Barcode warehouse management software is used to control the movement and storage of products or goods within a warehouse and process the associated transactions including, but not limited to, shipping, receiving, put away and picking through the use of barcode automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology.
Warehouse management systems manage the following core functions:
- Receiving – The ability to properly handle a shipment when it arrives. This process can be individualized to each warehouse or product type. In some cases, goods are not received into a facility, but rather cross-docked, which is a logistics procedure where products from a supplier or manufacturing plant are distributed directly to a customer or retail chain with marginal to no handling or storage time. Cross docking takes place in a distribution docking terminal; usually consisting of trucks and dock doors on two (inbound and outbound) sides with minimal storage space. The name ‘cross docking’ explains the process of receiving products through an inbound dock and then transferring them across the dock to the outbound transportation dock.
- Put Away – Put-away is normally thought of as the process of moving received inventory from the dock, kitting area, or production department to a storage bin. The put-away process is also used to relocate inventory within the warehouse and to replenish dedicated storage bins with inventory from a reserve storage bin. Any time inventory is being placed in a storage bin it is being put away. System directed put-away is when the WMS chooses the destination storage bin rather than the operator.
- Inventory – Inventory Technology refers to the supervision of supply, storage and accessibility of items in order to ensure an adequate supply without excessive oversupply. It also helps companies keep lost sales to a minimum by having enough stock on hand to meet demand. The inventory can be real-time or in the form of a cycle count, which is an audit procedure designed to verify the inventory accuracy for a small subset of inventory in a specific location on a specific day, thus providing an ongoing measure of inventory accuracy.
- Picking – Picking consists of taking and collecting articles in a specified quantity before shipment to satisfy a customer’s order. The following are different types of picking:
- Piece Picking (or Pick to Part) – Order pickets move to collect the products necessary for one order.
- Zone Picking – Each order picker is assigned to one specific zone and will only realize order picking within this zone.
- Wave Picking – Order picker moves to collect the products necessary for several orders.
- Sorting Systems Method – No movement of the order picker, as the products are brought to picker by an automatic system.
- Pick to Box Method – No movement of the order picker, as the picking area is organized so that there are a number of picking stations connected by a conveyor. The order picker fills the box with the products from his station and the box moves to the other picking stations until he customer order is complete.
- Packing – Packing occurs after the picking process and entails prepping a product or good for shipment by re-packaging, affixing with a shipping label, including an invoice and staging in preparation for shipment. Additionally, for certain goods or customers, there may be the requirement for kit building.
- Shipping – Shipping entails the delivery of the right product or good to the right customer or location using the right method of shipment, all while minimizing the cost. If a customer is doing their own delivery, incorporating proof of delivery allows for more accurate information and quicker confirmation to the customer. Furthermore, our software has the ability to integrate shipment tracking for customers.
Datalogic has announced that their popular QuickScan Mobile line of cordless scanners will be coming to end as component availability has allowed a very limited production rum of these units. Current QuickScan Mobile customers are invited to place their last purchase orders as soon as possible. Availability of the last run of devices will vary on overall purchase volume.
Unfortunately, Datalogic regrets to announce that all key components needed to produce QuickScan Mobile products have been exhausted before the expected ‘last purchase’ date. As a consequence of this situation, Datalogic will not be able to produce anymore QuickScan Mobile units; therefore, orders can no longer be accepted for the QuickScan Mobile readers.
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TEKLYNX continues their extensive support for all Zebra printers with the release of drivers for the new ZT400 series.
TEKLYNX label printer drivers provide the best overall quality for your barcode labeling needs as their development teams across the globe work closely with printer manufacturers to develop high quality drivers that optimize printer performance. Save your company reprints, errors, and loss of production with the most current and efficient drivers available.
TEKLYNX drivers can be download here.
For assistance finding the right TEKLYNX product for your needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.
Scanning Basics: From Laser to Imager
Whether you’re aware of it or not, barcodes are one of the most influential technologies of the 20th century. The simple black and white bars you find on every product have helped usher in a level of efficiency that has allowed for large scale tracking around the globe. Many businesses would not be possible to run without the humble barcode. Keeping track of anything accurately is almost unimaginable without barcodes.
Historically, laser-based scanners were used to read barcodes. These laser scanners are still found in many applications today. While there have been advances in the speed and accuracy of laser scanners, the technology is still essentially the same it was when it was first developed in the ‘70s.
