3 min read

Production Management vs. Operations Management: Find the Right Solution to Take Control of Your Organization

By Scanco Software on Sep 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM

You’re a manufacturing business owner or manager and you know that your organization could run more smoothly and efficiently with automation. You may have done some homework already and be very familiar with the benefits automation can provide. The idea of upgrading to manufacturing automation software may be relatively new to you. To stay competitive in today’s market, it is crucial to be nimble and ready to make decisions confidently. To do this, you need tools that will give you the best possible information.

Topics: Production Management Operations Management
3 min read

On the Water for Sage 100cloud Software Makes Tracking Overseas Inventory a Breeze

By Scanco Software on Sep 1, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Do you find that one of your most frustrating challenges is waiting for inventory to be delivered to your warehouse? Is it even more of an issue when the inventory has to travel the extra miles required from an overseas port? If you have been finding that uncertainty about delivery dates has led to frustration and delays in filling orders for your business, there is a solution that will make tracking these shipments easier.

Topics: Sage 100cloud software
3 min read

Top 5 Reasons to Add Multi-Bin to Sage 100 Mobility

By Scanco Software on Aug 18, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you are looking for a way to automate your warehouse, the Sage 100 Mobility Module is an excellent way to get started. You get the advantages that come with automating your cycle counting and your year-end inventory count—and your team can run the app using any Android or IOS device they wish. The need for paper counting and data entry for doing inventory is eliminated.

Topics: sage 100 mobility
3 min read

Now is the Right Time to Upgrade to Manufacturing Automation Software

By Scanco Software on Aug 11, 2020 11:00:00 AM

There is no doubt the manufacturing sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Activity has slowed down and the outlook for the future is uncertain. The findings of a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York may indicate there are some reasons to hope there is light at the end of the tunnel. As the sector recovers, this is the right time to upgrade to manufacturing automation software.

Topics: manufacturing automation software
7 min read

Throw the Paper Away and Improve Visibility with Sage 100 Warehouse Management

By Scanco Software on Aug 4, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Many warehouse managers would say that one of the main reasons for lack of warehouse visibility is that too many companies are still relying on pen and paper to record data. This is a fast-paced industry, and the hand-written spreadsheet method simply does not work anymore. It simply is not efficient and is not conducive to effective warehouse management.

Topics: warehouse management sage 100 mobility
5 min read

Out With the Old and In With the New: Moving From Sage Work Order to Production Management

By Scanco Software on Jul 28, 2020 11:00:00 AM

In 2019, Sage announced it was launching Sage Production Management. This software option is made up of features that are intended to replace the Work Order and the Material Requirements Planning modules currently available in Sage 100. If you are currently using Sage 100 or Sage 100cloud, you will want to find out about this new option.

Topics: Production Management
5 min read

Hate Mispicks? Top 5 Reasons Companies Adopt a Barcode Inventory System to Eliminate Them

By Scanco Software on Jul 21, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you were to ask a business owner to reveal the secret to their success, they may say that it lies with their sales team. You could also argue that their success is due to continued customer satisfaction. Yes, the sales team is the company’s lifeline and, if no sales are being generated, the company will be in trouble very quickly. However, if the company can’t follow up on those sales by offering first-class customer service, the company will also experience difficult times due to a lack of repeat orders and more time spent resolving customer concerns.

Topics: warehouse management barcode inventory system
2 min read

3 Tips to Keep Your Field Service Business Running Smoothly in the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Scanco Software on Jul 14, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic situation has created challenges for all types of businesses. Many business owners have had to change the way they interact with their customers. Some have had to close down temporarily. Those who have been able to stay open may have had to limit the number of customers they can allow on their premises at any one time. Field service businesses may have had their customers be the most hesitant since they may have had customers unsure of whether they should even allow a mobile sales representative to visit their premises at all.

Topics: Field Service
3 min read

Inventory Tracking Software Can Help Keep New Warehouse Hires Safe Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

By Scanco Software on Jul 7, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The COVID-19 Epidemic has created an unprecedented situation that has made changes in how we do just about everything in our lives. Customers who used to go shopping at a retail store are now shopping online. Business is booming for online retailers and the demand for distribution workers is higher than ever.

Topics: inventory tracking software
3 min read

Stop Fighting Fires by Choosing Business Process Automation Solutions Instead

By Scanco Software on Jun 30, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Do you find that in the current business environment you are fighting fires more often than usual? The coronavirus pandemic has placed companies in unfamiliar territory. With the worldwide situation affecting the way people worldwide live and work, it’s tempting to deal with immediate crises only. This approach will keep you busy, but it doesn’t help to deal with the underlying problem. Business process automation solutions can help you get to the bottom of an issue and resolve it.

Topics: business process automation solutions
3 min read

Production and Inventory Management Software Gives You Visibility Over Your Operation in Uncertain Times

By Scanco Software on Jun 18, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Anyone running a business knows that some degree of uncertainty is normal. Evaluating risks is simply something that owners and managers have to do regularly. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis that is unlike anything seen in recent history. It has forced manufacturers to make swift and dramatic changes to adjust to the new reality. Production and inventory management software offers multiple benefits, including full visibility over your entire operation, so you can make the best decisions in these unprecedented times.

Topics: production and inventory management
1 min read

Supply Chain Management Solutions: 3 Tips

By Scanco Software on May 26, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Right now, some companies are finding their typical supply chain management solutions aren’t working. Global and local disruptions due to airport closures, border closures, or other problems, thanks to the global pandemic, are making it difficult for some suppliers to get goods through to their customers.

Topics: supply chain management solutions
3 min read

Supply Chain Management Solutions for Small Manufacturers

By Scanco Software on May 19, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you’re running a small manufacturing company, it may feel as though supply chain management is one of the most challenging aspects of the business. On one hand, you need to keep it flowing smoothly to keep orders filled and cash coming into the business. On the other hand, you may not always find it as easy to deal with your suppliers as larger companies. Small manufacturers can take the initiative and use supply chain management solutions to improve operations and help grow their business.

Topics: supply chain management solutions
1 min read

Multiple Warehouses Call for Cloud-Based Barcode Scanner Software

By Scanco Software on May 12, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When shopping for barcode scanner software, it’s important to take into consideration both current and future needs.

Although you can’t predict with certainty when you’ll outgrow your current warehouse, if your company is in its growth phase, chances are good you’ll need to add at least one other location soon. That’s especially true if you want to improve delivery service to complete with the big boys like Amazon; customers who frequent Amazon look for overnight or two-day shipping. Multiple warehouse locations can help you offer faster shipping times by spreading distribution points across the country or to cities where the majority of your customers are found.

Topics: barcode scanner software
3 min read

What to Consider When Buying Barcode Scanner Software

By Scanco Software on May 5, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Are you interested in barcode scanner software for your business? Taking this step will increase your team’s productivity. It will also virtually eliminate counting and data entry errors that inevitably result from trying to track inventory using spreadsheets. Before you make a final decision about buying a scanner program, you’ll want to make sure it has your company’s needs and priorities covered.

Topics: barcode scanner software
2 min read

Tips for Warehouse Inventory Control: Move the Items!

By Scanco Software on Apr 28, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Part of warehouse inventory control is figuring out creative ways to move unsold items. We all know those items. They’re the items that gather dust in the gloomy corners of the warehouse. These are the items everyone shoves to the back of the shelf, pretending they don’t exist.

Topics: warehouse inventory control
1 min read

Lose the headache associated with physical counts!

By Scanco Software on Apr 23, 2020 3:53:18 PM

It's no secret, physical counts or cycle counts can be a daunting task. Manual physical counts can be very time consuming and tend to yield a lot of errors. Historically, these counts take place once a year while consuming a lot of resources. Typically conducted with pen and paper.

Topics: inventory management inventory management solutions cycle counts physical counts
3 min read

Fight Zombie Stock Head-On With Warehouse Inventory Control Software

By Scanco Software on Apr 21, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Zombie stock isn’t the name of the next major health issue that you and your employees need to be concerned about. It may sound like the next low-budget summer creature film that will be featured at theatres this summer. Even though the name may seem amusing, it describes a common business problem that should be taken seriously. Zombie stock has the potential to cause havoc for your business. You can protect yourself with the right warehouse inventory control software.

Topics: warehouse inventory control
2 min read

Use Your Inventory Tracking System All the Time, Every Time

By Scanco Software on Apr 14, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Your inventory tracking system is much more than software you pull out annually to conduct warehouse-wide inventory. It’s a system that can help you keep tabs on your inventory throughout the warehouse, from receiving to shipment.

Topics: inventory tracking system
3 min read

5-Step Inventory Tracking System to Control Flow and Improve Efficiency

By Scanco Software on Apr 7, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Is dealing with inventory an ongoing issue for your business? Is controlling inventory flow and improving warehouse efficiency high on your list of priorities? These are common issues for many business owners and managers. If you don’t have a good plan for managing inventory as it moves in and out of the warehouse, then the chances of something falling through the cracks are much higher. The results are lower efficiency, higher stress for your entire team, more product returns, lower customer satisfaction rates, and more. Take control with an inventory tracking system and turn these issues around.

Topics: inventory tracking system
2 min read

Cloud-Based Warehouse Management Software Systems Save Money

By Scanco Software on Mar 31, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you’re shopping for a warehouse management software system, you’ve got a checklist of things you want in your new software. Among these, cost-effectiveness is probably at the top of the list. Cloud-based warehouse systems offer the best ROI and provide an excellent method of managing your inventory.

Topics: warehouse management software system sage 100 mobility
3 min read

Consider a Cloud-based Warehouse Management Software System From an ROI Perspective

By Scanco Software on Mar 26, 2020 11:00:00 AM

At one time, the only option available when buying software was installing it on your computer. You’d have to install updates as they became available and you were responsible for making sure you had the latest version of the programs you were running. Keep in mind that these updates needed to be installed while (hopefully) causing a minimum of disruption to your day-to-day operations. Around this time, updating to a cloud-based warehouse management software system sounds like a really good idea.

Topics: warehouse management software system
2 min read

Barcode Scanning Provides Supply Chain Management Solutions

By Scanco Software on Mar 24, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you’re looking for supply chain management solutions for some common issues facing your company, barcode scanners may be the answer. Barcode scanners have been used for decades to improve the shopping experience as well as inventory management. They can also be used to manage the supply chain.

Topics: supply chain management solutions
1 min read

Scanco Listed On First-Ever List of Florida’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies!

