Inventory Scanning Has Changed … For the Better

Have you ever entered inventory into an online spreadsheet? Hours upon hours of monotonous typing. Letters and numbers blurring together. Accidental miskeyed entries, deletions or confusing formulas that can disrupt your entire system. Well, you are in luck … inventory scanning just got a lot easier.

When you think of scanners and inventory, the first thought is of those handheld scanners commonly found in retail establishments or in large warehouses. These are great tools for scanning inventory as it comes in/goes out. But these devices are expensive and companies only have a small handful which always seems to be in use by someone else when another person needs it. They also need frequent updating or tend to break down, which means they are completely out of service for maintenance and/or repair. The convenience factor goes completely out the window if the scanners are unavailable and work can come to a screeching halt.

But what if you were able to use an inventory scanner right on your own smartphone or tablet and it had, even more, features to make the whole process of scanning and reporting even easier? And even better, what if this scanner could do things like capture photos or video and relay data in real time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from virtually anywhere? Your inventory scanning dream has become your reality.

Today’s asset and inventory tracking software platforms feature built-in inventory scanning software perfect for capturing all the relevant data on a company’s vital assets and inventory. These scanners capture all the necessary and most up-to-date data on an asset for its entire lifecycle via mobile apps that allow users to turn any smartphone or tablet into a fully functional barcode scanner. With one simple scan of a barcode, the scanner sends data to the affiliate tracking software and allows all eligible users to access and maintain the data anytime and from anywhere. From where an asset or inventory is, check in/check out status, complete maintenance history, and data on how much of an item you have, when it’s been ordered or reordered -- it’s all in the palm of your hand whenever you need it.

As part of asset tracking and management software, built-in inventory scanning capabilities are giving the money back to companies who had to invest their dollars into handheld scanners and cover the maintenance/repair costs and in some cases, the replacement costs. There are no additional hardware costs to incur anymore because the scanner is downloaded to employees’ own smartphones or tablets.

The mobility factor is also incredibly valuable with inventory scanning. Smartphones and tablets are usable virtually anywhere – from the front of a retail establishment to the warehouse located in another state. The data recorded from each scan can be accessed instantly and employees, as well as customers, have the most up-to-date information about an item.

And let’s not forget about speed! We all want information now. There’s no time to sit around and wait or even worse, guess about an item. Built-in inventory scanners are undoubtedly faster than an employee manually typing information into an online spreadsheet. And way more dependable too! The scan reduces the potential for errors from those previously mentioned mistyped letter or number, especially when there are many assets that need to be entered.

Asset Panda offers the ultimate inventory scanning tool as part of its powerful asset and inventory tracking 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 built-in 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. 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.

Asset Panda was built upon the philosophy that clients should be able to track their inventory and assets any way they want. It’s time to say goodbye to the old ways of inventory scanning and let Asset Panda revolutionize the way you track and manage inventory and assets by visiting

Businesses of every size across every industry can use the scanning capabilities of Asset Panda. Check out this video from Team Gleason and how they have changed their inventory and asset tracking practices to better serve both their employees and clients thanks to Asset Panda.


Audra London

Audra London, founder of Conceptual Communications, LLC, has over 10 years of writing, public relations and marketing experience and serves as an expert on press releases, media relations, feature writing, web content and marketing copy.

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