Ditch the Handheld Scanners for Inventory – There’s a Mobile Solution

Whether you’re a large multinational corporation or a mom-and-pop shop, you’re likely to need scanners for inventory purposes. You’ve got inventory coming into your facility and moving out – and, if you’re going to operate at maximum efficiency, you need an accurate, real-time system to help you manage your stock. At a moment’s notice, you’ve got to be able to determine when it’s time to replenish inventory, or when you need to relocate or even dispose of some of it. A good inventory tracking system will trigger alerts that will enable you to stay apprised of impending shortages.

The typical scanner you’ll find these days is handheld and ranges in price from $50 to $500 or more. The best inventory systems are those that loop in everyone involved in the communication loop, which necessitates either purchasing several of these handheld scanners or asking employees to use them on a check-in/check-out system, which isn’t terribly efficient. Nevertheless, because these devices can be expensive – and because many employees may be involved – companies may limit the number of scanners they purchase for inventory purposes. Oversight and gaps can result. The scanners can also become lost or stolen, or they can break down. A handheld scanner sure beats an Excel spreadsheet in terms of overall efficiency, but it’s still not the best way to track and monitor your inventory. In fact, mobile technology and the cloud really offer the gold standard for inventory tracking. The best mobile inventory tracking systems are not only cost-competitive, but also powerful, flexible, robust on features, and yet easy to use.

Dallas-based Asset Panda offers an inventory tracking system that requires no software or hardware to use – and that includes handheld barcode scanners. Asset Panda’s free mobile iOS and Android apps include a mobile barcode scanner, so all you need is your smartphone or tablet to track and manage your inventory. Your data is served up in real time 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because the apps sync with the cloud. There’s no cap on the number of stakeholders you can add to your account; add as many as you’d like at no additional charge. Asset Panda is both powerful and yet easy to use. Its simple user interface includes a custom dashboard; custom role-based security settings; custom fields, forms, columns and asset listing views; unlimited custom actions, including reports, notifications and alerts; a GPS feature; and so much more. Our philosophy is that you should be able to track your assets any way you want – now and in the future. Realizing that the Internet of Things is a forthcoming reality, we’ve created a tool flexible to incorporate new technologies, and adapt as you do.

In the palm of your hand, you have quick access to an item’s exact location, who has it and its condition. You can pull depreciation figures, create a work order or look up an item’s maintenance history. Analyze your inventory and make informed decisions about replenishment, reallocation and more. You can generate reports, loop in all of our stakeholders and increase accountability and accuracy throughout your entire organization. No more guesswork, frustration, wasted time and/or money. With Asset Panda, you get peace of mind – and, with our streamlined technology, it comes at a price our competitors simply can’t touch.

Try Asset Panda free for 14 days, and find out why clients worldwide have chosen us to help them manage millions of dollars’ worth of their vital inventory and assets. To get started, visit assetpanda.com

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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