5 Back-Office Tech Innovations

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Did you know a smartphone can double as a barcode reader? A new app called CodeREADr (www.codereadr.com) can scan, record, track, and validate barcodes from shipping packages and products. For example, a wholesaler in Houston called Texas Jasmine (www.texasjasmine.com), which services about 5,000 convenience stores in Texas, uses the app to scan UPC symbols on all products. The barcode scans feeds directly into their POS system as a way to track inventory. The main advantage to using the app, which works on the iPhone and many Android and BlackBerry phones, is that the wholesaler does not need to invest in expensive barcode scanning equipment and relies on the handheld devices already being used.