Taylor suggests that the bar code reader is a perfect idea for VLI as it will make her work and company’s operations more effective. Taylor complains that it is tiresome for her to count lumber three or more times to ensure that she is accurate about the numbers. She also believes that manual counting will consume most of her time since she will have to take the numbers of the lumbers for more than eleven hours. According to her, the introduction of bar code reader that would capture the bar code information on each lumber is a perfect idea as it has several benefits. Bill also complains that his job would be made easier if there was a bar code reader in the company (Terwilliger, Ozias & Lauffer, 2016). Since the technology of bar code reader seems to be beneficial to both Bill and Taylor, they should look for the best ways to convince the manager to invest in it. Although Bob, the manager, insists that the managers in the mother company headquartered in Texas do not trust technology, Bill and Taylor have to look for the best idea that will convince Bob to introduce the services of bar code reader.
According to (Terwilliger, Ozias & Lauffer, 2016),Bar code reader provides a variety of benefits to the company, although it can take a lot of time and money for it to be implemented. In this regard, Taylor should sit her boss down and explain to him some of the advantages of using the reader compared to counting the lumbers manually. Firstly, since bar code scanners use systems installed in them, they eliminate the possibility of error that might result when humans do the work. Human errors can be blamed in many organizations as they fail other than success. Mistakes can be made when recording the information about the lumber, which might make tracking them more expensive. In this regard, Taylor needs to convince Bob on how bar code readers will eliminate the mistakes she might make while recording the information about the lumbers. As a result, it will be easier for VLI to tracks its inventory by having to spend a lot of money.
Secondly, readers are time-saving. Instead of having to involve a lot of human resources to log every information of bar code by hand, the reader will only scan the data and translate it into a computer. In this regard, VLI will have saved a lot of time of manually filing the information about their inventories (Terwilliger, Ozias & Lauffer, 2016). Therefore, Taylor is required to explain in details to Bob to ensure that he understands how the reader saves time. In this case, she will have to do it practically to show Bob how it is tedious to flip the lumbers up and down to see the code. Taylor also needs to show him how the reader will do to capture the information to understand how time is saved.
Thirdly, since the bad code scanner has no human errors, it will increase the efficiency of the company. Human beings may make errors when recording information, which will reduce the efficiency of the work done in the company. The bar code scanner, on the other hand, will ensure that all the information recorded is free from errors, which will result to a smooth flow of operations (Terwilliger, Ozias & Lauffer, 2016). Taylor has the responsibility to convince Bob how bar code reader will make the operations of the company more efficient to ensure he accepts to invest it.
Since bar code reader has a number of benefits to the company compared to manual capturing of information, Taylor should be equipped to answer all the questions that Bob will ask to ensure that he is convinced to introduce it in VLI. However, Taylor and Bill can opt to meet him and introduce him to RFID to see if he could buy the idea. On radio frequency identification, it is more expensive but more efficient compared to the bar code reader (Li, 2018). It is a better idea compared to the reader as it used radio waves to read the digital data encoded in smart labels. In this case, Taylor and Bill are tasked to convince Bob about the efficiency and effectiveness of RFID to ensure he incorporate it in the company to ease their job. Since RFID uses waves to read information on objects, it provides a unique identifier that will differentiate the object from others (Li, 2018). It is more effective as it does not only capture the information, but it also gives the object a unique number that will ensure the object is easier identified. As a result, when retrieving the object, it is the number that is only required. In this regard, the sold lumber will be easily identified since its number will not in the system. Therefore, Taylor and Bill need to put that information in the best context that will attract the curiosity of Bob to try it and see how it performs.
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