GroovePacker Quick Start
What is required to stop pick pack errors 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
Also by Socket and compatible with IOS, this model can be attached to a rugged case so you only carry one device that serves as the screen and scanner.
If you are looking for a reliable all-in-one mobile solution these devices combine an Android device with a powerful optical scanner in a rugged case. They have no trouble with difficult-to-read barcodes, even those on shiny surfaces or screens.
An Online Packing Computer or a compatible mobile device
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 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 driver. 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. They will each need a Chromebook or mobile device and their own scanner.
If the verification will be done while the items are being picked, and the items are not small and near the packing station, you will probably want to use 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. Our mobile app runs on IOS or Android devices and includes the Scan and Pack portion of our app as well as an option to edit products. A Bluetooth scanner will need to be paired with the device for scanning. The quality of the scanner will impact the experience so it is important to pair it with a good scanner. If you are purchasing new equipment for mobile scanning I would choose something fairly rugged that combines a good scanner, like a 4710 with the device, like this scanner mentioned above.
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 3x1 (product barcode labels) as well as 4x6 (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 3x1 labels.
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 what order you would like to begin packing. Normally this is 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.
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 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.