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Why Your Staging Inventory Management System NEEDS Barcodes

A female designer smiles while looking over plans for a project.

Let’s start with some trivia: Why does the Norwegian Navy put barcodes on the sides of their battleships? So when they come back to port, they can Scandinavian. Ok, that was a joke…but we’re dead serious when we tell you that barcodes are integral to your staging inventory management system! Here’s how inventory management software can help you:

1. Reduce manual errors

Going down the list of inventory data, it is not uncommon for employees to invert numbers, skip a line, and misread words–especially handwritten poorly. Not only can barcodes drastically reduce this inaccuracy, but it also increases work efficiency than facilities and departments relying on manual data entry.

2. Enjoy precision when it matters most

You can’t be everywhere at once–that’s where your awesome team comes in. But even the best employees aren’t mind-readers! Like that one time, you asked your assistant to bring the gray box-pleated curtains to your new condo project, and he showed up with the gray eyelet curtains. Ugh! When your team is barcode-enabled, one simple scan on their smartphone ensures they can find exactly the item you have in mind, every time.

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A design inventory management system displays a selection of lamps on three phone screens.

3. Access instant inventory info

You have the PERFECT fringed throw pillows for that swanky listing downtown…but you really need 4 more. Scan the barcode for all the deets you entered into your staging inventory management app, including where you bought them and whether you have more in storage. Save a trip to the warehouse, or long hunts online for the exact product you need to match. 

A design inventory management app shows folders of different items, like pillows, candles and couches. Values and quantities are shown.

4. Scan barcodes and QR codes on the go

Gotta love technology! If you’re using Sortly’s simple inventory software, you can scan barcodes using just your smartphone. There’s no need for special tools or bulky plug-ins. Handle your biz on the move using the one item you ALWAYS have nearby, your phone.

5. Make inventorying a streamlined, simplified process

Don’t interrupt that creative flow! Using barcodes, you can scan items as you load them into the truck OR as you place them in the home. No sitting down at your computer to update a cumbersome spreadsheet or take a zillion notes. And when it’s time to load everything back up, scanning items back out onsite means no hand towel is left behind.

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No label? Make a customized barcode or QR code label!

If you have items without barcodes, there’s a solution! Sortly generates quick ‘n’ easy barcodes and QR codes that can be printed right onto standard size adhesive labels. There’s even space for item names and notes. Slap them on somewhere accessible and inconspicuous, and you’re ready to scan.  

Details about a century table lamp are edited within an inventory management app.


Ready to raise the bar[code]?

Sortly is a super simple inventory and asset tracking system that enables you to visually track all your items and any of their details including quantity, price, condition, notes, etc.—for a more intuitive (and less maddening) way to track your inventory across multiple locations.

Unlike other inventory tracking systems, you won’t need any lengthy sales visits or a 100-page guide to figure out Sortly. It’s built so you can have it up and running in minutes, all on your own.

It’s time to say goodbye to lost items, complicated spreadsheets, and time-consuming “solutions” so you can spend less time inventorying and more time staging beautiful real estate. Check out this short video introducing Sortly.

Get started today: try Sortly FREE for 14 days!