Innovation: trans-o-flex introduces QR code

trans-o-flex introduces a new generation of address labels to make shipments easier, faster and safer: all data of a standard shipment are fully electronically collected and automatically processed

(PresseBox) ( Weinheim, )
As of now, trans-o-flex Schnell-Lieferdienst integrates the QR code, which is already known to millions of mobile phone users, into its shipment labels. "This innovation will make shipments with trans-o-flex even easier and safer", says Oliver Rupps, Spokesman of the trans-o-flex Logistics Group's Board of Managing Directors. Especially developed for fast and safe scanning processes, QR codes can store significantly more information than the barcode labels used so far. "All data necessary for a standard shipment with trans-o-flex can be digitalised in the QR code", explains Rupps. "Thus, standard shipment customers no longer have to transmit shipment data in advance. Instead, we register every shipment fully electronically and automatically." Only specific additional services that are associated with relatively large data volumes make it necessary to transmit the expected data as usual. This, for example, applies to hazardous shipments, in cases where trans-o-flex takes over the advance notification of dispatch or prints the delivery note, or, due to the customs information, also to deliveries to countries outside the EU.

The background of this latest innovation: trans-o-flex introduced modern data collection and transmission software already at an early stage so that, in more than 92 % of all transport assignments, the complete shipment data are collected electronically. In practice, however, there is repeatedly a difference between the expected data announced and the actual data scanned at the point of receipt. This can happen when, for example, customers have already transmitted the shipment data to trans-o-flex and, later on, execute urgent orders and hand them over to the collecting trans-o-flex driver. Then, these parcels arrive without any data. In this case, it might be necessary to generate a router label for the internal control or the delivery-relevant data have to be manually collected afterwards so that an electronically-based delivery is possible. Sometimes it might also be necessary to contact the dispatcher in order to process the shipment correctly. Since the QR code can store any necessary information, it helps to minimise the number of recalls or manual interventions and shorten the shipments' delivery times.

Software for the automatic printing of address labels with integrated QR code

In order to profit from all of these benefits, the customers need a software update. Once this is done, the handling of the new address labels with integrated QR code is as easy as before: just print the label and stick it on the parcel. In order to print the QR code correctly, trans-o-flex is going to adjust its TOP online collection system and, at the same time, commissions the manufacturers of the shipping systems accordingly. Only when customers use their own shipping systems, is it necessary that the printing of the QR codes onto the label is adjusted by the customers themselves. This is why trans-o-flex has developed the so-called 2D business label, which, in addition to the QR code, also contains the conventional barcode. The new label can be used as of now. Profiting from all of these benefits, e.g. no longer having to transmit the data prior to the shipment, will presumably be possible by the middle of 2013. At that time, trans-o-flex will have comprehensively completed all necessary modifications in its scanning processes and technical systems for the automatic processing of the QR code.
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