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What are some advantages of using a barcode search in identifying items?

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Using a barcode search in identifying items is advantageous because it is accurate, fast and relatively cheap. The barcode technology also makes it easy to control inventory efficiently.

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Unlike the use of clerks, who read information on item packages and make data entries manually, barcode technology uses a barcode scanner to read the information on item packages, making the technology both accurate and error-free. Although clerks can be accurate if they examine the product packages carefully, read the information on the packages properly and review their data entries, it may take too much time to ensure accuracy. Barcode technology, on the other hand, makes this process faster because a person using the barcode only needs to point the scanner at the package to get the information about the products. Barcode technology saves time because an individual can use it to do a lot of work over a short time.

Barcode searches are cheap because they control a lot of inventory that would otherwise cost too much labor to control. For instance, an organization can employ one clerk to control inventory using barcode technology. In the absence of the barcode technology, the organization may have to employ more than one clerk to control the inventory manually; paying too many clerks to do the work makes the inventory control costly. Additionally, it is relatively cheaper to get barcode fonts; they are available on the Internet for free.

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