Barcodes are powerful little tools for businesses. Do not be deceived by their size. These small little black and white squares and rectangles are able to really speed up many of your business processes and help you avoid all sorts of problems that would otherwise plague your inventory data. It is time for the truth about barcodes to be laid out in plain and simple terms so that there is absolutely no confusion about what they are and what they can do for your business.WHAT A BARCODE SCANNER CAN DO
Reading a barcode with a barcode scanner allows you to gain access to detailed information about a product, including its cost, proportions, specifications, sales history, order history, number in stock, locations it is located at, and much, much more.
You can use barcodes, barcode scanners, and the inventory app Fishbowl Go to do the following tasks:
Do you know how barcodes are able to hold all sorts of data in just a few vertical lines? That is actually a trick question because most barcodes do not contain detailed data – they only contain a reference number that can be used to find the appropriate data on file. A barcode scanner reads that number, looks it up in a computer database, and then displays the product information found in that central location on the barcode scanner for you to see. It does not come from the barcode itself. The barcode is still an important tool because it facilitates the process of gathering information, but it is not generally the source of that information.
Barcodes are often mistakenly assumed to contain product information. Very few barcodes do contain it, though. Those special exceptions are called two-dimensional barcodes or matrix codes. Two-dimensional barcodes (such as PDF 417, QR Code, Aztec, MaxiCode, and Data Matrix) look different than regular 1D barcodes. They kind of look like black-and-white Rorschach tests. PDF 417 barcodes are mostly used in the shipping industry by such companies as UPS and FedEx. QR Codes are often used in magazines and other places that are focused on consumers to get them to scan them and go to a website.
One-dimensional barcodes, also known as linear barcodes, are much more common than 2D barcodes. When you look at most products on store shelves, you can usually find a 1D barcode on them because they have been around far longer than 2D barcodes and they are quite ubiquitous. There are many different types of linear barcodes, such as UPC, RSS, EAN, Interleaved, Code 39, and IMB. You will find IMBs on the bottom of envelopes that you send through the United States Postal Service. They help the USPS track mail as it is sent across far distances so that important items rarely, if ever, get misplaced.INVENTORY BARCODE SOFTWARE
Barcodes are important for businesses because they help them instantly update their inventory barcode software and stay up to date on their inventory levels and needs. See how barcodes can help your business increase efficiency by trying a free trial of Fishbowl Manufacturing or Fishbowl Warehouse. Fishbowl Go integrates with these manufacturing and warehouse management solutions to facilitate barcode scanning and inventory tracking within a single warehouse or in multiple warehouses.