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Shipping and receiving

Shipments of goods come in from factories or warehouses and go to shops, restaurants or hospitals. In each case, a shipment has to be received, verified, logged, consolidated and stored – sometimes down to the individual serial number.

How does it work?

Getting goods in and out

The success of your business depends on knowing what’s expected to arrive and when. You also need to know where outbound shipments are as they get transported downstream. The increasing use of ‘continuous replenishment’ makes this even more vital, with its demands for rapid cross-docking, frequent deliveries and small drops.

Your business needs efficient and accurate shipping and receiving processes. You must have a clear way of identifying pallets and cases and sharing despatch and receipt information with your trading partners. Our standards help make this happen.

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Benefits of our standards

  • Gives accurate and well-timed information about incoming shipments
  • Enables you to quickly match deliveries against advance shipping information
  • Saves time and cuts out error-prone manual processes
  • Reduces waste on deliveries of perishable goods
  • Offers automated feedback about delivery discrepancies
  • Enables you to trace products and activities all across the supply chain

Tesco and GS1

UK supermarket brand Tesco is using our standards to automate the way it receives groceries and other goods. It now captures higher quality data. As a result, Tesco expects to respond to customer demands more rapidly, reduce manually intensive activities, make the most of its supplier relationships and cut costs.

Any questions?

We can help you to start using our standards for the shipping and receiving of goods.