A manufacturer of dehumidifiers, heat pumps and water coolers said the use of inventory tracking tools has made operations smoother and more efficient. Parcel2Go reported that with data collection tools, such as a barcode scanner, the company has been able to completely eliminate the risk of sending the wrong item to a customer.
"We use handheld scanners to move and ship everything out with barcodes on. So we cannot ship the wrong item out, the barcode will tell you if it is a wrong item," the logistics manager for the company told the news source. "We used to manually ship some of the products, but over the last few years, the technology we have on our scanners has massively increased and it makes it a whole lot easier."
The reliability of the technology has not only ensured the right items are shipped, but that the company is able to send out products for next-day delivery, the article stated.
The BBC reported the barcode scanners replaced the company's less efficient way of managing and shipping products, which they used to do manually. This meant mistakes could easily be made - something that no longer happens thanks to the technology.
"With the technology that we have, everything can be done with a press of a button," the company representative told the source. "... We are able to then run reports to say, right, stock has gone down by 200 of this part number, or 100 of this part number. That is a whole lot easier than it used to be. It used to be time consuming, it used to be manual, and it is now all automatic - it takes about 10 minutes to do now."
As items come into production, they are verified, scanned and included in the inventory automatically. The data collected by the barcode scanners makes it easy for the company to see if it has all the parts it needs to build 1,000 water coolers, for instance, which saves time and money.
Data collection tools that make inventory management more efficient and easier for executives to manage will continue to advance in the future. Supply Chain Digital expects mobile data collection devices to become even more useful and portable in coming years. The article stated vendors are beginning to create slimmer devices that resemble smartphones and tablets in hopes of generating more attention from business executives.