Use of Barcode scanners and Label Printer makes inventory management process fast and error free

Published: 15th November 2011
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Inventory management and proper operations management is a much more required thing in any retail outlet and other business segments. There are many theories of inventory and process management like card theory, fix interval ordering process, cross card process and many more. In the past few years Information Technology has made this process real easy and with the use of latest IT related inventory and software management tools any number of inventories can be managed with ease and comfort.

In any retail outlet these equipments or hardware can easily be observed. Normally any Point of sale counter has all the setup and any such inventory management system requires barcode scanner, receipt printer, POS software, monitor, cash drawers and label printer. There are some other input materials like optical pen and bank card readers which can be seen at many places.

Use of barcode scanners is not some thing very alien to us because almost every such retail outlet uses barcode scanners to scan the printed barcode for the billing purpose. Barcode scanners have many types and works on different technologies but their basic function is same they all do the scanning of the bar code and then sending the information to the POS software for billing purpose. Here one point is mark able that it is because of barcodes that we are able to manage huge quantity of such materials only because of barcode and barcode scanners.

Normally at the manufacturers end barcodes are printed over the outer pack of any product and respective information can directly be send to the stores where particular inventory is moving therefore no requirement at the store end to label the product for the bar codes but in case there is no such barcode information on the product, tis can be done using label printers. When you need to label certain products for some important information like barcodes then the use of label printers is done. Let us understand the whole processes in one go.

When some inventory moves in the store then all the related information of barcodes over the products also moves in the POS software. If the products lack proper labeling then by using label printers we can arrange the required information and can submit that information to the POS software also various discount information can also be loaded in any such software against any product. When a customer come to POS for billing counter boy scans the barcode printed over the product with the help of a barcode scanner. These scanners send system the information about the product and then a command goes to receipt printer and that printer generates the bill for the purchase.

Use of modern devices like barcode scanner and label printers has many advantages to retail business. It is a well known fact that number of customers in any particular store can be very huge and moreover there are hundreds of products from which a customer can choose any product and if the billing and inventory management system is not accurate and fast enough then the whole condition may result into a disaster. IT enabled solutions like the use of barcode scanner and label printers have advantages like making the whole system fast, customers do not need to wait for their turn to bill, there is very less chance of getting error in the billing system.

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