We know the little things count, like saving a simple trip from the forklift to the pallet and back to scan a bar code. It may not seem important until you realize that you make that simple trip millions of times. Simple things like this can save you millions of dollars. We’ve saved those trips and shown savings of tens of millions of dollars a year. If you have a simple, repeating problem, call us, we’ll do the rest.

Receiving pro labels for separate terminals can be tedious so we bar code the starting and ending number on each carton and on the packing list for your convenience.

Freight Pro Labels

The objective of bar coded freight labels is to: 1) increase the speed and the accuracy of data collection and the tracking of shipments, and 2) Improve the response time to inquiries regarding shipment status.  The two key elements are high readability by the bar code scanner and the document scanner as well as no duplicate numbers.

We know how to maximize the readability of your bar code, be it the quiet zone space, butt cut construction, non-scan inks, MOD check digits, or varnish over-coating the barcode to protect it from scuffing.   We know how to make the Arabic numbers easier to read, be it splitting the number into three digit segments or separating the check digit from the actual tracking number.

Wonder why you buy more pro labels than you use?  Because of the constant use of the pro label books and their convenient size, drivers frequently use the back of the book covers as their note pad, writing down the location of additional pickups or deliveries.  When this space is fully taken, many times the balance of the book is thrown away, simply so the driver can use a new cover for documenting new pickups or deliveries.  This is an expensive note pad!    Preprint lines on the front and back of the back cover.  This will allow the driver’s to list more pickups and deliveries within the same space, thus reducing the loss of label sets when the books are thrown out.

What to make drivers more productive?  Minimize the time it takes to find and apply separate “hazardous material” labels or COD labels.  Include a sheet of “HAZ MAT” and “COD” labels in each book of pro labels.  This will eliminate the lost time taken when the driver must go to the truck cab, locate the labels, return and affix them to the freight.

We know receiving pro labels for separate terminals can be tedious so we bar code the starting and ending number on each carton and on the packing list.

We make pro labels for many of the leading U.S. domestic carriers.  Call us and find out why we are their preferred source.


2D Freight Pro Labels

Moving and tracking shipments in a cross dock situation is time consuming.  If you want to move a load from one location within a freight terminal to another location, you start by scanning the bar code on the load.  Then you get in and start the fork lift, pick up the load, and move it to another location, possibly putting it into a truck.  If it is loaded into a truck, it is typical for the driver to stop, get out of the fork lift, scan the bar code on the dock door, get back in and start the fork lift and proceed to place the load in the truck.

What if you could do a drive by shooting?  What’s that?  What if you could get in the forklift, scan the load from the forklift, move to the dock door to place the load in the truck and scan the dock door bar code as you drive by?  You could save a little time by avoiding the separate trip to the load to scan the bar code and you could save a little time by avoiding the stop to scan the bar code on the dock door.  Multiple that little savings by millions of trips and you have an interesting savings.  Pointil has worked with some of the leading carriers in the industry to help them accomplish this!


In high volume shipping areas with many dock doors, some staged shipments can accidently be loaded on the wrong truck.  In order to prevent this, dock doors and staging areas on the floor should be identified.


Floor labels can be placed on the floor in front of each dock door or in designated staging areas.  As a pallet is picked up by a fork lift operator, the pallet label and the floor bar code identifying that staging area can be scanned to identify that specific pallet.  As the forklift is driven onto the truck, the operator scans the dock door floor label as he drives by, confirming that the shipment is placed in the correct truck.


2D Dock Door Tags

Optionally, dock door tags may be placed on the wall adjacent to the dock door.   One of the key issues is allowing the forklift operator to scan the dock door label from a distance while loading the pallet onto the truck.  In this way they do not have to stop the forklift and walk over to the bar code door bar code tag to scan it.  Conversely, if you make the bar code too big, you can’t scan it if you are standing next to it.  What to do?  Pointil has developed a BIFOCAL 2D bar code.  Much like bifocal glasses, this bar code can scan at different distances to accommodate different types of scanners simultaneously.  This allows you to scan from short range with a standard scanner or all the way up to the maximum distance scannable by your long range scanner with the same bar code.



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