Despite the growing use of digital solutions throughout various industries, many organizations still rely on outdated, paper-based systems or old inventory management and logistics. These systems often require manual action, can cause missing or duplicated paperwork and may stand in the way of efforts to quickly track specialized, high-value products. Although companies acknowledge these issues, they can be hesitant to replace a familiar, time-tested way of doing things as changing operations leads into unknown territory.
Changing or replacing procedures is more than just replacing a product or service; it is creating an entirely new way of doing business. Adapting to a new technology can be difficult, requiring leadership buy-in and time to assess, accept and implement. However, when a company can capitalize on technology, the transition is ultimately worth it, resulting in multiple benefits that improve business and save money.
Following the example of the barcode in the food and retail industry, companies have been using barcodes on their shipments as well. A Serial Shipping Container Code is an 18-digit number used to identify an individual logistics unit. These SSCC codes can easily be read of labels using cheaply available scanners.
Advantages of using SSCC are:
- An SSCC-18 code can identify a shipment (and its contents!) to automate the receiving process
- Companies can track logistical movements and deliveries at any stage in the chain.
- Both supplier and buying organizations can scan the barcode and match it with information available on their systems. Scanning allows easy updates on inventory system and therefore streamlines warehouse operations which guarantees warehouse efficiency
- Scanning a (GS1) SSCC shipping Label provides confirmation of receipt of an order
- Using “Mark For section” assists with the automation of the flow of products from the Distribution Center (DC) receiving dock to the shipping dock which results in a quicker and more efficent delivery to the area/floor where the product is intended to go.
SSCCLabels.com developed a simple tool to create labels. It isn’t hard, it isn’t expensive. A large part of suppliers already adopted SSCC, but there are still pockets of companies that find it easier to pay any penalties buyers are subtracting from invoices (which is some cases leads to a business model, have a read at our blog “EDI Chargebacks”)
Better still, it does not create any disruption of manufacturing, or any other process which might be in place.
“Business users are able to make single labels, or whole batches using our simple file interface. We can add logos, or even make changes a barcode looks, add or remove field and even modify sizing. It’s easy to do. We don’t even need to get involved from an IT standpoint.” – Björn van der Meer, SSCCLabels.com
Starting with SSCC labels has never been easier. This extremely low threshold service should remove any inhibition to hold on to you paper-based system.