Over the past five years or so, technology has exploded on a previously unheard of scale. With the technological uptick, there is now more of a need than ever before to find ways to store all the data created. Automated data collection is a cutting-edge technology who's time has come.
Wireless Barcode Scanning Helps Streamline the Supply Chain
The use of wireless barcode scanning technology is said to be expensive, and that is why some companies refuse to deploy it in their operations. However, there are wireless barcode data collection methods that cost far less than a full-scale automated system and can help make tracking inventory easier and quicker, according to a report in Inventory Ops. Barcodes identify a product by a unique number for a one dimensional or two-dimensional code. Most people are familiar with the string of numbers on a package, which is one dimensional barcoding. Two dimensional barcoding is able to hold much more data than the one dimensional code and looks completely different. It also requires a separate barcode reader, according to the report.
Reading the Barcodes
Two different ways to read the barcodes are available in today's market, noted Inventory Ops. The traditional laser reader is the one consumers are mostly familiar with and they can read a barcode from a long distance away from the product. The charged coupled device is what is used with the two-dimensional code and is used more like a digital camera. The cost for this device is usually cheaper but the limitations, especially in reading from distance, are greater, said the source. Either way, barcode scanners and readers enable company representatives to have a firm grasp on what amount of product they have in the supply chain and where it's heading.
While barcodes are read on the consumer end of the transaction, they are also implemented on the wholesale end, but companies need to be very careful to verify what they have barcoded. Reading a barcode is not a verification of the code, said a report from AMN Global. Verifying a barcode is the act of testing the code against the industry application standard. Having an improperly coded barcode can pose all kinds of problems for the supply chain and the bottom line, said the report. If the verification or quality assurance program is properly applied, it can diminish incorrect or bad information from entering the tracking system. Thus, said the AMN report, it makes sense for company executives to utilize the barcode and automated data collection systems for their business.