Which barcode is right for your business?
If you have ever looked closely enough, you have undoubtedly noticed that not all barcodes are the same. In fact, there are over 100 different barcode symbologies. 1D, 2D, QR and each have their own unique functionality.
What is a barcode?
A barcode is a machine-readable image. The very first scanning of the now global barcode, was on a pack of Wrigley Company chewing gum in America in June 1974. Can you imagine going to a supermarket checout with items that were not barcoded?
We refer to the scanning of barcodes as automatic identification data capture (AIDC). This has expanded far wider than the retail sector into supply chain, food manufacturing, general manufacturing and health care. In fact anywhere where accuracy is required.
Barcodes are used with a variety of software applications that verify:
- Where has it come from, what I have done to it, and where am I sending it to;
- Are you the right person / product?
However, for the right business and the right application, barcodes can offer some terrific benefits, particularly to applications such as:
- Asset Management
- Supply Chain and Logistics
How to introduce barcodes into your business
Rolling out barcodes require careful planning and research. How and where it is printed, how it is read or scanned and the software that will interpret the data. For extra reassurance, Saito’s GS1 barcode certification and verification means that your barcodes will comply with global standards. This integrates your barcodes with your wider supply chain, creating smoother stock and asset management.
- Talk to the Saito Sales team
Tell us about the problems you are trying to fix and the improvements you hope to make.
- The Saito Sales team will work with you to examine the business case
We’ll follow our Detailed Needs Analysis (DNA) process. At Saito, we have an 8-step process that we use to assess your business and spot opportunities for efficiency gains. The Saito Detailed Needs Analysis, or DNA, usually delivers great cost reductions for clients. We use this system so that all elements in the supply chain are systematically reviewed.
- Assess industry and site-wide issues
- Work with the client to identify which problems need to be solved. Spot opportunities to make labelling or tagging processes easier, faster or more functional
- View and record the process and usage
- Talk with users and ask them all about how they find the process
- Finalise the operational objectives of the project based on the findings from steps 1 to 4
- Agree the parameters of the project
- Agree the roll in stages with all who are set to benefit from the project
- Present all the findings and a number of recommendations together with expected outcomes
- Action time
You can talk to us about Barcode strategies using the form below, or contact us directly.