Have you ever given the bar code label much thought about it’s origin and what is can do? The barcode label is everywhere and it is no longer just a bunch of odd shaped vertical lines with numbers under them. Today you can store a tremendous amount of information in a small rectangular shaped bar code. Retailers have been scanning bar codes at check outs for years. But how are they used in conjunction with a warehouse management system and more important why? In the below concise post, we will focus on how this small wonder can give you big gains in inventory management using small bar codes.
The bar code label is the key or backbone of the proper and efficient movement of inventory in the supply chain. Along with Warehouse Management Systems, or WMS, the advanced technology can dramatically increase the overall accuracy of your inventory. The second product hits your dock to be received you begin using the bar code on the product to receive it into inventory and track it throughout its life in your warehouse. If you receive product that does not have a barcode you can print one for it based on the information you want to be imbedded in it. Barcodes can hold quite a lot of info, item numbers and lot numbers to mention a couple.
Once we have scanned the bar code during the receiving process we then can put the product away, move it, replenish pick bins and pick it using the bar code on the item. Inventory never gets lost. You can always see what you have and where it is in the warehouse. Bar coding keeps your inbound staff from making mistakes by not receiving the correct items and keeps your pick staff from making mistakes by not picking the correct items. Your material handlers keep from making mistakes like moving the wrong items to the wrong location or replenishing the wrong pick bin. Bar codes make cycle counting the inventory a snap and this allows you to stop doing time consuming and expensive physical inventories.
This is all tied together by the warehouse management system which tracks all the work and movement in the warehouse of your products and people and delivers the correct real time pertinent information back to your ERP system.
WMS solutions like Accellos One Warehouse are all about cost savings. These savings can be added directly back into the business. This is crucial in today’s business market. The bar code, no matter how simple or complex it needs to be, is at the center of these savings.
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