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Barcode Scanner Suggestions
Calum Roberts
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May 9, 2014 - 10:47 am
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Hi all, it’s nearly the weekend, which means even more work for some of us

Im looking at getting a barcode to use with Shipeasy extension so that we can automate the shipping process a little more.

Im printing the order barcodes on the address labels now using Pickpack and would like to use this to scan into shipeasy to mark as dispatched before putting into mail sack.

I believe this is the way shipeasy works.

So does any one have a good suggestion for a decent bar code scanner.

Thank you

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Matthew Ogborne

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May 9, 2014 - 11:34 am
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Hi Calum,

Yea, I have some interesting feedback for you directly from Jim at moogento on this one.

Buy a barcode scanner that uses a laser rather than a cmos sensor.

Apparently on the super cheap barcode scanners they use a cmos sensor like you find in the old digital cameras and they lag, where as a laser one finds the code no-on instantly, just like the ones in the supermarkets.

They’re more expensive (so more than £20), but scan much more quickly.

Hope that helps,

Matt

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Hey Calum,

I had this chat with @Jim @ Moogento a month or so ago, we both concluded that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a scanner. Preferably pick a Laser one over CCD as they are more accurate.

Not sure what your packing layout is like, I have always liked wireless scanners but i’m guessing that’s because I just like clever gadgets…work out the maximum range you need and buy the cheapest laser scanner you can which fits the bill :)

Dave

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Dave Furness said
Preferably pick a Laser one over CCD as they are more accurate.

Yep I would still recommend that. At the moment shipEasy can only scan single orders, so you’ll want to be near a screen to check that it has processed the last one before scanning the next. There are some scanners that have a memory & are wireless, shipEasy will support this in the future (ie. you can scan away from everything, then fire them into shipEasy as a group).
More details of shipEasy barcode function in our wiki: barcodes.

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Calum Roberts
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May 9, 2014 - 12:27 pm
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@Moogento @Dave1 @matt

Yes, i was thinking the best way to go was for a laser one.

I was looking at the suggestions on the ebizparts pos page, and they were around the £200 mark. I gather that i dont need to spend that much.

Will go for a wireless one for convenience, with a base station for charging. But basically When the item is packaged up, I will then scan the barcode on the address label into Magento/Shipeasy to mark as dispatched. Or possibly when lots of orders, can scan into an excell sheet, then upload that into the shipeasy bulk upload to shipp all at once.

Is that feasible.

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Jim @ Moogento said

Dave Furness said
Preferably pick a Laser one over CCD as they are more accurate.

Yep I would still recommend that. At the moment shipEasy can only scan single orders, so you’ll want to be near a screen to check that it has processed the last one before scanning the next. There are some scanners that have a memory & are wireless, shipEasy will support this in the future (ie. you can scan away from everything, then fire them into shipEasy as a group).
More details of shipEasy barcode function in our wiki: barcodes.

Hi jim

Can you explain a little bit about how shipeasy works with barcodes.

Ive had a look at the demo on your website.

Do you set the dropdown to ship, then put cursor in barcode field and use scanner to scan the barcode.

What happens once its scanned, does it automatically mark it as shipped or do you have to press the manual button on the right once the barcade has been scanned in to ship it ?

thank you

Im currently looking at this barcode reader, seems to tick the right boxes, only thing that I can see that it doesn’t have is 2D barcodes scanning

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Dave Furness said

Hey Calum,

I had this chat with @Jim @ Moogento a month or so ago, we both concluded that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a scanner. Preferably pick a Laser one over CCD as they are more accurate.

