Any company who has product inventory, computers, printers, desks, appliances, phones and other expensive items realizes that items have a tendency of getting misplaced, or in some cases stolen, from the office. For insurance purposes, and even just item verification, asset tags will save a company the time and expense so they can keep track of their items.
Asset tags have been around for a while now. They are a simple little label that is either barcoded, numbered, or both, with your company information, so you can keep track of an item within the office. Not only do they come in a variety of sizes, they also come in materials to best suit your business. For instance, if you are labeling high dollar items, such as computers, you may want to invest in a destructible material as you cannot pull off the label without destroying it. This keeps someone from removing the label and applying it to a different computer. There is a material for every item you could possibly want to tag. From an asset label material that is applied on semi-oily metals, to a material that leaves the word “VOID” when you peel off the label, there isn’t a product you can’t use these on.
The main reason a company wants to invest in asset tags is to track products and inventory. If you have many products, adding a barcode, and/or human readable number so you can scan the item may make things go much faster. If you have a limited quantity of items to track, then a simple label with a number works fine. Most companies have the option of customizing your number scheme as well. You can upload an excel spreadsheet with the numbers you want to barcode, or print, and print those numbers. This is particularly helpful if you already have a specific numbering system in place and want to stay with that instead of starting over. Adding the information to an excel sheet with all pertinent information is a great way to track your assets. And in the event that you happen to need to file an insurance claim, or worse a police report, then you have a record that shows this inventoried item to help provide a paper trail.
Keeping track of your assets is essential to any business. It is worth the investment, and time, to invest in these little asset labels and inventory everything. This way you always know everything you have, and know what you need to insure and protect.