Bins labels. Use Numbers or Alpha?

Design your bins numerically.

As specialists in inventory tracking, we’ve seen and analyzed every imaginable inventory warehouse layout across all industry, state, and continental lines. We at Flowtrac can safely say, numbering your bins is the best way to keep track of what goes in and out of your inventory locations.


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If the bins are labeled, teams members using handheld barcode scanners equipped with the best software can simply scan the corresponding barcode located on each bin as the products are shelved or taken back off. And voila! You now have a seamless inventory tracking process that ensures your business runs efficiently and meticulously.
We’ve seen bins organized alphabetically as well as numerically, and we strongly suggest going with a numerical bin design.

The Key Point:
Numbers are universal; the alphabet is not.

Numbers are universally understood by nonnative English speaking employees. Therefore, choosing numbered bins over alphabetized bins is not only smart but also the more inclusive choice, which promotes employee well-being by increasing your company’s potential for diversification in a world of rapid globalization.  

The Benefits to Numerical Bins:

  • Maximizing item storage space
  • Item accessibility and mobility
  • Employee productivity
  • Employee well-being
  • Customer satisfaction 

If you’re still not sure which way to choose, or if you just have more questions about bin setup in general, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!