In order to be able to produce efficiently with high-volume productions, it is important to have an overview right from the start. When goods are delivered, there are always surprises: pre-announced samples are missing from the delivery, and instead photo samples are delivered that were not included in the delivery list. A professional organisation ensures from the very beginning that a successful photo production can nevertheless take place. The most important three points to consider are the following:
1. No photographic sample without labelling
It does not necessarily have to be an EAN code or barcode, but in principle every photo sample must have a unique identification. Otherwise, high post-processing costs will arise and we try to avoid this wherever possible.
By the way, EAN code stands for “European Article Number” – this is a barcode from the EAN/UPC symbology. The EAN-13, a standard with a 13-digit number, is the most common. There is also the EAN-8, which is usually used for very small products with an 8-digit number. Everyone knows the EAN-13 from the grocery trade – if it is damaged, the cashier has to enter the individual digits manually.
2. barcode preferred
Our ideal process is digital. Immediately after unloading the samples, our logisticians take care of booking in the delivered samples. The only prerequisite is an article list provided by the customer or an export from the PIM or ERP system. At elyum, we are flexible – using our own customised software components, we can digitally scan the barcodes attached to the goods depending on the customer’s situation and thus carry out a digital inventory within a very short time. For customers who do not have a machine-readable code at the time of sample provision, we provide QR codes or barcodes in advance as an additional service.
3. fast communication
It is crucial that information can flow quickly. Regardless of whether the customer uses a PIM system that delivers the information to elyum or whether a delivery list is provided as a classic Excel file. With the digital comparison, information can be quickly fed back to the customer as to whether the photo samples are complete or whether too many or too few goods have been delivered.
Taking the above three points into consideration ensures that a photo production can run professionally and optimally organised from the very beginning.