Whether you have a small business or a large one, if it involves stocks and inventories, a barcoding system could be a great investment.
What Can It Do?
Traditionally, inventories are written by hand. Human error is a large factor here; you may end up losing time and money tracking down miscounted or unlisted items and shipments. In addition, manually entering data can take up time that is better spent tending to the business itself or catering to your clients.
Barcodes can be made either simple or complex, depending on your needs. Any type of information can be included in the barcode from cost to the inventory count, even extra data that can allow you to answer questions on product comparisons. This means that, once the barcode label is in place, your entire inventory is literally at your fingertips.
In addition, running any barcode label through a barcode scanner means any item movement made is efficiently recorded, keeping your inventory up-to-date. From there, you have the option of adding further data manually.
What Will It Cost?
Especially for small and start-up businesses, the primary concern is the cost. Barcodes are relatively inexpensive, as well as easy to create and print out. If you add anything new to your inventory, you can simply input all the necessary data, print out the labels, and you’re all set! But this is not the only way that you’re saving.
Since it’s easy to learn how to operate barcode scanners, even new employees are able to wield them effectively. There is no need for them to learn the details of your full inventory and it also reduces the number of errors that might occur if the inventory were to be done manually. This ultimately translates to savings in terms of business operations.
Consider what the most important part of your business is. If keeping an accurate inventory is what you need, think of barcoding as that security measure that will bring you peace of mind. That alone should convince you that this will be key.