Barcode Stickers VS QR Code: Which Is Better?

If you have a huge list of products and equipment that frequently enters and exits your facility, then barcodes and QR codes are essential in helping you keep track of them
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If you have a huge list of products and equipment that frequently enters and exits your facility, then barcodes and QR codes are essential in helping you keep track of them. At first glance, both of them might seem like the same thing; they are both black and white and just seem to be structured differently. But the technologies used in barcodes and QR codes are fundamentally different from each other.

A barcode is one-dimensional, while a QR code is two-dimensional and has much more potential since it can store more information. But choosing between the two isn’t as simple. Let’s explore which one is better suited as an inventory management system.

One And Two Dimensional

Barcodes are widely used and can efficiently manage inventory, reducing labor costs, speeding up the supply chain, and lower errors. But no one can argue that QR codes are taking over the game. The main difference is the one-dimensional and two-dimensional problems. Barcodes can only be read one way, you can only store information up to 20 alphanumeric characters.

QR codes, on the other hand, are square and two-dimensional and can be read in multiple ways. They are effort tolerant, have an improved capacity to store information, and are much faster to read.
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Software

Most companies need to pay for special software that can read barcodes in order to utilize them. QR codes, however, can be read using software and machinery but also using a smartphone. This makes QR codes much more accessible and universal.

Customization

The problem with barcodes is that they can only be printed in black and white. QR codes not only allow you color customization, but they can also incorporate images, software, custom frames, and even CTA.


This is not to say that barcodes aren’t good for inventory management. QR codes can be expensive to produce, and while they don’t need special software, they aren’t particularly secure. In the end, choosing between the two depends on what you are looking for and willing to invest in. Barcodes are particularly suited for smaller companies. If you are looking for an order and delivery management system, consider choosing AltheaSuite. Our barcode based inventory management system and order fulfillment software can help you keep track of all the products in your inventory.

Contact us now to learn more about our inventory management system.

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