6 things “green” businesses should know about barcodes

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All round the globe and most importantly the business world, the use of barcodes has been emphasized in areas other than the traditional stock identification. Barcodes are more than just codes anymore. They can help us trace materials, sources of production and pollution, and even help sustainable businesses manage stock.

But the way we use barcodes is changing. Do you have a green business? Sustainable or otherwise, every business should be ready to embrace these existing changes and be ready to either innovate in the line of barcodes or also embrace any future innovations that will hail from the barcode.

Know that every business should be aware of a number of things about barcodes. These are:

1. Barcodes for product identification.

Even if you are producing honey or fair trade handmade goods: From the inception barcodes were more or less designed for this role. It is important that each and every business finds it necessary to put product identification on its products. Product identification is important in the following ways. First it puts the business in a position that it is aware of what it holds as stock. Using barcodes to identify your products will entail that no single product can the premises, unless it has been passed through the barcode scanner. This is only done when an item has been sold.

Second is that the same product identification will help in the management of inventory, this is by the essence that barcodes can be generated with date tags. This will ensure that only those products that came first are put on the counters for sale first.

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, “For buyers, it gives you access to more information that removes the shopping inertia,” Muse says.

2. Barcodes for asset management.

In many organizations, asset management is something that has been presenting a lot of challenges. Barcodes present a simple solution to this where every thing is put on track from the identity of the assets, the control of use for the asset, the responsibility liable of the assets (should something go wrong or get spoilt) and the movement of the asset. Using barcodes for your assets will imply that a business can easily identify its asset, as the barcode tags act like names in its asset inventory system.

Therefore the business is practically aware of how many assets it has and can to a spot check of the asset any time with ease. According to an article in Entrepreneur Magazine, controlling the use of the asset is also made easy with the barcode; a business can tag this on basis of time, such as it is made clear that the authority to use a business asset is not granted after business operating hours.

It is important to note that the act of identifying products using barcodes can come in handy in case the business asset is lost or stolen, or products are not used with counterfeit goods or slave labor.

The recovery of the assets is simplified and more so once the asset has been recovered, identifying and claiming the asset, as belonging to the business is made easier. With the use of barcodes that are unique to the business of which this can be proved easily.

3. Barcodes for order management.

In most emerging businesses and already existing ones, the issues of stock quantity management have been causing a lot of problems. Not managing stock correctly can result in a lot of supply chain waste. The main issue at hand being that management will try not to hold too much in stock versus the fear of running out of stock. Services like the Shopify barcodes can be integrated to the inventory system to clearly tell the management from time to time when they have reached their reorder levels and when they need not order a particular item.

4. Barcodes for service management.

There are businesses that put a lot of emphasis on the value of service being rendered to them mostly by their own staff. Measuring service is something that cannot be done easily as it is subject to personal liking and individual character. The most probable way to put a measure on this is if we track the quantities of the materials they use. Businesses can use barcodes for this and actually put value to the cost of materials an individual is using to finally come up with a cost of service.

5. Barcodes for marketing.

Barcodes, especially QR codes, can be used as a marketing campaign. From billboards and advertising windows it is no lie that QR codes are gaining popularity in advertisements all around the world. According to Entrepreneur Magazine, Mike Podlesny of Burlington, N.J., used QR codes on bumper stickers in order to promote his gardening business, Mike the Gardener Enterprises Generating barcodes.

Businesses should also explore the option of generating their own barcodes. There are websites that offer this immediately rather than fully opting for the purchase of the same, which is also highly advised.

6. Guiding consumers and supply chain customers on the how to scan barcodes.

If a business chooses to use barcoding advertisement as part of their marketing campaigns, it is important to ensure that their consumers or customers in the supply chain are all around trained or guided on how to scan these codes.

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