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The Importance of Barcode Quality and Accuracy

Barcode label accuracy is the center of fast and efficient logistics. Accurate barcode labels can streamline workflow, prevent errors and help avoid rework. The ubiquitous use of barcodes in all sorts of businesses reflects the importance of barcode labels.

Barcodes prove to be far more accurate and effective than manual methods no matter what your business may be.

Here are the advantages of barcode labels.

Accuracy
Barcodes are paramount for efficient inventory management. These labels were invented and implemented to avoid human errors and drawbacks inherent to manual methods. So when you shift from manual methods to barcodes, you can avoid costly errors, losses and customer dissatisfaction.

Human errors are endemic to manual methods like spreadsheets. There is at least one typo for every few hundred characters. However, since barcodes are very accurate, there are virtually no errors with barcode scanning.


As a result, there are fewer chances of running out of stock, getting customer orders wrong and redoing work when barcodes are used in place of manual methods. This means lower operational costs, fewer inefficiencies and higher profits.

Saves Time and Energy
Barcode scanning entails less work than manual means. All information is available with just one scan when barcodes are used. The same cannot be said for manual methods which are far more onerous and time-consuming.

Manual methods require far more work and time as compared to workflows that use barcodes. As a result, employees spend more time and energy on menial and trivial tasks instead of channeling their energies towards more useful managerial and strategic tasks.

When errors do transpire, personnel have to spend far more time trying to locate missing inventory, addressing customer complaints and so on with manual methods.

Accountability
Employee theft is rife and it results in massive losses. Manual methods cannot mitigate this threat in the same way that barcodes do.

Versatility
Barcodes are highly versatile and lend themselves to all sorts of commercial and non-commercial environments. Barcodes can do far more than just track the movement of inventory. It can help to account for worker productivity for instance.

Simplicity
Barcodes can reduce complexity and the work burden in the long term. Manual methods may seem straightforward, but the truth is that there is a high price to be paid for it.

With barcodes, it is possible to have systems that update the inventory in real-time whenever there is a barcode scan. But in the absence of barcodes, all this has to be done manually and there can subsequently be errors in the inventory records.

So with barcodes, companies can streamline their workflow with automated entries to inventory records and more. This is not possible with manual workflow.

Cost Effective
Barcode scanning equipment is not very expensive. Barcode labels themselves are very cheap. Investment in barcode scanning equipment will pay for itself quite fast with reduced errors, reduction in losses, fewer mistakes in customer order fulfillment, less rework, faster automated workflow, reduced workload and so on.

In view of these facts, the importance of barcode labels cannot be overemphasized.

MIDCOM is a Zebra Authorized Partner that specializes in Zebra thermal barcode label printers. Talk to a Specialists about your barcode labeling needs today at (800) 643-2664.

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