A barcode inventory system automates inventory control and improves accuracy, efficiency, and productivity. And those factors can create better customer experiences and increase profits.
A barcode inventory system uses barcodes, hardware, and software to track and collect data for improved inventory management. Barcodes, when scanned, provide tons of important information (like location, value and quantity on hand) about the products you stock.
A barcode is a series of black and white bars and 8 to 12 numeric or alphanumeric characters. It represents data and details about a product or service. For example, a barcode for a wooden end table might contain some of these details:
A barcode inventory system uses a printer to produce barcode labels that you can apply to products, assets, service forms—or whatever you need to track.
A barcode reader, or scanner, uses LED light to scan barcode labels, translate them, and upload the information into inventory software. You can purchase a handheld barcode reader. Or, you can install an inventory management software app on a mobile device and use your device’s camera as a barcode reader.
Inventory management software uses data from scanned barcodes to automate your inventory control process.
After you scan a barcode into inventory management software, it is stored and categorized with like products, assets, or services. It’s easy to add quantity, item location, or other details that aren’t included in the barcode but will be useful to track.
If you use barcodes with inventory management software, you can create a barcode and track just about anything meaningful for your business. Check out some of the possibilities:
When barcodes unite with easy-to-use inventory management software, you can expect growth in your team’s productivity and efficiency. Sortly is inventory management software to-go—use it on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device. And get real-time data. Get started with a free trial of Sortly.