How to Make Freight Management Easier with a Mobile Scanning App
Freight management is a process with a lot of moving parts. And while most freight tends to look the same, their contents differ greatly from container to container. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure you send your freight where it’s meant to get to.
Unfortunately, our best efforts aren’t always enough to ensure that freight ends up in the right place. Human error can cause a piece of freight to end up on the wrong side of the world or have it delivered into the hands of the wrong person. These errors bring unnecessary costs to shipping companies and suppliers.
With Anyline, the chance of human error disrupting your supply chain is greatly reduced. Mobile scanning removes typing and writing from your processes. These two activities are the source of most human errors in freight management. At the same time, mobile scanning can streamline processes to make them work faster and more efficiently. Find out more to see if mobile scanning is the perfect solution for your freight management needs.
Gather Accurate Freight Info in an Instant with Anyline
Anyline’s mobile OCR technology is 99% accurate in laboratory conditions. This high accuracy makes it perfect for scanning and recording standardized codes such as shipping container numbers.
You can rely on this scan accuracy to remove manual data entry from your freight management processes. By removing manual data entry, you greatly reduce the chances for human error to disrupt your supply chain.
You’ll also be able to instantly enter shipping container numbers into your freight management system with Anyline. Once a scan has been taken, the result can be securely uploaded to your freight management system so you can monitor operations in real time.
You can significantly improve data quality within your freight management system by adopting mobile scanning. And improved data gathering has a number of benefits for businesses, no matter what the industry is.
One study suggests that poor data quality cost brands up to 6% of their revenue in 2015. In 2016, a different study claimed that bad data was costing the US economy €3 trillion. In addition, a 2017 study suggests that 84% of CEOs are doubtful of the data quality they receive and base decisions on.
With this in mind, it’s easy to see why accurate data collection should be a priority for any business.
Perform Mobile Scans in Any Location
While there are many mobile OCR solutions that can improve freight management, none of them provide you with the agility and freedom that Anyline does. That’s because Anyline can scan and record data in any location – even without an internet connection.
Offline scanning ensures that all your scan data is kept secure and provides you with a truly mobile solution. This makes Anyline the perfect tool for gathering data from remote or hard to reach places.
For example, docklands and freight yards often lack the infrastructure needed to perform online scanning. With secure offline scanning, you can scan shipping container numbers or freight documentation in an instant and upload the results when you regain an active internet connection.
In addition to the offline scanning mode, Anyline also includes low-light detection. This will automatically activate when there’s not enough light for an accurate scan to take place.
Enabling your workforce to scan from all locations will transform your data gathering processes. You’ll be able to digitize all the relevant information you need from anywhere in the world.
Save Time and Money with Mobile Scanning from Anyline
Anyline can scan and process data in an instant. Once you find a target, you point your mobile device at it and our mobile scanning technology does the rest!
Save Time with Mobile Shipping Container Scanning
Instant shipping container and document scanning can significantly reduce the duration of your manual processes. It’s also a force-multiplier as it lets you remove typing and manual data entry from the daily routine of your workforce. This can save your company hours of unproductive working time on a daily basis.
Not only are typing and manual data entry time-consuming, they’re black spots for inaccurate data to enter your processes. Removing these black spots will create more time for your workforce to focus on their primary responsibilities.
In addition, a scan can be up to 20 times faster than writing or typing when it comes to documenting a single piece of data. So every scan you perform is a time-saver!
Save Money with Mobile Logistics Scanning
Instant scanning also means that you can incorporate shipping container and document scanning in your real-time processes. Unloading and reloading a shipping container takes time, which costs you money in salary or wages. You can use Anyline at the point of delivery to verify that you’ve received the correct container or shipment. You can also use it to avoid sending or delivering the wrong materials to a customer or partner.
Digitizing your data also reduces costs for resources like paper and storage. With Anyline, your data becomes available for transfer to, and storage in, your organisation’s database as soon as a scan is complete.
