So you’ve decided to invest in a barcoding solution – congratulations! Now that you’ve moved into the world of automation, you can start reaping the benefits of improved efficiency, increased productivity, and a boost in profitability. Before you start reaping those rewards, however, you have to actually implement your system – and implement it well. Poor barcoding software implementations can wreak havoc on your company, resulting in more problems than you experienced before implementing the solution.
If you are having trouble implementing your new solution or if you’d just like to learn how to do it properly before you proceed, we can help. We’ve been in the business of helping manufacturers and distributors implement their warehouse management software and barcoding solutions for over 20 years now. We are experts in helping warehouses get on their feet with new technology, and we’d like to share some of that expertise with you.
The Biggest Hindrance to Barcoding Solutions
Contrary to what you may think, the biggest challenge to implementing a barcoding solution is not setting up the barcode devices themselves, but making sure the hardware and software communicate with your existing solutions. It’s a problem IT departments around the world struggle with, and a very real challenge to the implementation of new barcode systems. To help you ease the challenges you will most likely experience, we’ve created the following tips:
- Make sure the system you choose integrates well with your existing software. If the barcoding solution you choose works with NetSuite but you have Sage 100 ERP, you’re looking at the wrong solution. Rather than spending unnecessary amounts of time and money working to configure it with your system, invest in a barcoding solution that is already customized to fit your current software. It will make the entire process much easier and affordable.
- Invest in quality barcode label printers. Make sure the barcode label printers you choose meet your company’s requirements for the durability, speed and legibility of the codes you need to create. Remember that a fast printer does not always produce readable and durable codes and is ultimately less cost-effective than a slow printer that prints high-quality barcodes.
- Choose durable labels. The labels you use matter, so do your research and invest in barcode labels that are the least susceptible to the environment. Your products may face harsh conditions and you want to ensure that your labels hold up through those conditions; otherwise, you will have to re-label or re-tag more than you are willing.
- Test your labels first. Print and test your barcode labels in the actual warehouse before you label all of your inventory. Nothing is worse than finding an error after you’ve done the majority of the work.
- Select simple barcoding devices. We aren’t convinced that the more complex barcoding device is the best barcoding device, and you shouldn’t be either. Choose the device that works best for your company and requires the least amount of special configuration. Many companies are using simplified barcode scanners and even iPhones to create and print their barcode labels!
- Expect hidden costs. With any software implementation, there are always unexpected and hidden costs. Leave some wiggle room in your budget so you aren’t caught off guard and forced to skimp on the technology or upgrades you need to ensure a success implementation.
- Know your support options. Be aware of all the support options of all the devices and software you implement. This is important, as you never know when a technical issue will arise and you will need to know who to contact in the case that it does.
- Get to know your software vendor. Your software vendor is your technology partner. Get to know them, and ask for their recommendations. They have your best interests in mind, so utilize their knowledge!
- Stay updated on barcoding technology and update your system regularly. Technology is constantly changing, and in order to get the most out of your barcoding solution, you will need to install occasional updates.
Still need help or have questions about your barcoding solution implementation? Contact our barcoding experts today!