Barcode Benefits improving Accuracy, Tracking and Inventory

January, 2014 by Alma Abell

Custom Barcode Labels are becoming the industry norm for use in warehousing, inventory and tracking. Here are some of the key benefits of custom barcode labels.

About Barcodes

Barcodes also known as universal product codes (UPC) have actually been around since the early 70’s. This might be surprising to some who only remember them appearing as the code used to scan groceries. Barcodes have applications beyond the retail industry and can be used as a valuable tool in warehousing, mail and parcel services and industry from manufacturing to consumer contact. Barcodes have now become the industry norm wherever use is warranted.

The Role of Barcodes

Most businesses love using custom barcode labels as they reduce the occurrence of human error allowing for far more accuracy in many uses. In fact, from the actual assignment of numbers to bar codes you have control over errors due to check digit safeguards. This means from the onset of use to the items final destination each barcode is trackable. Reduced errors in recording information through scanning also allows for efficient, accurate counts as well as an easy way for warehouses to record what is being packed and received. Scanning bar codes is usually used to collect information in real time which makes inventory checks in national retailers easier. This means many retailers can allow their customers to check their website to find the store closest to them to see if the item is in stock.

Reduction in Staff Requirements

Barcodes can also allow you to hire people with less experience. Because fewer skills are required for scanning compared to traditional procedures such as data input or counting and recording information manually you can first reduce your labor force and secondly hire those with lower expectations for pay. This in turn can reduce your overall labor costs.

The Benefits of Barcodes

In a nutshell, barcodes provide the following benefits to your business:

* They provide accuracy, efficiency and count in real time
* They can reduce labor related costs
* They can be used by anyone with simple scanning techniques
* They increase the speed in which information can be collected
* Easier management of resources

Barcodes are the must have tool for almost any business who has inventory or even that sends and receives packages on a daily basis.

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