Flexible eBOL & ePOD Solution
M.Folio offers a comprehensive Electronic Bill of Lading (eBOL) and Electronic Proof of Delivery (ePOD) solution with automated driver workflow and enterprise-grade digital document management. The SaaS product replaces face-to-face interaction with drivers, providing contact-free driver check-in, driver queue management and communications, and automated document workflow.
Drivers sign the bill of lading and other documents digitally on their phone or at a self-service kiosk and are ushered through the process customized to any company or location. By automating this process, M.Folio increases throughput, reduces driver dwell, and positions firms as Shippers of Choice.
While eBOL is thought of as simply replacing a paper process, it’s a measured step towards digital transformation and can be the key to significant cost-efficiencies in the yard and facility, with M.Folio clients reporting as high as seven-figure savings.
eBOL is More Than Going Paperless
The scope of eBOL is viewed far too narrowly in supply chain. It’s typically thought of in terms of outputs with digital document management, electronic signature capture, and the creation of a paperless process. But there are much broader applications, as eBOL is an important pillar for supply chain digital transformation. (For more on this concept, read Jason Ziegler’s blog post, The Evolution of eBOL is Automation.)
With an expanded eBOL use case, appointment validation, dock door optimization, connective tissue with adjacent systems, gate control arm, and the entirety of the driver workflow are all automated. This automation creates enterprise-grade connectivity linking the warehouse, yard, and transportation and creates visibility and data share at the critical juncture between inventory at rest and inventory in motion.
Automated Driver Workflow from Arrival to ePOD
To digitize bills of lading or capture proof of delivery in the past, organizations relied on narrow point solutions resulting in unnecessary complexity with solutions stitched together and a fragile web of systemic dependencies.
To avoid this added level of complexity, M.Folio is a holistic solution with enterprise-grade document management and automation engine, where eBOL, ePOD, and the shipment-to-delivery workflow is managed, streamlined, and automated. All images, signatures, and data elements are captured and stored together within proprietary digital document sets that group like items together, tying each shipment to its receipt and electronic proof of delivery.
Move Freight Faster & Become a Shipper of Choice
It has never been more critical to move trailers through the yard safely and efficiently. In today’s moment of constrained driver capacity, carriers service the most efficient sites first. Using M.Folio, drivers move through a fast and frictionless workflow interacting with the facility via text message for dock door assignments and paperwork without ever leaving the cab. M.Folio-enabled sites turn trailers up to 50% faster.
Digital Transformation Means Big Savings
The M.Folio workflow automates driver interaction so fewer guards and shipping clerks are needed to manage driver orchestration. The powerful supply chain software removes dozens of menial tasks like printing, signing, scanning, routing, filing, storing, and retrieving physical paper. With paper removed from the process, a facility can reduce or reallocate gate and back-office staff to higher-value positions. Customer service will also see a dramatic drop in inquiries as any interested party, internal or external, can access documents and images in the cloud 24x7x365 from any device or they can locate any document within a few seconds.
Customers report a 30% reduction in labor costs, along with eliminating the need to purchase paper, toner, printers, and storage, plus reallocating floor space and recouping revenue that had been lost to pallets of Bankers Boxes on the warehouse floor. Reach out to create a cost-savings model with one of our efficiency experts and see how much your organization can save.
Integrated Systems for Improved Data Sharing
With M.Folio, an electronic bill of lading is only the beginning. Our contactless pickup and delivery software was designed to provide two-way document and data sharing with real-time status of inventory at rest and inventory in motion.
To accomplish this, we built public APIs to integrate with all warehouse, transportation, or other systems. Key business info isn’t siloed in a WMS, TMS, or YMS and flows in and out of M.Folio to create a more informed and efficient operation. Driver appointments, dock door assignments, trailer status, and more can all be incorporated into the automated driver workflow while all data and documents are timestamped, searchable, and available via cloud storage to designated people and systems.