Logistics organisations are expected to deliver a significant amount of goods to their many customers. In order to keep track of shipments, a variety of documents need to be prepared. With global shipping being as convenient as ever, logistics organisations would need to be able to process documents in different languages depending on the countries.

With documents such as bill of lading, it is already a lengthy and tedious process in order to extract information, and doing so in complex languages like Mandarin would make it even more challenging to process.

What is bill of lading?

Bill of lading is used as a legal document provided by the carrier to the shipper. This document includes details such as the destination, quantity, shipping date, shipping vessel and type of goods needed to be carried. In all kinds of transportation, bill of lading with be used as a receipt accompanying the goods. Throughout the completion of delivery, the document needs to be signed by all party involved, including carrier, shipper and receiver. 

What are the challenges in bill of lading extraction?

There are often a large quantity of documents accompanying the shipping products. If extracting and entering the information is done manually by staffs, this will create an immense amount of workload and might take days to complete. This will also create higher chances of human error during data-entry.

A way to improve this issue is by utilising automation. Logistics organisation can have these bills of lading being scanned and have the information organised automatically. However, not all of the automation software are able to recognise multiple languages, Mandarin documents being one of the most challenging languages to process.

How can Gleematic automate Mandarin Bill of Lading extraction?

Using cognitive automation, Gleematic is able to help logistics organisation automate a wide range of tasks. In this case, Gleematic not only is able to help automatically generate bills of lading, but also extract bills of lading information in multiple languages. Gleematic can be trained to recognise different important documents in multiple languages, including English, Mandarin, Bahasa, Japanese, Korean and other Asian languages. Gleematic uses OCR to scan the documents and recognise information, then extract the information to input in system.

Please refer to the demo video below on how Gleematic extracts data from bills of lading:

With the help of Gleematic, intelligent document processing is easier than ever. With superb accuracy and speed, helping organisation secure profit and save time for more value-added work.

Written By: Reiko Anjani