By Scanco Marketing on Mar 20, 2020 11:48:50 AM

Scanco Software Ranks No.156 on the inaugural 2020 Inc. 5000 Series: Florida With Two-Year Revenue Growth of 86 Percent

Topics: Company Announcement
3 min read

What Problems Should Supply Chain Management Solutions Solve?

By Scanco Software on Mar 19, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you’re busy working in your business and you already know you want solutions, it may seem a little frustrating to go back to the beginning to think about the issues you are having. Unless you have a clear idea of where your supply chain is running into difficulty, then you won’t know precisely which features and benefits of supply chain management solutions offered make the most sense for your business.

Topics: supply chain management solutions
1 min read

Use an Inventory Tracking System to Meet These Challenges

By Scanco Software on Mar 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

A good inventory tracking system does more than count the goods on your shelves or in your bins. It can help you meet common challenges—and overcome them. 

It’s surprising that, in 2020, some companies still lack a smart inventory tracking system. They continue to rely on paper and pencil, clipboards, and spreadsheets to track their most valuable asset.

Topics: inventory tracking system
2 min read

Our Commitment to You During COVID-19

By Scanco Software on Mar 13, 2020 3:18:53 PM

Given the current outbreak of COVID-19 and the impact the virus is having on our global communities, customers, employees and families, we would like to take a minute to share our Business Continuity plans with you.

UPDATED* April 15th, 2020

Due to an unprecedented spike in demand, we are unfortunately experiencing delays and slower response times from our Customer Care team. We’re still operational and our aim is to respond to as many issues as possible. We recommend referencing our ever-expanding knowledge base at http://knowledgebase.scanco.com for self-help assistance.

Topics: Company Announcement COVID-19
3 min read

Demand for Large Warehouses and Quality Inventory Tracking Systems Will Continue, Led by E-commerce

By Scanco Software on Mar 12, 2020 11:00:00 AM

E-commerce companies were all over the news in 2019. They dominated numerous stories, with many of them focused on rising sales figures. The jump in orders for products forced e-commerce companies to move their operations to larger warehouses to keep up with customer demand. Bigger floor space and quality inventory tracking systems go hand in hand. At this operating level, it is imperative that inventory control run smoothly and efficiently.

Topics: inventory tracking system
1 min read

Using Barcode Scanner Software for Cycle Counting – It Just Makes Sense

By Scanco Software on Mar 10, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Using barcode scanner software for cycle counting makes perfect sense. After all, it’s expensive to shut the warehouse down for a day (or even a night) and have everyone conduct a physical inventory once a year. Instead, cycle counting enables you to break stock-taking up into smaller increments.

Topics: barcode scanner software
2 min read

Focus on Inventory by Using Cycle Counting With Barcode Scanner Software

By Scanco Software on Mar 5, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Does taking inventory make your team want to let off a collective groan? There’s no question that it disrupts the daily activities in your warehouse. Physically counting items is a method that is prone to human errors, and accuracy is the goal in this case. Implementing cycle counting with barcode scanner software gives you a two-step method for measuring inventory accuracy.

Topics: barcode scanner software
2 min read

Five Incredible Benefits of Web-Based Inventory Software

By Scanco Software on Feb 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Your business has many choices available when it comes time to select inventory management software. Web-based inventory software offers the most benefits for your money. When it comes to inventory management, web-based inventory software provides up-to-the-minute information on stock counts, shipments, and more. It’s a great tool to improve customer satisfaction by providing accurate and fast answers to their order questions.

Topics: web based inventory software
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Web-Based Inventory Software One Way to Keep Your Business Running Smoothly

By Scanco Software on Feb 25, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Your warehouse is an important part of the supply chain. For this reason, you want to ensure it is running as safely and efficiently as possible. No one sets out to deliberately make mistakes in business, but that doesn’t mean everyone automatically avoids all the potential pitfalls when managing a warehouse. When trying to keep track of orders coming in and going out and ensuring they reach the correct destination, it is entirely possible mistakes may be made. Failing to keep up with technology like web-based inventory software is one example. There are other mistakes you definitely want to steer clear of as well.

Topics: web based inventory software
1 min read

An Inventory Management Software System for Your Needs

By Scanco Software on Feb 20, 2020 11:00:00 AM

It doesn’t matter how big or small your manufacturing business—there’s an inventory management software system available to meet your needs. Scanco offers several that can help you improve warehouse management and inventory control.

Topics: inventory management software system
4 min read

How to Tell if You Need an Inventory Management Software System

By Scanco Software on Feb 18, 2020 11:00:00 AM

As a business owner, you may be spending your time “in the trenches” focused on its day-to-day operation. There may be little time to think about how well your systems are operating or if there are any ways you can improve efficiency when you are spending a good part of your time at work “putting out fires.” An inventory management software system can improve your business by reducing the amount of time between receiving an order from a customer or a retailer and getting it delivered. If you are currently working with spreadsheets and manual processes, consider this upgrade to increase efficiency and trim costs.

Topics: inventory management software system
2 min read

Warehouse Inventory Control Starts With Stock Organization

By Scanco Software on Feb 13, 2020 11:00:00 AM

You probably thought an article about warehouse inventory control was going to talk about the importance of frequent inventory counts or using the right software to track inventory. Both those things are important, but they won’t help if your warehouse is a mess.

Topics: warehouse inventory control
2 min read

3 Reasons Why Warehouse Inventory Control is Important for your Business

By Scanco Software on Feb 11, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Ideally, your inventory control system is going to optimize your inventory storage. It will ensure your business has inventory at the appropriate levels to fill orders. Ultimately, the purpose of inventory control is for your brand to keep “just enough” stock available to meet customer demand without having to tie up too much of the company’s cash flow or having a severe effect on customer satisfaction. Before you introduce a new system or upgrade the existing one, you’ll want to get some important questions answered.

Topics: warehouse inventory control
1 min read

Get Accurate Stock Counts With the Right Manufacturing Inventory Software

By Scanco Software on Feb 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Improve inventory accuracy with the right manufacturing software: barcode software. With Operations Management (JobOps) software that’s compatible with Sage 100 (2018 version or higher) you can automate warehouse and inventory updates. Instead of guessing at how many products are in the warehouse or whether you need to reorder, inventory counts can be looked up right in the ERP system, providing you with up-to-date counts and values.

Topics: manufacturing inventory software
3 min read

Choose the Right Manufacturing Inventory Software and Lower Costs

By Scanco Software on Feb 4, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Inventory is one of the most substantial investments made by any manufacturer. When you make smart inventory management decisions, you can maximize your profits and make a difference between a business with a healthy balance sheet and one that is struggling. The right manufacturing inventory software is a valuable tool that can make a difference.

Topics: manufacturing inventory software
2 min read

Manufacturing Inventory Software Addresses Several Top Challenges

By Scanco Software on Jan 30, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Manufacturing inventory software can help companies address several challenges in the new year. For example, an Industry Week special report indicates that among the top 10 challenges facing manufacturers, cost hits the top 2, 3, and 4 respectively: materials and labor costs as well as price reduction pressures. All of this boils down to the fact that customers want to pay less for the same thing.

Topics: manufacturing inventory software
2 min read

Make Real-Time Monitoring With Manufacturing Inventory Software Your Superpower

By Scanco Software on Jan 28, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The business world has always been a competitive one. More than ever, all types of companies, including manufacturers, need to rely on accurate data. The modern world is a constant flow of messages. Having access to data quickly means business owners and managers can increase efficiency, improve scheduling and maintain better levels of inventory control. Manufacturing inventory software gives you the power to make real-time monitoring a reality—your superpower directly at your fingertips!

Topics: manufacturing inventory software
1 min read

Production Management Software Helps You Cut Costs Without Cutting Corners

By Scanco Software on Jan 23, 2020 11:00:00 AM

With the right production management software, you can gain valuable insights into your supply chain which allow you to cut costs without cutting corners.

The manufacturing industry has seen a cooling period that began in 2019 and shows no sign of stopping. According to Deloitte’s 202 Manufacturing Industry Outlook, soft job growth, tariff uncertainties, and lowered consumer optimism make for a lean time to come.

Topics: production management software
2 min read

Production Management Software Tool Manufacturing Industry Needs in 2020

By Scanco Software on Jan 21, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The year 2019 began with promise for manufacturers in the US and other parts of the world. Many of them were riding a wave of growth and expected it to continue. Recently, though, that growth has slowed down as part of a global trend. Manufacturers are now challenged to use the tools at their disposal, including production management software, to stay nimble in the current business climate.

Topics: production management software
2 min read

Using a Supply Chain Management System to Enhance Customer Satisfaction

By Scanco Software on Jan 16, 2020 11:00:00 AM

A supply chain management system can greatly enhance customer satisfaction. The Logistics Bureau states that 79% of companies with high-performing supply chains achieve growth above average; only 8% of companies with less-than average supply chains report strong growth. A good supply chain management system is the backbone of any manufacturing business

Topics: supply chain management system
3 min read

Your Supply Chain Management System Can Help Compensate for Talent Shortage

By Scanco Software on Jan 14, 2020 11:00:00 AM

It’s no secret the warehouse industry has been experiencing a significant talent shortage. At the same time e-commerce sales are booming, it’s proving challenging for companies in the industry to attract and retain talent. Are you facing the problem of trying to do more with fewer employees? Is the lack of talent holding back your plans for expansion? This is the time to work with technology, such as your supply chain management system, to help fill in the gaps left by the worker shortage.

Topics: supply chain management system
1 min read

The Benefits of a Smart Device Inventory Scanning System

By Scanco Software on Jan 9, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If there’s one thing that adds a major benefit to your business, it’s a smart device inventory scanning system. These systems transform any smart device, such as a phone or tablet, into a handheld scanner, thanks to a simple app. Download and install the app, then use the device’s camera feature to scan barcodes. The data feeds instantly into the main system, transforming inventory counts into real-time data.

Topics: inventory scanning system
2 min read

Start the New Decade With a Smart Device-Based Inventory Scanning System

By Scanco Software on Jan 7, 2020 11:00:00 AM

As we step into a new year and start a brand-new decade, it is the perfect time to take stock of your business. Turning over a new page in the calendar seems to signal the need to take a look back at accomplishments as well as things we can learn from. We make plans and set goals. If one of your goals for 2020 is to upgrade from a paper-based to a mobile-device-based inventory scanning system, there are a number of good reasons for making the move now.

Topics: inventory scanning system
1 min read

Sage 100cloud Pricing Packs More Benefits Into One Package

By Scanco Software on Dec 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Curious about Sage 100cloud pricing? This is a software package that’s definitely worth the price tag. Sage 100cloud packs more into one license than most software packages, and offers great support, too.

