UPN has announced a major investment in barcoding technology to further improve efficiencies in its hub operation. The new system is undergoing a rigorous three month testing program, before it is rolled out.
Power of partnership
The software that manages the system has been developed in-house by UPN’s IT team. The team worked in close partnership with Belgravium, who developed the leading edge hardware specifically for the palletised freight sector.
Following implementation, every pallet delivered or collected by UPN will be scanned in and out of the hub with web based depot systems updating in real-time. This will allow customers and depots to check the status of every pallet and consignment and know which vehicle it is on and its hub arrival and departure times.
Adding an extra dimension
Every pallet will incorporate a new 2D barcode as well as the traditional barcode. A 2D barcode holds extra information, including delivery address and consignment data to provide extra resilience to the system.
Transparency of freight
Andy Lowe, Operations Director at UPN explains, “The new system will give complete transparency and visibility of freight in real-time. Every pallet will be scanned into and out of the hub and the data will be available through our web based systems. We can also capture digital photos of pallets that cause us any concern, in terms of presentation or loading, ensuring that we consistently deliver the highest quality service. Users can scan in one or two dimensions and capture detailed images using just one piece of equipment.” The handheld scanners will be used in the new checking tunnel, which was implemented last year in a £40,000 investment by UPN.
United Pallet Network (UK) Ltd
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