A paper consignment note, isn’t that outdated? It’s a question every transport company has already asked itself. Belgian carriers have been able to save time and money by switching to the digital consignment note, or e-cmr, since 1 May 2016.
The consignment note plays a central role in the supply chain: without them everything will undoubtedly go wrong. But on the other hand: now e-mail has replaced fax, paper banking has been made superfluous by online and mobile banking, and now you can get on a plane without a paper ticket, isn’t it time to send the classic paper consignment note packing in the same way?
The digital consignment note, or e-cmr, is the modern equivalent of paper receipts. The e-cmr contains the same information about the sender, carrier, receiver and cargo, and offers the same functionality to all parties involved, but also much more. The sender, carrier and receiver can sign digitally. And just as it is the case for the classic paper consignment note, one of the parties can also add a comment, for example, if the quantity is incorrect.
The e-cmr is an innovation and an improvement
A digital consignment note is so much more than the digital version of a paper consignment note. The digital consignment note consists of a number of pieces of structured data containing all the required information about a particular shipment. This means the e-cmr digitises the data stream that runs parallel to the goods flow. Without too much intervention from the sender, carrier and recipient, all parties automatically receive the data they require.
These data can be exported as PDF files, but are also available for the various other systems that require the data, such as the transport management system or invoicing.
The switch to a digital consignment note has some important advantages. Uncover them here!