Topics: Sage 100cloud Pricing
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Scanco Apps for Sage 100cloud Pricing Structure, Features Make It a Winner

By Scanco Software on Dec 24, 2019 11:00:00 AM

If you are operating a small or medium-sized distribution or manufacturing business, growth is expected and encouraged. You know our current accounting practices (manual or a basic software program) aren’t going to be robust enough for this growth. At some point, an update to an automated system will be needed. Before you make any decisions in that regard, consider whether a proposed option has the features you need. We are confident that once you look at the combination of Scanco Apps for Sage 100cloud pricing and features, you’ll agree it brings a lot the table which can benefit your business.

Topics: Sage 100cloud Pricing
2 min read

Three Problems a Production Inventory System Solves

By Scanco Software on Dec 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

A production inventory system helps you manage the quantity of materials and supplies you keep on hand for the manufacturing process. It can be challenging to keep a manual inventory (clipboard and scratch count or spreadsheet) of all of the materials you have on hand. If a customer calls up and asks if you can make the items for them, looking up multiple spreadsheets or counts and mentally calculating the quantity on hand versus the possible order quantity can be a real nightmare.

Topics: production inventory system
3 min read

Common Problems Manufacturers Face and How a Production Inventory System Can Help

By Scanco Software on Dec 17, 2019 11:00:00 AM

In the early days of your manufacturing business, you no doubt put in long hours to make your initial idea a reality. As sales levels increased, you realized the hard work was starting to pay off. Around this time, the level of inventory you have to carry to keep up with orders likely took a jump as well. You may also be running into some common problems which are clear signs it may be time to consider a production inventory system.

Topics: production inventory system
1 min read

Inventory Programs Help Retailers Make Better Decisions

By Scanco Software on Dec 12, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Did you know that improving inventory programs also improves efficiency? According to a US retailer survey conducted by Celect called Revealing the Hidden Costs of Poor Inventory Management, off-target merchandising decisions and too many markdowns are two of the biggest challenges retailers face.

Topics: inventory programs
2 min read

Why Inventory ERP Software Is a Must for the New Decade

By Scanco Software on Dec 5, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Once considered “nice to have,” inventory ERP software is now considered a “must have.” Why? Because if you want to remain competitive, you need the powerful data and analytics capacity that inventory ERP software adds to your business. Here are three reasons why inventory ERP software has become an essential business software package for successful companies.

Topics: inventory erp software
3 min read

Why Inventory ERP Software Is a Must for 2020

By Scanco Software on Dec 3, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Are you considering adding inventory ERP software to your business in 2020 but aren’t certain it’s right for your company? Before you commit to any tool, it’s important to understand why it will benefit your business. Many companies find ERP gives them an edge over their competition they wouldn’t be able to achieve otherwise. Once you have a chance to discover the benefits of this powerful option, you’ll discover how it can help your business improve analytics and reporting, inventory tracking, increase efficiency, and more.

Topics: inventory erp software
2 min read

Automate Your Production Inventory System to Enhance Efficiency

By Scanco Software on Nov 27, 2019 11:00:00 AM

A production inventory system helps you track the raw materials needed for production. By keeping optimal levels of raw goods in the warehouse, you’ll be able to manufacture items for customer orders without undue delays.

Topics: production inventory system
2 min read

Why You Need a Production Inventory System

By Scanco Software on Nov 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM

It doesn’t matter what type of product your business is manufacturing; if you don’t have an effective system in place to manage your inventory, there are going to be problems. Some companies are trying to track their stock manually, using spreadsheets. This method is inefficient and has a high likelihood of human error. Accurate data is essential to your company’s success. A production inventory system is a good way to keep orders flowing and customer satisfaction rates high.

Topics: production inventory system
1 min read

Automated Inventory Programs Benefit Employees

By Scanco Software on Nov 21, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Do you have automated inventory programs? If so, you may have a benefit that attracts great talent to work for your company.

With the US unemployment rates at historically low rates (3.5 percent in September 2019), businesses, especially warehouses and retail/e-commerce businesses, struggle to find good help. Seasonal needs also increase the demand for temporary workers but, with low unemployment rates, it can be difficult to attract them.

Topics: inventory programs
2 min read

Let Automated Inventory Programs Lead the Way in Attracting and Protecting Warehouse Talent

By Scanco Software on Nov 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

With US unemployment rates at historically low rates (3.5 percent in September 2019), many businesses continue to struggle with attracting and retaining warehouse workers. Some jobseekers may be reluctant to apply for available positions in warehouses and distribution centers due to concerns about risks of on-the-job injuries. Show potential hires your company is proactive about embracing modern inventory programs and other technology to keep operations running efficiently and reducing risks of workplace hazards of all types.

Topics: inventory programs
1 min read

3 Quick Tips to Reduce Inventory Shrinkage

By Scanco Software on Nov 7, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Did you know that inventory control software can help you reduce inventory shrinkage? Shrinkage plagues even the best-run warehouses. With these three tips and the right inventory control software, you can greatly reduce shrinkage and money lost.

Topics: inventory control software inventory shrinkage
2 min read

Reduce Your Inventory Shrinkage Costs With Inventory Control Software

By Scanco Software on Nov 5, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As your business grows and you have more inventory coming in and going out of your warehouse, it becomes more likely that some items will become lost or damaged. Inventory shrinkage happens to companies of all sizes and takes a bite out of your profit margin. There are steps you can take to reduce the occurrence of this type of threat, and inventory control software is an important part of that solution.

Topics: inventory control software inventory shrinkage
1 min read

Inventory Management by Manufacturing Needs

By Scanco Software on Oct 24, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Inventory management remains a crucial business process regardless of manufacturing needs. Inventory may be classified differently based on where it stands in the manufacturing or production cycle, but it still must be counted, maintained, and managed accordingly. Without the right inventory management tools in your business, you’ll continue to suffer losses—big and small—due to inefficiencies.

Topics: inventory management
3 min read

Take Control of Your Physical Inventory Management With the Right Tech

By Scanco Software on Oct 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As a manufacturing business, your company runs differently than either a retailer or a distributor. Instead of selling finished goods, you are buying raw materials and putting them through your manufacturing process to convert them into the product line or lines that you sell to your customer base. Inventory isn’t simply a matter of moving goods into your warehouse and then shipping them out when orders are placed, which means you need to have a good inventory management plan to ensure that you keep track of it with the right technology.

Topics: inventory management
1 min read

What Is the Purpose of a Warehouse Control System?

By Scanco Software on Oct 17, 2019 11:00:00 AM

A warehouse control system is a sophisticated management application that enables your business to manage and direct the real-time activities in a warehouse or distribution center. These systems provide a single interface for multiple systems.

Topics: Warehouse Control System
3 min read

Warehouse Control Systems vs. Warehouse Management Systems

By Scanco Software on Oct 15, 2019 11:00:00 AM

When you’re thinking about or planning to automate your warehouse, you may hear the terms warehouse control system and warehouse management system being discussed. They may also come up when you are doing your own research on the subject. Since they sound similar, it’s easy to think they are interchangeable, but they refer to different systems with different functions within your facility. Understanding the difference between them will make the task of automating your warehouse a much easier process.

Topics: Warehouse Control System
2 min read

Handheld Scanner Software and Other Warehouse Improvements

By Scanco Software on Oct 10, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Handheld scanner software and other warehouse improvements can make your business safer and more cost-efficient. These scanners work with typical smartphones, tablets, and other equipment, so there’s a relatively small learning curve for employees to learn how to use them. Best of all, they integrate easily with Sage 100cloud, streaming information on your inventory directly into your ERP system.

Topics: handheld scanner software
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Handheld Scanner Software and Other Cost Savers When Moving Your Warehouse

By Scanco Software on Oct 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM

If you’re planning to move your warehouse in the foreseeable future, it’s a good time to review the way your business currently operates. Think of the move as a type of fresh start, no matter how long your company has been up and running. If there are areas where your company is already doing well with keeping costs down, then you’ll want to continue with them at the new location. Some improvements can be introduced before the move, such as introducing handheld scanner software, so your team will be familiar with them by the time you get to your new address.

Topics: handheld scanner software
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Three Ways in Which Inventory Automation Saves Money

By Scanco Software on Oct 3, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Inventory automation makes many aspects of your business more efficient. It also makes warehouse management easier. 

Manufacturers invest heavily in their inventory whether it’s mass-produced goods or raw materials destined for customers’ orders. Because inventory represents a major investment, it makes sense that managing it well is a priority for your company. Without proper inventory management, you could be wasting money.

Topics: Inventory Automation
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Boost Your Manufacturing Business With Real-Time Data, Inventory Automation

By Scanco Software on Oct 1, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The manufacturing industry has always been a competitive one. Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to achieve higher levels of efficiency without compromising quality. Modern technologies provide real-time data on machine production, performance, tracking sales, inventory, and more. The data can be used to make decisions in the warehouse, on the shop floor, when dealing with distributors, and in the executive offices. Inventory automation is another option for manufacturers looking to increase accuracy and efficiency.

Topics: Inventory Automation
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A Good Supply Chain Management System Enhances Customer Trust

By Scanco Software on Sep 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM

A good supply chain management system enables customers to check their order updates. It provides real-time updates so customers can immediately see where their items are in the shipping process.

Think about tracking packages via UPS or USPS. It’s comforting to see your niece’s birthday present moving from the warehouse to the first step on its journey. The updated delivery dates let you know that it will arrive in plenty of time for her birthday party.

Topics: supply chain management system
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Does Your Supply Chain Management System Line Up With Your Business Strategy?

By Scanco Software on Sep 24, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As a business owner, you would have spent time developing a core strategy for your company. These are the words or phrase that you have selected to define the way you do business. More than ever, it’s important that your supply chain management system reflects your business strategy. When making choices about implementing a new system, do so with your company’s core values in mind.

Topics: supply chain management system
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Compete With the Best – Get Small Business Inventory Software

By Scanco Software on Sep 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Small business inventory software enhances your competitive advantage by providing you with the same or similar tools as the “big guys” use.

Consider enormous retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart. Chances are good they don’t have a single employee walking the warehouse with a spreadsheet printed on a clipboard checking off items using stick counts.

Topics: Small Business Inventory Software
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Small Business Inventory Software Makes Your Company Look Bigger More Quickly

By Scanco Software on Sep 17, 2019 11:00:00 AM

If you’re operating a start-up, your goal likely isn’t for your company to remain a small business for very long. More than likely, you’ve been thinking about, planning, and dreaming of starting your own venture for some time. Modern technology has been good for small business owners by allowing them to compete on a more level playing field with larger companies. You can use it to your advantage by embracing tools like small business inventory software that can help your business run more efficiently and make it look bigger more quickly.

