Manually entering and exporting barcode data can be cumbersome, time-consuming, and prone to human error. We heard from many of our customers that they needed a quick and easy way to confidently manage basic barcode scanning.
Today, we’re proud to introduce barcode scanning in Smartsheet mobile, free to all Smartsheet users. The only requirements are an iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device and the latest version of the Smartsheet mobile app — available for iOS and Android — to start completing barcode workflows with increased speed and accuracy of real-time data input.
Most barcode scanning solutions require additional hardware and software to scan, identify, and manage — and most systems depend on workers physically connecting their scanners to a computer in order to upload data, which prevents true real-time operations, slowing down processes and response times.
These issues are often barriers to adopting a barcode system, especially for companies that have day-to-day scanning needs such as inventory management, sample management, asset management, or field quality assurance (QA).
We listened to your needs and requests, and are thrilled to offer an impactful solution to this challenge. And we’re not the only ones who are excited:
“We are excited about the new barcode functionality in Smartsheet. We have asset tags with barcodes, so we could use this to quickly trace an asset item with the Smartsheet mobile app, instead of carrying bulky handheld readers.”
Project Manager, Toronto Public Library
Barcodes are widely used across many different industries. Here are a few ways you could use barcode scanning in Smartsheet mobile with your existing sheets:
Closed Loop Inventory Management: Many companies use barcodes to track inventory and important data related to the inventory. Whether you need to count unique items, scan a barcode to confirm that an item has been received, or check pricing information, you can quickly scan a barcode using your Smartsheet mobile app and match it to its number in your database. Download our Smartsheeton desktop to get started.
Field QA: Field workers can scan barcodes that are associated with specific assets, such as machinery and equipment. If a machine needs to be repaired, a field worker can scan its barcode with their mobile device, find the matching barcode in an existing sheet, and change the status to “needs maintenance” in the sheet.
Sample Management: Retail companies use barcodes to track clothing and other design samples. Once a barcode is scanned, the item can be checked in/checked out. This allows staff to understand who has a sample, when it was checked out, and other information on the item.
These are just a few examples of how you might use barcode scanning to increase the speed of your workflows. You can scan barcodes using the Smartsheet mobile app in a couple of ways: scan a barcode in the search bar to find a match, or input the barcode string instantly by scanning it in a cell on any sheet.