MOBILE & DESKTOP SCANNING SOLUTIONS
GroovePacker runs from the cloud so you’ll never need to install or maintain software. You and your team will be able to access it from anywhere. Each user that is scanning will need their own workstation or mobile device where they will see the items during scanning. Their workstation or device will give them feedback on each scan and instructions specific to the orders and items they are scanning.
You may already have computers in your warehouse you can use or repurpose. Most Desktops or Laptops with a solid internet connection will be sufficient. Our favorite scan and pack station is a Chromebook. These are inexpensive, highly portable laptops that run Chrome OS and can be mounted to desks, articulating mounts or mobile carts. They are compatible with wired USB scanners or wireless Bluetooth scanners and can print to Zebra 2844 thermal printers with the correct CUPS driver and some other wireless and wired thermal printers. While scanning, each packer will be logged into their own user account so you’ll be able to track who scanned and packed each order. If you know you’ll want to use the “Direct Printing” option, to send labels direct to the printer, you’ll need to use either a Mac or PC for the packing station.
If the verification will be done while the items are being picked, and the items are not small and located near the packing station, you will need a mobile scanning solution. Depending on your needs you may use a Chromebook mounted to a cart or you may want to run GroovePacker on a smaller, handheld device. If you are purchasing new equipment for mobile scanning I would choose something fairly rugged that combines a good scanner, Zebra 4710, with an Android device, like the all-in-one scanner mentioned below.
If you will be scanning during the pick process and are looking for a reliable all-in-one mobile solution these Chainway scanners combine an Android 11 device with a powerful optical scanner in a rugged case. They have no trouble with difficult-to-read barcodes, and they read through shiny plastic and off of other device screens with no problem. The specs are a nice step up from the previous generation. We’ve tried other models with similar features from a few resellers on Amazon and found the quality/reliability to vary a lot. Ie. the scanner works great but the wifi drops out regularly etc. These units from Barcode Arena are direct from the manufacturer so you know what you’re getting and they are there to provide support if you have any issues.
A THERMAL PRINTER
Printing highly readable, smudge-proof barcodes is just a matter of connecting a small thermal printer. You’re likely already using a Zebra or Dymo printer to create shipping labels, if now we highly recommend this type of thermal printer which will print both 3×1 (product barcode labels) as well as 4×6 (shipping labels). If you’ll be regularly printing barcodes for your inventory you’ll likely want to have a dedicated thermal printer always loaded with the 3×1 labels. If you need to print wirelessly from IOS you’ll need a printer that supports AirPrint. If you’ll be printing directly to the printer using the QZ tray app you will need to have the printer installed on either a Mac or PC.
Ideally, you should have every item you’ll be shipping barcoded individually or as it is sold (ie packs of 5). Any barcode format will do as long as your scanner reads it. If you’ve never used barcodes before we have you covered. GroovePacker makes generating barcodes from your current SKUs extremely simple. SKU-Barcodes can be created on the fly when you begin selling new items so no updates are needed. It’s also possible to scan a mix of barcoded and un-barcoded items while you transition to fully barcoded inventory.
A BARCODED PACKING SLIP
You will need a way to let GroovePacker know which order you would like to begin packing. This is commonly done using a barcode on the packing slip. The packer chooses a packing slip and scans the barcode to start the packing process. Normally this barcode is printed on the packing slip that your order management software generates. In some cases you may need to print the packing slip from GroovePacker. This not typical but it is possible if required for your workflow. If you prefer not to print packing slips and your shipping labels are created before scanning/packing, you can use the shipping label to cue the order.
Import your product data
Before scanning orders for the first time you can import all your product data into GroovePacker using a CSV. The only required fields are product Name, SKU and Barcode. Other data can be loaded as well like Bin Location, Secondary SKU & Barcode, Weight and more. This data can be exported from your shopping cart, order manager or inventory software. Later updates will either be automatic or if additional information is required, it can easily be added directly in GroovePacker or via CSV. Our import mapper allows import of your data regardless of the file layout. Our support team will map your export file and verify the data so you’ll be ready to scan before you know it. If all of your product data is complete in Shopify and you do not need to import multiple alias SKUs for your items it may also be possible to skip the CSV and import your data using Shopify’s API.
“GroovePacker was a life saver for our company. We were having way too many mistakes being made before using GroovePacker’s scan system for order accuracy and shipping mistakes have gone way done. This scan system is super easy to use and has been...
“GroovePacker was a life saver for our company. We were having way too many mistakes being made before using GroovePacker’s scan system for order accuracy and shipping mistakes have gone way done. This scan system is super easy to use and has been well worth the price, in fact we actually save a ton of money now since we don’t have to reship orders due to mistakes. Highly recommend this scan system.”
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