How Investing in Barcodes Saves Money

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World Class Controls in the Palm of Your Hand

Big box stores, Internet giants, logistic companies, and freight handlers control each step of their operation. By using real-time data they can improve capacity, inventory control, track assets, and increase efficiency. Small to mid-size businesses are often unable to enjoy these benefits because the complicated barcode printing and scanning systems are simply too expensive and cumbersome. Just as mobile payment solutions have revolutionized the market place and empowered small businesses and entrepreneurs to complete transactions just like the corporate giants, modern barcode printers and scanners gives nimble start-ups and smaller companies the power to harness the logistical advantages of having tight controls and tracking using the newest data-driven 2D barcodes.

Barcode labelThe Old Paradigm

For years “doing inventory” was a painful task pawned off on a low ranking employee, with little incentive to get it right, or it was another task shouldered by the business owner or manager. Paper records and ponderous spreadsheets that scrolled forever or printed out on dot matrix have been the mainstays in inventory tracking for smaller organizations.

The New Tools

A barcoding system reduces human errors and the expense of employee driven record keeping. They are versatile, inexpensive, and provide better insight into internal company workings, customer actions, and behavior trends. Barcoding enables a business to keep strong data on what they have in stock, what is coming and going, and all at a net savings over manual efforts. Barcodes also unify the front office and back office operations of the company so that supply and retail staffs have the same information. New, cost-effective software to print and process these barcodes allows organizations of any size to manage their inventory intelligently. The technology also continues to evolve and grow as large universities, such as Stanford, are continuing to work with barcodes.

Integration

Implementing a barcode system makes a lot of sense. Moving forward with a service platform that integrates inventory management, retail Point-of-Sale efforts, business intelligence, as well as the physical hardware necessary to implement the solution, tag the items, and track them through the product life-cycle is of the utmost importance. The key to succeeding with barcode technology is finding a provider that meets business needs without breaking the way a business operates. 

iStock_000025922830The Revolution

The most disruptive change on the inventory and asset management front is the arrival of effective and affordable tools that empower small to mid-size businesses to print and scan the labels necessary to implement barcodes. Now, using software and hardware that a typical small business actually has, there are solutions that integrate with Microsoft Office and common database technologies. Forget the spreadsheet and embrace scan-ready sales sheets, inventory labels, shipping trackers, and inventory management that can be deployed anywhere with smart phone apps and tools.

 2D:

2D Barcodes are the evolutionary leap over earlier coding systems. The new models and tools hold more information in more formats that are accessible to businesses and their customers wherever they may find themselves. “Doing Inventory” is over; inventory management is real-time and intelligent with 2D barcode software and products. View WaspLabeler +2D 633808105266 to learn more.

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Brian Sutter

Brian Sutter

Director of Marketing at Wasp Barcode
Brian Sutter is the Director of Marketing at Wasp, responsible for the development and execution of the company’s marketing strategy. His role encompasses brand management, direct and channel marketing, public relations, advertising, and social media. He also writes and speaks on topics related to helping small business owners grow their business and improve operational efficiency.
Brian Sutter
Brian Sutter