Why is Inventory Management Important for a Business?

Inventory Management – or stock management – is critical to maintaining a controlled, profitable business and this is especially crucial for smaller enterprises where margins are tighter.

Starting up a new business can be an exciting and hectic time. While managing your stock may not be at the top of your list of things to do, it is often one of the biggest influencers of revenue so it’s therefore worth getting it right from the start. Continue reading

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The Top 5 Benefits of Asset Tracking Systems

For most businesses, the purchase of assets will constitute one of the largest proportions of initial outlay when considering start-up costs. It makes sense therefore to protect your initial investment by ensuring you know where your assets are, what they are being used for and their current condition.

This is the job of asset tracking and thankfully there are now solutions available that make this a streamlined and efficient process. One such option is the G-SMart asset solution which combines web-based technology with barcoding to provide an all-in-one tracking system that provides a real-time, holistic view of all of your assets, all in one place.

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What are Mobile Barcode Apps and How Can They Benefit You?

Barcode data collection holds lots of power – especially when you utilise mobile barcode apps to their full potential. With the use of mobile barcoding software apps, you can flexibly track and trace almost anything. Products such as GoBarcodes app suite from GSM Barcoding means you can implement a versatile barcode tracking system, all within one single hand-held scanner.

With the workforce going mobile, your business needs to be more flexible and move with the changes within many industries. With the right mobile device management solution, you can make your work structure much more efficient. But what are the benefits of utilising these incredibly handy mobile barcode apps?

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How Does a Barcode Reader Work?

Whatever industry you work in, or whenever you step foot in any type of shop, one fact remains to be true – barcodes are everywhere.

Whether you are a manufacturer and utilise the innovative tags to track the movement of your products, or whether you are a consumer and are purchasing products that contain the traditionally black and white codes, it is an inevitable fact of life; almost every single human on the planet, in one way or another, will come into contact with a barcode during their lifetime. Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About the QR Code

QR codes; you’ve probably heard of them before and you’ve probably utilised them at some point. They are used in various ways and are one of the most effective forms of barcode for many industries, such as marketing and communications, as well as for stock control within warehouses and factories.

The QR code has been enjoying some well-deserved time in the spotlight recently and, while it seemed to fade away for some time, the prospects are even more exciting. Could this be due to the introduction of QR code payment mark?

So, in a world full of advanced technology, just what is a QR code and could they be making a huge comeback for business, marketing and much more?

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RFID V Barcode: Which is Best for You?

The capturing and recording of data is the essence of the Auto-ID industry; from its 1973 introduction of scanning a barcode on a pack of chewing gum to the invention of 2D imagers and later RFID, the industry has continued to evolve at an astounding pace.

The barcoding evolution or rather revolution has been driven by the massive benefits in business efficiency and accuracy that comes from scanning barcodes.  For many of us accustomed to barcoding systems it is easy to take the speed and 99.9% scan accuracy rate for granted. But, for a second, just consider businesses attempting to manually count stock or track production in today’s supply chain!

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GSM Barcoding Attend Link 50 Sage Event

GSM Barcoding’s technical manager Tom Selby was invited to attend the Sage Developer and ISV Software Fair in Gateshead 19th-20th April.

During the event, we managed to speak to developers and teams within Sage about G-SMart Link 50 add-on software and how it adds value to businesses who run the Sage 50 software.

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How to Turn Your Sage 50 Into A Barcoded Warehouse Management System

When starting small, it’s reasonable to think that keeping track of your stock can be done with a simple pen and paper or keeping records in spreadsheets.  A monthly audit or tracking ins and outs is straight forward when you’re a small business, but what happens as you grow?

It’s no longer manageable, higher turnover of stock, extended product lines and variants, short-term promotions and a number of stock locations where inventory can be misplaced adds to the complexity of knowing what stock is in hand and where. Continue reading

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The Importance of Barcoding in The Supply Chain: Rolls-Royce

Barcodes are often a forgotten component; but those seemingly insignificant numbers, lines and monochrome patterns pack a powerful punch, with plenty of benefits to be gained. From customer service all the way to branding and the supply chain, the barcode can be a vital component in many industries; just as it is with the well-known and respected brand that is Rolls Royce.

The renowned brand, famous for their prestigious array of cars, also develop plenty more extraordinary technologies too – their quest has taken them to finding expertise in internal combustion engines to providing the worlds most powerful and efficient aero-engines.

They are now at the forefront of innovative research and development to produce state-of-the-art electromechanical and hybrid power systems. And GSM Barcoding are helping them do that….

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What You Didn’t Know About Barcodes

Barcodes are brilliant.

Refined with the intention of streamlining commercial processes such as automated supermarket checkout systems, barcodes have come a long way since their introduction in 1974.

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