Topics: Small Business Inventory Software
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What Is an Inventory Management System?

By Scanco Software on Sep 12, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Answer this question: An inventory management system is …

  1. The manager walking around with a clipboard, pen, and paper
  2. Any way we manage to fit all the boxes into the warehouse today
  3. A computer system to track inventory levels, orders, sales, and locations
  4. A headache!
Topics: what is an inventory management system
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What is an Inventory Management System and 4 Factors to Look for in One

By Scanco Software on Sep 10, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Inventory management is a process that is used to ensure a business always has the products it needs available. It also strives to keep the costs of these products as reasonable as possible. An inventory management system uses technology and processes to monitor and protect stocked items. These items include raw materials, supplies, finished products to be shipped to customers, and company assets.

Topics: what is an inventory management system
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Keeping “Safety Stock” as Part of Inventory Management Solutions

By Scanco Software on Sep 5, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Your business’ inventory management solutions may include the practice of keeping safety stock. Safety stock refers to that little bit extra you keep on hand for rush orders or if a supplier can’t get more items to you quickly.

Marking safety stock in your inventory management systems is a smart way to ensure you never have to say “No, I’m sorry, I’m out” to your best customer when they call with an order.

Topics: inventory management solutions
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Warehouse Operations the “Engine Room” of the E-Commerce Business

By Scanco Software on Aug 15, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Warehouse operations are, according to Nick Finill, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, the “engine room” of the supply chain.

Last year’s Amazon Prime Day and Cyber Monday saw record-breaking sales over $4.2 (Amazon) and $7.9 billion (Cyber Monday.) According to Supply Chain, online retailers are increasingly seeking warehouse operations software to improve their speed to fulfillment and manage overall inventory more effectively.

Topics: warehouse operations
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Upgrade Your Warehouse Operations as a Remedy For Talent Shortage

By Scanco Software on Aug 13, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Warehouse owners and operators are in an interesting situation: On one hand, business is booming, which everyone would agree is a great position to be in. However, companies are still having trouble attracting (and retaining) employees. The talent shortage is having an impact on how employers are looking to change the way workers perform their warehouse jobs, but not necessarily in the way you may think. Savvy employers are looking to upgrade warehouse operations with some automation to improve efficiency and productivity, while keeping the human involvement in the equation.

Topics: warehouse operations
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Small Business Inventory Software Helps Track Inventory Across Multiple Locations

By Scanco Software on Aug 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM

With the demand for warehouse space outstripping supply, many companies secure warehouses outside of their normal business zones. They may find themselves juggling two, four, or more warehouses just to obtain the lowest possible rent and contain costs. That’s where small business inventory software can help.

Topics: Small Business Inventory Software
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When Warehouse Rents Soar, Can Small Business Inventory Software Keep Costs Down?

By Scanco Software on Aug 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

The 1989 film “Field of Dreams” includes the famous misquoted line, “If you build it, he will come.” (It’s often misquoted as “If you build it, they will come.”) The same logic seems to apply to the current boom in warehouse construction. Companies are being forced to get creative to ensure they have the warehouse space they need for today and as they grow. The right small business inventory software can be a key component in controlling costs now and moving forward.

Topics: Small Business Inventory Software
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Avoid the Seven Deadly Sins of Customer Service With Inventory Control Software

By Scanco Software on Jul 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Any business owner will tell you that building customer loyalty is something that is a key component to success. At one time, offering value by offering quality products at fair prices and having attentive employees was a good way to foster this type of loyalty. Now, brand loyalty may matter less to buyers who are expecting a combination of low prices, free (or low-cost) shipping, and next-day delivery. Inventory control software is a valuable tool that gives you real-time data and improves the customer service experience.

Topics: inventory control software
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Three Surprising Benefits of Inventory Automation

By Scanco Software on Jul 11, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Inventory automation receives a great deal of press attention lately, and with good reason: it’s the next big thing in the world of warehouse and distribution management. An automated inventory system helps employees pick, pack, ship, and restock with ease. Although you can probably imagine many benefits, these three may surprise you.

Topics: Inventory Automation
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Inventory Automation Lets Your Team Save Steps (Literally) and Become More Efficient

By Scanco Software on Jul 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As the e-commerce industry grows, warehouse owners and managers are being faced with a problem. On one hand, consumers are embracing the ease and convenience of ordering products of all kinds online. They spent $517.36 billion at US merchants’ websites in 2018. At the same time, it’s become more challenging to attract and retain warehouse employees. In this situation, it makes sense to look to technology for solutions. Inventory automation offers several benefits worth considering.

Topics: Inventory Automation
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Confused About Your Supply Chain Software Solution? Ask a New Hire for Help

By Scanco Software on Jul 3, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Are you confused about how to use your supply chain software solution? Have questions about the digital terminology rampant in news articles today?

Then consider “reverse mentoring,” a new term that taps into the knowledge of the younger generation to assist the experienced workers with learning new technology.

Topics: Supply chain software solution
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When Implementing Your Supply Chain Software Solution, Don’t Miss This Crucial Step

By Scanco Software on Jul 2, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The world of work has changed. It’s no longer an environment where knowledge flows down an established chain of command. Now, younger people in the workplace have a familiarity and comfort level with technology that is missing from the previous generation. When introducing a supply chain software solution into your business, you want to find a way to deal with the skills gap from mature workers while keeping younger team members engaged. Reverse mentoring is an excellent way to accomplish both goals.

Topics: Supply chain software solution
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Use Warehouse Tracking Software to Minimize Pick, Pack, and Ship Times

By Scanco Software on Jun 27, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Warehouse tracking software offers you the ability to tighten up various processes to make them more efficient. The first step to making any process or system more efficient is to measure it. Then, after you measure what you currently achieve with the existing processes, you can make tweaks and changes, measure the difference, and decide what works.

Topics: Warehouse Tracking Software
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How to Use Warehouse Tracking Software to Boost Efficiency Without More Staff

By Scanco Software on Jun 25, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The e-commerce industry is on fire. It’s growing at a tremendous rate, with retailers and distributors opening warehouses at an unprecedented pace to keep up with the demand for orders. Consumers expect to receive the items they order online as soon as possible, which means each order must be picked, packed, and shipped without delay.

Topics: Warehouse Tracking Software
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Automation Made Easy With a WMS Solution

By Scanco Software on Jun 20, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Warehouse management software (WMS) can make a big difference in how smoothly your warehouse operates. This software automates many common processes, tracks inventory, and takes the guesswork out of many common warehouse situations like stock counts and order history.

Topics: WMS solution
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It's Easy to Automate Your WMS Solution With This Very Important Step

By Scanco Software on Jun 18, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Is automating your WMS solution something that is a priority for your business? It can be tempting to want to take this step right now. There are several shiny new things available on the market to attract your attention, but that doesn’t necessarily mean these offerings are the right choice for your business.

Topics: WMS solution
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Inventory Tracking Keeps Tabs on Slow Movers so You Can Speed Them Up

By Scanco Software on May 23, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Inventory tracking, whether through RFID tags, scanners, or other devices, helps you keep track of all of your inventory. Even the slow movers (turtles) in your backstock area can be tracked to help you make decisions about their fate.

Topics: inventory tracking
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It’s Easy to Find Low-performing and Over-stock Items With Inventory Tracking

By Scanco Software on May 21, 2019 11:00:00 AM

It’s a fact of life that not everything you have in inventory is going to turn into a best-selling item. Every company is bound to have some items that didn’t perform as well as expected even though the market pointed to being able to move them easily. Some items in this category represent customer returns that sit in the warehouse and haven’t been able to be sold to another buyer, while others are surplus or getting toward the end of their shelf life.

Topics: inventory tracking
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Returns Getting You Down? Inventory Control Software Makes Restocking Faster

By Scanco Software on May 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Inventory control software offers more than just a way to help you maintain accurate stock counts. It’s also a great tool to help streamline your return area. If handling returns is last on the list of tasks to get done at your warehouse, it’s time to change that.

Topics: inventory control software
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When Returns Are the Problem The Right Inventory Control Software Offers Solutions

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2019 11:00:00 AM

In a perfect world, customers would take delivery of their orders and there would never be a problem with the quantity or quality of the items they received. The customer would never reach out to say that something wasn’t quite what they were expecting or that they had extra stock left which needs to be returned within your stated policy parameters. As we already know, real life rarely behaves in the way we anticipate it will.

Topics: inventory control software
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Press Release: Scanco Software, Platinum Sponsor of Sage Summit Atlanta, Unveils 2 NEW Sage Manufacturing Solutions

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Developed for the Sage 100cloud Manufacturing framework, Sage Production Management 2019 & Tech Dashboard benefit from many additional capabilities, significantly improving the production environment and field service industries.

Topics: Press Release
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Inventory Management Solution—How Voice Picking Works

By Scanco Software on Apr 11, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Among inventory management solutions, voice picking is the latest in a long line of innovations that have helped change how warehouses operate. But what is voice picking, and is it right for your business? 

Topics: inventory management solution
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Savvy Companies Know These 4 Benefits of Sage 100’s Voice Picking Feature, and Why You Should Too

By Scanco Software on Apr 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Voice picking, or voice-directed warehousing (VDW) is a paperless system that uses speech prompts to direct warehouse operators to specific picking locations. This hands and eyes-free inventory management solution instructs team members in picking tasks.

Topics: inventory management solution
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Invigorate Sales: Ideas for Using Inventory Software

By Scanco Software on Apr 4, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Inventory software doesn’t sound like a sales tool, but did you know that you can use it to boost sales?

Depending on the seasonality of your business, this may be a busy time of year or it may be a slow season. If it’s busy, your inventory software can help you keep popular items in stock to maximize sales. And if it’s a slow season, you’ll be able to move sluggish items by identifying them for special sales and clearance events.

Topics: inventory software
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Spring Clean Your Inventory the Easy Way with Sage 100

By Scanco Software on Apr 2, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As temperatures start to warm up with the arrival of spring, it seems natural to want to put some time and effort into cleaning up after the winter months. Your business goes through distinct sales cycles throughout the year, where certain types of products are more popular than at other times. As you gear up for the warmer months, take time to spring clean your inventory to get the most out of this time of year. Your inventory software is a powerful tool to help you get organized, dispose of slow sellers, and manage your stock levels.

Topics: inventory software
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Confused by Inventory Management Solutions? Let’s Be Clear – Together

By Scanco Software on Mar 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Are you confused by the proliferation of inventory management solutions on the market today? It’s easy to see why. Warehouse management, warehouse control, inventory management, RFID technology, barcode technology—it’s starting to get crowded out there among the sea of solutions.

