When discussing the challenges of cross-border shipping in a survey with Aberdeen Group, supply chain management and logistic executives expressed the importance of automating data collection, according to Materials Management and Distribution Magazine.
In the survey, 45 percent of respondents said they are trying to automate data collection and 34 percent said efforts are underway to tie transportation, carrier selection, audit and payment together in a single process.
For cross-border shipping, suppliers also need to consider how automated data collection can help an organization adhere to government regulations and meet traceability requirements.
Government Regulations and Automated Data Collection
Failing to comply with government regulations can subject a business to steep fines, loss of revenue and foster a negative public image. However, complying with changing regulations can be expensive and time consuming. Automated data collection solutions can help businesses overcome this obstacle by syncing directly with current ERP software, reducing the cost and complexity of adhering to government mandated changes.
Traceability Requirements and Automated Data Collection
Automated Data Collection can also help cross-border and domestic suppliers track merchandise from its country of origin to its end point. This is especially useful in the event of a product recall. While there are always financial costs associated with a recall, failure to complete it in a timely and effective manner can increase the chance of legal repercussions and loss of integrity among consumers.