How Barcodes Can Improve Your Inventory

Barcodes are often associated with scanning in supermarket products or processing deliveries. However, you do not need to be a massive chain or a delivery firm to benefit from using barcodes. One massive way it can make your business more productive is by improving your inventory, and today we will look at how the right barcode can help you achieve this.

Make the process simpler

Some people may be worried that assigning codes to products will make the process more complicated. This is not true- by doing this you can add extra information as required, and everything can come up in one scan. It is also important to note that this is not expensive, with barcode fonts being simple to set up and cheap to produce.

Stop problems before they happen

People tend to take a closer look at their inventory after something goes wrong- they may be worried about people stealing stock, items getting damaged or going missing. Implementing a proper system early on makes it easier to monitor inventory more closely.

Reduce errors

It doesn’t matter how careful you are, the average person makes at least 10 errors for every 1000 keystrokes, meaning that mistakes will happen. By contrast, the rate of errors with barcode scans is 1 in 10,000, so as you can see that is a considerable difference that could have serious consequences.

This is important because errors can cost money. Whether it is a delivery sent to the wrong person, over-ordering or under-ordering on stock or not being able to find what you need, this can cause a lot of issues, and it is better to implement this sooner rather than later.

In the case of prescription barcodes this can be especially serious, as the wrong medication sent to the wrong person could have serious consequences, so in this instance, it is not only about being more efficient, but also protecting customers’ health and safety as much as possible.

Time is money

It is one of the oldest business clichés out there… but it is also true- time is money. That is true in the sense that time spent doing one task means you are not selling and therefore not being as productive as you can be. Using a barcode system means people spend less time manually entering codes and searching for items, thus freeing them up for other things such as being out at the front selling items or promoting the business.

We can help

When looking at the options available, it can be overwhelming. Should you go for a Code128 and is it a LaserJet barcode that’s compatible with your printer? This is why it helps to use the services of a company that can implement a system that works for you.

To find out more about the various options available to you, and to find the right kind of barcode to suit your business, please contact Top Barcode today, and we will be happy to discuss your requirements in more detail.