Soon, Dutch companies will be the first in the world to be able to sign for goods via mobile phone. Consigners Organisation EVO, Transport en Logistiek Nederland (TLN, Transport and Logistics Netherlands) and the Nederlandsch Binnenvaartbureau (NBB, Dutch Inland Shipping Bureau) hereby put the logistical infrastructure of our country one step ahead to that of other countries, resulting in significant savings for numerous businesses.
At the initiative of EVO, TLN and NBB, Beurtvaartadres is currently developing the first reliable standardised digital bill of lading: TransFollow. Today at the ICT & Logistiek trade fair in Utrecht, Beurtvaartadres will present the latest step in this process, mobile (NFC) signing for received goods based on international standards. A trial will begin in December with a selected number of logistics service providers, senders and recipients.
It is already possible to pay with a smartphone (NFC). TransFollow is now introducing mobile signing for goods in addition. The digitisation of freight data is important for many businesses, because in many cases a signed bill of lading is needed for invoicing and to comply with (tax-related) laws and regulations.
Currently businesses have to wait for the paper version with all the signatures to be returned to them: with TransFollow this will happen in real time. Via the TransFollow platform, recipients also get an overview of the exact timing of all the goods to be received. Many suppliers of logistics software, board computers and logistics service providers are therefore already involved in the new platform.
Currently businesses in the logistics chain use millions of paper bills of lading, packing slips and checklists every year. With 450 million freight movements a year and cost savings that can amount to tens of thousands of euros per business, this represents 675 million euros of potential savings on logistics a year. After all, the cost of administrative processing of a paper bill of lading can quickly add up to 6.21 euros per bill of lading. TransFollow is expected to become available to all businesses in the first half of 2015.