HOW TYROLIT STREAMLINED THEIR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WITH MOBILE OCR
TYROLIT Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski KG is an Austrian family business and member of the Swarovski Group. Since 1919, they have manufactured grinding, cutting, drilling, and dressing tools, as well as machines for the construction industry. Their incoming freight is large in size and it’s classified by complex serial numbers. This makes the manual registration of incoming goods difficult for both the delivering and receiving parties.
DOES THE RECEIPT OF GOODS MEAN PAPERWORK AND POTENTIAL FRICTION TO YOU?
For industrial manufacturers, the receipt of incoming goods is a tricky process. It produces a lot of paperwork and requires a high level of precision when handling incoming data and information. In fact, the information managed in the process of incoming goods is essential in many ways: for freight registration, invoicing and payments, as well as for official controls. Further, one of the biggest problems that arises is when incorrect goods are delivered. If this is acknowledged too late after the goods are already unloaded, it’s costly in time and resources for all parties involved.
HOW INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURERS MANAGE INCOMING GOODS WITH OCR
TYROLIT has adopted the machine learning and optical character recognition technology of Anyline on the mobile devices of their workforce. This has removed the problems encountered during the complex and mistake-laden identification processes of receiving goods. This is the first case of integrating Anyline’s OCR into an SAP system combined with mobile iOS devices.
The Tirol-based manufacturing producer TYROLIT made a yearly profit of 670 million euro in 2017, making them a world-leader in the tool manufacturing industry. They receive goods from around the world and had managed them through manual data entry in their SAP system. This complex and mistake-laden process has now been simplified by Anyline, and brought up to Industry 4.0 standards.
SO HOW DO YOU DIGITIZE & AUTOMATE THE RECEIPT OF INCOMING GOODS?
TYROLIT found and implemented an efficient way to digitize the registration of incoming freight. This proves TYROLIT’s highly innovative spirit is in tune with the world of modern digitization and the smart use of mobile devices as work tools.
The process of cataloging incoming goods is greatly accelerated and mistakes are avoided with Anyline’s technology. Work is already in progress to see how this technology can be rolled out in other areas of the TYROLIT Group’s business. “We’re very pleased to have taken a new step in the integration of our OCR technology with a large Austrian family business like TYROLIT,” commented Lukas Kinigadner, founder and CEO of Anyline.
“Anyline is introducing another machine learning use case that brings an identifiable added value to an established company,” says Kinigadner. “We will continue to deliver solid AI technology implementations that deliver value and don’t just sound cool.”
A SMOOTHER DELIVERY PROCESS WITH OCR
TYROLIT introduced mobile iOS devices as working tools with an OCR solution integrated into their SAP Fiori application. An SAP-Apple partnership, that began in early 2017, has led to SAP Fiori compatibility with native iOS programming language. OCR technology integrated into SAP Fiori and applied on iOS devices is a stable combination and allows you to send collected data directly to the TYROLIT SAP system.
With OCR integrated in the mobile app, staff are able to easily scan lot numbers and automatically send the data to the central SAP system for further processing. The SAP response on whether the delivered goods were the expected ones is almost instant. This saves a lot of time. Further, the amount of redundant paperwork is reduced, the process is resolved quicker and mistakes are drastically reduced. It further eases official controls as the data is digitally stored.
“Anyline’s text recognition technology, through integration with SAP Fiori, helped us to make large improvements to our working processes. The process of collecting and sending information is fast, accurate and reliable for our workforce. There are less manual mistakes and as a result, less false deliveries. The solution brings large improvements to our supply chain processes and has become a cornerstone of our digital transformation strategy.”
– Eduard Kohler, Head of Business Application Management, IT Global, TYROLIT Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski KG
Optimize Freight Management Today with Anyline
Anyline was named as a Gartner Cool Vendor for supply chain execution in 2018. Our mobile OCR technology is the perfect tool for all kinds of text recognition use cases.
Create your own mobile shipping container scanning app with Anyline. We’ve developed a module within our SDK for this exact purpose. This makes it simple for your development team to integrate it with your existing app or build a new app around it.
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