Barcode Warehouse Procedures
  • Jim Southern

Barcode Warehouse Procedures



Lets take a look at "Barcode Warehouse Procedures" which are all the different ways barcodes can be used in conjunction with a WMS System to aid efficiency and accuracy for your operation.

When you think of using barcodes in the warehouse the first thought is do my products have barcodes on them. Sure this is important but there are many other uses for barcodes in a warehouse that are sometimes overlooked.

Traditionally, when considering a barcode driven WMS system, the first thing to think about is whether your products are already barcoded and if not how to assign barcodes. This will clearly be top of the priority list to get your WMS project started. If for example, you are supplying retail products, then the chances are they will already have GS1 barcodes on the items, good news. However, this isn't always the case and you will need to spend some time getting your barcoding plans in order, i.e. assigning a unique barcode to every product.


Product barcodes are stored against the Item Master in the Dexterity WMS system with individual barcodes for different units of measure (UOM), these can be GS1 registered but don't have to be if they are purely for your own use in the warehouse, you can make up your own, or the barcodes could simply contain the product code itself with perhaps a quantity. You could also go a step further and consider 2D barcodes which can contain more information like batch numbers, expiry dates etc.

So having sorted out the product barcodes you should also look to have barcodes to identify locations, e.g. Racking, Bins, Pack Benches, etc. You scan these barcodes to confirm you at at the correct location when prompted at point of pick, putaway, stock counting etc.

What's next? Well you can also make great us of barcodes on warehouse documents like pick notes, receiving and GRN notes and despatch notes. Using barcodes on the documents takes away the need to key in order numbers when receiving, picking and despatching. Further efficiency savings in time and accuracy.


When the Carrier Labels are printed, they also have a barcode with the tracking number of the package, box or pallet. You can scan these at point of despatch to record the tracking ID's against the orders and potentially email the tracking details to your account managers and customers.


Barcodes in the warehouse bring benefits to your business through accuracy and speed, reducing errors and the time it takes to get those customer orders out of the door.

Ready to get started? We have a wealth of experience in implementing our barcode driven Dexterity WMS Systems to help clients realise the benefits of a smart Warehouse Management System. Please get in touch for a no obligation and no pressure discussion on how Dexterity WMS could help your business.

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