The barcode is able to reduce time and errors throughout the supply chain, and ensures traceability and transparency of product information. This alone would be enough to determine its importance, but there is more. Since its invention in 1973, barcode has gone from being a mere tool to speed up supermarket checkouts to the status of a true standard language of global business. The barcode and the processes connected to the decryption of the information encoded in it allow to speak a common language that not only connects companies beyond geographical and cultural boundaries, but also allows to exploit the power of information to improve the experiences of people all over the world .
It is proven that barcode technology guarantees efficiency, accuracy and reliability: in fact, data can be entered up to 5 times faster, without the possibility of erroneously typing a code instead of another, with an undisputed relevance in terms of timing and business costs.
Thanks to technological progress, the barcode reading has resulted in an increasing number of information obtained by individual codes. This is how the ERP Mago4 has been able to implement increasingly advanced solutions to make the insertion of items within the sales and purchase documents more practical, easier and faster. From the now "old" EAN 128 code, Mago has gradually learned to read a wide range of codes, even coming to significantly interpret the GS1 standard of product coding, globally the most widespread in the consumer goods industry, and its GTIN extension for all commercial / sales units, thanks to which it is possible to retrieve useful information for all commercial operations.
The introduction of the Barcode Manager module has marked a further step forward for the ERP Mago4: with the use of a simple barcode reader in keyboard emulation, the operations of loading / unloading goods with its insertion in the Sales and Purchase document - also on the WMS side - have become very fast and with no risk of error. The Barcode Manager allows production and recognition of different types of barcode: from simple codes that can identify, for example, just the article (possibly diversified per unit of measure), to those structured, composed of different information that, in addition to article and units of measure, can contain lot, weight, quantity, etc., up to the GTIN codes. In particular, thanks to a recent implementation that allows you to read variable weight barcodes - that is, the codes used to identify products whose packaging does not have a predetermined and constant weight and whose unit sales price varies according to the final weight -, Mago4 is now able to automatically fill in the weight and / or quantity field with the weight detected or the price field, so interpreting a code containing the variable weight. This applies both to the active cycle documents and to the passive cycle documents, using the Barcode Manager or the mobile WMS.
Working with barcodes is easier than ever, thanks to Mago4's reports for the printing of barcodes, even the structured ones; the dialog box that is obtained by activating the Barcode Manager is simple and intuitive, and the information necessary to the acquisition of the data are minimal: you can record loading and unloading operations without ever touching the keyboard.
The Barcode Manager module is therefore an indispensable tool for all companies that move items with barcode labels, of all types, since it allows maximum reliability in data recording,in addition to significantly reduce data processing times.
To find out more, please visit the page dedicated to the features in the logistics area of Mago4.