Let me guess, you are all excited about using this barcode scanner and what it will do for your business and you opened Finale Data Collector, clicked on PICK, the BASIC/WAVE/PICK and PACK, and then scanned a barcode on your packing slip and the scanner will not find the order! What is wrong?
Let's cover the basics of what has to be complete or happen before an order will be found on the scanner.
1. Have you synced or updated the scanner?
The Finale Data Collector software is an "On Demand" type of software. It is not real time.
You must Sync the scanner to update it. You can sync over WiFI, which is the preferred and most flexible method of connecting to your Finale Inventory account, or you may dock the scanner with the USB dock/cradle and sync over the USB cable with a Windows PC.
Make sure you have synced so that the scanner contains the Orders that are in the system.
2. The Barcode that you scan must be the ORDER NUMBER. Many times people see a barcode on the packing slip from Shipstation and assume that it is the order id when it is not.
The default barcode on a Shipstation Packing Slip is the Shipstation "Scan to view" barcode. That is not the Order ID/#. The scan to view barcode is a special order barcode that only Shipstation understands.
You need to edit/customize the packing slip barcode to contain the actual ORDER #.
Here are directions on accomplishing this:
Notice that the content of the barcode is [Order #] and not [Barcode].
3. The Order# you are scanning has not been marked SHIPPED already in Finale Inventory.
The barcode scanner will not store Orders that have already been shipped. There would be no need to Pick and pack them. If the order has already been picked, packed and shipped it will not show up in the scanner. There is a special configuration setting on your Shipstation Connection in Finale inventory that you must setup so that Finale Inventory controls when an order is marked "Shipped" in Finale Inventory by you using the Scanner to Pick and Pack the order.
IF you are using Shipstation, there is a special configuration setting on your Shipstation Connection in Finale inventory that you must setup so that Finale Inventory controls when an order is marked "Shipped" in Finale Inventory by you using the Scanner to Pick and Pack the order. If you do not set this setting correctly, by default the Shipstation connection runs every five minutes and receives the notices from Shipstation that you printed a shipping label in Shipstation for the order and it should, therefore, be marked Shipped in Finale.
See here for configuring the setting correctly:
4. Your Sales Order in Finale Inventory is missing an ORIGIN.
Every Order ID should be associated with Finale Inventory Location(warehouse). This does not mean that it must or has to be fulfilled from that warehouse, but it must have a value for Origin. IF the Origin value is not set, the items on the order will not reserve any quantity and because Finale Inventory uses the Origin to know where to reserve the stock levels at. If you have committed sales orders importing from your marketplace, Shipstation, or ShippingEasy, you need to make sure the integration settings are configured to assign a value for Origin.
IF you are using Shipstation or ShippingEasy, Check your settings for the origin in the Integration, Pull sales to finale, Action menu, Edit task configuration settings.
If you are pulling directly from a marketplace, Check your settings for Origin n the Integration, Pull sales to finale, Action menu, Edit task configuration settings.
IF you have imported a bunch of orders without setting the ORIGIN, fix the Pull Sales To Finale settings on the integration and use the Reprocess orders loaded in last 7 days feature on the action menu AFTER you have fixed the setting to set the origin.
Note this will only work if the orders are still in Committed Status.
5. No items on the order
In order for a sales order to be synced to the scanner, it should have items on the order. An empty order will not be sent to the scanner. Make sure you have actual product ids with an order quantity on the order
6. Unmapped items
If you have items on the order that are not mapped to product ids in Finale Inventory then you do not really have items to pick on the order. Finale Inventory does not know what the SKUs from the imported order should be associated with and therefore does not know what inventory items to reserve, pick, pack, or ship. Make sure you have mapped the incoming marketplace SKUs with a Product Lookup.