Become a Pro on PROs

‘PRO number’ is a piece of jargon generally thrown around the shipping world but a lot of us probably don’t actually have a firm grasp of what exactly a PRO number is. Come along with me on a PRO number crash course.

What does PRO even stand for?

PRO is an acronym for Progressive Rotating Order.

Ok-- but what IS a PRO number?

It is generally a 7-10 digit number assigned to your shipment. It is what most LTL shippers use to track your shipment. Some shipments can be tracked by other means-- BOL number, pickup number, or some other reference number. Many PRO numbers will include a check digit at the end that will allow different parties to be able to verify the integrity of the number and barcode associated with it.

What is a check digit?

Trying to explain a check digit can get complicated-- so we’re going to keep it as basic as possible. The check digit will be the number furthest to the right of your PRO or barcode. This number has a set of rules that will let you know if it’s right. If you’re the analytical type and want to know how to actually calculate check digits please read on.

1) Add the digits in the odd-numbered positions (first, third, fifth, etc.) together and multiply by three. 
2) Add the digits (up to but not including the check digit) in the even-numbered positions (second, fourth, sixth, etc.) to the result. 
3) Take the remainder of the result divided by 10 (modulo operation) and if not 0, subtract this from 10 to derive the check digit.

At Freightview we’re all about simplifying complex processes. We’ll pre-pro your shipments when carriers allow it and put it directly on your BOLs and shipping labels for the carrier to scan at pickup, which makes tracking and sharing tracking information easy too.

If you need to learn more about transportation management systems, what they do, and how they can help your business you should read our Ultimate Guide to Transportation Management Systems. 

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