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Yodel deploys smartphone barcode scanner technology

Yodel has deployed a new smartphone application that will allow workers to scan barcodes on parcels more quickly.

The app, which staff will be able to use on their own mobile devices as well as company-provided devices, will allow delivery drivers to process deliveries while out on the road and confirm proof of delivery in real time.

Mobile computer vision company Scandit designed the technology to be able to scan barcodes more quickly and easily than legacy scanners, including if the barcode is broken or if light is poor.

In the future, Yodel plans to add Scandit’s MatrixScan technology to the platform, which is able to simultaneously scan multiple barcodes. It will also add augmented reality features, allowing staff to see instructions and information overlaid on the real world.

Yodel’s chief digital officer, Adam Gerrard “The app has been deployed rapidly to more than 600 users, on time, with no issues, and has transformed our on-the-road courier experience.

“We’ve been delighted with our partnership with Scandit in terms of product quality, technical support and their roadmap for future innovation. This support has been critical to the success of the programme, which will continue in 2020.”

Samuel Mueller, Scandit CEO, said: “We love working with an organisation that embraces innovation and the business benefits to be gained from computer vision technology. We look forward to continuing to support Yodel to further digitalise and future-proof their business.”

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