Running an efficient warehouse is a top priority and often sought after by business owners. There’s a ream of solutions to help you find this elusive efficiency. But when you’re looking around for different strategies to keep your warehouse at its best, you really don’t need to reinvent the wheel. It’s time to look into barcode labels. If you’re already using them, it’s time to look at how to enhance your labels.
Labelling is a fundamental part of keeping your manufacturing inventory streamlined. However, you need to make sure you’re using barcodes to the best of their ability. When you’ve got a large warehouse full of manufacturing inventory, barcodes can track the whole lifecycle of the product. It’s not just for scanning an item when a sale is made. Rather, a barcode can be a game-changer throughout the whole supply chain.
Let’s take a closer look at how a strategic labelling process can enhance manufacturing inventory and warehouse logistics.
Take advantage of efficient printing techniques
Let’s say you’re at the airport and you need to check a bag. At the self-check-in kiosks, you can get your boarding pass and baggage tag printed. When you put the baggage tag on, you need to remove the back liner so the sticky part is exposed. After you press it on, you’re left with the liner and search for a rubbish bin to deposit it in.
When labelling manufacturing inventory, chances are you have a lot of stock to label. Imagine if you had to peel off every sticker to label every product in the warehouse. You can minimise time and material waste by investing in a printer that produces liner-free labels. You’ll reduce waste and your printer will yield more labels per roll. You’ll decrease the amount of time you need to swap out label rolls and save on clean up time as well.
Labels are significantly useful when tacked on to inventory stock. However, the labels don’t need to stop there. If labelling simplifies the inventory tracking process, imagine what labelling can do for other parts of your warehouse. You can put labels on locations throughout the warehouse for greater warehouse efficiency. This way you’ll have location information paired with inventory information through your labels. This will also be helpful for new employees and keeping processes efficient throughout the warehouse. Employees won’t spend extra time traversing the aisles of a warehouse if custom location labels can guide them.
Label on the go
Labelling shouldn’t be restricted to one specific area of the warehouse. Make labelling come with you through the use of mobile printers. If you have to walk back and forth from the printer every time you need a new label, it will eat up a good chunk of your day. Look into mobile printers that employees can wear on their belts or a lanyard. As long as this is connected to a cloud-based inventory list, it will remain up-to-date and precise. You will see increases in efficiency and accuracy of your labelling processes with this functionality.
Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.