Warehouses, fulfillment centers, and logistics companies each depend on careful inventory management. Maintaining an accurate picture of where items are is essential to running an efficient operation. What role is played by barcodes in inventory management?
Barcode systemsare one of the most essential technologies for any inventory management operation. Barcodes offer reliable, real-time insights that can streamline common inventory management workflows. As a method of counting, tracking, and tracing goods, barcodes are the proven solution.
HOW DO BARCODES WORK?
At a basic level, barcodes represent letters, numbers, and symbols. A barcode can communicate product information in real-time. As a result, they allow for transparency throughout the logistics or manufacturing process. Barcodes can communicate product locations, serial numbers, purchase orders, or other information.
HOW DO BARCODES SUPPORT INVENTORY MANAGEMENT?
Barcode inventory systems can assign locations to specific items, such as a bin, shelf, or stock room. Printed barcode labels allow companies to clearly see item locations.
When a barcode scan happens, an inventory management system can update an item’s status. The system can also print a shipping label, and show that the product needs to be replenished. The use case for barcodes in any operation can be tailored to the company’s specific needs.
Barcodes also eliminate the need for time-consuming and error-ridden manual processes. By replacing paper-based tasks with barcode scanners, inventory management can become more accurate.
Plus, barcodes enable faster and easier analytics for data insights and inventory tracking. When integrated with aninventory control solutionor ERP, barcodes make real-time transaction processing possible.
WHAT TYPES OF BARCODE SOLUTIONS ARE BEST FOR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS?
Radley Corporation’s barcode software solution streamlines the data collection process for inventory managers. Fromautomatic data capture in the warehouseto streamlined picking, packing, and shipping, Radley’s barcode solution makes it possible for inventory operations of any size to improve productivity, traceability, and accuracy.