Whether preparing for a natural disaster, political unrest, or a zombie apocalypse, keeping track of your food and perishables inventory can be a daunting task when stock gets to a certain size. You have to monitor expiration dates and maintain a rolling inventory of what you have and what you consume.
Many preppers devise some sort of system to keep up with what they need to acquire or replace. Some of them use spreadsheets, while others maintain handwritten lists. Neither approach is ideal.
What if you had an inexpensive way to quickly inventory and maintain your supplies?
Bring on the barcodes
Barcode systems are the perfect tool for managing your ever-changing stockpile, because they:
With barcodes, you automatically know when food items are about to expire. Simply pick selection rules—such as LIFO (Last In, First Out), FIFO (First In, First Out), and FEFO (First Expire, First Out) —when installing your software so you can maximize your stock.
Let you know before you’re low
A barcode system proactively notifies you when inventory is low so you can restock your stash before it’s too late.
Save time and money
Say goodbye to mistakes that come from manual entries. By automating your tracking system, you will enjoy accurate inventories and prevent costly waste.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3
Barcodes are everywhere now—which is great because it makes barcoding affordable for everyone. And, it’s easy to set up and maintain a barcode system. A ll you need is:
A printer and barcode labels
There is a printer and label for nearly every type of condition. For example, if your storehouse is in a basement, you can purchase barcode labels that resist dampness and mold and won’t peel off with temperature changes. You can also buy a barcode printer that uses insoluble ink or one that thermally transfers ink onto a label.
Many companies make barcode software that simplifies tasks important to preppers, such as setting up and maintaining inventory and tracking assets. The software will also alert you when supplies are low. Installing the software is easy once you determine the best type for your needs.
A barcode scanner
You may set up your barcode software on both a wireless and a hard-wired scanning system. This is perfect for preppers who don’t have an Internet connection or are concerned about security. There are many other convenient features, such as size, color, and durability.
Once you have your equipment and supplies, print your labels and place one on each food item. Then, simply scan and go!
You can purchase everything you need from a barcode reseller, who can also offer advice on the best system for your specific needs. They can even customize labels to add that personal touch to your stock. Some resellers also offer deals on pre-owned equipment, which can save you even more!
[guest-author]Ginger Ebinger is the marketing communications manager for SystemID Warehouse, the nation’s leading value-added reseller of AIDC products and solutions for small-to-medium-sized businesses. An evangelist for all things barcodes, Ms Ebinger routinely shares helpful information that keeps companies competitive. [/guest-author]