How Barcode Printing Software Maximizes Supply Chain Efficiency

by Justin Ward, on February 11, 2019

Barcodes matter in today's supply chain... and tomorrow's.
Barcodes matter in today's supply chain... and tomorrow's.

The supply chain of today is a more heavily automated and digitized realm than at any point in the past, and the future promises more of the same. Companies of all kinds are realizing the only way to quickly move goods to their vast networks of facilities and partner organizations is to embrace technology that moves faster and more accurately than if functions were left for employees to complete manually.

This changing nature of the supply chain and logistics and general has raised new requirements within organizations, however. Becoming more heavily automated is a process rather than a single decision, and leaders will have to invest in other solutions that will support their move to digital operations. Barcode labeling is one of the most subtly essential parts of a modern supply chain, giving the automated systems the information they need to run smoothly.

Efficiency via Automation

Manufacturing.net's Ryan Duguid recently highlighted the gradual nature of digitizing a supply chain. Companies that doubt they'll be able to engineer fully digital logistics operations can begin by automating their workflows. The next step is to convert more intensive manual processes such as signing off on partner contracts. From there, the path to modernized performance management is relatively clear. At each step of the way, hands-on work with corporate data decreases, enabling greater speed and reduced error rates.

The eventual purpose of automation in the supply chain promises to be much more impactful, with using robotic assets becoming a default way to move goods. As DHL's Mark Parsons specified for Supply Chain Digital, the early days of robotics automation saw lagging adoption due to "technological barriers" regarding the robots' performance. As those barriers fall, companies are realizing the impact of such equipment in their warehouses and distribution hubs.

Clarity via Labeling

Barcode labels identify the items on warehouse shelves and ensure companies to keep track of goods as they move from one place to another. The digital data represented by these labels is the language of the modern supply chain. This means to ensure automated processes move at an acceptable level of speed and accuracy, companies can't skimp on their barcode labeling technology. Their systems should be tied to central sources of data truth to make sure every part of the organization is working from the same facts.

Information is the lifeblood of efficient, automated supply chains in the present and future. A comprehensive Enterprise Labeling Solution remains the best way to get that content into the real world and keep the most complex networks moving.

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Topics:LogisticsSupply ChainTrack & TraceabilityLabeling

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