Convenience, Portability Matter When Choosing Barcode Scanner System for Inventory


What’s your barcode scanner system for inventory? You might be using a separate handheld scanning device. Those devices vary in their features and complexity. All of them can read simple, or linear, barcodes; and some can read the more complex 2D barcodes, which allow users to track more comprehensive inventory information. Perhaps you’re using a mobile computer, which provides the functions of both a computer and a scanner in one handheld device.

Handheld scanners are very easy to use, and that’s due in part to the fact that they perform a single function. Generally, the larger the size and scope of your business, the more likely you are to need a mobile computer. The handheld scanner can only scan, while the mobile computer can perform a variety of different tasks. Price point, of course, is an important consideration. Handheld scanners can range from $35 all the way up to $600 and above. Price is largely determined by the speed of the device, the variety of barcode types it can read, Bluetooth capability, storage and how many applications it supports. Mobile computers, too, vary in the complexity of their features. Across the board, they’re much more expensive than handheld scanners, ranging from $500 up to $2,500 and more.

The newest barcode scanner system for inventory – and, undoubtedly, the most cost-effective – rely on mobile apps. Several companies have launched Android and/or iOS apps that include built-in barcode scanners, so there’s no need to purchase separate handheld scanners. There’s no denying the convenience of this advancement in scanning technology. However, it’s vitally important to understand that while all of these services offer mobile apps, the capabilities of their products vary significantly. Some of them require subscriptions and associated fees. Others limit the number of users you can add (unless you’re willing to pay an additional fee). Some don’t hold as much data as you’d like, or their features can’t be customized according to your specific needs. Asset Panda took all of those limitations to mind before launching its free mobile iOS and Android apps. The world’s most powerful barcode scanner system for inventory, Asset Panda was designed for total convenience, complete customization and flexibility, and ease of use.

Asset Panda has eliminated the barriers associated with other apps, offering clients the freedom to add unlimited users at no additional cost. Features are customizable, including fields and columns, notifications, alerts, reports, security settings, a calendar feature and more. It’s simple to import and export data into and out of the tool, and Asset Panda integrates easily with legacy systems. The app’s interface is incredibly intuitive, and in fact, you won’t need any special training to quickly get up to speed.

From the palm of your hand, you have access to real-time data that syncs with the cloud. The app helps you reduce redundancy and understock situations; determine values, locations, and the condition of items; and curb theft and loss. Using Asset Panda’s customizable reports feature, you can create documents that provide analysis and insight for all of your stakeholders, and make more informed financial and budgetary decisions. Another advantage of using Asset Panda is that it’s a turnkey solution for your inventory tracking and management needs. Our online store,, provides durable, high-quality asset tags and labels built to last.

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Companies large and small from all over the world already trust Asset Panda to help them better track and manage their inventory. To find out what Asset Panda can do for your business, go to, and start your free 14-day trial.


Courtney Roush

Courtney Roush is a freelance writer, editor, and communications strategist with 25 years of experience. Her favorite discipline is crisis communications – and it’s a highly relevant one in our present times.

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