Any company holding large quantities of goods in a warehouse knows how devastating it would be if any of that inventory was stolen - and how difficult it can be to discover the perpetrator and to track down the stolen items. However, by using barcode tracking software, businesses dramatically increase the likelihood of their goods being recovered.
Two recent examples illustrate just how damaging warehouse theft can be and how barcode tracking software can substantially reduce the losses incurred in such scenarios. One set of proof comes in the latest installment of what the Ottawa Citizen called "the great Maple Syrup Theft Caper."
In July of last year, an accountant working at the Agriculture and Food Marketing Board of Quebec discovered that close to 10,000 barrels' worth of maple syrup was taken from a warehouse in southern Quebec over a 12-month period. The news source reported that although most of the culprits involved in the scheme were arrested last December, not all of the lost inventory was recovered at that time. However, earlier this month a farm in Vermont was caught with $20 million worth in maple syrup from the Canadian warehouse.
In this instance, two methods in particular would have helped the Agriculture and Food Marketing Board of Quebec reclaim their stolen syrup. For one, if the syrup in their warehouse was stored in containers marked with barcodes, then barcode tracking software would be able to unquestionably tell if the syrup was stolen or not. In addition, Rutgers University's School of Criminal Justice recommended warehouse owners use automated data collection tools and other means to conduct frequent and thorough inventory audits to deter internal thefts.
"Frequent inventories let your employees and others know that you keep tight control over what passes through the warehouse," the school said on its website. "This makes them think twice about stealing from you because they think there is a greater chance of getting caught."
The Case of the Stolen Typewriter
Another incident that highlights the need for businesses to adopt barcode tracking software recently occurred in Decatur, Illinois. The Herald and Review reported that an office furniture company discovered that it had been robbed when a man in connection to the theft tried to sell the stolen antique typewriters back to the company.
The business owner told the news source that he first became suspicious after buying 37 used typewriters from a man who did not strike him as a typical antique salesperson. In this instance surveillance video showed that the salesman was also the thief. The furniture store owner should have also used a barcode generator to create a more thorough inventory, as video footage is typically not as accurate as barcode tracking software.