Is It Time to Upgrade Your Bar Code Scanner Tools?

bar code scannerThe end is near. Or, at least, the end of legacy OS for Microsoft Windows Mobile, Windows CE, and Windows Embedded Handheld operating systems is near. Why does this matter to your manufacturing or distribution company? Because those ruggedized scanners you’ve been using for years, and now have come to rely on, probably run on those operating systems. If you want to continue using handheld bar code scanners at your business, you’ll need to upgrade.

Luckily, upgrading is easier than ever before. Since the latest tools on the market provide greater functionality with enhanced flexibility to meet more of your business needs more effectively, we suspect that you’ll find yourself wondering why you waited so long to upgrade in the first place.

In case you’re on the fence about switching to new tech, here are three ways you can tell you’re due for a bar code scanner upgrade.

Don’t have time to read but want the facts right now? Contact Scanco online or call us at (330) 645-9959 to talk to a person and find out more about the options available for your business.

  1. Your Interface Is Aging and Hard to Use

It’s a fact of technology that some tools are easier to use than others—and those ruggedized scanners you have sure are complex. In fact, most people don’t understand everything that their bar code scanners actually do and bar code scanner users certainly don’t all need the same functionality. Due to their extra complexity and some pretty useless features, those old-fashioned scanners of yours are probably hard to train on and hard to use. (And, to add insult to injury, all the unused buttons on those things make them heavy!)

If you think you’d be best served by a change in tech tools, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by VDC Research found that 56% of survey respondents were ready for new mobile devices in their manufacturing and distribution operations and, of those, 25% said they wanted a modern user interface in the device they chose.

Scanco provides companies like yours with user-friendly tech tools that are powerful, yet easy to learn, navigate, train on, and use. And, with bar code scanner functions controlled by native apps for iOS and Android, you’ll only have to deal with the solutions your business needs—which means you won’t pay for or be burdened by one-size-fits-all tech that comes bundled with your solution and drags you down.

  1. Your Software Doesn’t Integrate with Your ERP

Ah, manual data entry and endless export/import functions. They’re terrible, aren’t they? These two administrative tasks not only waste a large amount of time at your company, they also tend to create data problems, since import/export often leads to inaccurate copy-pasting and, in manual entry, a single misread digit or slip of the finger can cause troublesome reports in the future.

Though these two issues are the scourge of modern business productivity, they’re hard to avoid. Or, at least, they used to be hard to avoid. Because so few of the older business bar code scanning tools integrate with modern ERP systems, busy manufacturers and distributors are still forced to waste their time performing mundane tasks day after day and week after week. What a shame!

Scanco seamlessly integrates with Sage 100, Sage 500 ERP, Acumatica Cloud ERP, and NetSuite, which means your business can save hours of time on administrative tasks and you’ll increase your accuracy too! That’s right, you can finally say goodbye to importing and exporting, and manual data entry will become a bad memory of the past. Phew!

  1. You Require More Flexibility—A Lot More

Let’s face it. Those ruggedized scanner tools you’re using were made in a different era, when the needs of manufacturers and distributors were very, very different. Over the past five years or so, the exponential growth of the eCommerce and eFullfillment sectors has transformed these industries, so your business is probably working harder now than ever before.

That means every second matters. Even this one. (Seriously, save some time and contact us instead of reading this blog post.)

In today’s business landscape, any time you can optimize productivity and efficiency at your locations, you’ll literally be saving time and money. So, what’s the best way to optimize your workplace? By tracking all your operations in real time and reacting instantly to unexpected slowdowns, bottlenecks, and other time wasters. But unfortunately, those ruggedized scanners of yours probably aren’t too good at doing anything “instantly” anymore.

Modern, cloud-based bar code scanner tools for iOS and Android help you monitor every aspect of your business, from the shop floor to the warehouse—all in real time, anywhere and at any time. With convenient dashboards available that display minute-by-minute progress for work orders, pick and pack operations, and job completion, you’ll have all the data you need to supercharge your inbound and outbound handling, labor allocation, inventory management, time management, shipment tracking, purchasing, scheduling, and more. At all your locations. Wow.

You Deserve a System That Meets Your Needs

As you already know in your business, mobile tools are critical for overall speed, efficiency, and productivity. In the past, perhaps way back when you bought those ruggedized bar code scanners you’re using now, there weren’t many options and you probably had to make some tradeoffs in terms of capabilities and cost.

These days, however, you don’t have to make any tradeoffs.

With today’s bar code scanner tools, your business can get the flexibility and capabilities you want, with the time-saving integrations you need—all at a price that makes sense. Isn’t it time you got a system that works? After all, your business does deserve it.

Contact Scanco online or at (330) 645-9959 to learn more about your options for ERP-integrated smartphone bar code scanners that enhance your manufacturing operations.