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4 Signs Your Warehouse Needs a Barcoding System

Posted February 29, 2016

warehouse-lean-manufacturing-principles2Picture this…Employees are wandering the aisles of your warehouse, trying to find an inventory item to complete a shipment that must go out today. Unfortunately, the item appears to be either out of stock or has been placed in the wrong section of your facility. The problem is your manual records are incorrect so you have no way of knowing.

The bottom line…Quickly locating and picking inventory is a challenge. And your current equipment and processes are not helping matters.

If this sounds all too familiar, you are not alone. In fact, a recent research study has shown that inefficient workflows cost companies nearly 3,000 productive hours and $390,000 in mispicks every year. That’s a lot of time and money down the proverbial drain.

In addition, improper warehouse management means you could be missing valuable business insights, which could help you make more informed decisions to improve the overall health of your company and avoid the above scenario.

That’s where a barcoding system comes in; it empowers you to put away the pencil and paper and forget about spreadsheets. A barcoding system is a powerful tool that reduces the piles of paperwork, decreases user error and provides critical information in real time. And it doesn’t matter whether you are a small single-store business with a warehouse in the back or a large manufacturer with several distribution centers barcoding fills in accuracy gaps that can significantly improve inventory control.

Not convinced? Your operations might be experiencing the following challenges that a barcoding system can solve:
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Zebra’s New TC8000 Mobile Computer Revolutionizes Warehouse Operations

Posted January 15, 2016

Zebra has recently introduced the TC8000 enterprise mobile computer, a landmark innovation in warehousing technology that will drive significant gains in productivity and decrease worker fatigue. The ergonomic, lightweight TC8000 mobile computer offers an innovative design that reduces muscle effort by eliminating the need for “tilt and verify” motions warehouse workers repeatedly conduct with traditional devices. Shaving seconds off each repetitive motion saves one hour per worker per shift, increasing productivity by an average of 14 percent based on workflow.

Zebra worked with users around the globe to completely re-think, re-design and re-engineer industrial mobile computers based on deep research and human factors analysis.  The result is the new rugged Android-based TC8000 mobile computer, 33 percent lighter than traditional mobile computers and requiring less muscle effort and reduced wrist motion to help increase the productivity of warehouse workers.  It also reduces training time and makes data entry significantly faster and more accurate in challenging industrial settings.

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Infographic: Where’s My Package? Inventory Management Challenges

Posted January 14, 2016

One of the biggest turn-offs when shopping is ordering something and it isn’t even available or even worse, when it arrives it’s the wrong item! Product availability is an expectation that every customer has especially when shopping online and failing to properly deliver can cause you to lose that customer to one of your competitors.

The biggest key to preventing any of these issues is having an accurate inventory management system in place.  With proper inventory management you can ensure you have the right stock levels of popular items, stop mispicks, and get the right product shipped every time.  Fewer mistakes means more happy customers and more repeat business.

Learn how proper warehouse management can improve your business in this infographic. The improvements that are possible will surprise you.

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Zebra’s New RFD8500 RFID Sled for the TC55, MC40, and TC70

Posted November 4, 2015

ZebraZebra RFD8500 RFID Reader has announced the launch and availability of the RFD8500 – a high performance multi-operating system Bluetooth RFID reader sled. With the RFD8500, you can easily enable compatible Zebra and third-party mobile devices, tablets and smartphones with enterprise-class UHF RFID and 1D/2D bar code scanning capabilities. Zebra’s first multi-operating system RFID sled is designed to instantly transform Zebra mobile devices – such as the TC55, MC40 and TC75 – as well as select Android and iOS devices (iPod, iPhone) into handheld RFID readers, providing peace of mind that the investment you make today will serve your business needs tomorrow.

Zebra’s new RFD8500 sled can be used as an independent batch data collection device or the user-friendly Bluetooth sled can be paired with a compatible mobile device to extend the capabilities of existing handheld terminals. Simply snap the mobile device into the corresponding RFD8500 adapter mount for an all-in-one RFID reader solution that allows ergonomic, single-handed operation, or place the mobile device in a pocket or holster and use the light weight RFD8500 as a two piece RFID solution.

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King Living Tracks Products and Manages Processes with the Datalogic PowerScan PM8300

Posted October 12, 2015

David and Gwen King began designing foam furniture from their home in Australia in 1977, selling the few items they created at the local Paddy’s Market. Customers really liked the furniture, and year after year this small family business grew and expanded introducing new designs, materials and models. Today, King Living is a major player in the Australian furniture industry with 14 showrooms and 5 depots across the country. The company has been recognized with several awards and has been featured at famous events such as Vanity Fair’s Oscars After Party. King Living attributes its success to the company’s commitment to uniqueness and excellence. The company always guarantees high quality products with a touch of style.

