For a lot of companies out there, when it comes time to scan a code, they use a handheld barcode scanner to do the job. These devices are incredibly popular, and you’ll find them included in a great deal of inventory and asset tracking products. They have their pros and cons. On the upside, they’re portable and make scanning large items easier; you won’t have to lift and transport a heavy item across a warehouse for scanning. You can take handheld scanners with you if you’re moving around a large facility or among multiple locations. They’re relatively easy to use and encourage accurate and timely data capture.
As for cons, well, like any other piece of technology equipment, they’ll eventually break down and require servicing, repair or even replacement. Those scanners are also a bit of a deterrent to efficient asset tracking, in a sense. Companies will often limit how many of the scanners they purchase due to their expense and the opportunity for loss and/or theft. Unfortunately, limiting the number of employees within your inventory and asset tracking loop increases the odds of an error, and could discourage accountability.
The truth is that barcode scanners are, with each passing year, becoming dated thanks to the evolution of technology. These days, inventory and asset tracking management companies are moving increasingly toward mobile technology to provide all-in-one solutions for their clients.
Asset Panda offers the gold standard among them. The company was built upon the philosophy that clients should be able to track their inventory and assets any way they want. Years of research, development, and testing led to the development of the world’s most powerful, flexible, customizable, and easy to use mobile platform. With Asset Panda, all that’s needed to track and manage inventory and assets is a smartphone or tablet. Our free mobile iOS and Android apps sync with the cloud and include a mobile barcode scanner, effectively eliminating the need for handheld scanners and potentially opening access to more stakeholders through your organization in a cost-efficient way. Asset Panda allows for an unlimited number of users at no additional charge. Every one of our accounts is a premium account, giving every client full access to our complete and robust features offering, which continues to expand.
Because Asset Panda syncs with the cloud, your information is served in real-time, all the time, which allows you to skip the guesswork and make informed decisions about your inventory and assets. Asset Panda stores the complete lifecycle of every one of your vital assets. Once you enter an item’s code with the mobile barcode scanner, you can add supporting documents, photos, voice notes, and videos. Within seconds, you can track an item’s exact location, the identity of the person who has it, its check-in/check-out status, insurance policy information, lease/purchase information, complete maintenance history and appreciation/depreciation figures, among many other pieces of information.
Because it’s completely customizable, you call the shots on how your data is organized in Asset Panda. From the dashboard to the fields, columns, notifications, alerts, reports and security settings, it’s all up to you. And, when you have a tool that encourages maximum stakeholder participation, it’s got to be easy to use. Despite its incredible power, Asset Panda is extremely intuitive and requires no training to master. It’s also flexible enough to incorporate new technologies as they become available.
Asset Panda is your inventory and asset tracking partner – today and for the long term. Try it free for 14 days. For more information or to get started, go to assetpanda.com