How to Bring Your Warehouse into the 21st Century

Posted by Kim Justesen on Mar 2, 2020 5:00:00 AM
Kim Justesen

Historical Precidence

According to historians and scholars, the first warehouses can be traced to the Romans and were built in the 2nd century BC. The largest of these ancient warehouses was the Horrea Galbae which covered more than 225,000 square feet and was used to store grain, olive oil, wine, foodstuffs, clothing, and even marble. They were built with thick walls, high windows, and ramps instead of stairs to making moving the goods easier. Other than varying in size, warehouses remained similar in their design and purpose for nearly 2,000 years.


The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries moved the thinking about these buildings away from long-term storage and toward product movement. This shift in focus helped to create some of the earliest large-scale supply chains. The next step forward came in the 20th century as advancements in production, communication, and transportation led to the creation of warehouse networks all over the world.

Automation and Beyond

Now in the 21st century, warehouses are moving toward the next innovation: automation. From machines that handle the heavy lifting of boxes filled with products, or shipments of raw materials, to the conveyor belts that transport products to automated sorting stations, automation has become the standard of warehouse operation. Yet one area that has remained stuck in the past is the tracking system within the warehouse.


Many products arrive at your facility with one (or more) of dozens of different barcodes that help you track the source of the product, its destination, and other vital information you need to account for.

It’s possible you have a barcode scanning system in place. Barcode scanning has been around for more than 50 years, and many companies have found an excellent return on investment from their original system. However, many of these systems have become outdated, inefficient, and cumbersome. The scanner software may not allow for wireless scanning, requiring products to come to the scanner rather than a mobile scanner being able to move to wherever the product is being stored. Another issue with outdated systems is the software. Older software is limited in the number of symbologies it can read which means its effectiveness and functionality are limited as well.

Toward the Future of Your Warehouse

warehouse2With products arriving from across the country, or even around the world, the chances are good you’ll encounter multiple barcode symbologies during an average day. Your software needs to be able to read and interpret each one so you have the most accurate accounting of every item you receive. You also need software that can read those codes under the most challenging circumstances. When the barcode is damaged, curled, or incomplete; or when you’re scanning from high or low angles; or when you’re scanning in bright light, low light, or fluctuating light, you need to know that your barcode scanning software will give you accurate results on the first try every time.

cortex-decoder-logo-colorCode invites you to test the CortexDecoder software. It’s the ideal software for the modern warehouse for all of these reasons and more. This software scanning solution can be integrated into your workflow processes and can be customized to meet the unique needs of your facility. Our software development kit (SDK) also comes with our “first time every time” assurance – you’ll get accurate readings on the first pass to ensure you collect the right information on the first try. Whether it’s a damaged barcode or difficult lighting, CortexDecoder can deliver the results you need.

We are highly experienced at customizing a software solution that meets your exacting specifications. We understand the demands you have and how the right software fits you’re your operation. Contact us today to start creating your unique solution. Take our software for a test drive and take the first step toward moving your warehouse into the future.

Give us a call at 801-495-2200 or email

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