A barcode scanner is an electronic device that can read and output printed barcodes to a linked computer. Similar to a flatbed scanner, it is made from a light source, a lens and a light sensor translating optical impulses into electrical ones. Additionally, nearly all barcode readers contain decoder circuitry analysing the barcode's image data provided by the sensor and sending the barcode's content to the scanner's output port.

Barcode Scanners have become a staple equipment for the retail business in Malaysia, predominantly used to gather information about any person or product. This application can be implemented in different areas, for stock control, asset tracking, attendance recording, data logging, shipping and billing etc. Understand that a barcode scanner does not establish a system unto itself.  It is simply an effective identification tool, which adds itself to the integration of sophisticated tracking and management systems. However, on it’s own, barcode scanners are critical tool used by retail operations to improve productivity and efficiency.

Improve Your Retail Operational Efficiency and Accuracy

In the days before barcode scanners were made for the masses, many retail businesses relied solely on manual labour to get data entry done right. That downside of the outdated method is, human error is inevitable. Studies have shown that  human error have a direct correlation to the volume of data input. Barcode scanners in comparison, permit quick and accurate recording of information, so the work down the chain could be processed quickly and accurately. Barcode scanners can also help retail operations make better use of human assets in other important roles: attending to enquiries, dealing with suppliers, brainstorming sessions etc.

Time Saving

Barcode scanners saves operational time consistently. Employees are usually flooded by mandatory tasks on a daily basis thus causing a neglect of key areas in the business. Let’s put things into perspective: A crew of 25 employees is needed to work over the weekend to organize a 6 months’ worth of inventory. Barcode scanners keep things effective with only 4 employees and a total of about 5 hours to get the same amount of inventory organized. In a modern retail environment, employees can now use barcode scanners to ring up dozens of products within minutes.

Cost Saving

For a retail environment to integrate barcode scanners into its operations, an initial capital investment is inevitable. However, the long term cost savings derived from barcode scanners can offset your business’ overhead expenses. With the emergence of the internet and information technology, you can download barcode fonts from the internet anytime, not to mention the ease of smartphone scanning, monitoring and tracking of your assets. When barcode scanners are applied with thoughtful planning and execution, they can save you a substantial amount of money in the long run.

Inventory Control, Better Sales Forecast

Almost all inventory is labelled with barcodes, to enable business operators can monitor their assets as tightly as possible. Retail outlets, and warehouses for example, scan barcodes on packages as they enter or exit storage areas. Then, with these packages arriving at retails, floor staffs now scan the products as they put them up on shelves, with price tags. When all these seemingly negligible processes add up, a business operator now gets a clearer picture on the flow of inventories, and could potentially make better procurement judgements in tandem with sales forecasts.