3 Signs Your Shipping & Receiving Process Needs Work

Logistics enterprises rely on seamless shipping and receiving operations to ensure their goods reach customers quickly and in the proper condition. But with so many shipments and staff to account for, it can be difficult to coordinate these efforts effectively—creating a range of issues that impact customer satisfaction and enterprise efficiency as a whole. That’s why many logistics organizations invest in mobile barcode scanning solutions to empower their employees to keep track of shipments and optimize their shipping and receiving workflows.

Scandit has provided mobile computer vision software to logistics organizations across the world to help them build apps that enable their employees to capture shipment data and create supply chain transparency. Our data capture platform empowers logistics enterprises to streamline warehouse processes and save resources on the receiving dock, fostering simpler and more cost-effective operations. We also understand how challenging it can be to determine whether your shipping and receiving efforts are delivering sufficient results. So today, we’ll be talking through three telltale signs that your shipping and receiving process needs work and explain how you can optimize this process.

1. High Labor Costs

Shipping and receiving is one of the most labor-intensive aspects of logistics operations. When warehouse staff are slowed down by inefficient systems and technologies, they have to rely on suboptimal workflows to complete these essential QA efforts. The result? Increased labor costs that can deeply impact the company’s bottom line. Fortunately, there are a number of cost-effective strategies your logistics enterprise can use to reduce these expenses. For example, investing in mobile or wearable scanning technology can play a major role in stamping out operational inefficiencies and increasing worker productivity, slashing labor costs in the process.

One of the most time-consuming (and costly) shipping and receiving processes is scanning items to capture critical data. It takes significant time and effort to scan barcodes on incoming or outgoing shipments, account for missing or damaged cargo, and ensure the right items reach the right destinations. Smart device-based mobile data capture apps can help. Logistics enterprises can transform any camera-equipped smart device into a powerful barcode scanning tool capable of scanning entire shipments in a single scan by integrating Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK into a shipping and receiving solution app. The Barcode Scanner SDK features MatrixScan, a tool that makes it easy for users to locate, track and decode multiple barcodes at once—reducing the time and effort required for processing incoming or outgoing shipments. Your logistics enterprise can utilize Barcode Scanner SDK-powered data capture apps to cut down on labor costs and support leaner, more cost-effective operations.

2. Scanning Issues During Shipment Authentication

Shipment authentication is a vital step in the shipping and receiving process. It’s not uncommon for shipped items to be damaged or misplaced on their way to their final destinations, and identifying these errors as quickly as possible is essential for maintaining a smooth, efficient supply chain. Many logistics companies use dedicated barcode scanners for shipment authentication, but these scanners are often neither powerful nor flexible enough to deliver consistent results. If your enterprise is encountering frequent scanning errors during shipment authentication, then consider a superior smart device-based barcode scanning solution.

Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK enables any camera-equipped smart device to authenticate shipments in real time with a single scan—increasing the speed and dependability of your data capture processes. The Barcode Scanner SDK also offers augmented reality functionality and enterprise-grade barcode scanning performance that enables employees to scan multiple barcodes at once, saving time and effort during shipment authentication. Best of all, Barcode Scanner SDK-powered authentication apps are powerful enough to process damaged, blurry or poorly lit barcodes with ease, lending speed and reliability to your shipment authentication efforts. Designed with speed and dependability in mind, the Barcode Scanner SDK can optimize data capture operations across your enterprise—eliminating shipment scanning errors.

3. Lack of Supply Chain Transparency

In order to coordinate numerous shipments and meet rising customer demands, logistics companies must ensure complete transparency across their shipping and receiving workflows. Without fast and reliable communication, missing or damaged shipment items can’t be found or replaced in time to prevent costly slowdowns that harm your bottom line. Fortunately, there are shipping and receiving solutions your team can harness to coordinate its response efforts for shipment errors and foster greater transparency across your supply chain.

Barcode Scanner SDK-powered mobile apps can capture information on shipments instantly with a single tap of a touchscreen. Our barcode scanning technology can also document damaged or missing items in specific shipments in real time, sending detailed alerts across your entire workforce. This advantage empowers your team to quickly and accurately respond to shipment issues, driving more efficient, error-free shipping and receiving processes. Scandit-powered devices can be used to track and communicate the status of shipments across the entire supply chain—bringing greater transparency and efficiency to your day-to-day workflows.

Refine Your Shipping & Receiving Process With Scandit

Ready to learn more about Scandit’s innovative mobile computer vision software and how it can help you optimize your shipping and receiving workflows? Call or message Scandit today. You can also connect with us for more insights into mobile data capture technology for shipping and receiving and for logistics in general. We’re here to provide all of the support and resources you need to understand and take full advantage of mobile data capture technology.