Increase Speed, Accuracy With Mobile Barcode Scanning

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Increase Speed, Accuracy With Mobile Barcode Scanning

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.

Improved Barcode Data Entry

A worker scans a barcode in a warehouse.

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.” ​

Jamal Khalid

Project Manager, Toronto Public Library

Three Uses for Mobile Barcode Scanning

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 Smartsheet Inventory Management Template on 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.

How to Scan in Sheets

When entering information in sheets, either at the row or cell level, tap the barcode icon to pull up the camera on your mobile device to scan a barcode. After the barcode is recognized and scanned by the camera, the barcode string will automatically be recorded.

 

How to Scan in Search

Simply tap the barcode icon to pull up your mobile device’s camera to scan the barcode. After the barcode is recognized and scanned by the camera, the app will search through all available sheets to find a matching barcode string. Matching barcodes will be listed in search results unless there is no match. Clicking on an identified match will open the sheet and go to the row of the matching barcode.

 
Interested in using barcode scanning for Smartsheet Mobile?  Use your existing sheets to start scanning on iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device through the latest Smartsheet mobile app. In addition, you can read our help articles "Explore the Smartsheet App for iOS" and "Explore the Smartsheet App for Android" to learn more.

Don’t have the Smartsheet Mobile app? Download the Smartsheet Mobile app on the iTunes store for iOS, and the Google Play store for Android:

What’s Next for Smartsheet Mobile?

In the coming months, we’ll be building mobile solutions to help solve your business challenges. In addition to barcode scanning, we’re making other enhancements to offer you a great mobile app experience. Keep an eye out for more mobile news to come!

Interested in learning more about how you can leverage Smartsheet Mobile in your business? ENGAGE’18 will offer several sessions on how to gather information at scale and increase productivity on the go with Smartsheet Mobile.

Comments

Barcode scanning capabilites

Hi, I was glad to hear and see Smartsheet has barcode capabilities. Our challenge since we are service company is receiving a piece of equipment, which has a product barcode on it already. For example, we have a repeat client come by and drop off fire extinguishers. We want to open sheets and scan each one into our service inventory and enable the customer to sign a transfer of custody of all scanned barcodes and vice versa when they pick up. When we scan in, we also want for Smartsheet to generate a work order and assign it a work order number along with add-on parts capabilities and generate a final billing statement. Have I lost you yet? Just our challenges and I hope Smartsheet can help us. Much appreciated for all you do. Thank you.

Your Request

Stephen Danos's picture
Thanks for the comment, Juan. Please reach out to [email protected] and a member of our support team will follow up with you on this request.

Importing of inventory lists

How would you import Excel sheet of inventory and match with barcode symbol into Smartsheet? I mean, marrying the two. How can I get more info about this? Interested in a check in/check out procedure for equipment to give out on a production show, definitely interested.

Thanks for the comment, John.

Thanks for the comment, John. This is definitely something we can assist you with, and we'd love to connect with you to discuss further. Please email [email protected] and we'll follow-up with you.

codabar symbology

Is this feature limited to certain symbologies only? We use codabar and I cannot get this app to scan.

Smartsheet mobile app

Stephen Danos's picture
Thank you for your comment, Candace. You can learn about which barcodes are supported and more via our help pages, which are now included in the article. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, please reach out to us at [email protected]

Regarding tracking of inventory

How can we check that we have 5 items in stock last week and now we have only 2 left. How can we check that?? Please reply asap.

Your Question About Inventory Tracking

Stephen Danos's picture
Thank you for your comment, Ankit. If your barcode string is associated with Smartsheet, then you would scan the item, find a match in Smartsheet, and then make your adjustments. If you have further questions, please email us at [email protected]

Barcode scanning

Is there anything in Smartsheet that enables us to generate a barcode with the upc that we have entered into the smartsheet?

Your Barcode Scanning Question

Stephen Danos's picture
Thank you for commenting, Melissa. That option is currently not available, but Smartsheet continues to enhance barcode scanning features in our mobile app and looking for ways to make improvements.

Barcodes for delivery of goods

Good Morning/Afternoon, We have a Tile & Install Company and I am looking at a better way of recording the delivery of materials to site, at present our delivery drivers, take a photo and then upload it to Smartsheet and record the date of the delivery via Smartsheet Calendars. I was just having a look and read through about the Barcode via mobile, which sprung a thought. Is there anyway of scanning the barcode, having it record the date and time, and also the GPS Location of the scan, and also the possibility of uploading a photo? Please let me know if you need any further information Many tanks Michael Hockey Smartsheet Administrator

Re: Barcodes for Delivery of Goods

Stephen Danos's picture
Hi, Michael. Thank you for your comment and for using Smartsheet. You can scan the barcode and record the date and time. However, GPS location is currently unavailable, though Smartsheet continues to enhance barcode scanning features in our mobile app and looking for ways to make improvements. If you have further questions, please email us at [email protected]

Scanning Barcodes with Reader

We have a barcode reader that works with excel by reading the barcode and directly output the number on the cell. Will smartsheet allow this on the web interface now?

Re: Scanning Barcodes with Reader

Stephen Danos's picture
Thanks for your comment, Gaby. Yes, Smartsheet barcode scanning also outputs the number on the cell. If you have further questions, please email us at [email protected]

Types of Barcodes

Will this feature work with QR Codes as well or just traditional barcodes?

Re: Types of Barcodes

Stephen Danos's picture
Thanks for the comment, Ashley. This is definitely something we can assist you with, and we'd love to connect with you to discuss further. Please email [email protected] and we'll follow-up with you.

Adding Barcodes to Sheet

Can Smartsheet generate the barcodes, as depicted in the images above? Or just read barcodes generated elsewhere?

RE: Adding Barcodes to Sheet

Stephen Danos's picture
Hi, Michael. Thanks for your comment! Smartsheet doesn't generate the barcode itself, rather the string of numbers for the barcode. While that option is currently unavailable, we continue to enhance barcode scanning features in the Smartsheet mobile app.

Barcode Scanning

When I scan a barcode with a phone, is there a way to go directly to the asset that was scanned in list view without having to click the barcode number in the matched results and then the row in the sheet? If not, could you consider this enhancement to limit the amount of clicks on the app to where once you can scan the barcode it will immediately bring up the asset to where all you need to do is click edit and not go through multiple steps to get the same result. Thank you for your assistance and consideration!

RE: Barcode Scanning

Stephen Danos's picture
Thank you for your comment, Mike! This feature is currently unavailable, though Smartsheet continues to enhance barcode scanning features in our mobile app and looking for ways to make improvements. If you have further questions or ideas, please email us at [email protected]

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