Barcodes Popular In Many Industries
by Maureen Perroni, on January 20, 2017
Sometimes, the tried-and-true technologies are the ones that deliver the best results. The enduring popularity of barcode labeling in a wide range of industries demonstrates this.
Here are a few industries where barcode labeling has grown even more entrenched in recent years:
- Big box retail. It's not a surprise that major retailers like Wal-Mart and Amazon would rely heavily on barcodes to keep their supply chains efficient. What is interesting is the degree to which these entities have leaned in to the practice. Amazon, for instance, no longer has to carefully organize products in its warehouse, according to Business 2 Community. Each product and shelf space contains a barcode that allows warehouse workers to track every location and quickly find something when it is ordered. Due to frequent scanning, the company database always stays up to date.
- Healthcare industry. Barcodes have significantly reduced human error in the healthcare industry, which can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Barcodes are not only being printed on medications and medical devices, but also on patient wristbands. All care providers have to do is scan the patients themselves to determine which treatments they require - eliminating complicated recordkeeping practices.
- Small businesses. Even companies who don't move many products can realize benefits from barcode labeling. Using little more than a desktop printer, owners can create their own codes, which is the first step toward building logistical accountability. From there, small businesses are better poised to grow, which will require more complicated labeling systems.
Enterprise Labeling Solutions make it possible for industries to streamline their labeling practices, whether they are improving supply chain efficiency and eliminating the bottlenecks, or reducing harmful errors. With this system, it is easier and more cost-effective for businesses to produce the barcode labels they need based on an integrated source of truth for labeling.
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