The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on how we do business, including our purchasing methods. Online shopping and e-commerce businesses has gone through the roof. A decade ago, we felt the effects of the so called “Amazon effect”. However, we have now exceeded all predictions about e-commerce diffusion. A traditional logistic center is a fantastically complex structure, designed to accept items in an inbound area, splitting and recombining them according to order fulfillment requirements, and finally preparing the outbound product stream for shipment. What we can call "e-journey" begins with inbound logistics, continues with order fulfillment, sorting, outbound logistics, and ends with the outdoor logistics phase through to the last mile delivery.
Rising E-Commerce is having an increasing impact on retailers, including those businesses with established “brick & mortar” networks of stores. Supply chain management complexity has become greater and greater, and the concept of “omnichannel” is now a “must have” component of companies’ logistic strategies. Most of the well-known retail brands that already have established physical stores networks will move up to 50% of their business to online sales over the next 5 years. We can say without any doubt that barcode solutions for e-commerce underpin the management systems of all supply chain steps.
Barcoding in e-commerce is critical to the effective management of the entire process along the supply chain. Sorting and shipping systems have been using barcodes for a long time, but their adoption has increased in recent years as customers have found that they can dramatically reduce errors, increasing goods’ traceability. This means that barcode solutions for e-commerce are particularly cost-effective. Many customers use barcode scanning in areas such as receiving, put-away, replenishment, picking and packing, shipping, returns, cycle counts, and labor tracking.
Barcode labeling in e-commerce is key for inventory management. Barcode technology provides all the data necessary for the attribution of goods to the correct recipients. Barcodes labels allow tracking of "what," "who," and "when" for all activities. A barcode can identify the order and access information such as products in the parcel, customer's name, delivery address, mode of shipping etc. So, barcode solutions for eCommerce use labels to convey all this information needed to complete the entire process correctly. With barcode scanners, data entry is fully automated, which avoids human error and allows workers to focus on more value-added activities.
Datalogic has a very wide range of products that can help your eCommerce business. We can divide them into three major categories: stationary industrial scanners, mobile computers, and handheld scanners.