Our Expertise

Your dedicated team of experts works hard to understand your workers’ pain points and the goals of your internal processes—and that allows us to customize and deliver solutions that address your unique transportation and logistics technology challenges.

Our Approach

A Barcoding-Canada solution is never just a piece of hardware: This is the heart of Barcoding-Canada’s Process, People, Technology (PPT) philosophy.

First, we work to understand our clients’ businesses—their workflows, people, cultures, and goals—and then we discuss the types of technology available to fit their needs.

Our Partner Network

Barcoding-Canada is a premier partner with the best manufacturers and software providers in the automated data capture, mobility, and supply chain spaces. Because of our strong relationships, our clients have access to high-level resources at our partners’ organizations—from the executive teams to sales, engineers, and support.


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Automated Manufacturing: Top Benefits for Warehouse & DC Ops


It wasn’t long ago that the thought of handing over tasks to machines that were previously completed by humans sent shivers down workers’ spines. But today, the benefits gained from automated manufacturing—thanks to tech innovations—show how automation can help to optimize operations.

Robotics, the internet of things (IoT), advances in digital barcodes, warehouse management systems (WMS), and so much more have made it not merely feasible to increase automation, but a must.

Automation’s Top 10 Benefits

While we could spend all day listing the benefits of automation in warehouse and DC settings, we’ve narrowed them down to a list of 10:

  1. Safer operations
  2. Picking/packing error reduction
  3. Less product damage
  4. Reduced costs
  5. Reduced loss time
  6. Increased labour efficiency
  7. Attract more talent
  8. Better data insights
  9. Scalability
  10. Business resilience

1. Safer Operations

Automation allows for more dangerous tasks to be handled by machinery. Robotics don’t worry about lifting or squeezing into tight spots. With high-risk duties performed by steel and wiring instead of flesh and blood, workers are protected.

But automation to improve safety isn’t solely about machines doing dangerous work. Collaboration with automated guided vehicles, for example, is safer than working around fork trucks driven by human operators. Why? Lights, sensors, alarms, and navigation capabilities make AGVs more predictable and safer compared to that human forklift driver. And that’s just a start. The possibilities for added safety are nearly endless.

2. Fewer Picking/Packing Errors

The days of a worker walking to a pallet and marking off a package with a clipboard are on their way out. Modern technology and automated processes are taking the reins.

Warehouses and distribution centers now turn to radio frequency identification, or RAIN RFID. This technology—which wirelessly sends information from tagged assets using radio frequencies—allows data capture from as far as dozens of metres away. RFID technology vastly reduces the costly waste of resources that can occur with picking or packing errors.

3. Product Damage Prevention

Automated equipment is engineered and programmed to such precision that they don’t drop or mishandle items nearly as often as human workers do. And AGVs and AMRs are less likely to collide with pallets or shelves—keeping products safer from damage.

4. Cost Reductions

The reach of automation to reduce costs extends across an entire operation. Wasting human workers’ time on non-value added tasks, unnecessary healthcare costs due to injuries or repetitive stress, even high recruiting, hiring, and onboarding costs can be reduced with increased use of automation technologies.

5. Improved Time Utilization

With AGVs and AMRs doing the heavy lifting, there’s a lower chance of employee downtime due to injury. Manual processes won’t need to stop every so often to recheck or reconfigure settings. And since RFID technology is making for fewer mis-ships, your business doesn’t have to waste time scrambling to find, recover, and correct shipping errors.

6. Increased Labour Efficiency

Try as we might, most of us will never be as fast as a machine or a computer.

Scanning, sorting, arranging, tagging—those tedious tasks can all be performed much quicker through automation. Round-the-clock operation is also possible, and all together, that means better quality and productivity at a faster pace, and higher overall output at lower costs.

7. Better Talent Attraction

A modern, efficient, safe, and forward-thinking business will attract top talent. Whether it’s at the executive level or hourly workers, highly skilled people will want to work for a company that’s demonstrated practices that have made for an overall better environment while working with the latest technology.

8. More Robust Enterprise Data Collection

Automated data capture paired with IoT capabilities means you and the rest of the management team will have access to a richer store of data, constantly captured, collected, and analyzed. Depending on the data you need, you can implement and program solutions to translate all that data into easy-to-digest, targeted insights for users.

How many units are you moving per day? Are all assets properly organized? How much money did you save after implementing RFID technology? 

Automation enables you to get more data—and better insights—that translate into real continuous improvements.

9. Scalability

What’s your plan for a sudden or unpredictable spike in demand? If you don’t have enough workers on the job, how will you adjust? What happens if market demand nosedives and you have too many workers?

You don’t need to add, replace, or dismiss automation tools. Automated systems give you added flexibility to scale up or down with ease.

10. Business Resilience

Many of the points we’ve mentioned here lead to one overarching point: resilience. With automation keeping your operations more productive, your technology more advanced, and your entire organization more efficient, you’ll be much more resilient to the shifts and sways that happen naturally—you’ll be future-proof.

Automation Points You in the Right Direction

These benefits are key in positioning yourself to be a leader in storage and distribution. That’s why we encourage embracing automation in its many forms to set yourself up for success now and in the future.

The Case for Autonomous Mobile Robots

We briefly mentioned autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), but if you wanted to take a closer look at how they can optimize your space, reduce management burdens, and more, we’ve created a useful infographic you can keep. Download your copy of How Autonomous Mobile Robots Improve Warehouse & Distribution Center Operations.