically of Empresas Najri so that through the Unigis TMS solution it can support its growth and increase its level of service ” Carolina Garzón, Sr. Business Development at Cerca Technology

How do we protect our customers and partners in the new normal?

In response to the new normal and ensuring the well-being of our collaborators and customers, since October we launched a business security plan that aims to protect the health of the entire team as a preventive measure, against the gradual return to the offices and the on-site monitoring of the projects.

That is why the Human Talent Coordination has deployed a biosecurity protocol that includes:

  • Taking periodic tests to all the Cerca Technology team to detect asymptomatic people and reduce the risk of contagion by returning to activities in the different spaces.
  • Disinfection areas in offices and personal kits for employees.
  • Reassignment of jobs complying with isolation standards.
  • Weekly monitoring of health status through virtual reports.
  • Opening of different communication channels to reinforce self-care by our collaborators.

This initiative reaffirms the commitment that as a company we have with our clients, collaborators, and allies to guarantee that the return to projects is done in the best way. Feel confident working with Cerca Technology.

 

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This year 2020 will mark a milestone in history for everyone, and not only for what Covid-19 has represented in society, but for the technological and evolutionary leap that new times will bring.

The new way of accessing information, the importance the internet has taken and the need to reinvent itself are factors that the Cerca Technology Customer Success Department took into account for the development of various initiatives, which undoubtedly seek to strengthen logistics projects that companies already have, hand in hand with the most valuable intangible that is knowledge.

One of the projects we are working on is an e-learning training offer that seeks to update and improve the skills of our clients by reinforcing concepts, analyzing scenarios and applying good practices.

This initiative will have courses that will cover various levels of depth and is led by the Professional Services Management, who will provide the necessary support and information to those interested.

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Dislicores Increase the Accuracy of your Inventories by 15%

Industry: Food and Beverage

Country: Colombia

Who is Dislicores:

Dislicores is a Colombian company, leader for more than 60 years in the commercialization of internationally prestigious products such as wines, spirits, tequilas, beers, non-alcoholic beverages, food and accessories, which are aimed at generating quality of life, pleasure and well-being.

Currently this company of Antioquia origin has 24 points of operation nationwide and 19 own stores, from where it serves the B2C and B2B channels (Chains, Wholesalers, Travelers, Hotels, Restaurants and Cafe ) and distributes its product portfolio represented by more than 1,500 SKUs assets.

The Need:

Innovation, quality and service are part of the culture of this company. Motivated by these principles and by the growth of its operations and the incipient logistical challenges that encompass processes in planning and execution, Dislicores decides to start a project to implement a WMS system, in order to efficiently control, measure and respond to requests. of your clients.

Results:

  • Improved inventory accuracy by 15%
  • Increased control of batches and expiration dates by 100%
  • Reduction in receipt time, from 2 hours to 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Improved visibility of the distribution center, thanks to the traceability offered by the WMS from the reception of products
  • Dispatch an average of 42 thousand units per day, of which an operator reaches a picking of 307 units in one hour
  • 80% decrease in dispatch errors

Testimony:

“The selection process was not easy, however Cerca gave us the peace of mind that we would be choosing a very good tool that is being used by very important companies in the region” – Mabel Restrepo, Director of Logistics and Production at Dislicores.

Ransa, a 3PL Leader in Latin America, Successfully Launches Its First Operation with Infor’s Cloudsuite WMS

Ransa, a third-party logistics leader in Latin America, Successfully Launches Its First Operation with Infor’s Cloudsuite WMS, Becoming the First Client in the Multi Tenant Cloud in the World to Enter Productive

Ransa, a third-party logistics leader in Latin America, selects Infor and Cerca Technology as allies for the implementation of Infor CloudSuite WMS (CS WMS).

CS WMS, Infor’s commitment to The Cloud, once again positions itself as the leader in the Gartner WMS Magic Quadrant. This solution allows companies to manage the activities of the distribution center in a comprehensive way. With flexible configuration capabilities and intuitive use, Infor WMS is ready to power the next generation of world-class operations.

Who is Ransa

Ransa is third-party logistics leader in the region with a presence in 7 countries and 34 cities and 80 years of experience providing agile and adaptable solutions to its clients. The Peruvian company has more than 6,500 multidisciplinary workers, highly trained and specialized in attending to the specific requirements of its clients belonging to different economic sectors.

About the Project

In accordance with the strategic plan outlined with the implementation of Infor’s CS WMS, this modern cloud warehouse management system will allow the company to digitize, standardize and streamline its storage and distribution processes.

Currently, Ransa has 46 distribution centers and 171 warehouses, representing a capacity of more than 3.5 million sqm in infrastructure to support all its customers in the region. Given the variety of operations at its various distribution centers, Ransa requires a platform that is powerful and flexible enough to bring efficiency, traceability and optimization to its operations.

The initial scope of the project includes the implementation of two accounts (clients), one in Peru and the second in Ecuador. The implementation of 17 additional accounts is projected until the end of 2020.

