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SELL: It pays to plan ahead when implementing a barcode system! #11646
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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.


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