SAP Business One | Custom Barcoding & Using Barcodes

By: Andrew Karasev

If you are small or midsize shop with warehouse management and relatively simple logistics and inventory control and you are considering to reshape your ERP infrastructure, we would like to give you some highlights on barcode for SAP Business One and SB1 general selection, installation and training guidelines

1.SB1 functionality. It is very generic and easily fits to the majority of small and even mid size business models. In the case of the store, you will need to connect your existing POS system to SB1 back end. Several possible integration scenarios: SB1 SDK custom integration (which can allow you real time mode or if you are not in rush, then batch processing is even more simple), workbench, which allow you to deploy Excel templates, or third party integration products (here you need help with option research and comparison). In SB1 you process your orders pretty traditional way

2.Barcoding. This often includes two parts: hardware and uploading software, drivers, connectors. When you are selecting hardware you typically evaluate if you need real time barcoding (in this case barcode scanners are directly connected to you SB1 via cable or wireless connection) or batch processing. Batch processing usually requires more advanced software connectors, which allow you to load transactions batch from the scanner memory to the connector and connector in its turn uploads transactions to SB1 more likely in one-by-one fashion. Here you again need to research which is better fit for you: third party of-the-shelf connector or you own custom connector. Custom connectors are typically created in SAP Business One SDK

3.Barcode lease vs. purchasing. Lease is becoming more popular, as in this case the burden of scanners selection and solution integration is offloaded from your shoulders and you don't have to worry about scanner obsolescence - you normally receive news scanners set in something like three years

4.Barcoding and ERP. These two components are typically coming separate, however for small implementation you can bundle them together by selecting SB1 integrator, who also provides barcoding services

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