Are you implementing a new bar coding system in your warehouse this year? The benefits of bar coding are endless, and many manufacturers and distributors are moving to barcodes. Not only can bar coding eliminate manual processes in the warehouse, but they can also help you increase your overall efficiency. We’d say that’s a win-win for everyone!
Implementing a new bar coding system, however, requires a lot of planning and work. Over the past 20 years, we have helped hundreds of companies implement new bar coding solutions, and we’d like to share a few crucial tips to help get you started. Keep the following in mind as you begin your implementation efforts:
- Review your all of your current paper-based processes and run the necessary reports before you implement your new bar coding solution. Barcoding virtually eliminates the need for paper, so you will need to ensure that you transfer your current documents to a digital format. Here are a few examples of the reports that will need to be moved to an electronic format: pick list, stock sheet, variance report, location cards, goods received, and the manual case number sheet.
- Decide if you will need to trace your items as they move throughout the warehouse. If so, you will need to use serial numbers to do this.
- Make sure your software is simple enough for you to use. You don’t want to have to rely on your supplier each time you desire to make a change in admin rights or other areas; it will only add to the cost of your solution and increase your frustration.
- Choose the right barcode hardware. This is probably the most important tip we can give you. If you aren’t using the right hardware, your bar coding efforts will not be as effective as you desire. In addition to choosing your barcoding method (which can range from bar coding specific devices to smartphones and tablets), you will need to invest in a barcode label printing solution. Research your options and select the right solution to fit your company’s needs. If you need a bar coding consultation, give our experts a call at 330-645-9959. We’d be more than happy to help you find the right solution for your bar coding needs.
- Implement your solution in phases. Create an implementation plan and stick to it. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to get your solution up and running. If you rush through the process, you will experience more errors and frustrations than you would if you had taken your time in the implementation process.
We offer Sage 100 barcoding and Sage 500 barcoding solutions to meet your company’s unique barcoding needs. If you’d like to explore our solutions, contact us today.
Have you recently implemented bar coding software? Do you have any tips to share?