Not sure what your packing layout is like, I have always liked wireless scanners but i’m guessing that’s because I just like clever gadgets…work out the maximum range you need and buy the cheapest laser scanner you can which fits the bill :)

Dave

Thanks Dave

We have just moved into our own unit and almost finished setting this up. We have purchased a packing bench from BigDug which was reasonably priced relative to some other sites. The laptop will be used to process the orders using shipeasy once installed and a barcode reader. Once item is packed up, barcode will be scanned to mark as shipped then parcel put into mail sack (though im not sure how happy Amazon are with marking items as sent until they have actually left the premises)

So all packing will be done on this, though I do prefer wireless myself for convenience so will be looking at getting one with wireless functionality.
The other consideration is to whether get one that supports 2D barcodes.

The one im currently looking at doesnt support those but is reasonably priced and seems to have all the other features required.

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Dave Furness

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May 9, 2014 - 4:31 pm
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Ha ha just came back to this and saw you had 3 answers all within about 15 mins of each other, glad we were all singing from the same hymn sheet :D

Sounds good to me, and definitely don’t go spending £200 on a scanner, a few years ago I bought one for £40 for a fashion company I worked for, it got used daily and was doing 100+ orders a day and never skipped a beat :)

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Calum Roberts said
Can you explain a little bit about how shipeasy works with barcodes.

I’ve updated the wiki a bit more to explain in more detail. Basically, you scan an order ID and shipEasy will process that order (eg. mark it as ‘shipped’, tag the order with a shipment group or date, and email the customer).

Do you set the dropdown to ship, then put cursor in barcode field and use scanner to scan the barcode.

Basically, Yes! It will also then show that order details in the enlarged history section, so you can check what was done on each order.

What happens once its scanned, does it automatically mark it as shipped or do you have to press the manual button on the right once the barcade has been scanned in to ship it ?

You’re in charge, so you choose what to mark it as (eg. ‘Shipped’/’Invoiced’/’Pending Shipment’). The ‘Manual Entry’ button is there in case you want to paste in manually order IDs and process those.

though im not sure how happy Amazon are with marking items as sent until they have actually left the premises

My system is actually to have a few ‘Processing – Boxed [1]’/ ‘Processing – Boxed [2]’ custom statuses, to indicate which box number the order is consolidated into. If the order goes non-consolidated it gets a ‘Processing – Boxed’ status. At the same time I tag the order with a group shipment ID (e.g. EU#2939). You could also just tag it with a date. That way you don’t actually need to mark it as shipped until it is actually shipped. When it comes time to ship, just filter that tag column (by your custom tag or date) and then use ‘sE Ship’. If your orders have not yet been invoiced you can use the option ‘sE Ship & Invoice’ to auto-invoice any previously-uninvoiced order before marking it as shipped.

  • pickPack - smarter Magento packing sheets and warehouse picklists
  • shipEasy - process multiple orders with no sweat & get a visual sales overview easily

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Got my Barcode Scanner in today from Amazon.

What a difference a little gadget makes. Processed outstanding orders using Shipeasy and the scanner in seconds.

Before I packaged everything up then went manually down the list in Amazon and ebay to mark off each item as shipped. Now it’s a simple case of scan in the barcode, not wasting time searching for each order to mark as dispatched.

Shipeasy with a scanner really does save a lot of time, and the more orders to process, the more time saved.

Highly recommended magento extension.

Thanks Jim, and great support as well

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Oh yea, this was a massive win for me when working for the fashion company, the level of automation it brings is great, and along with ShipEasy like Jim has said in the past, the amount of time you get back within a normal working day will most likely have paid for the extension!

Automation FTW

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Calum Roberts said
Got my Barcode Scanner in today from Amazon.

What a difference a little gadget makes. Processed outstanding orders using Shipeasy and the scanner in seconds.

Before I packaged everything up then went manually down the list in Amazon and ebay to mark off each item as shipped. Now it’s a simple case of scan in the barcode, not wasting time searching for each order to mark as dispatched.

Shipeasy with a scanner really does save a lot of time, and the more orders to process, the more time saved.

Highly recommended magento extension.

Thanks Jim, and great support as well

Thanks Calum, that’s great to hear that it’s all working well. We have some more speedup tweaks coming soon…

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