There are many businesses that need to regularly scan bar codes. Scanning barcodes is a simple way of tracking what is going in and coming out of your business. With barcode scanning, it’s easy to automatically maintain accurate stock records. But dedicated barcode scanners are on their way out. Instead, businesses should look to integrate barcode scanning capabilities into smartphone apps.
Get Rid Of Bulky Scanners
Barcode scanners are big and bulky devices, and there really is no need for them to be. Not only this but having to carry a barcode scanner around with them all day only makes life more difficult for your workers. If they need to use both their hands, they need to put the barcode scanner down, and anyone who has ever used one for any length of time can tell you how prone they are to break.
Another common issue with big bulky barcode scanners is that they are generally designed for men’s hands. Lots of women have difficulty operating barcode scanners one-handed, making things even more awkward if they need to carry one around with them throughout the day.
By switching to a barcode scanning app instead, so you can get rid of the scanners entirely.
Use Smartphones As Scanners
Everyone carries a smartphone around with them. Not only this, but modern smartphones have much better cameras in them than any barcode scanner we have ever used. The result of this is much more accurate scanning, which means that your inventory will, in turn, be more reliable. Smartphones are also considerably more powerful than barcode scanners, meaning that they can analyze the images much more accurately.
The availability of barcode scanning APIs means that you can implement barcode scanning on any platform you like. Adding barcode scanning capabilities to your own custom app is easy with a barcode scanner API; all the hard work is done for you.
Goodbye, Repair Costs!
Barcode scanners, despite being big and bulky, have a tendency to either break or fail for some unknown reason. Their life span is not great, and when they suffer issues you need to shell out money to either repair or replace them.
Smartphones are a little bit different. Most of your workers will have one anyway and if their smartphone breaks then they will quickly get themselves a new one. Not all your workers will own smartphones but providing a basic and cheap smartphone to your workers does not cost much these days, in fact, the price is about the same or cheaper than a dedicated scanner would be.
Maintain Accurate Records
Barcodes provide you with a simple and reliable way of marking everything that comes in or goes out of your business. If you can trust your barcode scanning procedures and policies to capture everything that passes through your business, you can be certain of accurate records. Because a smartphone can scan a barcode faster and more accurately than most commercial bar-code readers, it is able to not only promote more accurate records but enables you to maintain them much more easily.
Barcode scanning apps offer numerous advantages over conventional barcode scanners, it seems likely that apps will ultimately replace the dedicated scanner in the near future. By using a barcode scanner API, you can easily integrate barcode scanning capabilities into a custom app for your business.