Manually controlling inventory can be time-consuming and error-prone. Even smaller businesses can run in to trouble if all processes are conducted manually. Barcode software can be a hugely beneficial tool for inventory management. This software eliminates the risk of inventory control mishaps which can occur when relying solely on manual processes. Below, we summarize the role of barcode inventory management software in business.
Barcoding hardware includes things like barcode scanners, barcode printers, and any other physical items used in the barcoding process, including cables and chargers. These are usually used in conjunction with a barcoding software that stores, reads and processes the barcoding information.
Used together, barcoding software and hardware can help you to pull up product information and details. For example, a barcode scanner (barcoding hardware) could be used to scan the barcode of any given product, and the information on that product would then be processed by the barcoding software. This information will also be instantly displayed on the screen of the barcode scanner.
This process also allows the barcoding software to communicate with the business’ inventory information and track, update and process inventory. This system can make processes like counting inventory and updating inventory levels much faster and more efficient. The software also helps to pick out items for orders and also aids the process of receiving inventory. Overall, barcoding inventory systems are much more efficient then manually entering the product serial numbers into a computer.
Barcoding Inventory Management Software
Barcoding software for inventory management also involves the printing and scanning of barcodes, and it provides real-time access to information and tracking. The benefit of such barcoding systems is that it eliminates the need to have separate inventory management and barcoding software. This prevents any mistakes in inventory control which can occur when two processes are not integrated to work in tandem.
Benefits of Barcode Software
Barcode software improves accuracy and enables processes to be implemented that reduce human errors and improve inventory management discipline. Manual processes are prone to errors which can have huge knock-on effects.
Barcode software can mean that operational bottlenecks and productivity issues are more easily identified and solved. Scanning barcodes is also significantly faster and easier than documenting and typing information manually.
Additionally, barcode inventory management software can help businesses to ship, receive and count inventory, handle order management, track parts across multiple locations and integrate with your accounting system. In general, this type of software helps to streamline inventory management and prevent common errors inevitable when using manual processes.
Barcode software speeds up the process of accurately collecting data, enabling access to real-time business intelligence across all areas of your company. This can improve customer satisfaction by reducing time spent on resolving customer problems. The faster the company can resolve customer queries, the more likely they are to leave a good impression and contribute to customer retention.
Faster resolution of customer queries regarding inventory will also improve your reputation to keep attracting customers. Barcode software is therefore a pivotal tool for improving customer satisfaction.
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.