When you hear the phrase “doing inventory”, what comes to mind? Many people think of someone with bulky barcode scanning devices standing in the grocery aisle in front of the cereal.
Despite the fact that many alternatives are available, thousands of companies still use outdated barcode scanning solutions. Here are some downsides to continuing to use this old technology:
Scanners Have a Short Reading Distance
Many handheld barcode scanning devices have a short reading distance. Unless you are right next to the item you need to scan, you might not be able to pick up the code. While this isn’t a problem for many companies, if your inventory has a lot of stock, scanning will take a long time.
Barcode Scanning Devices Can Get Pretty Expensive
Having a barcode scanner for every employee gets expensive fast. Depending on the environment your employees will be using your scanners in, you may have to invest in a heavy duty single use device. Scanners run anywhere from $50-1000, so if you need more than a few, expect to invest a lot of money.
Scanners Are Single-Use Devices
Most barcode scanning devices only have one use. You can’t use them for any other tasks. Depending on the size of your company, it may not be worth purchasing enough devices for your team when you can’t use them for anything else.
Barcode technology has come a long way since the days when we needed to use large, specialized devices plugged into a wall somewhere. While the current solutions may not be expensive on their own, if you need to buy them in large quantities, it’ll quickly add up. If you’re watching your budget, this may not be a solution you can invest in.
Asset Panda found a way to address that problem by utilizing barcode scanning capabilities available on every mobile device. We know that your employees have their phones with them at all times, and often use their phones for many other business tasks. Having an all-purpose device used for many tasks can save your company a lot of money, even if they end up footing the phone bill.
Our mobile optimized platform also makes it easy for your employees to access inventory records on the go. Your team can easily access and change important records as they are going through your company’s stock, instead of waiting until they can access a computer, or bringing one out onto the floor with them. The barcode scanning capability means that your employees don’t have to rely on error-prone manual data entry or take notes on what they find.
While you are out on the inventory floor, you can create item reports, customize data fields, check in or check out specific items, and integrate your information from one platform to another. Our cloud-based database means that you’ll access the same records, whether you are in the office or out on the floor.
We know that your company is unique. So we made it easy for you to customize your platform. One kind of software doesn’t work well for every company, so you need to be able to find something that fits your business’ specific needs. With Asset Panda, you can rest assured that your inventory is being tracked quickly and accurately, without needing to rely on outdated barcode scanners.
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