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When your inventory outgrows the pencil- and-clipboard stage, it's time to get automated. Barcoding applications such as Barcode Anything by Zebra Technologies Corp. can address a variety of business needs, such as keeping track of product inventory or company assets. Barcode Anything is a complete, computerized barcoding package that comes with software to create bar code labels on any Windows-supported printer, a tracking database with application-specific templates, and a laser scanning wand.

Barcode Anything can produce and track barcodes from data contained in most available spreadsheets or databases, meaning that a pre-existing inventory, asset or security entry can be assigned a barcode. The label is then printed out and stuck on shelves, computer peripherals or security ID badges. Since the laser wand draws low levels of power from laptop batteries, users can easily take Barcode Anything onto the loading dock or on the road.

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