It seems that mobile is the way to go in today’s day and age. Manufacturing and distribution companies all around the world are using mobile devices to simplify key warehouse management tasks and view important supply chain information in real-time. They can be used on the warehouse floor, out in the sales field, or in the office to update information and view reports. Their flexibility makes mobile solutions a much coveted solution among manufacturers and distributors who cannot be “tied down” to a stationary computer.
The benefits of implementing a mobile label printing solution are endless. Mobile printing will not only help you save time, but it will also improve your label accuracy. Mobile printers go where your workers go, allowing them to print and apply barcode labels right on the spot. This significantly reduces the time spent labeling new products and/or inventory and frees up your employees to focus on more crucial warehouse management tasks. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using a mobile label printing solution in the warehouse:[gearlist]
- Improve Productivity on the Receiving Dock
It’s common for manufacturers and distributors to print large batches of barcode labels for goods coming into the warehouse after receiving an advanced ship notice from suppliers. These are typically printed and stored at the office and applied by the receiving work when the shipment arrives. While it may seem efficient to have the labels ready when the product hits the warehouse floor, many manufacturers and distributors have found that this process wastes time and increases the chance for errors (as the wrong label can be placed on the wrong product in receiving).A mobile label printing solution, such as our Sage 100 label printing software Scanco SkyPrint, will eliminate this process so you can gain productivity and improve label accuracy. Receiving workers can use mobile printers to apply barcode labels on incoming shipments immediately, ensuring that the items are prepared for proper scanning other automated processing systems. Labeling items as soon as they hit the dock also ensures that 100% of the materials receive barcodes, making it easier to track your inventory as it moves through the warehouse.
- Simplify and Speed Up Putaway and Picking Tasks
Putting away and picking items can be time consuming. Not only do you have to verify that you are shipping the right product to the right customer, but you also have to do it in a timely manner so as not to waste productivity. By using mobile printers tied to your ERP or warehouse management system, workers can be directed to the right pick route and receive specific putaway and picking instructions. Our mobile label printing solution Scanco SkyPrint works closed with our Sage 100 mobile application Scanco Warehouse to provide you with an all-in-one warehouse management solution. Users can be directed to the items they need to pick, look up pertinent information about the item on their mobile device, and print the barcode label instantly. Mobile barcoding will cut the putaway and picking time in half, as well as help companies achieve nearly 100% accuracy.
- Complete the Packing Process and Finish Goods Faster
When the assembly or packaged of items is complete, workers can use mobile printing to immediately generate a new barcode label to identify the finished good. This barcode label can then be scanned using a smartphone to ensure proper placement in storage bins. When items are scanned and placed in the right location, the chances of picking the wrong item are dramatically reduced.
- Fulfill and Track Shipments
Warehouse workers can use mobile barcode printing solutions to manage their shipping operation. Barcode labels verify the picking and packing of all items required to complete a customer’s order. Workers can label items with an order code prior to picking and packing to ensure that the proper items are being placed with the correct shipment. Using mobile applications linked to their ERP system, warehouse workers can scan shipments and determine if they are missing any items. After the final order is completed, a mobile printer can be used to generate a label for shipment and tracking.
Our mobile Sage 100 label printing software is designed to make your barcoding process easy and painless. Users can print barcodes with the click of a button without having to manual enter any information. Labels can be customized for each user and can be sent to multiple printers. If you are interested in arming your warehouse staff with a mobile label printing solution, contact us today.
How much time does your company spend in receiving, picking, and packing? Could a mobile barcode label printing solution reduce the time you spend in these areas? Share your thoughts in the comments below.