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Using a Handheld Barcode Scanner vs. The Booqable Mobile App

Author: Nathan Crossley September 21, 2023 · 4 Min read
Using a Handheld Barcode Scanner vs. The Booqable Mobile App

Regarding rental inventory management, it’s undeniable that barcodes improve efficiency and accuracy. However, deciding whether you can use a mobile app like Booqable or need to invest in a handheld barcode scanner can be more challenging. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of both so that you can make an informed choice.

There are many scenarios where you need to interact with barcodes in your rental business, so investing in the best solution for your use case is essential. Whether serving customers or preparing orders, there are benefits to going with handheld barcode scanners and the mobile app.

Serving customers

Serving customers is essential to running a rental business, and barcodes have become a central part of this process. However, this process can vary between rental businesses, so only some options catch some scenarios. Both handheld barcode scanners and the Booqable app have their benefits, so let’s consider which is best for serving customers at a shop counter and away from one.

At a shop counter

If you serve customers at a counter with your PC, handheld barcode scanners have many advantages. They are known for their speed and efficiency. Handheld barcode scanners are ideal if scanning multiple products in succession in a centralized location as they offer immediate auditory feedback upon successful scans.

This allows you to work faster without double-checking that the products were verified correctly. In addition, handheld barcode scanners are rugged and designed to be long-lasting, making them very reliable. They may be the best choice if you don’t have to move from your counter.

Away from a shop counter

If you serve customers away from a shop counter, the Booqable mobile app has many benefits. It provides more detailed information and visual feedback with each scan, ensuring the right product is selected every time. In addition, you can get notified by sound if you want to move quickly through processing an order.

For scenarios where customers are scattered throughout the store, the mobile app allows you to provide instant assistance and answer questions on the spot. In addition, you can scan products and see if they’re available for the requested rental period. This makes the mobile app ideal for team members not tied to a counter to process transactions.

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Preparing orders

Many rental businesses’ workflows involve preparing orders, whether it be for pick up or delivery. The accuracy, speed, and precision with which you assemble and fulfill customer orders can directly impact customer satisfaction. You don’t want to make a mistake and leave customers without something they booked. So, let’s explore the impact of handheld scanners and mobile apps.

Preparing orders with a handheld barcode scanner

When preparing orders, handheld barcode scanners offer rapid and efficient scanning, allowing you to assemble orders quickly. They also provide minimal interruptions during order fulfillment, which can provide a smoother workflow. Though, you often need to be near a PC to ensure you are scanning the correct products.

Preparing orders with the Booqable mobile app

On the other hand, the Booqable mobile app can enhance order accuracy. The mobile app can provide the necessary precision to help avoid mistakes that can occur without the visual feedback that it provides. Additionally, it can provide real-time inventory availability and insights. This allows you to avoid shortages and double bookings, so you can rectify any issues that may arise.

Which one is best for your rental business?

Both handheld scanners and Booqable’s mobile app have their distinct advantages and use cases. The choice between the two ultimately hinges on your specific needs, the nature of your business, and the tasks at hand.

Handheld scanners are the go-to option for speed and efficiency, especially when dealing with high volumes of products or centralized customer interactions. Meanwhile, Booqable’s mobile app shines in scenarios where precision, detailed information, and on-the-spot assistance are paramount, such as preparing orders and working on a product level.

In conclusion, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Evaluating your unique requirements and understanding the strengths of handheld scanners and Booqable’s mobile app will empower you to make the right choice for your business’s barcode scanning needs.

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