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Freight documents: Anachronism of the legislator versus digital business wishes

Oh, sometimes anachronism is really nice. Antique pieces of furniture in playful-flowing Art Nouveau for example. Or the sonic warmth of a record. Incidentally, experts here speak of phase shifts between the channels, which add a pleasant-sounding blur to the stereo image. It is possible to produce this effect artificially, but it does not match the analogue original. Just as e-books are space-saving and practical, but many people do not want to give up their beloved bookshelf, which radiates cosiness and at the same time is representative. Analog anachronisms can also be really harmful – and cost time, money and nerves. This is particularly true for logistics. Unnecessary high process costs and confusing processes due to the lack of digitization are unfortunately still all too common.

The positive

The knowledge of the market participants is now there. According to a survey, 89 percent of the 508 companies surveyed in digitization see a way to reduce their logistics costs over the long term.

Jurisdictly not recognized

Even everything is not in the hands of the companies themselves. And this includes the necessity to always have freight documents on paper to have. Because digital variants are still legally not recognized. A circumstance or, better said, an inconvenience that almost all transport companies would like to see changed. This is clearly confirmed by another recent  survey. According to the survey, 88 percent of the 514 logistics companies surveyed from Germany believe that it would help them, even if digital variants of freight papers were sufficient.

Paper cost money

Julia Miosga, Head of Trade and Logistics at Bitkom: “The pressure to transport freight documents on paper In view of digitization in logistics, it is an anachronism that is no longer comprehensible. Paper documents cost companies and their administration time and money and also pollute the environment. “The survey also showed that large companies, in particular, want digital freight documents. Of course, the bigger the company, the more orders and the greater the paper chaos in the driver’s cabs of the trucks. Not surprisingly: No one feels that it is comfortable or representative. For example, 96 percent of logistics companies with 500 or more employees are longing for legally recognized digital freight documents, while smaller companies with 50 to 99 employees have a comparatively low 83 percent – which, of course, still represents the vast majority.

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