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SELL: It pays to plan ahead when implementing a barcode system! #11512
Posted by: reff55
City: Redmond
State: Washington
Postal code: 98052
Country: United States

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The first step to implementing any new system begins with asking yourself and your employees detailed questions regarding your company’s needs. This will accomplish two ob jectives: (1) gather needed data prior to evaluating software/hardware options; (2) bring your employees on board with the project. Sample questions: General Business Questions • What are the business needs that will be addressed with an automated data collection system? • How would you know the implementation was a success? What do you consider "critical success factors"? • What most concerns you about tackling this implementation? Application Questions • What specific area(s) of your operation would you like to bar code? • What are the processes within these areas? (example: in a warehouse there would be receiving, putaway, inventory counting, picking, shipping) • Are these processes documented? • Are you satisfied with your current software in these areas? If not, what would you like to change? (Detail) • Are there any features your customers are requesting? (such as labeling shipments with bar code, on line order entry, electronic data integration (EDI)) Planning for Hardware Choices • How many employees would be using the bar code system? • Do you want them to be "real-time" (on line) or would a system that collects data and uploads at a later date be preferable? • What would need to be labeled? Other steps recommended • Take a "technology" inventory – hardware, software, network topology • Flow chart your processes. o Determine at what steps to "scan" a bar code. o Highlight any problem areas for further discussion. o Specify any changes you would like to make. Rob Freeman 800-342-3999

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