Barcodes and Business: 8 Benefits of Barcode Technology
Barcodes = Efficiency and Productivity
We have all seen them, they are pervasive in our world. From the documents we use on a day to day basis, to the QR code we scanned with our phone. But why are businesses using barcodes, and what benefit do they provide? Below is a quick list of the benefits every business can glean from using barcodes in their operations:
Simplicity – With the tools available today, barcodes can be used by even a two-year old. On documents, advanced capture software will automatically read barcode data when scanned. In the warehouse, a barcode wand or scanner can be pointed and automatically read the contents.
Scalability – There are a wide variety of barcodes for all types of encoding of data. For simple things, like a bill of lading number, you can use a simple 1D barcodes. For complex, large data set encoding, you can use a 2D font like QR or Datamatrix.
Constantly Improving Tech – The world of barcode technology is constantly improving, and companies are looking to embed more and more data within the symbol. If you just look at the leap between 1D and 2D symbologies, it was significant.
Competitive Advantage – Your business needs to move at a hectic speed, and powerful technologies can be the difference in the competitive landscape. Barcode technology is just another technology that can reduce costs and increase profits.
Can Be Used On anything – Barcodes can be placed on documents for tracking and embedding information, but with labels, they can be placed on just about anything. From packages for track and trace, to equipment for asset management, barcodes can be leveraged for all types of business purposes.
Productivity and Efficiency – hand keying or hand writing information is time consuming and prone to human error. Barcodes reduce the time and effort required to read and log information, and allow these operations to be done with a minimal amount of error, improving efficiency and increasing productivity.
Tracking & Audit Trail – Barcodes add another dimension to tracking business processes and enhancing audit capabilities. Most of this can be done in a transparent matter through efficient data collection.
Cost Effectiveness – And last but not least, barcodes are extremely cost effective. To add them to your printed documents, you can just add a font, or utilize a powerful tool like iBar. The benefits far outweigh the low cost of implementing this technology in your organization.