Unreadable barcodes are at best a nuisance, and at worst, a costly mistake that can cause major issues throughout the supply chain. Not only could your warehouse have heavy fines and charge backs levied against you, if you are a repeat offender, you may find your reputation is damaged.
To avoid this, warehouse operators can implement barcode verification systems to help eliminate unreadable barcodes and improve productivity within their operation.
Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider implementing barcode verification:
Bad barcodes have the potential hold up production. In a fast-paced industry like yours, this can cost you thousands, especially if it continues happening. Barcode verification processes ensure that each code is high-quality, and can easily be read and scanned. This eliminates costly downtime and helps save money on production costs.
You can further reduce errors by investing in quality printing equipment and supplies. Ensure you have the right media for your labels, and your print head stays well-maintained. Low-quality labels can scratch the print head, causing damage that result in unreadable labels. Incompatible media can cause barcodes to fade or smudge. Prevent issues like this from occurring by investing in high-quality consumables.
Some operations are subject to costly back charges and fees from big box retailers. These retailers charge for inconvenience when items have unreadable barcodes. Over time, this can end up costing your operation more than you can afford.
Barcode verification can ensure you are printing accurate and readable barcodes, which eliminates these costly charges and fees. Again, ensure you are also using the right printing supplies. The adhesive needs to meet your needs and stick securely to the material you are attaching the labels to without leaving deposits or jamming up the printer. Your print head should always be clean and free of dust or residue.
Make sure your labels are also compliant with any applicable industry regulations, especially when it comes to the healthcare industry’s unique device identification (UDI) compliance regulation, which ensures products can be traced from manufacturing through disposal.
Choose Unsurpassed Accuracy in Your Barcode Printer
Choosing the right printer and barcode verification solution takes a lot of research, and the best option for you can depend on your individual needs. In general you want to make sure you look for a solution with high precision and accuracy. Look for a printer that can print labels in the size you need, clearly and accurately. This is especially important for those printing smaller barcode labels.
A quick way to ensure you achieve 100% accuracy every time is by choosing a printer with integrated label verification, like the Honeywell PX940 printer. The integrated label verification technology checks and ensures that your labels are accurate, notifying you of pass/fail status as soon as labels are printed.
While no printer is 100% fail-safe, and you will always find some labels are unreadable, it doesn’t mean you have to damage your bottom line and cut your losses when this happens. Barcode verification can catch these errors before they are sent out, allowing you to avoid costly fees and keep your high-integrity reputation intact.
To learn even more about barcode verification, download The Manufacturer’s Guide to Barcode Verification here.
Informs offers innovative barcode verification solutions that ensure your barcodes are always readable and accurate. For more information on how barcode verification can help you improve your bottom line, contact us today.