Bringing Inventory into the Future
Imagine for a moment: a patron casually walks into your grocery store, peruses the aisles with whimsy, fills their grocery cart with cans and boxes and walks right up to a smiling cashier to pay for their groceries. It sounds like a lovely experience, doesn’t it? However, when you begin to delve into the details associated with running a grocery store, ensuring that your business is efficient and that your customers’ shopping experience is exceptional every time can sometimes seem unattainable.
While some happy patrons will find themselves walking down the aisles in search of nothing in particular, the majority of grocery store visitors are there to accomplish one thing: “the list.” These customers expect to get in and get out as quickly as they can, and the onus falls on the store owner to aid them in this task. Having an easily identifiable and well stocked store so customers can choose to shop on a whim or target certain items is crucial to success in this industry. Luckily, the days of manually counting the number of items that have been purchased over a set period of time in order to fill new orders are behind you. The widespread adoption and use of barcode printers and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers has empowered an entire generation of store owners to take control of their inventory in an efficient and easy way.
Using a barcode printer means being able to quickly print labels or tags for every item in your store, without the fear of duplicating or missing one, while an RFID reader identifies the labelled or tagged objects wirelessly and transmits the inventory information to a central hub that houses all inventory based information. It is plain to see how these two technologies can expedite workflow while simultaneously reducing human error. In fact, barcode printers and RFID readers are designed to mobilize any business without losing touch with that central hub.
Some additional benefits of using RFID readers and barcodes include the range at which the barcodes can be read (10-15 feet), the large amount of information that can be stored in the barcodes, as well as the barcodes customizability for myriad applications. Printing from a barcode printer means more accuracy in labelling and tracking your inventory, and the means to scan and track this inventory is in the use of an RFID reader. It makes sense to use these technologies to manage your grocery store’s inventory; your customers demand it and you deserve it.