SKULabs uses barcode scanning contextually throughout the platform to make inventory and fulfillment tasks faster, easier, and more accurate. You can use barcode scanning when receiving, counting, picking items and more. Making use of scanning barcodes using a handheld scanner and getting instant feedback on the SKULabs screen is an invaluable tool that you should look to start enjoying as soon as you can!

Choosing barcode scanners for your team

Most barcode scanners will work just fine with SKULabs, regardless of whether you're working on desktops or mobile devices. Over 99% of barcode scanners support Human Input Device or "Basic" mode, but you can confirm with the manufacturer by asking if the scanner supports "HID" compatibility, "Basic", or "HID Mode".

Still, we recommend a USB scanner for desktops and laptops, and wireless Bluetooth scanners for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.

Socket Mobile's SocketScan S700 and S800 are recommended, ergonomic scanners intended for use with wireless mobile devices. They are easy to set up and use and have enough battery life to get through a full workday. For more information about recommended hardware, visit here.

Scanning with a mobile device camera

SKULabs designers and developers have worked extensively with warehouse teams around the world to find what works and what doesn't. In our testing, we have found that barcode scanning with a smartphone or tablet's rear camera is not up to the demand of a full-time E-commerce business.

How to connect scanners

To connect your USB scanner to a desktop or laptop:

  1. Plug the barcode scanner into an available USB port on the computer. The computer should recognize the device right away.
  2. Open a text editor or web browser and select an input area where you can type and enter text.
  3. Scan an available product barcode and confirm that the barcode's value correctly appears in the selected input area.

To connect your Bluetooth scanner to a tablet or smartphone:

  1. Ensure that the scanner is in "Basic mode" or "HID mode", if applicable.
  2. Power on the scanner and make sure it is discoverable (unpaired).
  3. Turn on Bluetooth from your mobile device's settings and scan for devices.
  4. Ensure your Bluetooth scanner is discoverable, this varies with each device but can typically be enabled by holding a combination of scanner buttons for a number of seconds and restarting the device.
  5. In the list of found devices, tap the device ID that matches the scanner to pair it. The scanner should beep or otherwise signal that it has paired successfully.
  6. On the device, open a note app or web browser and select an input area where you can type and enter text.
  7. Scan an available product barcode and confirm that the barcode's value correctly appears in the selected input area.

Troubleshooting scanners

If you are encountering issues with scanning in SKULabs:


Scanning in SKULabs:

Most scanners work most simply and effectively when in HID mode, which essentially uses the scanner as a Keyboard. You can scan by clicking into any text field for verification or search and scanning a barcode.

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