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Distributor's Link Magazine Winter Issue 2012 / VOL 35 / NO.1


10 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Computer Insights Inc 108 Third Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 Tel: 1-800-539-1233 Email: ARE BARCODES RIGHT FOR YOU Simple Business The Fastener Industry seems like a simple business. The problem is that there are huge numbers of transactions that have to be processed with 100% accuracy. That’s not all, the products often look similar and the part numbers are often identical except for one or two characters out of 15 or more. Also, the products have a relatively low value compared to other industrial products so a distributor can’t afford to spend too much money trying to control them. Human Error is a Problem There are inevitably many opportunities for human error. A .00 order can be turned into a 0.00 mistake in a heartbeat. Once you send the wrong product to a customer, fixing that problem with a FedEx shipment or driving heavy parts out to the customer site is a very expensive, but necessary, solution. This is where bar codes come in. The error can’t be allowed to happen in the first place. Barcodes can Help With the use of barcodes, you can help to eliminate errors every step of the way. The first and most obvious step is to begin identifying all products with bar codes as soon as they arrive in the warehouse. It is important that the products that are received be counted, inspected, weighed and properly marked for the system to function effectively. If this step is completed properly, everything else is easy. We have designed The BUSINESS EDGE 2.0 to solve all of these problems and more for Fastener Distributors. Wireless Warehouse A Wireless Warehouse system that is fully integrated with The BUSINESS EDGE 2.0 will enable a company to increase customer satisfaction by eliminating errors and reducing Order fulfillment time. While achieving these benefits, it will also result in better inventory management and cost savings in the warehouse operation. System Components Several components make up the system. • Bar Code Technology • Wireless Networking • Hand Held Wireless Scanners with Keyboards and Screens • Wireless Printers (optional) • Wireless Warehouse Software How it Works This software will enable you to direct the put away by zone or specific location. When the product is moved into inventory, the system knows exactly where it is because the box is scanned and the inventory location is scanned. Anyone using the system can tell immediately that the product is in and what location it is in. If product that comes in is for customer orders, the system can direct the user to print customer package labels and prepare the product for shipment without it ever being moved to an inventory location. The system directs the picking operation by sending the orders that are to be picked to hand held scanners that tell the pickers exactly where to go and what to pick. They have to pick the correct item or they get an error message. please turn to page 122


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