The bar code reader is a key tool in many industries. It helps keep track of products and accelerates management of inventory. A barcode reader must be easy to use, fast and responsive to facilitate data acquisition, accelerate inventory processes and the flow of people.


Even though they are a small part of a bigger installation, bar code readers can have a significant impact on productivity.

So, what should you consider when choosing a bar code reader?

What type of barcodes will you be scanning?

This question is the most important. You need to know what kind of barcode you will be scanning (a UPC code, a 2D code or QR code, or all of the above?). An assessment of the reading conditions is also necessary. How will the codes appear? On what type of surface will they be printed? These are key questions to help you choose the most effective reader. A very versatile reader is a good solution when these conditions vary, but a less versatile and more effective reader can prove to be a cost-effective solution.

What environment?

Where will you use your barcode reader? Between an office, a shop and a warehouse, the conditions are very different. Choosing the right barcode reader means opting for one that will excel in both durability and performance. We always prefer a sturdy reader for warehouses, for example, while a reader to be used in a less “hostile” environment such as a store does not need to be as rugged.

What application?

How many barcodes will you be scanning? At what rate? How far will they be when scanned? A “no-read” can have a significant impact on productivity. Choosing the right barcode reader means making sure it will run at the right speed, can scan remotely (up to 30 feet in some cases!), with no breakdown or error to increase your business’s productivity.

These three conditions are not the only ones to keep in mind, but they are good indicators when choosing the right barcode reader. Feel free to contact one of our experts for advice!