New Year, New Guidelines for GS1 Bar Codes

In a previous blog, I wrote about the implementation of new GS1 standards. The GS1 organization, along with the International Diary-Deli-Bakery Association and International Dairy Foods Association recently released new guidelines for traceability. The new guidelines cover dairy, deli and bakery products with details on product identification and how to use batch/lot numbers and bar …

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Ensure Bar Code Compliance…Or Else!

These days, if you place a unreadable bar code label on a carton, you may find a fine coming your way!  With the high volume of customers implementing automated receiving systems in their large distribution centers, bar code compliance is critical.  The bar code label needs to be readable, the right symbology, and in the right placement on the carton or …

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Standard Changes for Barcodes in the Food Industry

Do you check to ensure the product you are purchasing does not have an expired “best by” or “use by” date before you purchase it?  You may assume that the products you purchase are fresh, and leave the responsibility to the grocer.  However, wouldn’t it be nice to have an alert before you paid for …

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Warehouse Communications, Voice over IP(VoIP) or Push to Talk?

If you are in the warehousing business and need to communicate with your employees, this is the blog for you.  Here are a few questions to get you started. Have you outgrown a traditional paging system for communication within the warehouse? Do you need to talk to individual workers during a shift without having them return to the …

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Eliminating Warehouse Wireless and RF Connectivity Issues

Few things are more annoying than when you are working on your computer and the wireless goes down. By the time you’re up and running again, you are feeling frustrated, you’ve lost your train of thought, and you may have even lost unsaved work. Often, warehouse workers are unable to complete their assignments on time …

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Use RFID to Lock Down Your Assets

Why is asset tracking so expensive? Asset tracking is not cheap. When tracking your physical assets, how long does it take to account for your physical inventory, input this data into your systems, and reconcile the differences? If you calculate the cost of this labor, which is usually done by higher-paid finance professionals, it can …

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Utilizing SAP for Store Room and Remote Location Inventory

Traditionally, inventory has always been done using paper and pen. In the past, an employee would correctly reflect transactions involving inventory or supplies by using paper and a clipboard to write down the material number (or item and or lot number) along with the work order or cost center to properly charge the material out …

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Can a Tablet Computer Replace a Forklift Computer?

Tablet computers are everywhere.  Nooks, ipads, and Kindle Fires are the “in” gadgets to have these days and are selling fast.  But can a tablet computer actually replace a forklift computer or terminal within a warehouse distribution center?  Since tablets have larger screens, can run windows operating systems, and can be taken off the forklift to use …

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Why Remotely Manage Your Mobile and RF Devices?

How many times are you called to the warehouse to troubleshoot issues with your handheld or truck-mounted computers or terminals? Do you have remote users who are traveling or are located at remote facilities? Do your remote devices require software updates periodically? Can you track devices and maintain their batteries effectively, or is it hit-and-miss? …

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Use Digital Signage to Motivate Your Warehouse Team!

The last time you were in the airport, you probably took advantage of the flight status monitors to check whether your flight was on time and whether you were at the right gate.  Through these monitors, real time information is displayed and used to keep the flow of passengers going to the right locations and …

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