Why Small Businesses Need Barcoding

It can be easy to presume that only large corporation and companies with millions of items of stock would need to have a barcoding solution in place, but here at GSM Barcoding, we know that’s simply not the case at all.

Big or small; essentially any size business can utilise the benefits of installing a barcoding system, especially when it comes to inventory management. Whether you want to increase productivity or streamline the management of your stock, barcoding solutions are essential.

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Can Using Data Help Smoothen Your Processes Over the Festive Period?

Christmas is a hectic time for year for both consumers and manufacturers alike. While shoppers are frantically trying to gather the perfect gifts for their loved ones, product manufacturers are working equally as hard to put their products in front of the consumer masses and meet the many demands that they face.

As the season is the busiest time for almost every industry, it’s essential that businesses are adequately preparing themselves for the season in advance and this can easily be done with the help of data collected from systems such as barcoding solutions.

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Barcoding in the Food Industry

Barcodes can be found all around us, from the items that we buy in shops to billboards that provide people with more information. With the advancement of technology, barcodes have also developed from when they were first introduced to the UK in 1979.

One of the many industries that use barcodes is in the food industry, but why and how is it used, and are there any advantages?

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Barcoding and the Modern Commerce World

Invented in 1948 by Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, barcoding was developed to provide a fast and efficient way of automatically reading information about products during checkout. The modern commercial world has increased the demand for efficient barcoding solutions and regulation systems.

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How Does Barcoding Work? [Infographic]

Barcoding is a vital component to easily read information about products, and it is used around the world. But do you know how it works?

 

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The Benefits of Forward Planning

Benjamin Franklin once said that ‘by failing to prepare, you prepare to fail’. This applies to anyone that has a hobby and even to small businesses. If a small business fails to prepare for certain things or they don’t prepare themselves for an oncoming obstacle, they will inevitably fail. This is where forward planning is an important thing to take into consideration and it is useful to know its benefits.

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4 Important Qualities of Logistics in Business

Logistics is important for any business, especially for small businesses and within a warehouse environment. But how is your logistical operation? Could it be better? Because there are important reasons to commit to strong logistics for your business.

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Increasing Your Business’s Productivity

Saving time and money is vital for any business; efficiency and productivity in every aspect of your company ensures that you stay ahead of your market competitors. If you own a small or medium sized business, your resources will be limited compared to bigger companies, which makes it more important to streamline every aspect of your company.

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How to Improve the Efficiency of Your Warehouse

The less time and energy is wasted getting something done, the more efficiently your warehouse will run – and the more results you’ll see in your bottom line. An improvement in warehouse efficiency leads to an increase in productivity, which in turn is crucial to customer satisfaction. This means that every little action counts, from little tweaks to major changes, as everything can contribute to a fully operational and well-organised business.

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barcoding.co.uk enables primeur to operate in real-time

Radio frequency data collection and communications links seamlessly with leading soft furnishings supplier’s ERP system, delivers real-time benefits and supports excellent customer service.

primeurPrimeur is the UK’s leading manufacturer, importer and distributor of soft furnishings. Serving major and independent retailers, the company supplies such well-known names as Argos, B&Q and Wilkinson with cushions, rugs and floor mats.

The UK market for furnishings and furniture is worth in excess of £8 billion. This encourages stiff competition among suppliers. From its Bingley base Primeur operates a slick operation, enabling it to respond quickly to customer requirements and so retain a significant lead on its competitors.

At Bingley rapid and agile response is supported by a high-tech wireless system supplied and installed by Barcoding.co.uk, which helps the company to handle a product line of over 1126, with about 5 million individual items per year being imported.

Product throughout is subject to seasonality and so Primeur has to be flexible. The company, therefore, applies lean principles to ensure efficiency and yet Primeur must be able to handle demands effectively to maintain excellent levels of customer service. This is made possible by using the wireless real-time solution that integrates with a Strategix ERP system, which handles all the sales and purchase orders, customer and product data, etc. All operations link to this system, with barcode technology playing a lead role in enabling Primeur’s personnel to perform paperless warehousing tasks.

In brief, the standard process begins with Primeur raising purchase orders with its manufacturers in India and Europe. The products are then shipped to Bingley where they are put into stock bins within the warehouses. Accuracy is paramount with barcode labels being applied not only to individual items and to batches of the same items, but also to the stock bins.

The accuracy and efficiency of the stock movement operation is where the Barcoding wireless system comes into play. The entire Primeur site – across the three warehouses – is equipped with 20 Proxim WiFi access points, comprising an appropriate mix of AP700 and AP500 devices. These enable real-time data collection and communication using handheld computers equipped with barcode scanners. The devices run terminal emulation and talk directly to the ERP system. This enables operators to place the correct item in the correct stock bin. Then by also using the portable terminals to assist with picking, accuracy is maintained with items matching the picklists displayed on the handheld devices.

Glynn Robinson is Systems Support Manager for Primeur. He talks enthusiastically about the system saying that is of “great benefit” to the company. “We are able to run a very well-managed business using real-time data. This is the right approach for us and has eliminated vast amounts of paper, which reduces operational and environmental costs and significantly boosts accuracy,” he says.

Primeur relies on Barcoding.co.uk for ongoing service and maintenance and enjoys an excellent business relationship.

“Barcoding’s service is excellent, the team responds quickly to our needs and this means we in turn are able to provide the high levels of service our customers expect from us,” concludes Glynn Robinson.

Facts at a scan: Primeur wireless solution supplied by Barcoding.co.uk

  • 20 x Proxim WiFi access points – appropriate mix of AP700, AP600 and AP500
  • 1 x Citizen CLP desktop thermal transfer printer
  • 2 x Zebra Technologies RW220 portable direct thermal barcode printers
  • 4 x Datalogic Kyman.net handheld terminals
  • 10 x Datalogic Viper handheld terminals
  • 4 x Hand Held Products Dolphin handheld terminals
  • Printer consumables
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