Topics: inventory management solutions
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The Top 3 Warehouse Operations Best Practices: How Does Your Business Stack Up?

By Scanco Software on Mar 21, 2019 11:00:00 AM

When it comes to warehouse operations, businesses often value various best practices differently. To one business, using inventory for quality assurance is their primary concern, while for others, inventory control to cut costs is important.

Topics: warehouse operations
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Reduce Costs, Increase Customer Satisfaction with Warehouse Operations Best Practices

By Scanco Software on Mar 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

With modern technology changing so quickly, it sometimes gets easy to lose sight of the basic (some would even describe them as “old fashioned”) methods necessary for achieving business success: Keep an eye on costs, since they eat into your bottom line. Customer satisfaction is always a priority; all customers have the potential to become repeat ones. You can accomplish both goals by adopting some of these best practices for improving warehouse operations.

Topics: warehouse operations
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Strong Direct-to-Consumer Business Starts with Inventory Management Solutions

By Scanco Software on Mar 7, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Inventory management solutions may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re considering how to improve your direct-to-consumer (DTC) business, but successful e-commerce companies know that managing a hefty investment like inventory means good business management. With the growth of the DTC model over the past few years and companies like Glossier, Away, and The Honest Company skipping the intermediary step of bricks and mortar retail, it pays watching the growing field of DTC and its relationship to inventory management solutions.

Topics: inventory management solutions
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As DTC e-Commerce Grows, Need for Inventory Management Solutions Follows

By Scanco Software on Mar 5, 2019 11:00:00 AM

There’s little doubt that the retail landscape across the US and worldwide has changed. Technology has given consumers more options when shopping, and they are no longer limited to products available from local businesses. Now they have access to goods made anywhere in the world with a few clicks in their favorite browser.

Topics: inventory management solutions
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Inventory Barcode Software on Scanners That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

By Scanco Software on Feb 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Today’s inventory barcode software works on devices that fit in the palm of your hand. That’s a far cry from the origins of the barcode scanner. Do you remember old scanners? Some warehouses had big rolling carts just to carry them around the warehouse. And if they broke? You were out of luck until a new shipment of scanners arrived.

Topics: inventory barcode software
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Inventory Barcode Software an Improvement Over Manual Option

By Scanco Software on Feb 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM

If you try to keep track of inventory manually, you’ll find the process a time-consuming one. No matter how carefully someone tries to input the data, it’s also more likely to include errors. Inventory barcode software is an effective tool that can help you avoid a number of pitfalls which can take place if you try to rely on manual processes.

Topics: inventory barcode software
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Does Your Warehouse Management Software Deliver on Its ROI Promises?

By Scanco Software on Feb 21, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Does your warehouse management software deliver on its ROI promises? How about inventory barcoding software—are you getting your money’s worth?

Topics: warehouse management software inventory barcoding software
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Considering Warehouse Management Software? What You Need to Know

By Scanco Software on Feb 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) bring warehouse functions together and give you greater control over inventory, which makes the entire warehouse operation run more efficiently. In deciding whether this is something that makes sense for your company, you’ll need to mull over whether the software will help increase efficiency, as well as its effect on the cost to run the warehouse and the total cost of logistics.

Topics: warehouse management software inventory barcoding software
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The Future Looks Bright for Manufacturing and Inventory Jobs

By Scanco Software on Feb 14, 2019 11:00:00 AM

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to manufacturing and inventory, good news sometimes seems in short supply. Far too often, pundits predict lost jobs due to technology innovations, or jobs moving overseas.

However, we’ve got some great news to share. The future looks bright for manufacturing and inventory jobs, and here’s why.

Topics: manufacturing and inventory
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SCANCO TO SPONSOR SAGE SUMMIT AND HOST 2 SESSIONS ON WAREHOUSE & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT AUTOMATION

By Scanco Software on Feb 13, 2019 7:15:00 AM

Scanco will celebrate its 30th year of helping Distribution and Manufacturing companies automate complex manual tasks with its pioneering mobile app technology.

Topics: Press Release
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Manufacturing and Inventory Jobs Category Adds Most Positions in 2018

By Scanco Software on Feb 12, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The numbers for the US job market are in, and the numbers are excellent. The big winner as far as adding jobs in December, 2018 was the manufacturing and inventory sectors. The job market is running on all cylinders, wages are up, and the unemployment rate is down.

Topics: manufacturing and inventory
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Automated Rental Management Announces Compatibility with Sage 100 Manufacturing

By Scanco Software on Jan 29, 2019 3:12:14 PM

San Antonio, TX: Automated Rental Management (ARM) is pleased to announce the compatibility with Sage 100 Manufacturing (formerly known as JobOps) delivering manufacturing and job shop management capabilities to its rental software users. ARM is already built on the Sage 100 accounting platform existing as a module that allows users to track equipment across a string of locations to provide easy access to available machinery and scheduling of their use among renters or availability to potential purchase customers. Like ARM, the manufacturing component also exists as a module. The new compatibility allows both modules to exist in the same system.

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Test Your Knowledge – The Differences Between Inventory Management and Warehouse Management Systems

By Scanco Software on Jan 29, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Let’s test your knowledge about inventory management systems! Do you know the difference between inventory management and warehouse management systems?

Answer “True” or “False” to each of the following, then add up your answers.

Topics: inventory management
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Inventory Management Systems vs. Warehouse Management Systems: Do you Know the Difference?

By Scanco Software on Jan 24, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As your manufacturing business grows, the challenges and rewards will multiply. One of the challenges you will encounter is managing the number and quantity of items for sale. If you are at the point where you know you need help, how do you decide between an inventory management system and a warehouse management system?

Topics: inventory management
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Looking for a New Inventory Management App? Tips to Choose Great Inventory Management Software

By Scanco Software on Jan 15, 2019 11:00:00 AM

So, you’re looking for a new inventory management app this year? Good for you (and good for your business). Inventory management is one of the most often overlooked aspects of financial management. Your business inventory represents a considerable investment of capital. If you want to manage your business’ finances, you need to track your inventory.

Topics: inventory management app
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6 Traits to Look for in an Inventory Management App

By Scanco Software on Jan 10, 2019 11:00:00 AM

If you’re in the market for an inventory management solution for your business, you need to spend some time thinking about the types of features that are most important to you. Once you have a clear idea about what you want the inventory management app to do for you, it will be much easier to know when you have found the right one to suit your needs.

Topics: inventory management app
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Web-based Inventory Software Great for Onboarding All Workers

By Scanco Software on Jan 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Web-based inventory software offers many benefits, but one benefit we particularly love is how easy it is for all workers to learn to use it. That includes older workers.

Many older workers find it difficult to learn how to use new technology. To them, the way they did things in the past is just fine. But, new technology such as Scanco’s web-based inventory software allows you to take inventory counts faster and more accurately than ever before. It’s vital that everyone uses the new software. 

Topics: web based inventory software
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How You Can Help Older Workers Adapt to Web-based Inventory Software

By Scanco Software on Jan 3, 2019 11:00:00 AM

It’s a New Year, and a fresh start on the calendar for your business. If introducing web-based inventory software is on your list of “To Do’s” for this year, you’re taking an important step forward that will ultimately increase efficiency and customer service in your warehouse.

Topics: web based inventory software
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Warehouse Management Tip: Barcode Scanners

By Scanco Software on Dec 27, 2018 11:00:00 AM

These warehouse management tips and tricks offer time-saving ideas for a busy warehouse. After the holiday rush and end of year inventory, you might want to make a few changes in your warehouse management routine to improve efficiency. Adding barcode scanners is the best tip we can offer you to improve warehouse efficiency.

Topics: warehouse management
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Make Work Better, Even During the Holidays, with These Warehouse Management Tips

By Scanco Software on Dec 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

You’ve been struggling through the holiday rush for a while now. First you had those B2B orders, now you’re working through those D2C orders and, at this point, you and your workers are starting to feel exhausted. Soon, you’ll start wondering if Santa Claus and his elves feel this tired every holiday season—and you’ll also start begrudging Santa the nearly year-long vacation that helps him prepare for the next holiday season.

Topics: warehouse management
1 min read

Supply Chain Software Solutions: What You Need Now

By Scanco Software on Dec 13, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Supply chain software solutions are available to help you better manage your business. These solutions encompass better inventory management, greater insights into your business. and more. With barcode scanners, for example, you can maintain tight control over stock levels. Real time data lets you know exactly what you have on hand to fulfill orders land what you need.

Topics: supply chain software solutions
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3 Key Supply Chain Software Solutions Beyond Your ERP

By Scanco Software on Dec 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

You’ve already upgraded your ERP to the latest version. The new functionality is helping your distribution business deliver more in less time and your business is growing.

In fact, your business is really growing. It’s growing so much that you can barely keep up with your day-to-day workload and, at this point, managing your lengthy supply chain to ensure you have the right inventory on hand is starting to be a huge hassle and a massive time waster.

Topics: supply chain software solutions
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WMS – A Look at 2018 and Predictions for 2019

By Scanco Software on Dec 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM

In 2018, WMS underwent many changes and challenges. Scanco was at the forefront of the dialogue around warehouse management systems and where they’re headed. Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights:

Topics: WMS
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A Look Back at 2018’s Trends and a View into What’s Next for Manufacturing Automation and WMS

By Scanco Software on Dec 4, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Phew! It’s been one heck of a ride this year, hasn’t it? The economy has reached incredible heights, there’s big news seemingly every day, and the pace of life is moving faster all the time. This means business is booming across the board and you’re probably seeing record numbers at your company as your WMS and manufacturing software struggle to keep up with the load.

Topics: WMS
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Get More from Manufacturing Automation in Sage 100cloud / Sage 100

By Scanco Software on Nov 27, 2018 11:00:00 AM

If you already own Sage 100cloud/Sage 100 automation software, you know you have a robust software package that helps with all aspects of manufacturing automation. However, you can get more from your Sage 100cloud/Sage 100 system, boost manufacturing efficiency, and manage information better with additional tools from Scanco.

Topics: Sage 100cloud software
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Start Using Manufacturing Automation in Sage 100cloud / Sage 100

By Scanco Software on Nov 22, 2018 11:00:00 AM

When you first got your Sage 100cloud/Sage 100 ERP, you were probably amazed by how much faster your business suddenly became. Since your front office could connect with your back office—and both could connect with your shop floor—you were finally able to get instant answers, instant updates, and full 360-degree insight into your production.

