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Oracle Mobile Inventory/Warehouse Management w/ Barcode Scanning App Functionality

With a sole purpose to collect data accurately and quickly, barcode scanners have become essential gadgets for warehouse and shipping personnel. These Barcode scanners, wireless and wired, help perform numerous activities such as receiving goods, shipping, loading, etc., in an enterprise and get the user’s job done quickly. However, these devices are bulky and not easy to carry. Further, some barcode scanners do not allow users to edit data. Users need to go to dock areas for modifying and submitting data. This process is time-consuming, and enterprises shall shorten the process for better inventory/warehouse management. With the advancements in mobile technologies, companies can solve complex problems and can achieve a modern supply chain experience. Smartphones and tablets connect to ERP systems wirelessly and help material handlers perform warehouse tasks in real time.

Smartphones are lightweight and are available with most of the employees. Unlike barcode scanners that only collect material data, smartphones display material information (restocking, transfers, lot number, bin) and allow users to perform actions such as receive, transfer or count inventory transactions right from mobile anywhere anytime. What it means is, material handler records inventory transactions efficiently as they happen and updates database without any extra hardware.

What is the difference between Barcode and QR code?

Barcode is a one-dimensional machine-readable code. Advancements in technology and the need to store more information led to the invention of QR Code. A QR code is a two-dimensional code related to the item to which it is attached. Compared to standard UPC barcodes, QR codes have become popular because of their fast readability and higher storage capacity.

Barcodes are widely adopted in enterprises whereas, QR codes became popular in the consumer area. The general presumption of people is that smartphones support QR Codes only. However, this is not true. Smartphones support both. Standard details included in a barcode of warehouse material are PO #, received Qty, acquisition price, location code, and any other data that helps identify the item.

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Benefits from a barcode scanning mobile app are –

Real-time inventory status –

Barcode scanning apps instantly upload the data to the primary system and ensure that employees have real-time information related to inventory and shipping.

Mobile barcode scanning

Easy to carry –

Unlike barcode scanners, Smartphones are easy to carry and are pocketable.

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Supports QR Codes & Barcodes

Barcode scanning apps instantly upload the data to the primary system and ensure that employees have real-time information related to inventory and shipping.

QR Code inventory app Barcode Scanner app

Inventory control-

Material handlers can use Barcode scanning apps to view real-time information related to a particular order and perform transactions such as receiving, issue or transfer.

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Ability to perform tasks offline –

Most of the times, warehouse personnel do not have access to the internet to complete transactions. This is frustrating for users as they have to perform a multitude of transactions successively. Barcode scanning apps provide the user to perform transactions offline and offers the ability to upload the information to the server when connected to the internet.

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Cost Savings –

No huge investments in Hardware as Smartphones are available with most of the employees. Also, companies can avoid over-spending and project future material requirements.

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Automate Data Entry & Avoid Human Errors –

Barcode scanning apps allow users to capture material information and ensure faster processing times.

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Availability of barcode scanning apps for iOS & Android Ecosystems –

iOS & Android OS are the top two mobile operating system softwares in the mobile world. Numerous barcode scanning mobile apps support devices running on iOS & Android operating systems.

How do you scan barcodes with iPhones & Android Devices?

iPhones & Android devices have inbuilt capabilities to recognize barcodes and display information. To scan a barcode, users need to open the camera app and put their iPhone/Android screen above the code and align it with the viewfinder. Camera app automatically detects the barcodes and displays the relevant information. However, these inbuilt functionalities are meant only for reading the codes. To interact with your ERP and perform work activities from mobile, companies such as Algarytm offer mobile solutions that facilitate users with scanning, performing warehouse operating procedures and uploading the data to the primary system.

To illustrate an example, receiving coordinators can use Algarytm’s Smart Goods Receipt to scan the material barcode and enter details such as the number of collected line items, subinventory information, and lot numbers before submitting the data.

Barcode Scanning App Use Cases in the Inventory Department

  • Procure to Pay – purchase order, goods receipt purchase order
  • Manual and Automatic Replenishment – stock transfers and stock requests
  • Production – issue to production and receipt from production
  • Inventory – stock cycle counting and lookups
  • Time Tracking – Companies can keep track of hours a material/ component is used, and forecast future equipment acquisition requirements.

Things to consider before choosing a mobile barcode scanning solution

Right Hardware

VDC research shows that the failure rate of non-rugged devices is five times greater than that of rugged devices. Rugged devices are built to withstand harsh environments in warehouses and distribution centers and have a longer life cycle compared to consumer devices. The research also reveals that a device failure costs an average of 30-40 minutes of worker downtime. So, it is necessary that enterprises choose ruggedized devices to meet their needs and provide greater flexibility.

Seamless integration between Hardware & Software

Sometimes the best hardware is useless if it cannot run the required applications. In the same way, the best mobile apps do not run the hardware you have. So, ensure that there is a seamless integration among hardware devices, mobile applications, and your ERP.

Barcode Readability

Occasionally, Workers have to perform duties in low light conditions, scan damaged codes or scan blurred codes. Enterprises planning to implement barcode scanning solutions shall select a solution that meets these scenarios.

Decode Speed

In a high throughput scanning environment, low latencies in scanning are essential to perform succeeding tasks in time and provide an efficient user experience for workers. Some factors influencing the decoding speed are device CPU, camera initialization speed and app decoding approach. Test the mobile solution in various scanning environments before finalizing the purchase.

Oracle Inventory Management Mobile Apps w/ Barcode Scanning Functionality

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Warehousing is quite a labor-intensive process. Increasing labor productivity by enabling smart data capture via mobile devices is the easiest way to improve warehouse operational efficiency. Normally, personnel record data while on the job and submit it for manual-entry into the inventory management system. The process is error-prone, laborious and offers no real-time visibility into inventory status. To get past these challenges, and to enable quicker deliveries, organizations need to improve upon their enterprise mobility. To do this, you need an enterprise mobility solution tailor-made for the warehousing industry.

Oracle Mobile Inventory Management Apps For EBS and CloudAt Algarytm, we create sophisticated enterprise mobility solutions that help companies’ lower costs, improve labor productivity and increase customer satisfaction. Using Algarytm’s Mobile Inventory management solution for Oracle EBS & ERP Cloud, a business can optimize inventory management in its warehouse. Its personnel can capture data related to crucial warehousing activities like goods receipt, issue, cycle counts, etc., quickly and easily. These apps are Oracle certified and support Mobile Cloud Service & Non-Mobile Cloud Service Architecture. These apps allow users to work in online & offline mode, with data being synced automatically when connected to the internet. The Total cost of ownership of these mobile warehouse solutions is low, and the apps work on devices that run on Android, iOS or Windows.

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Some of the Trending Mobile Inventory management applications available for Oracle EBS & ERP Cloud are:

Smart Goods Receipt App for Oracle EBS Inventory management Apps

Smart Goods Receipt

Ensure that material is moved into the warehouse correctly

Smart Goods Receipt Smart Receipt App

Smart Cycle Counts for Oracle Inventory Management Mobile Apps

Smart Cycle Counts

Manage supply and demand, plan production, and maintain high
service levels

Cycle Counts in Oracle Apps oracle mobile Cycle Counts

Smart Put Away App for Oracle EBS Mobile Inventory Management

Smart Put Away

Locate material quickly and logically and improve warehouse efficiency

Smart PO Inspection Oracle Mobile PO Inspection

Smart Sub Inventory Transfer for Oracle EBS Inventory Management Apps

Smart Direct Org Transfer

Ensure that material is moved into the warehouse correctly

Oracle EBS Direct Org Transfer Inventory app

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