Whether on the last mile or in local post offices – shipping labels need to be scanned efficiently. Time is money, especially during times of peak demand, such as the upcoming holiday season. To remain competitive, postal services need to combine speedy delivery with accurate data capture and excellent customer service. With e-commerce reaching new heights during the past two years, mail carriers face an immense workload with no end in sight.
For 2021, Statista reports an estimated global parcel shipping volume of 158 billion units, up 52% from 103 billion in 2019. This number is expected to grow to around 262 billion units shipped in 2026.
New challenges, like the exploding demand for parcel shipping, require innovative strategies and the latest technology. For the past decade, the standard approach has been to use conventional handheld scanning devices to scan shipping labels.
Yet handheld scanners have numerous downsides, including high operational costs, maintenance requirements, and lack of flexibility. Especially during peak demand, postal services need to adjust to the increased workload in no time. Smartphone scanning is the perfect solution here.
The perfect delivery process – smartphone-based efficiency at low cost
To handle peak demand, shipping companies hire seasonal workers who then need to receive their onboarding as fast as possible. Acquiring handheld scanning devices and training inexperienced workers to use them takes time. “Bring your own device” (BYOD) solutions are the key to more efficiency.
Enabling employees to use their own devices creates maximum flexibility while minimizing operational costs. Every seasonal worker will work with a familiar tool – their own smartphone. They just need to install the company’s mobile app with the integrated Barcode Scanner SDK. Enterprises can effortlessly combine efficiency, employee satisfaction, and profitability!
Flexibility, cost-efficiency, and speed
To sum up this blog post, let’s take a look at the core advantages of a smartphone-based Barcode Reader:
- Flexibility: A BYOD solution speeds up new employee onboarding and immediately provides them with scanning devices. Seasonal employees are instantly able to scan shipping labels.
- Versatility: Mobile apps with integrated scanning capabilities make it easy to turn smartphones into multi-tools. 1D and 2D barcode scanning, ID verification, or receipt scanning can be combined in one powerful device.
- Operational costs: Conventional handheld scanners are expensive, require frequent maintenance, and take up a lot of space. Handling operations with employee-owned smartphones reduces costs and the need to manage dedicated devices.
- Accuracy: Bad lighting conditions, poor angles, or damaged barcodes are no problem for cutting-edge Scanner SDKs such as Scanbot’s Barcode Reader v3. High-resolution phone cameras and its precise scanning functionalities guarantee perfect results within milliseconds.