“Infor CloudSuite WMS is a highly powerful and flexible solution that supports our clients’ processes, in order to provide differentiated, agile and adaptable services, allowing us to be more efficient, productive and competitive.”
Patricia Wissar, Vice President of Technology at Ransa

The Go-Live

According to the plan, the live departure was carried out on May 11, 2020, despite the challenge that the current situation of the Covid-19 implied.

This successful launch of the project positions Ransa as the first Multi Tenant client in the world to go into production with CS WMS, and confirms Cerca Technology’s commitment to constant innovation in the supply chain in Latin America.

Aimara Fagúndez – Project manager for Cerca Technology, highlighting as keys to success the commitment of a multidisciplinary team, the innovative attitude to take on challenges and rigorous risk management. Likewise, the recent adaptation of the project methodology to develop activities remotely in its implementations is consolidated, given the current travel restrictions.

“The variety of industries, dimensions and complexities of the operations served by Ransa, requires a sufficiently adaptable technological platform. Infor CloudSuite WMS allows not only to respond to this variety of operational requirements, but also to simplify the technological administration of them. The sum of the capabilities of Infor CloudSuite WMS, the team of highly trained professionals determined for the project and the clear definition and standardization of processes, allow us to achieve the proposed objectives ”.
José Luis Gomes, South of Latin America Commercial Manager in Cerca Technology

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To our community,

From minute zero in which we joined the initiative to ensure the safety of our community, we have worked in favor of organizational reinvention, our commitment to our clients being our priority, we are proud to know that the methodology and action plans that we have implemented are giving results.

The first instance and looking after the work welfare of our collaborators, from the Human Talent area, we structured a plan that seeks to extend good work practices to homeoffice work, so that our collaborators from home are in harmony with their life. work and personal, maintaining constant communication with each of them through internal channels. In the same way, this time has not been an impediment to start the on-demand training program with which we internally seek that the most valuable intangible of the company “knowledge” be shared among the collaborators.

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Finally we thank the team of professionals and partners with whom we work hand in hand every day to guarantee the correct operation of the solutions. We are believers that adversity situations are opportunities for improvement and that is what we have been doing. Serving and our community is our priority!

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As Covid-19 infections in the region grow exponentially, and isolation measures are increasingly necessary, the number of families that have been affected economically, emotionally and physically is still worrying. That is why today more than ever we unite for solidarity and empathy towards our community.

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Industry: Construction and Home

Country: Chile

Who is Codelpa:

Grupo Codelpa Colores del Pacífico was born in 2011 after the merger of important Chilean brands such as Ceresita, Sipa, Chilcorrofín and Soquina, becoming one of the most relevant paint and coating companies in the country. The trajectory and market knowledge of these four brands has allowed Codelpa to be recognized today as a highly competitive and innovative company in the industry.

The Need:

After the merger, Codelpa began to show growth in its operations and the need for a more modern and flexible technological solution in its distribution center that would allow additional savings to those evidenced with Provia WMS (a world-class solution). It was also essential, it was in accordance with the new demand and with the CeDi, which was considered one of the most modern in Chile. Additionally, in order to continue strengthening its operation, there is an expectation to review Voice and Labour Management solutions in the future.

The Challenge:

To use new Infor SCE functionalities and capitalize on them for productivity improvements:

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  • 3% increase in distribution center time
  • 8% improvement in CeDi productivity
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“Continuous improvement and technological updating were the main engines of this project, a high performance team committed to the success of the project was the key to success” Aimara Fagúndez, Manager of Professional Services SOLA

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Industry: Manufacturing

Country: Colombia

Description: Belleza Express is a Colombian company dedicated to the manufacture and marketing of leading brands of personal care and over-the-counter medications. It was born in 1990 as an exclusive marketer for Colombia of imported brands and until 2000 began the process of production, marketing and distribution of its own brands.

It serves more than 1,200 national and international clients, it has two distribution centers with approximately 12,000 m2, 14,000 storage positions in double-depth and high-height racking and 3,000 dynamic picking positions.

The company’s portfolio has an average of 3,200 product references, and each month, between 2,300 and 2,400 references are dispatched.

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  • 30% increase in operations productivity
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Case Study: Implementos

Industry: Automotive and Autoparts

Country: Chile

Description: Epysa Implementos is the largest transportation and supplies company in Chile. It has 23 own branches, a high-level professional team and a business ethic that has been strengthening the company’s growth and recognition in the auto parts market day by day.

Epysa has been for more than 35 years, the exclusive representative for Chile of two of the most important, successful and outstanding industrial groups in Brazil: the RANDON semi-trailer factory and the MARCOPOLO bus body factory.

Results:

  • The delivery and control times of the documents processed by the CD were improved, according to the established cut-off times to have an OTIF for Invoices of 99%.
  • The volume of operations in the Merchandise Entry has increased considerably, so the WMS has allowed to give more speed to this process.
  • In order delivery, on a universe of approximately 3,000 documents and 16,000 lines per month having a Fill Rate of 98%.

Testimony:

“We have improved the delivery times and the control of the documents processed by the CD, according to the established cut-off times to have an OTIF for Invoices of 99%.” Comments Juan José Bonilla, Logistics Manager at Epysa Implementos.