Doc Tab Labels
Here’s how doc tab labels work and why they were created:
The person in shipping peels off the doc tab from the bottom or top of the shipping label and places it on their shipping paperwork.
Years ago before data integration, this was the method used to satisfy UPS documentation requirements. Back then the shipper had to write the date, weight, and shipping costs on the shipping paperwork, which was then placed in a file cabinet never to see the light of day again.
When tracking numbers came into existence they were too long to be accurately handwritten on the paperwork, and this is the moment when doc tabs were born.
Today it is rare for high-quality shipping software (i.e., OnShip) to not be integrated into a company’s ERP or order entry software so order/shipping data can quickly flow back and forth. With integration came the end of doc tabs…or so we thought.