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3 ways to maximize barcode inventory systems and maintain compliance

3 ways to maximize barcode inventory systems and maintain compliance

Utilizing a barcode inventory system has become critical for companies that are required to track their supplies. To maximize such a solution's benefits, DC Velocity recommended following these few steps to ensure successful implementation and compliance:

1. Have the correct order
Understanding what the customer needs is extremely important when coordinating a barcode in the system to match it. In 2003, for example, the Food and Drug Administration ordered all medication to have barcodes in order to ensure the correct dose is given to the correct patient. It was believed that the application would prevent 400,000 bad drug reactions over the next 20 years, according to The New York Times.

The labeling system has significantly reduced the frequency of medical professionals giving the wrong drugs over the past 10 years. The issue declined by 57 percent, according to Reuters. As technology advances and the systems are successfully implemented, hospitals as well as warehouses can be sure they know what their client needs.

2. Maintain the equipment
Cleaning the printers and using quality materials not only make the process more efficient, but these steps also help an organization provide the best service to the customer. Scanning systems alert clients if parts are available, meaning that there should be no additional surprises during the purchase process. The items should give the right impression as well, according to Truckinginfo. Double-checking labels is also useful for guaranteeing accurate inventory counts and ensuring that everything is correctly generated before shipping.

"Today's buyers have become downright picky about the way their shipments are coded and labeled," DC Velocity noted. "Not only do they want their suppliers to use a certain type of bar-code symbol, which generally varies by industry, but they're also likely to mandate a specific label format, type, and placement on a carton or pallet."

3. Test before delivery
Using a verifier to guarantee the barcode promotes readability and accuracy, reassuring customer satisfaction. Testing the barcode also ensures that all compliance standards are met before the items are shipped. After having no problems, customers are more likely to continue with the business's services. The code implementation can help the client track the progress of their request, answering any questions they have and providing updates.

Using barcodes has already helped to cut down the frequency incorrect doses being issued and keep track of evidence and inventory. While different businesses may use the software for diverse reasons, all will gain a more accurate and efficient workflow as a result.

For more information on improving efficiency with barcode technology, download the free white paper entitled "Keeping the Physical World and the Virtual World in Sync" from DMS today.

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