Topics: MAS 90
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Questions to Ask Before Buying Barcode Solutions

By Scanco Software on Nov 13, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Barcode solutions make warehouse automation possible for all size warehouses but especially for small to mid-sized businesses. Although you may not have the budget or order flow of an Amazon, Walmart, or another e-commerce giant, you can still use tools and technology that make your workflow as efficient as your competitors.

Topics: barcode solutions
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The Busy Business Owner’s Guide to Barcode Solutions (Part 2)

By Scanco Software on Nov 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM

We recently published part 1 of “The Busy Business Owner’s Guide to Barcode Solutions,” which outlined the growing challenges in the distribution industry and included suggestions to combat these challenges. In part 2 of the article, you’ll get a list of the five questions you need to ask yourself before you begin your search for your new barcode solution.

Topics: barcode solutions
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Barcode Solutions for the Holiday Rush

By Scanco Software on Nov 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM

If you haven’t considered barcode solutions for your warehouse, you might want to rethink that in light of the holiday rush. Each day that passes marches your business one step closer to the last day items can be shipped before Christmas. Barcode scanners can make inventory management so much faster, easier, and better considering the increased pressure on your warehouse team.

Topics: barcode solutions
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The Busy Business Owner’s Guide to Barcode Solutions (Part 1)

By Scanco Software on Nov 1, 2018 11:00:00 AM

‘Tis the season! At your busy warehouse, you’re probably scheduling double the hours, employing double the laborers, and making double the profits that you do the rest of the year. The trouble is, at the end of each day you’re exhausted.

Topics: barcode solutions
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Track Your Inventory Using Printed Tags

By Scanco Software on Oct 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Printed tags are one of many ways in which manufacturers can track their inventory. Methods to track inventory include printed tags for barcodes, RFID, and NFC technologies.

Accurate inventory management is essential to a healthy manufacturing bottom line. If you don’t know what’s in stock, you won’t know what you have on hand to fulfill orders. You can easily over-order or under-order essential supplies and end up being late on order delivery.

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Bar Scanner Software Helps Get Millennials Engaged at Work

By Scanco Software on Oct 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Yes, we know. It’s popular to criticize Millennials for their tech-focused work habits and their freewheeling start-up culture mentality, but facts are facts: Millennials are very creative, dedicated workers, just so long as you can get them personally engaged in your company’s success

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Need Barcode Hardware? Let’s Talk About Upgrades

By Scanco Software on Oct 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Do you need barcode hardware? Are you shopping around for upgrades?

Two decades ago, retailers embraced scanners the size of shoe boxes (and about as easy to handle). It wasn’t uncommon to see a rolling cart packed with gigantic scanners and all the accoutrements rolling through the warehouse and receiving dock as a harried worker scurried to ensure everything had a barcode label slapped on it before it went onto the retail floor or into the warehouse.

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Tracking Items in Your Plant with Printed Tags and More

By Scanco Software on Oct 9, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Whether you run a make-to-order (MTO) operation or a make-to-stock (MTS) company, your manufacturing business sure has a lot of items to track every day. If you track these items effectively using either a simple printed tag system or a more in-depth technological solution, you’ll be better prepared to ensure customer satisfaction, even in the most rushed of orders. However, if you’re ineffective in tracking these items, you risk falling behind your production schedule because you didn’t realize your stock levels were low.

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Hiring Millennials? Bar Scanner Software Helps Keep Them Engaged

By Scanco Software on Oct 4, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Bar scanner software helps improve productivity throughout your warehouse. Did you also know that it can help keep employees, especially Millennial employees, engaged, interested and motivated?

Employee engagement is a hot topic these days. As the economy improves, unemployment rates decline. When unemployment rates decline, the job market becomes a “job hunters” market with potential employees having the pick of the available jobs.

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3 Tips for Choosing New Barcode Hardware and Software

By Scanco Software on Oct 2, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Ready to try out barcode hardware and software at your distribution company? Or perhaps you’re looking to upgrade those old-fashioned, ruggedized solutions you’ve been using for years? Whatever your reason is for wanting new barcoding tools at your business, you’ve come to the right place. This article has got you covered with 3 tips for choosing barcode hardware and software.

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Now, More Than Ever, Manufacturers Need to Start Tracking Inventory. Here’s Why.

By Scanco Software on Sep 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Have you noticed that the experts seem to be having a hard time deciding how the manufacturing industry is doing? One week they tell us that job growth is up—the next week they tell us that robots will steal all our jobs. One week they tell us that manufacturing is the strongest it’s been in 13 yearsthe next week they tell us that manufacturing is over for America because of China.

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Barcodes Software – Faster Training for Younger Workers

By Scanco Software on Sep 13, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Barcodes software helps you train younger workers faster. Younger workers, raised with software, cell phones and technology, find it easier to use barcodes, software and scanners. They take to it quickly and need less training time on how to use the software.

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Tracking Inventory Is Critical for Manufacturing Success

By Scanco Software on Sep 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Tracking inventory is critical for manufacturing success. Here at Scanco, we know the importance of inventory tracking. We’ve been helping companies manage inventory and improve tracking since 1989 with cutting-edge tools and solutions.

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How Barcodes & Software Help You Succeed with Your Multigenerational Workforce

By Scanco Software on Sep 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

According to a report from Randstad US, there are now more generations than ever in the workplace. The blend of Baby Boomers, GenX-ers, and Millennials creates unprecedented opportunity for well-rounded productivity, but it can also create unexpected challenges … unless you use the right barcodes & software.

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Barcode Label Designer Tips

By Scanco Software on Aug 23, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Barcodes are ubiquitous and a barcode label designer can help you create barcodes that scan easily and impart enough data to boost your system. Barcodes provide a scannable series of digits that link data on the barcode with data in the centralized system so you can track inventory, products, and information with the touch of a barcode reader.

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How Savvy Distributors Supercharge Their Supply Chain Software

By Scanco Software on Aug 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

Excuses are a drag. You don’t want to hear them from your employees, you don’t want to hear them from your suppliers, and you don’t want to hear them from your clients. But, are you accepting excuses from yourself?

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Inc. 5000—Inc. Magazine Unveils 37th Annual List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies

By Scanco Software on Aug 16, 2018 3:58:13 PM

For the 2nd Year in a row, Scanco Software Appears on the Inc. 5000 list.

 

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Inventory Control Systems: It’s Not Just for Warehouses Anymore

By Scanco Software on Aug 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM

You probably have an inventory control system in place for your warehouse, but have you considered using it in other parts of your business?

Inventory controls systems aren’t just for warehouses anymore. They can be used for tracking equipment and assets, as well as for tracking scrap in and out of the shop floor. This reduces waste and improves efficiency.

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Become a Master Barcode Label Designer to Improve Warehouse Efficiency

By Scanco Software on Aug 14, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Today’s wholesale distribution industry faces more pressures than at any other time in history. Margins are tighter, deadlines are shorter, and stakes are higher than ever before. Essentially, if you can’t deliver a product faster, better, and cheaper than your competition—your competition will win.

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Upgrade Your Supply Chain Software to Enhance Your Companies’ Speed and Efficiency

By Scanco Software on Aug 9, 2018 11:00:00 AM

You may not give a lot of thought to your supply chain software, but it can make a big difference in your company’s efficiency and pricing if it’s up to date. Supply chain software enables you to track all the inputs into the supply chain, so you can see at a glance where they are—in transit or in the warehouse—and plan jobs accordingly. Knowing this information may mean the difference between fulfilling customer expectations and exceeding customer expectations.

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Back-to-Basics: How to Choose an Inventory Control System for Your Shop Floor

By Scanco Software on Aug 7, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Modern manufacturers are finding that inventory control is no longer simply a task for the warehouse. It’s now useful on the shop floor, as well, helping to improve scrap tracking for less waste and ensuring a more efficient procurement process with up-to-date material stock levels.

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Successful Inventory Control Programs for Manufacturing Start Here

By Scanco Software on Jul 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Successful manufacturing starts with an efficient inventory control program. These programs can be simple; even small changes yield better results, especially digitally-based inventory control systems. Best of all, they can be affordable.

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Ensure Your Future Warehousing Success with Software for Warehouse Management

By Scanco Software on Jul 17, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Each week, journalists publish brand-new reports about all the sea changes happening in the logistics and distribution industry. The rapid pace of change is brought about by the recent increase in affordable, highly effective warehouse technologies, including new software for warehouse management and the myriad devices that form the backbone of Industry 4.0.

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Sage 100 Mobile Apps Save Time

By Scanco Software on Jul 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Sage 100 mobile can save your company considerable time. As a mobile barcode app, you can use it to scan items into receiving, out for shipping, and even use it to track physical property, such as trucks or equipment in your plant. It synchronizes easily with Sage 100 cloud so that every time you swipe, the cloud updates the data in real-time. There’s no need to print reports and key inventory back into the system; it’s there when you want and need it.

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The Not-So-Secret Key to Success with Inventory Control Programs for Manufacturing

By Scanco Software on Jul 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Running a small to mid-sized manufacturing company? Those naysayers can say what they will, but manufacturing is still one of the staples of the American economy; your job is critical to our success as a nation.

However, for you to succeed in your job, your business needs to excel. With the ever-increasing pace of global competition, that means you need to be more efficient and productive than ever before. One of the best ways for you to stay efficient is to use an inventory control program.

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Software for Warehouse Management – What You Need Now

By Scanco Software on Jul 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Software for warehouse management; it’s what sets the elephants apart from the ants.

Did you know that Amazon is considering shipping appliances? Their solution is software for warehouse management. It’s not just available to the big guys, either. Small to mid-sized manufacturers can also find accessible, useful tools for better warehouse management, too.

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Achieving Warehouse Success with Sage 100 Mobile Apps

By Scanco Software on Jul 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Remember when you first implemented Sage 100 / Sage 100cloud? Like most distributors using the system, you probably debated for a long time about your options, the costs, and whether it was really worth it to connect your front office to your warehouse and shop floor. Then, after you made your decision and got up and running with your new ERP, you saw how much time the new system saved you and how much business growth was suddenly available to you.

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RFID Tags Help Improve Supply Chain Management

By Scanco Software on Jun 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM

RFID stands for “radio frequency identification” tags. These tags are tracking devices composed of a small antenna, a microchip, and sometimes a battery. With the ability to hold larger amounts of data than a one-dimensional barcode, RFID can provide an extremely accurate picture of your inventory’s numbers and locations with very little labor required.

