Do Barcode and UID Plates Really Help Speed Things Up?

Barcode and UID PlatesOne of the main reasons why companies end up using tags and labels that have barcodes or 2D codes on them is because of the fact that these speed things up. If you are not familiar with these codes, these are those lines and squares that can be scanned using an optical scanner, and these are then translated into data by the computer. This data is what people read to find out more about a product or to add information about it.

The question some people ask is, do these codes really help speed things up? If you take into consideration the old methods people use to take inventory and to keep track of assets, you will notice that the process used to get this done often takes a few days or so. When you employ barcodes and 2D codes however, the process becomes faster due to the fact that you won’t have to write down information and details regarding the items that you are tracking since these are fed directly into the computer via the codes that are scanned by the optical scanner.

Aside from inventory and asset tracking, these are also great for retailers due to the fact that these can speed up the payment process. Now take yourself back in time when barcodes were not used at checkout counters and the cashiers had to add up your purchases for you one by one by punching in the item code and the price. Didn’t those things take so long to finish?

When compared with the barcoded payment systems these days, you can now purchase in bulk without having to wait for the cashier to encode each item into the machine for them to come up with your total. They simply need to scan the code on the item’s label, and then when the cash register shows the item on its screen, the cashier only needs to multiply it according to the number you are buying. You get the total for your purchase quickly.

That is not the only convenience that these barcodes and systems give. Once an item is marked as sold by the computer after it has been scanned, it then updates the company’s database and tells it how many were deducted from the current stock. This helps companies know how many of a specific item is left on their inventory, and they are then informed when they need to replenish their stock without having to go through the tedious process of manually counting how many are left of such a product on their shelves.

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