Scanning shipping labels and uploading them to the OCR API
The first step is taking a picture of a shipping label or uploading a PDF file to our API. This is typically done from a mobile app or a web application.
The document can be sent cropped or uncropped (with background). If the scan is sent uncropped, the Klippa API will automatically crop the document. The Klippa shipping label scanning SDK can also be used in mobile apps.
Image to text using OCR
As soon as a picture or PDF is received, the shipping label is converted to a TXT file by our OCR engine. In this step all the text from the document is extracted, but not yet structured. Barcodes and QR-codes are also read in this step.
Getting JSON output from the API
The Klippa Parser takes the TXT gained from the OCR in step 2 and converts it into structured JSON using machine learning. The JSON is then returned as output from the API. From here the shipping label can easily be processed into your database. Whether you are processing shipping labels for international shipping, managing delivery services or carriers, Klippa is here to help. The example on the left is a simplified example and does not include all data fields. Every field on the label can be captured, including barcodes and QR-codes.
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What shipping label fields are extracted?
In general, all data fields from a shipping label can be extracted. To give you an idea, we listed some examples below. The extracted data fields can be customized for each customer. Additional fields can be extracted on request.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does shipping label OCR cost?What types of shipping labels are supported?What kind of clients are using Klippa to automatically process shipping labels?What languages does Klippa support?Is Klippa shipping label processing GDPR-compliant?Can Klippa convert shipping labels to CSV, XLSX, XML or JSON?
What does shipping label OCR cost?
The pricing structure for Klippa shipping label capturing depends on the amount of fields and the document volume. Both pay per use and monthly licenses are available. Get in contact with our product specialists to get an exact quote.
What types of shipping labels are supported?
One shipping label can look very different from another shipping label. There are many formats and templates in the world. In general, we support all these types because Klippa is not template based, but deep learning based. In case you wonder if we support a certain shipping label or have any other question, feel free to contact us. Klippa can always train its engine on your documents to ensure support for all data fields you need.
What kind of clients are using Klippa?
Klippa’s engine extracts as much data as possible from shipping labels via OCR and machine learning. We support many different types of clients, because our engine is so versatile. It is most commonly used by clients in the logistics, customs and transportation sector.
What languages does Klippa support?
All European languages are supported. Our engine performs best on shipping labels in English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, English Spanish, German, Hebrew and French. Other languages can be supported on request, we’d just need to train our machine learning models.
Is Klippa shipping label capturing GDPR-compliant?
All the services that Klippa offers are fully GDPR-compliant. By default, we use ISO-certified servers within the European Union for processing. If you are not located within the EU, we can also set up servers in a region of choice.
Next to that, a data processor agreement is in place. We do not store any of your or your customers’ data after processing.
Can Klippa convert shipping labels to CSV, XLSX, XML or JSON?
Yes we can. Klippa takes pictures of shipping labels, or their PDF equivalents, and converts them to readable text using OCR. From there we use machine learning to turn the text into structured data. Most of the time we use JSON for this, but depending on your preferences we can also convert shipping labels to CSV, XLSX or XML.
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