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🎞️ How do barcodes work in Current RMS?
🎞️ How do barcodes work in Current RMS?

Speed up your warehouse process by barcoding your products and assets. This is optional.

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Written by Matthew James Finkel
Updated over a week ago

Add barcodes to your products and assets to make sure that everything on the opportunity is booked out and ultimately checked back in again.  

Barcodes can increase the reliability of picking and prepping, as well as speeding up the warehouse process

How are barcodes generated?

  • For serialized products, the barcode is the asset number against the stock level. Each stock level has its own barcode label that you can use to allocate, prep, book out, and check-in that asset. 

  • For bulk and non-stock products, you can set a barcode number by editing the product. This number is used to generate a barcode that you can scan to allocate, prep, book out, and check-in any quantity of that product. 

Print barcode labels from Current

Head to a product page to print barcode labels. Check out our guide for more, see: Print barcode labels for your products or assets 

Already got your own barcode labels?

Transitioning from another system or already barcoded your stock? No need to re-label, use your existing barcodes with Current. 

  • For serialized stock, enter the barcode number as the asset number of the stock level.

  • For bulk or non-stock, enter the barcode number by editing the product.

This also means you can purchase a roll of pre-labelled asset tags and use these with Current RMS.

Where do I scan barcodes?

Once you’ve set up your products with barcodes, use them on the opportunity detail view to allocate, prepare, book out, and check-in your products and assets. 

There’s a guide in our Opportunities section that runs through the warehouse process, check out: What is the detail view? 

What kind of barcode scanner or printer do I need?

As a fully cloud-based solution, Current RMS works across a huge variety of devices: Macs, PCs, Chromebooks, smartphones, tablets, and other devices with internet browsers.  

This makes it difficult to recommend specific models of barcode printer or scanner. However, here’s our general advice:  

Barcode printers

Our barcode labels can be downloaded straight to PDF. PDF is  an open standard, used to present and exchange documents reliably independent of software or hardware.   

Provided the barcode printer you purchase works with your device (i.e. with your Mac etc.) and you can print a PDF to it without any special software, it should work with our labels.  

Barcode scanners

Nothing fancy or expensive required! Current will work with any USB, WiFi, or Bluetooth barcode scanner that operates as a “keyboard wedge” and is compatible with your device.  

A keyboard wedge is a widely available type of scanner works by reading the barcode and translating it into key strokes. 

Make sure the scanner you choose will read your format of barcodes – Current’s default barcode labels use Code 128 – and finish with a carriage return character (i.e. it simulates pressing ↵ enter ). If you’d like to use the QR code, make sure your scanner can read QR codes.

Common questions

Can I scan with my smartphone or tablet's camera?

While you can't do this through your web browser, our Warehouse Companion app (available on both iOS and Android) is designed specifically for scanning barcodes to allocate, prepare, book out and check-in products on your opportunities.

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