Why is barcoding so important today? How is it used to help the management of inventory in your warehouse?
Whenever you add human intervention to perform a task, you risk increased errors and the time it takes to complete the task. Think of barcoding as a language that can be read by a machine. If the machine can read faster than a human, and with less errors, then barcoding may be right for a particular application, providing that the costs do not supersede the benefits of the accuracy that you will gain from having the machine assist you in the completing the task.
Barcodes can be one dimensional or two dimensional. A common linear or 1D (one dimensional) barcode is the UPC, or Universal Product Code, that you see on your grocery items. The information contained in a 1D barcode can be a combination of around 20 numbers and letters. A 2D barcode has the ability to not only store information horizontally like a 1D barcode, but vertically as well. This means a much larger information storage capacity than that of a 1D barcode. That’s 7,089 characters compared to just 20! A 2D barcode looks more similar to a QR code. When being used for shipping and inventory, a 2D barcode can include a tracking number, sender, recipient, service and weight, all embedded into a single barcode and easily extracted with a single scan.
As with any automated system there are pros and cons with barcoding. Tune back in to learn more about the benefits and differences between the two barcodes and how you can incorporate them into your warehouse and inventory management system. Contact a Zenventory Zensei to learn more about how Zenventory can bring you inventory inner peace. Schedule a personalized demo or call Zenventory directly at 1-800-269-6296. Your inventory dojo awaits.