Three Inventory Barcode System Mistakes You Should Avoid
Managing a warehouse is both an art and a science. Juggling people, projects, and resource is an artform; reviewing data from an inventory barcode system to help you determine stock placement is a science.
Warehouse managers are facing increasing pressure to speed up the order fulfillment process. No matter how good you are at warehouse management, finding automation solutions can help you achieve this goal of faster, better warehouse management.
Choosing the right solution is important. If you’re in the process of considering an inventory barcode system, now is the right time to learn about the three potential mistakes newcomers make when stepping into the automation arena. Learn these mistakes so you can avoid them.
Mistake #1. Choosing Vendors Sight Unseen
There are many options for barcode systems and vendors. It can feel overwhelming when you begin to consider all of your options. Varying pricing structures, equipment needs, cloud or no-cloud … the list goes on. We recommend that you start not with a Google search but by asking your ERP reseller for recommendations.
Why? An ERP reseller knows which inventory barcode systems work well with your current ERP system. They know which products integrate easily and which are a headache.
More importantly, they know the vendors who are great to work with and those who they would prefer not to work with again. They may have a personal connection to an inventory barcode system vendor they recommend that can ensure great service for you.
Getting personal recommendations is the best way to start your search for an inventory barcode system.
Mistake #2. Choosing a Developer without Checking Work
Suppose you decide to search on your own anyway for an inventory barcode system. You come across a developer who promises they know the system inside and out and can build exactly what you need. Their price is right, so you go with them.
Unfortunately, the developer may not have hands-on experience with the specific solution you have chosen. You don’t want to be someone’s test case; you want an experienced developer who has implemented many comparable solutions for others. Such a developer knows the bugs, knows the pitfalls, and can take steps to help you avoid them.
Ask potential developers for references, work experience, and testimonials. Then call their references and double check their work. You can’t be too careful when choosing a vendor.
Mistake #3. Choosing a Barcode System that Doesn’t Integrate with Your ERP
A colleague at a business event raves about his barcode system. You decide to go with his recommendation even though it’s a brand name you aren’t familiar with. When the company tries to install it, they learn to their chagrin that it doesn’t integrate with your existing ERP. A hefty custom programming bill or a start from scratch situation are your only options. You’re out time and money.
Some barcode systems are built to integrate easily into your ERP system. They’re compatible with the system and will work smoothly with it from the start. It’s important that your inventory barcode system synchronizes with your ERP system immediately. This prevents unnecessary and frustrating downtime and ensures the transmission of accurate data into the ERP system.
Have you made any of these mistakes? Hopefully, we’ve caught your attention just in time and you haven’t spent time or money on a system that won’t work well for your current needs. When you are ready for an inventory barcode system, we’re glad to help.
ONE by Scanco and ACS
When it comes to inventory barcode systems, ONE by Scanco and ACS understands this field better than many others. Our many years of warehouse experience can help you with warehouse automation tasks such as barcoding, seamless ERP integration, and more. Visit our warehouse automation page to learn more.