Proof of delivery (POD) is a powerful tool to introduce to your logistics activities. It’s no surprise that the largest names in the business like FedEx, UPS, and the USPS all implement some form of POD. The technology collects the delivery time, address, as well as the name (and signature) of the person who accepted the shipment. Why should you implement a proof of delivery system? Here’s some of POD’s top benefits:
Limits the amount of paperwork
Your business is already in the process of streamlining your file folders with your inventory management software. Why not go the extra step by going paperless for your deliveries? You’ll be more environmentally friendly and also cut down on the time it takes to fill out delivery slips. Not to mention you’ll be able to track the data in real time.
Greater visibility of your supply chain
Have you ever wished that you could be a fly on the wall during your logistics activities? Now you can with the help of proof of delivery software. You’ll be able to track a package every step of the way. This will allow you to spot weaknesses in your chain (bottlenecks, theft, damages) and make improvements.
Better customer service
How many times have you ordered something online and eagerly awaited it’s arrival? Perhaps you didn’t mark the arrival date on your calendar but you were logging in to check the status of your package’s whereabouts at least once a day. Allowing your customers to follow along enhances your customer service and prevents angry phone calls about where their shipments are. Having to sign for the package also holds your customers accountable for ensuring that the shipment arrived in good condition.
Unfortunately there’s no surefire way to prevent theft, but implementing proof of delivery can drastically cut the statistics. This will ensure that you get the right shipment into the right hands, each and every delivery.
Easy to use
The most efficient drivers in your fleet are presumably the most experienced. Are you worried that introducing new technology will cause them to stumble and make on-boarding new talent more difficult? Proof of delivery software is easy to install and takes minimal training to master.
Believe it or not, proof of delivery software is more cost effective than traditional paper systems. Drivers are able to make more deliveries per day and you don’t have to hire someone to file away all that paperwork. Not to mention the cost savings you’ll experience by not dealing with lost or damaged goods. With a more efficient process, you may be able to reduce the number of trucks in your shipping fleet. We bet you’ll be too busy enjoying your savings to notice that invoices are now being approved lightening fast. Cheers for getting paid quicker.
Do you need more proof that a POD system is just what your business needs to cut costs and increase efficiency? Contact Bar Code Direct for a free consultation to find a customized solution for you.