Barcode Inventory Management Software: Understanding the roles of barcoding software & hardware
Barcoding inventory management software and barcode hardware are the two primary components required when implementing a barcoding system. It is important to understand each of their roles within the barcoding system.
Barcoding hardware consists of physical units, such as the barcode scanners, barcode printers, and any other physical items used in the barcoding process including cables and chargers. There are many different kinds of barcode scanners, including corded and wireless.
Barcoding software is the program that reads, processes, and stores the barcoding information.
Say you wanted to look up product information from its UPC barcode. You would use a barcode scanner (barcoding hardware) to scan the product’s barcode. After the barcode scanner scans the barcode, the barcode information is then processed by the barcoding software. After the barcode is processed by the barcoding software, the product’s information would display on the barcode scanner’s screen. All this occurs in a fraction of the time that it would take to manually enter in a product code or serial number on a computer. Barcode scanning is also extremely accurate.
Texas Barcode Systems is a well-respected supplier of barcoding hardware. They partner with Acctivate to provide the proper hardware to users of Acctivate barcoding solutions. They also use Acctivate barcode inventory management software to help control their inventory. Read about Texas Barcode Systems and Acctivate here.
Barcode Inventory Management Software
Let’s get more into barcode inventory management software. Barcode inventory management software enables the printing and scanning of barcodes; and provides real-time access to information and tracking.
The key here is that it acts as both inventory management software and a barcoding system. The greatest benefit of this is there’s no need to have separate inventory management and barcoding software. This eliminates any errors that may occur as a result of two separate systems not integrating correctly.
For instance, Acctivate provides barcoding solutions as add-ons to its base inventory management software. Acctivate is a powerful inventory management software that can synchronously function as barcode inventory management software, if your business were to choose to use a barcoding.
How barcode inventory management software can be used
Say a business uses barcode inventory management software. Like the scenario we discussed earlier, the barcode scanner would read the barcode. But with a barcode inventory management software, the software program will read and process the barcode information and pull the product information from its inventory database. It will also sync with the business’ inventory information to track, update, and process inventory – and more.
Bison Oilfied and Industrial Supply trusts Acctivate barcode inventory management software to manage their business
The use of barcode inventory management software makes inventory management practices efficient, accurate, and extremely quick. Because inventory management is dependent on and affects sales and purchasing, there are many ways businesses can utilize barcode inventory management software to enhance workflow. Let’s explore some of the ways barcoding hardware and barcode inventory management software can be used:
- Finding product information
- Tracking the location of a specific item
- Counting inventory
- Updating inventory levels
- Picking items for orders
- Receiving inventory
Growing your business with barcode inventory management software
We discussed the difference between barcoding hardware and barcoding software, as well as the role of barcode inventory management software. We also looked at some ways barcodes are integral for other areas of business such as purchasing and sales. For more details on the many business applications of barcodes, check out our barcoding and mobile informational page here.