How can electronic document management benefit the shipping industry?

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The shipping industry is a complex and highly paper intensive business. Each import and export transaction generates a raft of paperwork from the Bill of Lading at the start of the process to the final invoice which goes out to the client.

Any successful shipping company increases its business year on year and the management and storage of paper files can become more and more of an issue, not only in terms of storage space but the amount of time spent manually searching for information.

The use of electronic document management can revolutionise the way the shipping business operates and bring efficiencies in terms of faster response times to customer queries and improved cash flow.

Automating processes through the implementation of a Workflow system together with the scanning of incoming paperwork means that all transactions are processed and then stored electronically. Rules are set for the escalation of tasks not completed within a certain timescale and full audit trails give the business increased visibility. Staff can be redeployed from filing and searching for information to helping grow the business and ultimately show improved performance and profitability.

For further information on The IPC Group’s services to the shipping industry, please call us on freephone 08081 45 46 47.

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