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Perhaps you’ve just purchased your first barcode scanner or you’ve realized how barcodes can make your business more efficient. It’s time to implement a barcode system that will help you manage inventory more easily and provide you with the business insight and information that you need to keep your warehouse humming and your customers satisfied. The following steps can be used in many industries for barcode implementation after the purchase of a new barcode scanner. Step 1: Get a GS1 Prefix Every barcode begins with a series of numbers known as a GS1 Prefix. This is a unique identifying number that is coded to your company and enables you to sell your products in stores and online. It can be used worldwide so that anyone scanning your products knows their origin and source. These numbers are followed by unique product identification numbers. You can obtain a GS1 Prefix at gs1us.org. Step 2: Decide what items will carry a barcode. Next, you’ll need to organize and sort the items in your company that will carry a barcode. Most companies categorize their products as static or dynamic barcodes. Static barcodes are used to consistently identify products. You’ve seen them hundreds of times […]

Mistakes happen to everyone, but there are some business areas where mistakes can be costly. One of those areas is the warehouse. A single mistake can pile up and create more issues down the line giving your customers a poor impression of your business. Unhappy customers may take their business to a competitor. In fact, inventory management mistakes can cost your business thousands of dollars a year. If you want to improve profitability by reducing inventory management mistakes, try these four tips. Tip #1: Automate your warehouse. Automated warehouses use barcode scanners, inventory management systems, and other tools to log goods into the warehouse and log them out again during fulfillment. Such systems reduce the amount of manual errors made by failing to count items, mistaken counts, and mistakes during data entry. Tip #2: Add structure to the inventory fulfillment process. If your warehouse doesn’t have a structured process for receiving orders, picking, packing and shipping, you are leaving the success rate on your order fulfillment to chance. You can reduce mistakes and close gaps in the system by creating a structure and process that details each step for your employees. Make sure that the process is in writing, and […]