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Bar Code Applications at the Naval Publications and Forms Center.
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD
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Bar coding offers substantial opportunities for improving productivity, accountability, and responsiveness at the Naval Publications and Forms Center. Combined with automated system enhancements, it will permit the capture of significantly more production data than is now possible. Management can then have more of the information it needs for closer management of receipts, inventories, and issues. The authors recommend adopting bar coding and enhancing automation in four broad areas RECEIVING offers potential for bar coding. Bar coded identification on exterior packaging applied at the source will substantially decrease receipt processing time and increase the productivity of the receiving section. STORAGE operations can be made considerably more visible through use of a receipts in process file that remains active until an item is stored and its bar code is scanned. ISSUES, similarly, will benefit from creation of an issues in process file that remains active until the bar coded IssueReceipt Data Form attached to an item passes a bar code scanner in the shipping area. Visibility, backlog information, and issue effectiveness measures will improve. SHIPPING, which now depends almost exclusively on the U.S. Postal Service, can be made much more economical through use of an automated diverting system that will scan the bar coded zip code, weigh the parcel, and send the parcel by the most cost-effective means that customer priorities allow.
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