A recent 10-year study found supply chains that are using barcode data collection and other similar technology are much better off than those that do not.
Two papers, titled "Project Noah - To Integrate or Not to Integrate? A Ten Year Study of Australian Businesses" and "Project Noah - When it Comes to the Crunch," were based off a study by the Department of Management and Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and GS1 Australia, according to Supply Chain Management. They looked at how standards-based technology was used to improve supply-chain integration and found that it can improve the ease of carrying out transactions between partners.
However, businesses utilizing technology must act with cohesion and planning for the best success. Organizations should focus on short- and long-term business benefits instead of simply the technology. This will help ensure standards and goals will be met.
The Motorola "Future of Warehousing Survey" found that 66 percent of manufacturing professional respondents plan to automate processes by giving staff new technology solutions. With barcode software and automated data collection showing their value, organizations would be wise to invest in them.