3 Features You Must Have in Your Barcode Reader Software

Using barcodes is a great way to organize your inventory. However, in order to make the most out of barcodes, you'll need a barcode reader software program. Getting one of these programs isn't hard, but there are so many options out there, how do you know which one is the best for your business?

Here are some important features you'll want to be on the lookout for when it comes to finding the right software for your company's needs.

Barcode Software Needs to Integrate With Your Inventory Database

What's the use of having barcode scanning software if it doesn't work with your inventory database? When you scan your barcodes, you need to make sure it interfaces well with the information you have stored in your inventory. That way, you'll be able to pull up inventory records in a flash when you need them.


"Using handheld scanners to pull up a barcode is an ineffective way to keep inventory. "


Barcode Reader Software Should Be Equipped With Check-In/Check-Out Procedures

Your assets are used by multiple employees each day. But trying to check which employee has what asset at any given time can be a huge hassle. Fortunately, check-in and check-out procedures make it easy to see where a specific asset is at the moment you are searching for it. When the barcode is scanned, your inventory database will update who is using it and where they are working.

Barcode Scanning Software Needs to Be Mobile Compatible

Using handheld scanners to pull up a barcode is an ineffective way to keep inventory. They're clunky and expensive, and you can't use them for anything else. Most smartphones have the ability to scan barcodes through their camera features. Pulling up barcodes in this way allows you to edit, update, and add to your existing inventory records on-the-go, no matter where you are. You won't have to use different equipment for each step of the process, making each step run more smoothly, and you won't have to be tied down to any location where regular barcode scanners are used.


Asset Panda has created a platform that functions well as a barcode reader software program. You don't have to purchase separate software since our program does it all. We created a mobile-based inventory management system which makes it easy for you to scan barcodes and attach specific items in your inventory to each of them. Doing this makes it easy for you to see which of your employees is using an asset at any given time. If any of your equipment goes missing, you know where to start and won't be left guessing where it is. Our cloud-based platform means your inventory is updated in real time, as each of your workers can scan a barcode and update inventory status.

One of our clients is a Toronto-based photography studio that rents out a lot of photography equipment to their employees. Using a barcode-based system, they were able to switch away from a spreadsheet and start using a check-in and check-out-based system. This helps them keep track of important equipment they rely on, such as cameras, lenses, and lighting. Their photographers have an easy time keeping track of wear and tear and have no issues locating the items they need to serve their clients.

Want to see how Asset Panda can make using barcodes in your inventory management system a piece of cake? Take a free guided tour of our platform today!


Bree Brouwer

Bree has held plenty of media- and marketing-related jobs over the years now, like working as a PR and marketing assistant to a Hollywood screenwriting coach, and writing content for three different digital marketing agencies.

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