Maybe a silly question but you keep a printer in truck for BOL & scan it to Broker or shipper?

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  1. RussianBearTruckeR

    RussianBearTruckeR Light Load Member

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    Can you do the BOL all electronically via email or scanning? Or you must print & have a physical copy?
     
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  2. tnevin225

    tnevin225 Heavy Load Member

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    I had Brothers scanner at one time. It was the DS620 and worked great to scan into the laptop.
     
  3. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

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    Welp, We American Independents have an actual Office with staff (Wife,Kids or employees)
    I Know a Ton of Europeans do their Clerical Work in a Truck..Not my cup of tea.

    But Yes, Its being Done, Printing,scanning and they even do their IRP-IFTA and taxes.....In A Truck.
     
  4. RussianBearTruckeR

    RussianBearTruckeR Light Load Member

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    You can't use a scan app that crops, adjusted color, details for clarity & use that?
     
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  5. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

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    Yes. Absolutely. It is as must, if you are an independent and need to keep up with the paperwork in real time.
    It is easy too - just plug it in to the inverter. I have ordinary Epson - all in printer I picked up at Best Buy for $50. I glued it on the top of the refrigerator that is powered by the same inverter. Truth is that most of the staff can be done with a smart phone, but for better image quality, the printer is better. Sometimes, I need to print an additional physical copy of a BOL.
     
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  6. Just passing by

    Just passing by Medium Load Member

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    I am pretty sure there's an app for that. Uses your smartphone camera and it's very detailed. Can't remember the name though.
     
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  7. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike Road Train Member

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    Yes you can scan from the truck and email that is what we do. I’m currently using Tiny Scanner app on my tablet it seems to work pretty good and is simple to use.
    Just take a picture of the BOL, crop it, and send it. The app converts it to PDF for you.
     
  8. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    CamScanner app will work right from your phone.
     
  9. LondRanger

    LondRanger Heavy Load Member

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    I use a IPhone app and iPad app, scan and email or fax with another app.
     
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  10. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    I use a canon wifi enabled all-in-one a lot. I cross the border and use it to scan in my customs paperwork and print out my ACI so I can cross. Plus I have a B/L template on my phone for blank bills of lading the company needs us to produce for empty trailer moves(we get paid to bring our empty glass trailers back to the plant). The app for my phone even has a scanning tab so you can scan an exact copy of something...sometimes a camera shot isn't exact enough for some people...like customs brokers
     
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