The Challenge
In order to keep up with demand and ensure customer satisfaction, King Living must have smooth running processes in all aspects of the business, especially regarding product management and tracking.  Therefore, the company wanted to streamline the work flow and started looking for a solution that could provide real-time information on stock levels and locations throughout the warehouse.  It was also essential that the solution be implemented with the least amount of disruption to day-to-day business activities.

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Zebra’s New ET50/55 Enterprise Tablets

Posted September 16, 2015

Zebra ET50/55 Tablet ComputerThe enterprise tablet market barely existed a few years ago and yet the adoption of enterprise tablets continues on an upward trajectory that few predicted where an ever increasing set of applications and use cases are emerging. On one hand, big windows applications are being modified to support mobility. On the other, needs being satisfied by traditional mobile handheld devices are now being met with enterprise class tablets providing improved processing power, battery efficiency, and durability.

Today’s fragmented tablet market creates a distinctive opportunity for Zebra Technologies and the introduction of the ET50 and ET55 line of tablets. ET5X tablets are not consumer grade solutions and nor are they fully rugged, high tier PC devices. ET5X takes a value approach by delivering the reliability and enterprise solutions that consumer tablets miss while being selective on the features and specifications to control costs. A diversity of ET5X accessories enables a myriad of enterprise use cases in various verticals including field service, transportation and logistics, direct store delivery, manufacturing, and retail/hospitality.

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Infographic: Warehouse to Register with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted August 28, 2015

No matter the retail application, Barcodes, Inc and Zebra have the cutting-edge technology and solution-based experience to empower your business from warehouse to the register.

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Zebra’s Healthcare Solutions

Posted July 27, 2015

hcHospitals have a myriad of very important moving pieces to keep track of on a daily basis. Keeping an accurate count of medicine, patients, files, lab equipment and specimens, to name a few, can be a daunting task for any medical facility. The good news is, Zebra provides many healthcare solutions to help simplify the tracking of critical hospital inventories. Below you will find solutions to the most common issues healthcare institutions face:

Admission: Hospital admissions staff welcome patients and gather important patient medical information. Recent advances in wristband printing allows for a patient to wear a wristband with a barcode. Simply scan the wristband with a healthcare scanner or mobile computer to obtain a patients records, in real time.

Patient Care: Real time updates of a patient’s medical records can dramatically increase services and care provided by a healthcare facility. Using healthcare scanning and mobile computing devices can help significantly cut down on errors.  Scheduling appointments, sending prescriptions and reviewing patient history, are only a few of the solutions available when using Zebra healthcare products.

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Automating Your Warehouse

Posted July 6, 2015

Do you still manually track the data and items that are moved in and out of your warehouse? Did you know that barcodes can maximize inventory throughput, increase productivity and improve accuracy throughout different operational areas of the warehouse? Below we will walk you through a list of warehouse functions that can easily automated using a mobile computer, barcode scanner or other barcode equipment, along with our warehouse management software.

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Asset vs Inventory Tracking Explained

Posted June 22, 2015

When explaining data tracking, the first question our customers ask is “Aren’t asset tracking and inventory tracking the same thing?” The short answer is no.

Assets are permanent objects that belong to a company. They are items a business uses internally, such as computers, tools or educational material. An asset is always tracked as a unique item. For example, even though you may give 10 of the exact same PC, you are managing each PC as an individual item with its own unique barcode label. You want to ensure that you have accurate information on each specific asset’s location, condition, purchase date, value, custodian and most recent maintenance.

Inventory tracking refers to objects that are sold, distributed or otherwise consumed by a company. These “temporary” objects include retail items and office supplies. For example, you may have 100 boxes of staples in inventory and when you use one box the tracked quantity decreases by one. You are not concerned with what specific box was used, but rather that 1 of 100 was removed. Ultimately, you want to know how many you have in stock and when to order more.

To begin, compare your objects with the chart below to determine if you need inventory or asset tracking:

Description Asset Inventory
Objects used internally, such as computers, tools, and educational materials
Track depreciation of company property
Track maintenance on company equipment
Objects are for sale or resale
Ability to track/monitor reorder levels
Objects are “temporary” and/or often replace, such a paper, pens and other consumables
Employees may check objects in and out

For more assistance finding the right data collection solution for your needs, contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


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