How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Barcode Inventory Software
If you’re shopping for groceries, buying products or working in an industry that sells or wholesales products, the odds are you would have seen or worked with barcodes. Barcoding software helps business with various SKUs manage and organise their inventory, using unique coding connected to your computer software. If you are business you will probably find benefit to these systems, but before you commit to a software – what do you need to know?
Why upgrade your inventory tracking software?
It’s not just for scanning products when selling. Inventory tracking software relies on high-quality and organised barcoding systems to track shipments, manage stock and understand supply and demand of various stock. Software is updating and upgrading all the time, and the latest software can have a huge difference on your workflow.
Warehouses can host thousands of items and variants and managing these large quantities of stock poses risks of a lot of setbacks and potential for human error. Digitising your processes makes it easier for staff and ensures everything is accounted for.
Vendors and retailers needing barcodes
If you wholesale your stuck the odds are your vendors will need barcodes. If you have multiple vendors, you’ll want software that can help you manage and track shipments, notice stock supply and demand and improve workflows within the partnership.
Optimise management and tracking
If you find shipment tracking has slowed things down in the past, you are likely going to benefit from new software systems. Barcoding helps management track tasks, manage guidelines and maintain accountability, as well as have visibility over warehouse stock.
Create guidelines and workflows
As mentioned above, guidelines and workflows make a huge difference to the accountability and productivity of workplaces. With software that establishes effectively rigid rules for managing stock, you can appropriately assess where things are getting missed, as well as track what parts of workflows can be streamlined.
How to choose your software and barcoding
With barcoding software, you want to choose a form and scanner that suits the way you work. So, if you manage heavy items, you might want a portable handheld scanner that allows you to move around. Grocery stores usually have fixed scanners for staff to be able to scan smaller items quickly. The form, one dimensional or two dimensional is also a considering factor, which will be dependant on what exactly you are trying to track.
Setting up your system
In order to get your software set up and barcodes ready to use, there are a few steps you will want to take:
- Define all SKUs and all variants
- Choose the software system that suits your needs
- Define barcodes for inventory (supported by your software)
- Create barcodes for inventory
- Update your inventory management system with all codes
- Place barcodes onto your inventory
Make sure that your placement of barcodes considers how staff scan inventory as well as the type of product your sell. If you work in retail your barcodes will likely want to include variants for customers and staff to read, and heavier boxes or inventory will need barcodes placed in a visible place for streamlined scanning. If you’re ready to see how barcode inventory software can benefit your small business, reach out to the experts today.
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