What Your Warehousing and Distribution Business Needs for Mobile Barcoding
When you implement mobile barcoding integrated with your warehouse management system (WMS), you will see tremendous benefits including improved data accuracy, greater efficiency, and better decision-making. Since mobile barcoding can reduce the costs of doing business, the technology will provide you with a rapid return on your investment. We discussed the benefits of mobility in a recent blog, Warehousing and Distribution Efficiency Gains with Mobility.
There are many options for implementing mobility on your warehouse floor. Smartphones, mobile barcode scanners, RFID, and tablets are all technologies that can be used to help manage the entire supply chain. In order to get the most out of your mobile solution, you need to know how to choose the right one. That’s why evaluating your options is critical. Keep the following in mind as you evaluate potential warehouse management solutions:
Key criteria for warehousing and distribution mobile technology
Ruggedness/Durability – Can the solution be used in a rugged environment? Matching the technology to your specific location and processes is important to control technology replacement costs.
Uptime – Does the vendor guarantee a realistic expectation for uptime (generally 99%)? Minimizing downtime is crucial to your warehouse operation and you can’t waste time with unreliable technology.
User Acceptance – Will your users actually use the application? Increasing employee productivity means that you need a technology that is easy to use and actually saves time.
Communication within the warehouse – Does the solution enhance communication within the warehouse or hinder it? Your technology should transparently improve communications without adding frustrations and additional time.
Compatibility with ERP platform and other applications – Does the solution work with your existing ERP system? If not, don’t bother investing in it. Seamless integration means that you will save data entry time and decrease the opportunity for human error. For example, Accellos WMS integrates seamlessly with many popular accounting, order entry, and shipping systems to provide a complete supply chain solution. Sage WMS integrates with a variety of advanced mobile barcoding technologies as well as Sage 300.
Scanning capabilities and scanning accuracy – Can you easily and accurately scan barcodes and track inventory using the solution? Accuracy is critical to your warehouse operations. You need complete confidence that your mobile technology will support barcode solutions and provide accurate data.
Capabilities – Does the solution contain all of your must-have features and capabilities? Voice command, speech to text, cloud access, and scanning options are all popular features included in high-quality mobile warehouse management solutions.
Total Cost of Ownership – Will the solution make your operations more cost-efficient? With the right mobile technology, you should be able to cut costs out of your processes.
Brand – Do you have experience with the brand? Do you trust the vendor? Your relationship with your technology partner matters; make sure you choose the right one.
Of course, the best mobile warehouse technology can only be effective with the right warehouse management system (WMS). The best WMS for you will greatly improve the way you do business. Warehouse management software should provide business automation for your accounting, inventory control, order entry, assembly, and warehouse systems. It should provide access to real-time stock information and enable a smooth, streamlined process in order to maximize your efficiency.
Mindover Software can help you choose the best mobile barcoding solution for your warehouse management system. For a detailed look at evaluating WMS software, download our whitepaper, How to Choose a Warehouse Management System. Our warehousing and distribution software solutions, Sage WMS and Accellos WMS, feature intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces with seamless integration to many leading accounting and ERP systems, such as Sage 300, as well as mobile barcoding and other warehouse technologies. In addition, we offer top-of-the-line ERP solutions including Sage 300 and Acumatica Cloud ERP. Contact us to discuss your unique mobile warehousing needs.