Warehouses have been around since the time of Ancient Rome and are such a great invention, they remain part of our modern industry. Barcode scanning has been around for almost 50 years, and its value to industry and manufacturing grows with each passing year. Manufacturing has come to rely on this technology for inventory management, shipping and receiving, traceability, and much more. Without barcodes, manufacturers would be forced to rely on employees calculating and recording by hand in order to track the various components of business. Decades of study have shown that performing these processes by hand leads to higher rates of error, costing businesses time and money.
BARCODES MAKE PRODUCTS TRACEABLE
As parts and products move from location to location throughout the supply chain, it is important for companies to be able to follow each piece and know its exact location. The subject of traceability in manufacturing has grown in importance over the past decade, and barcodes are a simple and effective method to address this concern. Barcoding makes it extremely easy to keep track of products: with one scan of a barcode, the history and information on a product or component can be visible on demand. Without barcodes, it’s much harder to track products.
TIME IS MONEY, SO SPEED IS KEY
The growth of e-commerce in the past decade has exceeded the projections of most experts. Customers look online before driving to a brick and mortar location, or frequently they make their purchase online without ever setting foot inside a business. A significant factor for customers when choosing whether or not to buy online is the speed of delivery for their product. Consumers are becoming accustomed to receiving their purchases in a few days’ time, but in order to make this happen, manufacturers have to streamline operations and leave no room for error in their systems.
When time matters, speed is the answer. Barcode scanning is exponentially faster than relying on human tabulation for inventory, shipping, or processing. Not only do barcodes speed up manual processes, but they are more accurate as well. No more double counting or missed items, and results can be instantly compared to records to verify information in real time.
SAVING TIME MEANS SAVING MONEY
The average human being makes a mistake every 300 keystrokes, but barcode scanners make mistakes once in a few million scans. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see the cost benefit provided by adding barcode scanning to your workflows. In addition to saving money by eliminating mistakes, barcodes can actually help a company increase production. Scanning one barcode may only save a few seconds, but those seconds begin to add up. Warehouses and production facilities run more smoothly saving time and money. This increased efficiency and savings allows for expansion such as increased product lines, expanded service areas, and an improved online presence.
Barcodes don’t just help a company in one or two areas; the effects can be seen throughout an entire company. Investing in a barcode scanning system is an investment in productivity. Employees who feel productive are happier in their jobs. Happy employees stay longer at a company, reducing the costs of turn over and training. They are also more willing to share positive feedback about the company, encouraging other qualified workers to apply. Cost savings from barcoding can also be used to offset the rising costs of insurance, can be applied toward improving facilities, or can be applied toward bonuses for employees.
There are many companies using barcode scanning to improve processes in manufacturing. Is it time for your company to become one of them? Code is the leader in handheld barcode scanning and software. Let us help you improve workflows and efficiency while saving time and money. Contact us today at 801-495-2200.