Today however, there are two technologies used in readers for barcode scanning: lasers and imagers. Imagers offer several improvements over the traditional laser while also providing important new capabilities, such as being able to read 2D barcodes. Imagers may have been used only in special cases in the past, but today, the advantages they provide over lasers can help improve almost any scanning application.
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Barcode inventory management software is used to supervise the supply, storage and accessibility of items in order to ensure an adequate supply without excessive oversupply through the use of barcode automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology.
Inventory systems consist of the following core components:
- Inventory Software – Software is the backbone of any system and will determine what features and options are available. When choosing inventory software you want to consider reporting detail and whether or not the software supports batch or real-time updates, as well as whether it needs to be integrated with an ERP system. Lastly, you want to determine whether a premise or cloud-based software is more ideal for your business.
- Mobile Computer – Inventory goods are located in different “bins” throughout a business. A mobile device allows you to have all the information you need to make decisions on when, where and how much to re-order.
- Barcode Printer – Inventory come in all shapes, sizes and quantities. Barcode printers are designed to print labels to meet every business size and print volume.
- Consumables – All inventory goods need a unique identifier on them to be properly tracked. Barcodes are the easiest and most cost effective option, while being capable of meeting environmental and regulatory requirements.
When evaluating barcode inventory management software, it is best to consider a cloud-based inventory management solution. Some of the benefits of cloud-based software include reduced capital expenditures, painless and cost-free software updates, lowered IT costs (i.e. no need to house multiple servers) and improved accessibility to the data through the Internet.
If you’re looking for a cloud-based barcode inventory management software that can fulfill all of your inventory requirements, look no further than BarcodesInc’s topShelf. TopShelf is an inventory, warehouse management, route accounting, asset tracking and online ordering application that caters to small up to enterprise-sized businesses. Our barcode inventory management software has the ability to integrate with ERP systems (SAP, Oracle, etc.), Accounting systems (Sage, Quickbooks, etc.), CRM systems (Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, etc.) and eCommerce Systems (Channel Advisor, Shopify, Amazon).
To request a demo of topShelf or request more information on our barcode inventory management software, contact us at BarcodesInc.
Datalogic has announce that the highly successful Skorpio X3 mobile computer product line has been further enhanced with improved 2D performance and a new keypad option.
Regarding the improved performance of the 2D feature, both depth-of-field and decoding speed have been significantly improved in order to provide the best state-of-the-art solution.
Datalogic is pleased to expand the number of available standard 2D configurations offering a wide variety of pistol grip models, now featuring an extended battery pack by default to support scan-intensive 2D applications.
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After the initial announcement in January of this year, the Honewyell Captuvo SL62 is currently available for purchase and delivery.
The Captuvo SL62 enterprise sled encases the popular Apple iPad mini, transforming it into an enterprise-ready device for businesses that prefer the simplicity and familiarity of iOS, but need additional functionality built-in for instant access to inventory, scanning and secure payment processing. The Captuvo SL62 is fully compatible with all Apple iPad mini models.
The Captuvo SL62 is available in 3 core configurations:
For assistance choosing the right version for your business needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.
Socket Mobile announced its new model 8Qi 2D Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS). The new 8Qi can scan both 1D “linear” barcodes and 2D QR codes making the 8Qi an ideal choice in Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) applications where 1D UPC barcodes, 2D bobile coupons or loyalty cards need to be scanned.
Approximately the same size as a credit card measuring less than ½ inch (1.27cm) thick and weighing less than two ounces, the CHS 8Qi is the smallest and lightest 2D barcode scanner available in the market today. It can be attached to most smartphones including the Apple iPhone®, iPod touch® and Samsung® S4 devices in a “sled type” configuration solution. The 8Qi slips neatly into your pocket and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand when attached to a smartphone. You can add a lanyard or belt clip for a wearable solution making the 8Qi accessible at any time.
The CHS 8Qi (White- Part# CX3344-1578) (Black- Part# CX3343-1577) is the second model in the progression of the CHS Series 8 cordless barcode scanners which are attachable to most smartphones enabling one-handed professional barcode scanning. The 8Qi is also suited for Mobile Ticketing and high-end retail environments where 2D barcodes are gaining popularity for security and data capacity. The 8Qi will be available at the end of Q3, 2014.
Full Socket CHS 8Qi specifications (PDF)
Ever worked as a check-out clerk in a grocery store?
Disney’s Checkout Challenge for Windows mobile devices captures the experience in a very convincing way. In this fast paced game you collect groceries and scan them in as quickly and accurately as possible for the highest score. Start training to improve your barcode scanning skills to become Checkout Chairman!
The app is currently available through the Windows Phone Store.