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The Future of Barcode Labels

By Scanco Software on Jun 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Last month, we shared the fascinating history of barcodes but now it’s time to move on to the future. Today’s article will be all about what you can expect in years to come with the barcode—but, in truth, it’s not really about “barcodes” at all; it’s about sharing information in the most effective, efficient way possible.

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Tips and Hacks to Set up Manufacturing Automation Software

By Scanco Software on Jun 14, 2018 11:00:00 AM

It’s not a question of ‘if’ your competitors will use manufacturing automation software, but when. What do you plan to do to stay ahead of the curve?

Manufacturing automation software is changing how companies produce goods and fulfill orders. If implemented properly, it can transform your entire operation.

Topics: manufacturing automation software
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3 Ways to Improve Supply Chain Management – Part 2: RFID Tags

By Scanco Software on Jun 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Last month, we talked about the importance of an effective track and trace method for supply chain management and we covered one of today’s most cutting-edge solutions: NFC technology  This month we’re continuing the series with a detailed post that explains all the pros and cons of another high-tech solution called RFID tagging.

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Barcode Labels Are Evolving – Here’s How

By Scanco Software on Jun 7, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Barcode labels have experienced very little change since they were first introduced in the 20th century. The 12-digit UPC code, which is the series of numbers with lines of varying thickness that you scan with a barcode scanner, is the industry standard, and usually referred to as “one-dimensional barcodes” because they’re read with a one-dimensional laser line.

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3 Tips to Set Up Your Manufacturing Automation System Right

By Scanco Software on Jun 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Often, when manufacturers talk about manufacturing automation software, they’re imagining some futuristic product that will be released in a futuristic time but recent news reports have proved that a manufacturing automation future isn’t coming; it’s already here. Manufacturers that aren’t ready to implement this new technology may be in danger of falling behind their competitors.

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Use Warehouse Tracking Software – NFC Technology – to Increase Supply Chain Visibility

By Scanco Software on May 31, 2018 11:00:00 AM

NFC technology is one of the newest warehouse tracking software to arrive on the scene. NFC stands for “near field communication” and provides a convenient, simple-to-use option for warehouses wanting to speed up counting activities and cut down on long-term costs.

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3 Ways to Increase Supply Chain Visibility with Warehouse Tracking Software – Part 1: NFC Technology

By Scanco Software on May 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM

As we all know, an effective track and trace system is critical for supply chain management activities, but with the increased pace of recalls and reporting that today’s busy distributors have to deal with, it’s now more important than ever for your warehouse to have accurate information available at all times.

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The Latest in Warehouse Automation Technology

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2018 1:25:21 PM

The Latest in Warehouse Automation Technology

Warehouse automation technology is developing at a rapid clip, with new developments improving inventory management and operations throughout many industries. Some of the exciting developments in warehouse automation technology include:
Topics: warehouse management barcode inventory system warehouse automation Barcode Printing and Label Software Barcode Barcode Label Printer
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How Does Enterprise Warehouse Management Software Differ from Traditional Warehouse Management Software

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2018 1:16:56 PM

How Does Enterprise Warehouse Management Software Differ from Traditional Warehouse Management Software?

Small and mid-sized warehouses and their larger, more extensive counterparts (commonly referred to as enterprise warehouses) are different in almost every manner. Yes, they all have similar processes and goals, but the way they go about processing and tracking orders is very different. Larger warehouse environments require much more communication and efficiency in order to get products moved through the warehouse, packed and shipped (accurately) in an expedient manner. One small error or delay can hold up the entire operation and significantly impact the warehouse’s production schedule, a reality many enterprises cannot afford.

Topics: warehouse management warehouse management software
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Avoid the Most Common Challenges Seen in Warehouse System Implementations

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2018 12:15:14 PM

Warehouse management systems are highly acclaimed for the numerous benefits they provide. When properly deployed, a warehouse management system can help companies reduce labor costs, improve accuracy and efficiency, and increase the visibility of workflows and inventory. A troubled or failed implementation, however, can end up costing a company valuable time and money.

Topics: warehouse management warehouse management software Cloud Mobile
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Is there a Difference Between Inventory Management and Warehouse Management?

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2018 12:11:27 PM

We hear the terms inventory management and warehouse management a lot in the manufacturing and distribution industry. While the two terms may seem to be one and the same at first glance, there are a few differences between the two. Understanding the differences between these two terms is important to warehouse managers and business owners, for the type of materials management system you use to keep track of your inventory depends on a various amount of factors that can impact your company’s efficiency and profitability.

Topics: warehouse management warehouse management software Cloud Mobile
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Comparing Barcode Label Printers which is Best?

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2018 11:58:45 AM

As we have discussed in the past, choosing the right barcode label printing solution for your company can be a daunting task. With so many barcode label printing solutions to choose from, how do you know which is best for your company? We know that the selection process can be confusing, so we’ve compiled a list of the most important things for you to know about each type of barcode label printer. Make sure you thoroughly evaluate each solution before you make your investment. Barcode label printers are not cheap, and you want to make sure you’ve chosen the best possible solution for your company.

Topics: Barcode Printing and Label Software Barcoding and Scanners Barcode Label Printer
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Can Barcode Software Help Small Manufacturing Companies Achieve Lean Status?

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2018 11:08:30 AM

If you are in the manufacturing industry, you’ve most likely heard the term “lean manufacturing”. Lean manufacturing is essentially doing more with less through the reduction of waste. The main objective of lean manufacturing is to specify your company’s value, identify a value stream, make products flow at the rate of customer demand, and to constantly make improvements. Manufacturers around the world are brainstorming ways to become leaner in an effort to boost productivity, reduce overhead costs, and increase profitability. However, many small manufacturing businesses have a hard time achieving lean manufacturing status. Implementing lean strategies often requires a significant amount of time and money that small businesses do not have.

Topics: Barcode Software Manufacturing Barcoding and Scanners Barcode
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What's the Difference Between a Mobile Computer and a Smartphone

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2018 10:42:49 AM

While the two terms may seem interchangeable, mobile computers and smartphones are actually two very different devices used for different purposes. A mobile computer, also called a portable data collector, is—in its simplest form—a barcode scanner with a display screen and operating system. Many people call mobile computers barcode scanners; however, there is a difference between the two. A barcode scanner must be linked to a host computer in order to pass on the scanned information, while a mobile computer acts as its own host. Users can upload programs and databases directly on to the device, enabling users to make updates and edits while scanning on the go.

Topics: Cloud Smartphone Mobile
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Top Five Benefits of a Good Inventory Management Strategy

By Scanco Software on May 14, 2018 9:46:09 AM

Inventory management is a good practice for any company. If you are not keeping a watchful eye on your inventory or counting stock regularly, you are setting yourself up for potential inventory errors and challenges. Proper inventory management really can make or break your business! Keep the following benefits in mind as you weigh the cost of not implementing an inventory management strategy:

Topics: inventory management Sage 100 Cloud Mobile
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The Fascinating History of Barcode Scanners

By Scanco Software on May 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Have you ever looked up the history of barcodes and barcode scanners? It’s a story filled with school drop outs, tough competition, a few false starts, and a stunning success at the end. In fact, it’s got all the makings of a tense tech thriller just like the Steve Jobs story—and yet very few people have heard how barcodes were invented.

We assure you, it’s worth a read.

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How Manufacturers Benefit from Inventory Barcode Software

By Scanco Software on May 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM

You may think that only distributors or retailers need inventory barcode software. However, manufacturing automation software can help you save time and improve accuracy throughout the manufacturing process.

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A Short History of Barcode Scanners

By Scanco Software on May 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Barcode scanners seem ubiquitous, but for those of us who worked in retail, industry, or wholesale in the days before barcode scanners, we know the pain of sore fingers from keying in hundreds of orders an hour. Barcode scanners save companies so much time today that it’s almost impossible to remember a day when they weren’t available to businesses. But they were only invented after World War II and became a common business tool much later.

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Why Would Manufacturers Need Inventory Barcode Software?

By Scanco Software on May 1, 2018 11:00:00 AM

It’s a commonly held misconception that only distributors need inventory barcode software. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and modern manufacturers who choose not to use inventory barcode software risk falling behind their competition.

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Handheld Scanner and Barcode Tools Are Not the Next Great Thing

By Scanco Software on Apr 17, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Since Scanco is a company that sells handheld scanners and barcode tools, you may be surprised by the title of this post. After all, shouldn’t we be telling you that barcoding is the best thing ever and encouraging you to buy 1 million barcoding tools in the next 15 minutes, so we can throw in a free gift? (wink)

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Manufacturing and Warehouse Operations - Improve Efficiency

By Scanco Software on Apr 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

You can improve efficiency in your manufacturing warehouse using the Scanco Manufacturing Automation suite. It is a single, integrated system that can handle all your manufacturing and warehouse needs, effortlessly. 

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Handheld Scanner and Barcode Tools Enter the 21st Century

By Scanco Software on Apr 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Handheld scanner barcode systems were the next big thing—20 years ago. Today’s handheld scanners and barcode systems do not require an investment in the big, clunky tools of yesterday. Instead, using cloud-based software and mobile apps, you can transform your mobile phone or tablet into a scanner. These newer scanners work with ERP systems such as Sage 100 to radically transform information sharing between warehouses and corporate offices.

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The Key to Greater Efficiency in Your Manufacturing and Warehouse Operations

By Scanco Software on Apr 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Tired of searching for multiple solutions that you must cobble together so you can handle both your manufacturing and your warehouse operations in Sage 100? Sick of all those “temporary” workarounds you’ve been using for years? We hear you—and that’s why we decided to offer Scanco Manufacturing Efficiency and the Scanco Manufacturing Automation suite.

Topics: Operations Management
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Sage Mobile Apps Grow with Your Business

By Scanco Software on Mar 27, 2018 11:06:31 AM

Sage mobile apps grow with your business so that you can easily expand during busy seasons or over time. Sage mobile apps can help you streamline your planning process with in-depth data on demand.

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Plan Right for Your Business with Sage Mobile Apps

By Scanco Software on Mar 27, 2018 11:06:05 AM

Today’s businesses have a lot to manage. Sage mobile apps help you bring all the aspects of your business together, including your sales, field service, shop floor, warehouse, and office, so you can gain full insight and plan for your strategic, tactical, and operational advances.

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Sage 100 Warehouse Management and Blockchain: A Look into the Future

By Scanco Software on Sep 28, 2017 7:00:39 AM

Since Satoshi Nakamoto published the original paper on blockchain in 2008, it has transformed many industries. First came the digital currency revolution with new "coins" such as Bitcoin, LiteCoin, and hundreds of others offer banking to the unbanked and new methods of making a profit. Now, blockchain technology is being explored by many industries, including manufacturing, for its ability to process transactions without third party involvement quickly and securely.

