How Does a Barcode Inventory System Work?

Understanding Barcode Inventory Systems

We all use barcodes in our lives. From buying a new shirt to scanning our groceries at the self-checkout. They’re almost everywhere, and they help businesses better manage their stock.

In the digital age, advanced and quality barcoding systems are more important than ever, and more and more industries are utilising one- and two-dimensional barcodes. Here are a few things you should know before choosing your system.


What is a barcode system?

A barcoding system uses unique codes printed on products to count and track inventory. They are also utilised for Point-of-Sale services and are designed to ensure managed stock and understanding of revenue. Odds are if you offer a product, you’ll need barcoding.


What do you use it for?

There are three main benefits to barcoding systems.

  1. Warehouses with inventory

If you don’t have an easy-to-use system to track item counts and variants you run the risk of managing a scattered warehouse and transferring stock can be a nightmare. A barcode system is a must-have in any warehouse.

  1. Businesses with vendors

If your inventory gets sent to vendors or retailers, they might require barcodes for the items they purchase from you. It will streamline the process if you already have your own unique codes.

  1. You’re maintaining Barcoding Inventory

Even if you have codes for unique items, bulk inventory can stack up, and maintaining inventory utilising a levelled barcoding system will have huge value.


How does a barcode inventory system work?

When you have defined all of the products and variants you create unique barcodes for each product. When you scan a barcode, the scanner reads the barcode and the information encoded is read by the machine. The machine can then manage and input all appropriate codes and track them using a central computer system.


Making the most of your barcoding system

It’s critical that you select an inventory system that works with your business, and different types have different benefits.


Selecting a scanner

Scanners refer to the form of device that will read your barcode and transfer the code to your computer. Most scanners are lasers ideal for one-dimensional barcodes. It’s a more affordable option, but for two-dimensional barcodes transferring data requires a different scanner.


Choosing a Form

The form of barcoding refers to how you will be checking in and out your stock. For example, most grocery stores have fixed barcode scanners that don’t move, as they can scan and move products quickly. For items that may be too heavy or for more flexibility a handheld “gun” style scanner is a great option. Consider how you want to process stocktake when deciding on the form.

Once you know the type of system you want, you can get started on defining all SKUs and variants and creating all necessary barcodes. With a high-quality software, you should have the support to do this seamlessly.


Get started with streamlining your inventory

B&DCS has been providing innovative solutions to out clients across various industry, delivering high quality tracking and barcoding software. Utilise some of the latest technology to streamline your tracking and inventory management, get in touch with our team today. 1300 369 513.