Warehouse Management Technology: Implementing a Barcode System
Among warehouse management technology, barcode systems are an important component of an efficient and productive system. Barcodes are used for tracking everything from individual inventory items to equipment, machinery, and raw materials en route to the manufacturing plant. Implementing a barcode system takes time, but with these tips, you’ll be able to get a new barcode system up and running without any downtime or loss of productivity.
Tips for Implementing a Barcode System
As you get ready to spearhead the task of selecting and implementing a barcode system, these five tips will come in handy.
- Find an executive sponsor: An executive sponsor is someone within your company who will help propel your project through the company’s approval channels. He or she will share the project concept at the executive level to secure buy-in and funds. An executive sponsor will also share ideas back to you from the executive team to ensure that the project fits in with the company’s overall plans. Having an executive sponsor can save a great deal of time and frustration later.
- Choose a representative project team: The people you ask to join the project team who will evaluate barcode scanning software should represent both the people who will use the actual software as well as people who will use the reports and data from the system itself. Having at least one member from each department on the team keeps a balanced perspective and ensures that all voices are heard.
- Create a smaller sub-committee: That said, not everyone from the larger committee should be at all meetings. Create a smaller, working committee or sub-committee that handles the major tasks related to the project.
- Assign a project lead: One person needs to be delegated the leader of the team. This person interfaces with the executive sponsor as well as with the full committee and the potential vendors. It’s important to clear their schedule enough so that they can focus on the project. Make sure it is a priority for that person and that their supervisor knows that their time will be spent on the project. The project lead doesn’t necessarily have to have knowledge of IT processes; they can be a strong project manager or someone from the warehouse management staff who understands the company’s warehouse challenges and the needs for barcode scanning software.
- Build a project plan: A written project plan is vital for the successful implementation of warehouse management technology. Project plans should outline the goals, milestones, and considerations for the project. By aligning goals to the company’s objectives, you will also make a stronger case for the people and funds needed for the project.
Working with an experienced warehouse management technology vendor is critical to the success of your project. A good warehouse management technology vendor understands the challenges faced by an average manufacturing center or warehouse and can steer you towards solutions that will work for your situation.
Ask about training and support post-implementation, too. The right solution is one that includes both great software and a responsive vendor who is ready to help when you have questions or need additional training. Vendor and software are a package that together, make the implementation of warehouse management technology easier.
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