Topics: warehouse management Sage 100 News Sage 100 Warehouse Management
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3 Expert Tips for Warehouse Management

By Scanco Software on Sep 27, 2017 7:00:33 AM

Experts agree: warehouse management consists of properly managing inventory. Too little inventory causes backorders, which can lead to customer loss, and too much inventory increases your storage costs. As the holiday distribution season ramps up, you probably won’t have much time to start new warehouse habits, but if you do your best to follow the three best-practice recommendations in this article, you can better ensure that your stock levels remain reasonable before, during, and after the holiday rush.

Topics: warehouse management warehouse management software News
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New Frontiers in Manufacturing Automation with JobOps (also known as Sage Manufacturing for Sage 100 and Sage 100cloud)

By Scanco Software on Sep 21, 2017 12:38:03 AM

Manufacturing automation is the process of streamlining tasks to reduce human involvement. Tasks in which manufacturing automation plays an important part include syncing data across programs and devices, automatically updating information, automatic report creation and sending, inventory balancing, and more.

Topics: News Manufacturing Automation
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5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Excess Inventory in Your Warehouse for Good

By Scanco Software on Sep 19, 2017 7:00:34 AM

For manufacturers, excess inventory in your warehouse can be a massive problem. According to a recent article in Manufacturing Business Technology, 15% of all goods are either returned or never sold to begin with, and a large portion of these goods end up back with the manufacturer. Assuming your warehouse is right-sized to fit your typical stock needs, a 15% product overage will quickly start cutting into your space, making it harder for you to optimize your storage. This won’t work in today’s landscape of tight margins and increased warehouse efficiency.

Topics: inventory management inventory in your warehouse News
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Manually Counting Inventory? There’s a Better Way

By Scanco Software on Sep 14, 2017 7:00:22 AM

When there’s a need for speed, it’s easy to cut corners with inventory counts. Counting inventory can be tedious and time-consuming but inventory counts matter to your business. Without accurate inventory counts, you’ll misreport stock levels and your balance sheet will be inaccurate.

Topics: inventory management News counting inventory
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Manufacturing Automation’s New Leap into the Future

By Scanco Software on Sep 12, 2017 7:00:08 AM

Have you heard the exciting news? Your manufacturing automation potential is about to get a turbocharge boost because Scanco recently acquired JobOps (also known as Sage Manufacturing for Sage 100 and Sage 100cloud). Now, in addition to the great flexibility you have with Scanco, you can look forward to more time-saving automation tools for your shop floor and beyond.

Topics: Manufacturing Automation Automation
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Why Counting Inventory Matters – Especially Now

By Scanco Software on Sep 5, 2017 7:00:41 AM

Every day, the Scanco team talks to distributors who all share a common challenge: they don’t have time for counting inventory from scratch, so they rely on small-scale, informal counts, done infrequently. These distributors know that they’ll need to perform a full inventory count—and soon—but they’re dreading the time and cost it’ll take. They need a faster, more accurate method for counting inventory.

Topics: inventory management Barcode Software counting inventory Scanco Counts
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Scanco Software Ranks on Inc. Magazine's 36th Annual Inc. 5000

By Scanco Software on Aug 24, 2017 3:58:32 PM

Inc. 5000 is one of the most prestigious rankings of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

On August 16, 2017 Inc. magazine ranked Scanco Software, LLC. on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small and mid-sized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

Topics: News
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The Secret to Supply Chain Management with Wireless Scanning and Tracking

By Scanco Software on Aug 22, 2017 7:00:08 AM

Do you use a third-party logistics provider? Third party logistics providers offer outsourced shipping, moving goods from one area to another. You may use one service, such as a transportation provider, or several linked together as your third-party supplier who maintains your entire supply chain. Tracking, managing, and monitoring all third-party logistic service providers is important to your overall business. Without a reliable third-party supplier, you could be waiting for components or goods or wondering what happened to a shipment that was supposed to arrive yesterday.

Topics: supply chain management
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Goods to People (GTP) Transforms Warehouse Operations

By Scanco Software on Aug 10, 2017 7:00:37 AM

Everyone knows how warehouses work, right? Goods come into the receiving area, and then they’re moved to shelves, bins, and pallets. Workers take orders from a central point and then fill orders by walking the warehouse, picking items and packing them to ship out.

Topics: warehouse operations
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Scanco Software Acquires Synergistic Software Solutions - Developers of Sage Manufacturing/JobOps Software

By Scanco Software on Aug 8, 2017 3:48:38 PM

jobopsThe combined solutions will enable customers to better maximize, modernize and mobilize their Manufacturing Automation within Sage 100 and Sage 100c Software.

Topics: Sage 100 JobOps Synergistic Software Press Releases
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What is the difference between Warehouse Automation and Warehouse Management?

By Scanco Software on Jul 27, 2017 7:00:56 AM

You say tomato, I say tom-ah-to.

Some would say that automation and management mean the same thing. We beg to differ. Warehouse automation and warehouse management are very different. One is all about expediting and the other is about controlling the operation.

Topics: warehouse management warehouse automation News Warehouse Automation
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High Turnover in Your Warehouse Operations?

By Scanco Software on Jun 6, 2017 4:49:12 PM

Follow These 5 tips to Stop Employee Turnover

A big part of your warehouse operations costs may be labor. Increasing productivity through warehouse automation can help cut those costs, but another area that increases labor costs is employee turnover. The cost of employee turnover is staggering. Not only do you need to recruit and hire new workers, but you will also lose time to employee searches and interviews, lost productivity, and lost knowledge as workers exit without transferring information to newcomers. High turnover also hurts employee morale.

Topics: warehouse management warehouse operations
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Work Order Integration and Manufacturing Automation for Sage 100

By Scanco Software on May 23, 2017 7:00:43 AM

As a manufacturer, you have constant questions. “What stage is that rush job at? How long has it taken so far? Will it be done in time to ship today? Where the heck is Ben, and is he really the most efficient worker on the floor like it seems? How are my materials levels doing today – and do I have enough materials for next week?” Questions like these are distracting and can turn your day into a time-consuming, stressful ordeal. Luckily, there’s a way to get answers to all these questions immediately: manufacturing automation.

Topics: Manufacturing Automation
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5 Tips for Warehouse Barcode System Implementation

By Scanco Software on May 18, 2017 7:00:17 AM

Are you new to warehouse barcoding? Or do you have a warehouse barcode system that you would like to replace. Here are some great tips to make your selection and implementation a success.

Topics: warehouse management system Barcode Software warehouse barcode system Barcoding
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Improve Inventory Control by Understanding Order Cycles

By Scanco Software on Apr 6, 2017 7:00:23 AM

You already know that accurate inventory data matters. But if you need another reason, take a look at how data can help you understand order cycles to improve profitability.

Topics: inventory management inventory control
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Dashboard: The Modern Sage 100 Warehouse Management System

By Scanco Software on Mar 2, 2017 6:00:13 AM

As a distributor, you’re in a constant battle to keep up with demand, maintain stock levels, and ship out the door. With the old wave method, you had predictable dips and spikes in productivity based on what stage of the batch each member of your team had completed, but with the advent of the e-commerce era, we need a new method for Sage 100 warehouse management. Now, it’s here.

Topics: warehouse management system Sage 100 Sage 100 Warehouse Management
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4 Warehouse Management Tips to Reduce Fulfillment Errors

By Scanco Software on Jan 24, 2017 6:00:45 AM

Are Fulfillment Mistakes Taking a Bite Out of Your Profitability?

Every time you send an order out the door, your company’s reputation is on the line. A few fulfillment mistakes such as the wrong item shipped or the wrong quantity picked can add up to a poor reputation and lost revenue. Your customers count on you for their success just as you need them for yours. If your company needs to establish a better reputation in the eyes of your customers, we have several tips to improve your warehouse management and reduce fulfillment errors.

Topics: warehouse management warehouse automation Sage 100 Sage 100 warehouse Warehouse Automation
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5 Traits of Excellent Inventory Management

By Scanco Software on Jan 12, 2017 6:00:08 AM

Your inventory represents a hefty investment of capital. Products remaining idle and collecting dust in the warehouse are costly. Not only does a business pay to produce laggards, it must also pay to warehouse and maintain them.

Topics: inventory management Barcoding barcode scanner
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Why You Should Put Your Inventory Management in the Cloud

By Scanco Software on Jan 10, 2017 6:00:40 AM

The cloud isn’t just for storing photos any more. It has applications throughout the business world, even in your most critical operations. Inventory management in the cloud offers significant flexibility so that you can quickly adapt your operations for growth, or changes in product strategy.

Topics: inventory management Cloud Computing inventory management in the cloud
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Reduce Shrinkage with Better Warehouse Management and Inventory Control

By Scanco Software on Jul 19, 2016 7:00:58 AM

Better warehouse management and inventory control can drastically reduce shrinkage, as well as the losses so many companies face. Shrinkage may be caused by theft, but it can also be caused by improperly recording inventory in the first place, misplacing inventory, or miscounting it. With improved warehouse management software and barcoding systems, you can reduce the mistakes and therefore reduce shrinkage.

Topics: warehouse management Sage 100 Sage 100 Warehouse Management
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Scanco Acquires JDB Solutions Group, Leading Provider of Manufacturing Automation Software

By Scanco Software on Jul 14, 2016 3:15:04 AM

Press Release

Acquisition expands Scanco’s warehouse and barcoding solutions, providing manufacturers with expansive support and access to Scanco’s full range of software and services

Topics: Press Release Press Releases
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Improving Warehouse Management with Automation and Better Data

By Scanco Software on Jun 23, 2016 11:00:48 AM

In our last blog, we talked about how automated inventory management can lead to increased profits. Let’s take a closer look at how warehouse automation can improve inventory management.

Inventory management is a straightforward, simple process. You mark goods in your warehouse and cross them off when they leave. Well, it would be simple if you had one product, only a few customers and nothing ever changed. Today, your warehouse may consist of thousands of SKUs, multiple bin locations and hundreds of orders per day.

Topics: warehouse management inventory management Sage 100 Sage 100 Warehouse Management
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Improve Your Warehouse Management with the Right Data

By Scanco Software on Jun 14, 2016 11:00:33 AM

As we discussed in our last blog, a warehouse management and automation solution can provide tremendous benefits to your operations. One of those benefits was better inventory and shipping data. Comprehensive and accurate warehouse data can be the deciding factor in the success of your warehouse operations.

Topics: warehouse management inventory management