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Frequently Asked Questions

Why would we require barcodes for products ?

In today’s retail market, barcodes are a must for any business looking to stock their product in physical stores, or on e-commerce online retailers. Retail outlets and online retailers use barcoding systems to manage pricing, sales figures, inventory levels, to track their stock through warehouses, and at POS. Having a globally unique barcode placed on your product is necessary to ensure that your product will be ready for the marketplace. Barcode applications have transformed the manufacturing, processing, and tracking fields in the food and beverage, packaging, retail distribution, medical, pharmaceutical, electronics, automotive, aerospace industries, FMCG, government, oil and gas, textile industries and so on.

How does barcoding work ?

When you supply your product to a retailer, you will be required to complete a product information form linking your product and company details to the barcode number. The retailer will transfer this information into their sales & inventory system allowing your product to be scanned at POS. This process is required every time you introduce your product to a new retailer. For online retailers a Product ID field is used to enter the barcode number when you list your product. Ecommerce website guides you through their registration process and entering your products barcode number is usually the first step. This is to ensure your product is not already listed.

What is barcode inventory system ?

A typical barcode inventory system includes hardware, such as barcode printers and scanners and software that runs on computers and mobile devices that allow for barcode scanning and other operations. An important part of any barcode inventory system is the hardware. Automated inventory control systems work by scanning a barcode either on the item. A barcode scanner is used to read the barcode, and the information encoded by the barcode is read by the machine. This information is then tracked by a central computer system.

Is RFID better than Barcode ?

Barcodes are generally printed on paper or adhesive labels, so they are prone to wear and damage, while an RFID tag is generally a tougher product that can withstand more abuse. The type and volume of data on barcodes is more limited than what can be stored on an RFID tag.

Will RFID-Radio Frequency Identification replace barcodes ?

While the essential applications of barcodes have not radically changed, labelling materials have made it easier for application on new surfaces and under more diverse conditions. Barcodes use sensors and light to read the data on a label while RFID uses radio waves, which don't need a line of sight to read the data.

How RFID technology reads the details from the chip ?

RFID tags are affixed to items in order to track them using an RFID reader and antenna. RFID tags transmit data about an item through radio waves to the antenna/reader combination. When the tag receives the transmission from the reader/antenna, the energy runs through the internal antenna to the tag's chip.

What are the benefits of using RFID tags ?

Increase asset visibility. Imagine being able to immediately locate everything you've ever misplaced or lost. Improve employee productivity. As mentioned, RFID technology does not require employees to be within the line of sight of an item or asset to locate it. Mitigate risk, theft and loss.

What is POS machine and how it works ?

A retail point of sale system typically includes a cash register, which in recent times comprises a computer, monitor, cash drawer, receipt printer, customer display and a barcode scanner and the majority of retail POS systems also include a debit/credit card reader.

What is POS machine used for ?

A point of sale terminal (POS terminal) is an electronic device used to process card payments at retail locations. A POS terminal generally does the following: Reads the information off a customer's credit or debit card. Checks whether the funds in a customer's bank account are sufficient.

Why POS system is important ?

With POS systems however, they are designed to be user friendly, with a sole purpose of making life easier and business better. They allow staff to focus their attention on the customer, as well as the physical preparation and sale of products, cementing the most important values of retail.

What is an EAS label ?

Electronic Article Surveillance , or EAS is a term used for theft prevention commonly used in libraries and most often, in retail stores. In each of these systems, all items are tagged with an EAS security tag upon being received in the store and must be deactivated upon purchase.

How do EAS tags work ?

An EAS system or electronic article surveillance system works with detection antennas that are installed at the exit of the store and the hard tags or labels attached to the articles sold in the store. The detection antennas constantly emit electromagnetic energy. You often find the AM label (see photo) on clothes.

What does warehouse management system do ?

A warehouse management system (WMS) is software and processes that allow organizations to control and administer warehouse operations from the time goods or materials enter a warehouse until they move out. Operations in a warehouse include inventory management, picking processes and auditing.

What are the benefits of warehouse management system ?

To balance safety, efficiency and profitability, many businesses are turning to WMS software. By automating a variety of processes, warehouse management system benefits help reduce the human error that can cause hazards, maximize efficiency and productivity, and have a positive impact on the business overall.

Why does a company needs a warehouse management systems ?

Customer Service and Tracking-Your warehouse is an important part of your customers' buying experience. Making sure products ordered are in stock and customers get what they purchased is crucial to providing good customer service. WMS improves picking accuracy so orders are correct the first time.

What is file tracking system ?

Files tracking is the component of a records management system that ensures that you can locate records when you need to use them. Accurate recording and knowledge of the whereabouts of all paper records is essential if the information they contain is to be located quickly and efficiently.

What is the purpose of document management system ?

A document management system (DMS) is a system used to track, manage and store documents and reduce paper. Most are capable of keeping a record of the various versions created and modified by different users (history tracking).

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