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|SELL: It pays to plan ahead when implementing a barcode system!
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The first step to implementing any new system begins with asking yourself and your employees detailed questions regarding your companys 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.
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?
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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