Printing QR Code Labels Using Finale Inventory

Printing QR Code Labels Using Finale Inventory

Due to its ability to store significant amounts of data and smartphone equipped to read them, QR Code has growing popularity over the years. Finale has the ability to generate QR Codes so there's no need to purchase another application to print these labels. Finale removes the complexity by creating a QR or Quick Response label. If custom QR code labels are required, simply contact us with the QR code dimensions and product information desired on each QR Code, and our staff will create a QB label for your products. We want to make the QR code process as simple and painless as possible.

Do your items have serial numbers or lot IDs? No problem. Finale generates a unique QR Code that is a combination of product ID, lot ID (and packing.) When the product is scanned, Finale is able to recognize both the product ID and lot information from a single QR Code.

It's important for your QR code to indicate the serial number or lot ID to better track and organize your items. It's easy to track with serial numbers by identifying the series of numbers on a product. Using a lot ID tracking system helps a company identify batches of products they manufacture. This is helpful for identifying which products were created together.

QR Codes can be used to replace any 1D barcode label or document barcode, such as Product ID, Lot ID, Serial Number, Sublocation or Order labels.

What Are QR Codes?

A QR code or Quick Response Code is a type of barcode that can be read easily by a digital device and stores information using patterns of black dots and white spaces arranged in a square grid. Invented in 1994 by Denso Wave, a Toyota subsidiary, a QR code is similar to any other barcode in which it stores information in machine-readable optical labels.

QR codes are frequently used to track information about products in a supply chain and — because many smartphones have built-in QR readers — they are often used in marketing and advertising campaigns. These patterns can be scanned and translated into human-readable information, with the help of an imaging device, like a camera or a scanner.

QR codes are easy to scan

QR codes are easy to scan — you can quickly pass your smartphone over the QR code without maneuvering your device to get the right angle or view of the QR code. Easy scanning makes QR codes efficient and a perfect choice for inventory management.

If you're new to QR codes, here's a simple overview of how to scan them:

  1. Open up your smartphone's camera application or QR reader application.
  2. Point your smartphone's camera to the QR code.
  3. Your smartphone will read the QR code and automatically show the details on your screen.

How Are QR Codes Different From UPC Labels?

When comparing QR codes vs. barcodes, QR codes have a few advantages. Standard barcodes can only be read in one direction — top to bottom. That means they can only store a small amount of information, usually in an alphanumeric format. But a QR code is read in two directions — top to bottom and right to left. This allows it to house significantly more data. If the data you want to store when creating QR code labels is made of only alphanumeric characters, a single QR code can hold up to 4,000 characters.

Additionally, since QR codes store data in both directions (horizontal and vertical), these codes can be scanned at any angle to be decoded. This differs from a UPC/EAN label which one dimensional and only stores the data horizontally. As a result, grocery store workers would be to scan the UPC code on a cereal box from left to right to properly read the information.

Can You Use QR Codes for Inventory?

QR codes are beneficial for inventory tracking processes. QR codes can hold significant amounts of information that can make your inventory process more efficient and positively impact your supply chain. A QR code is more useful than a barcode because barcodes can hold a maximum of 20 characters and QR codes can contain 4,000 alphanumeric characters or 7,000 numeric characters. This storage capacity allows companies to access the information they need to accurately track their inventory and implement a successful and productive warehouse process.

How to Use QR Codes for Inventory

Learning how to implement QR codes in your inventory process is simple. Decide exactly what products, services and assets you need to track in your facility. Then, use your QR codes in your tracking process by choosing a QR code label size for your items, making the QR codes, testing the printed QR codes and scanning the QR codes into your inventory tracking software.

How to Pring QR Codes on Labels

First, you'll find a QR code label printer that can print high-quality QR code labels for your inventory tracking process. Finale Inventory can help you generate QR codes, ensure it's the type of custom QR code tags that will work best for your business and print quality labels through our QR code label software. Also, ensure your QR codes are printed with durable label paper so they will stay visible and stick to the items you need to have QR codes on.

It's helpful to start by printing a sample of a QR label before generating all of the QR codes you'll need at once. This helps ensure the QR works and is the right size you need for your inventory tracking process. After testing the sample and confirming the functionality of the QR code, you can move forward with the printing process.

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Video Transcript

Hi, this is Jayson with Finale Inventory. Today I'm going to show you how to print QR codes using the Finale software. What is a QR Code? A QR code, or quick response code, is a type of barcode that can be read easily by a digital device and stores information using patterns of black dots and white spaces arranged in a square grid. What's the difference between a barcode and a QR code? A QR code can do everything a barcode can, but a barcode can only be read in one direction, but a QR code can be read in two, which means you can store more data within the label. To print a QR code in Finale, first navigate to the Finale home page, then go to Products, select the product you'd like to print the QR code for, navigate to the product reports column, select print QR code labels, input the number of labels you want printed, and there you have it.  QR codes in Finale.  If you have any additional questions, email us over at [email protected] Thank you.


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