USB Barcode Scanner

Whether for cataloging home possessions, managing a busy retail outlet, or simply taking inventory of a large warehouse or storage area, a USB barcode scanner makes managing and tracking simple, remarkably quick, and highly optimized. Available from a huge variety of manufacturers and built for fast, simple performance, these handy devices are ideal for users in retail or online commerce.

At first glance, a USB barcode scanner may seem like a device that’s reserved for commercial use, with limited value to home users and non-professionals. However, there are hundreds of uses for a barcode scanner, many of which are rarely expected or anticipated. We’ve taken a look at some of the more common uses for a barcode scanner, and explained them in greater detail below.

For homeowners, a USB barcode scanner can be a valuable item for securing your property for an insurance company or other financial services firm. In the event of an accident or damages to your home, insurance companies would like to see inventory and proof of ownership in order to assess, process, and reimburse your claim. A USB barcode scanner allows you to quickly count items.

It also allows you to create a database of your possessions, often alongside their serial numbers and other important identification information. Paired with a video that catalogs your home possessions, this can be a powerful combination for receiving full insurance claims. However, hundreds of other uses are possible for a USB barcode scanner, including many for retail and wholesale scanner users.

Retail stores, for example, may wish to use a USB barcode scanner to assess inventory levels, take note of purchases and add them to a stock database, or simply speed up checkout processing. For a standard retail store, particularly one with large amounts of daytime customers, using USB barcode scanners can dramatically reduce the amount of time required to process and charge for purchases.

Then there’s the obvious wholesale value, in which a USB barcode scanner can be used to quickly and easily take note of inventory levels and stock groups. Barcodes carry important information on the manufacturing date and packaging level of a certain product, allowing users in warehouses and wholesale centers to quickly and easily note down how many products are available for fulfillment.

USB barcode scanners are produced by a variety of manufacturers, most of which are active in most fields of computer accessories. Major computer parts manufacturers like HP and IBM have a variety of USB barcode scanners available for retail purchase, many of which are designed for basic home, office, or non-retail use. Retail scanners, which can process a higher volume, are also available.

The most basic USB scanners are capable of reading just information from the product’s barcode, and may lack extra identification features such as DataBar recognition. For the most part, this is unlikely to be a major issue. However, retail users and high-volume scanner users may prefer using a USB barcode scanner that’s capable of reading extra information from product labels.

Pricing for USB barcode scanners typically starts at above $120, although many low-end units can be found at lower prices. It’s worth taking into account the importance of durability, particularly for USB barcode scanners that will be used in a retail environment. Weaker plastic scanners can easily crack when dropped, making them a poor choice for busy, high-volume retail and wholesale usage.

On the other hand, simple plastic units are ideal for the home due to their small size footprint and generally lower costs. It’s worth comparing units for size when they will be used at home, as large units may take up more desk space than it preferred. To cut down on excess cabling, home users may prefer to purchase a slightly more costly wireless USB barcode scanner instead of a wired unit.

As one of the most important parts of any retail operation, it’s important that your USB barcode scanner is capable of working at a high volume and a relatively high speed. Check the scanner’s maximum per-minute scanning speeds to ensure that it won’t become a bottleneck in your store’s checkout area, and consider spending slightly more on a faster and more user-friendly scanner.

With so many scanners available, both from generic manufacturers and the giants of the PC world, it’s far from difficult to find the ideal scanner for your home, office, or retail outlet. Consider what your store or setting needs in a scanner, and purchase accordingly. A great USB barcode scanner is an asset – make sure you make the right choice, as it can save time and increase business efficiency.

This USB Barcode Scanner Review is Written/Updated on Jan 24th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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