Barcode scanners are devices that simply read the barcodes, white and black stripes pattern, and translated the coded data into readable language and stores it in an electronic form. The information is recorded and translated through a light source and sensor that enables scanners to quickly transmit the data into a parent device.
Before buying a barcode scanner, make sure your scanner is compatible with the barcodes that your products bear. Typically, there are two type of scanners that you will find in the market. Laser scanners are used to scan 1D barcodes through a laser beam.
The other type of scanners that scans 1D barcodes is called a linear barcode scanner that captures the image of the barcode and decrypts the information.
A more advanced version of barcodes are called 2D barcode that comparatively smaller in size that are best suited for small products. Imager scanners are capable are of scanning 2D barcodes and are relatively more expensive. These scanners work well for businesses that require keeping detailed information of their products.
Barcode scanners were invented to bring about accuracy in recording sales and maintaining inventory. More importantly, these devices brought relief to the employees from manually keeping the records of a business, also saving a lot of time. Essentially, barcode scanners significantly improved the efficiency of the entire staff in streamlining daily operation.
There are certain factors that you can keep in mind while using a barcode scanners to improve the efficiency of your staff. These rules are basic and don’t require extra efforts. Let’s see the amendments that you can make to save both time and money of your business on routine basis:
Cipherlab 1660 Barcode ScannerFrom: $ 308
Cipherlab 1663 Linear Only Barcode ScannerFrom: $ 389
Motorola CS3070 BT USB CABLE Handheld Barcode Scanner$ 215
Socket Mobile 7Ci Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner$ 409
KOAMTAC KDC-400 Series Barcode/MSR SLED for Smart PhonesFrom: $ 303
Mounting the Scanner
It is very important to take into account whether you will need a scanner that can be operated without being held or the one that can be placed on a stand. Go for a scanner that suits your business requirements. For instance, it is best to buy an in-counter or presentation scanner for a supermarket. These scanners provide handsfree scanning to the users, improving their efficiency.
Placing the Scanner
While installing your scanner, make sure you position it in a place that provides you hassle-free scanning at all times. There should be no obstruction while you scan the barcodes of a product. Scanning object should look absolutely natural and tire the users less.
For instance: most scanners provide horizontal scanning. Placing the scanner it a vertical position will make it very difficult for you to scan barcodes each time. The fix is quite simple, change the position of the scanner to enjoy trouble free scanning.
Managing the Inventory
If you’re business requires you to keep a record of your inventory, going for a laser scanner can be fruitful. KOAMTAC KDC-400 is a laser scanner that can provide real time updated to the user about the movement of the products. Using a scanner to manage inventory can really help a business minimise the time taken by employees to manually track and record inventory.
Training the Employees
After buying a scanner, make sure you give a detailed training to your staff about each and every feature of your device. This will help them to tackle all operation without running to you for a problem.
It is important to train your team members about appropriately using the scanner at the best of abilities and more effectively. You don’t want your employees to play guessing games while there is a customer on the billing counter.
Connecting the Scanner
There are multiple connectivity option that you may find to connect your scanner to your POS system. You must go after the scanner that is compatible to be connected to your POS system. Know the barcodes that you will be scanning with your barcodes and then purchase your scanner.
Wish A POS has wide-range of scanners, available in varied connectivity options, models and scanning capability for delivery through Australia. Feel free to speak to our POS experts about the product details and delivery.
Installing the Right Scanner
Deciding the compatibility of your scanner with the your business operations is very important. A barcode scanner will only be beneficial for your business if it suits your requirements. With countless options available in the market, it’s important to make the right choice.
You can find Handheld, In-Counter, Presentation and many more options to choose from. The new age sled scanners are topping the list for providing utmost mobility to the users. These scanners slide at the bottom of smartphones and perform scanning operations for both 1D and 2D barcodes. KOAMTAC KDC-400 is a very good option for sled scanner that is gaining popularity all over the world.
Speak to your manufacturer if you are can’t decide which scanner to go with. Exploring the market thoroughly is utterly important to buy a barcode scanner.
Additionally, look for the scanners that are compatible with your POS system. Most people end up buying scanners that can’t be connected to their POS system.