GroovePacker Quick Start
What is required to start scanning with GroovePacker?
Nearly any barcode scanner is compatible with GroovePacker so any you already have can likely be utilized. The Scanner should be able to read code 128 as well as any barcode formats you currently use. If you're getting new equipment we have some suggestions we know you'll be happy with:
This scanner is made by Motorola: Motorola Handheld It's quite durable and it scans quickly. Handheld scanners are ideal when you have some larger items that would be difficult to pass in front of a mounted scanner.
These can be desk mounted and used hands free. In addition to saving some time this means the likelihood of a drop is lower. They scan slightly damaged barcodes that might be missed by the less expensive scanners and they scan quickly. Honeywell Desk Mount Scanner
These are bluetooth scanners. They use an actual laser rather than LED. They scan very quickly and will fit in a pocket or can be worn on a tether (included) They are compatible with IOS as well as any mac and pc equipped with bluetooth. This makes them an excellent choice for use with Chromebooks and iPads: Socket Bluetooth Laser Scanner
An Online Packing Computer
GroovePacker runs from the cloud so you'll never need to install or maintain software and you can access it from anywhere. You may already have computers in your warehouse you can use or repurpose. Our favorite scan and pack station is a ChromeBook. These are inexpensive, highly portable laptops which 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. You'll need a computer for each simultaneous packer. Each packer will be logged in their user account so you can track who scanned and packed each order.
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. Printing highly readable, smudge-proof barcodes is just a matter of connecting a small thermal printer. We can provide help on selecting a printer if needed. Ideally it should print 3x1 as well as 4x6 labels. It's also possible to scan a mix of barcoded and un-barcoded items while you transition to fully barcoded inventory.
A CSV with 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 update 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 so you'll be ready to scan before you know it.