I love trees and a uber-techie so this is difficult for me to admit.
The paper CMR is a hard act to follow.
Right now my main gripe is you don't need all those copies!!
That isn't too bad .If there are 200,000 trees at stake ... with my maths 150,000 trees still standing in 2025 is pretty good ... but not good enough.
The painful bit for software engineer to admit.
UN CMR notes were in use before I was born and I remember "black and white" TV.
Everyone knows what the paper CMR looks like and how to fill it in - multi-lingual is built in.
They work "out of the box" - buy a pack when you run out - they are cheap.
Once it is printed you just hand it over or show it and everyone understands.
It's easy to spot when there is an obvious mistake.
It's in your pocket or on a clip board....no "bad signal"
A phone call or smile can work wonders
You can read it unless you spill your coffee on it.
You learn to read at school so you know how to use it
Government Agencies are good at paper
You don't need an electronic device or a software licence to use it!!
Business as usual is good if your livelihood depends on it.
Almost forgot ... you'll need a paper CMR until the Border Agencies are happy
SO .... not matter how silly it makes me feel ..... the above is my case for an electronic "look a like" CMR .... you can print one if you need to.
The challenge I'm taking on is to make exchanging digital consignment data as easy as paper CMR ..... or get as close as I can!!
It's easy to admit its really, really tricky ..... freight data interoperability that is ..... if you really know your stuff.