About 1 out of every 6 Chicagoans will use meal programs this year – that’s 812,100 people or 232,100 households! The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s largest event (1 City, 1 Food Drive) strives to make sure ‘No One Goes Hungry’ this holiday season by offering drop-off locations in the Chicago area.
Barcodes, Inc has rallied together and collected approximately 600 pounds of food during this Thanksgiving Food Drive – making it the largest contributor for our drop-off location and really shows how small acts of kindness can make a big difference.
The giving does not have to end here. If you would like to support the Food Depository Food Drive please visit their website at How To Help.
Whether we notice it or not, barcodes are being used all around us in more applications than ever today. From tracking products throughout their life cycle to advertising and even video games, there is a wide range of barcodes fit for any way you can think of using them.
This handy infographic shines some light on the 2 main categories of barcodes, 1D vs. 2D codes, and what their benefits and uses are. It’s a great primer to see how you can use barcodes in ways outside of the retail check-out lane.
You’ll find that no matter what data you are trying to track or encode, Barcodes, Inc. can help you find the right printer, labels, scanners, and mobile devices to get the most out of any barcode.
BarTender 2016 is one of the most significant releases in the product’s history, delivering new and improved capabilities that enhance your design and printing experience and make it easier than ever to manage and administer your operations. Here are just a few of the important features in BarTender 2016.
BarTender Integration Builder
The new BarTender Integration Builder replaces the Commander companion application, enabling you to seamlessly integrate BarTender’s printing capabilities with virtually any enterprise business operation:
Initiate printing automatically at trigger events, such as a web request or when an email arrives, a file is saved or a database record is added or modified.
Connect to and communicate with clients via TCP/IP, UDP or HTTP.
Perform basic file operations, such as move, rename, delete or copy.
Integrate directly with ERP systems with built-in support for SAP, Oracle or IBM WebSphere
Barcodes, Inc. has launched an unmatched SignUp&Save service to aid customers with active inventory management on hard to manage, highly used, consumable products. This dynamic service allows customers to set up a recurring orders to ensure that the customer never runs out of the consumables they need. Once an order is created, the re-occurring orders it will arrive at the customers facility every week, every month, quarter or whenever the customer choose.
Best-in-class healthcare organizations are looking to cordless scanners for their next deployment, but not just for the obvious reasons. The latest generation of cordless healthcare scanners bring with them unique technologies that can truly transform common clinician workflows, making nurse’s more productive and focused, while enabling a higher degree of patient safety.
Advantage 1 (The Obvious One): Freedom of movement— nurses need to go to the barcode
Freedom of movement around patients, family members, and expensive equipment—particularly in congested patient wards or ICUs—is a continued challenge for today’s clinician. As more and more technology is packed into the modern-day patient room, free space comes at a premium. Tethering a scanner to a wall-mounted computer or to a workstation-on-wheels (WoW) cart just does not meet the needs of today’ on-the-move nurse. Not every monitor, IV bag, infusion pump, or oxygen line with a barcode is going to be located next to the workstation, so taking the scanner to the barcode is a necessity.
Advantage 2: Free up the nurse’s hands with presentation scanning
A capability currently found only in the cordless Xenon healthcare scanners, presentation mode scanning is dramatically faster than point-and shoot scanning. Eliminating the need to aim and pull the trigger on each scan, presentation mode scanning instead allows the clinician to “present” the items to the scanner. Xenon’s high performance sensors automatically detect objects in its field of view and rapidly scans regardless of angle, orientation, symbology or background material.
Advantage 3: Easier to clean
Cables and cords found in hospital rooms—especially those that come in contact with the floor, hands, bedding, or the patient—carry the most potential for germs. Not only is the cable subject to exposure to bacteria and viruses, it can also be the most difficult component to clean. According to the CDC, one in 25 hospital patients will be infected with a healthcare-associated infection during their hospital stay.1 Going cordless not only saves time on common tasks, but should also reduce the possibility of these infections occurring. Continue reading »
Datalogic’s latest addition to their scanning line, the Heron HD3430 2D area imager brings unmatched elegance along with the latest advanced 2D reading technology to the modern point-of-sale. The retailer is able to offer their customer a positively charged checkout experience through the combination of: a high-performing 2D imager; customization options such as personalizing the scanner with a company logo; specific enclosure options; specific targeted LED light colors; and custom sounds at the POS.
Zebra has announced the launch and availability of the RFD8500 – a high performance multi-operating system Bluetooth RFID reader sled. With the RFD8500, you can easily enable compatible Zebra and third-party mobile devices, tablets and smartphones with enterprise-class UHF RFID and 1D/2D bar code scanning capabilities. Zebra’s first multi-operating system RFID sled is designed to instantly transform Zebra mobile devices – such as the TC55, MC40 and TC75 – as well as select Android and iOS devices (iPod, iPhone) into handheld RFID readers, providing peace of mind that the investment you make today will serve your business needs tomorrow.
Zebra’s new RFD8500 sled can be used as an independent batch data collection device or the user-friendly Bluetooth sled can be paired with a compatible mobile device to extend the capabilities of existing handheld terminals. Simply snap the mobile device into the corresponding RFD8500 adapter mount for an all-in-one RFID reader solution that allows ergonomic, single-handed operation, or place the mobile device in a pocket or holster and use the light weight RFD8500 as a two piece RFID solution.
In keeping with Janam’s practice of delivering rugged mobile computers with the right features and the right price and maintaining a simple, streamlined suite of products, they have announced the end of sale of the XG100 and XG105 Series of mobile computers. To provide a smooth transition for organizations in need of an industrial-grade, gun-shaped, mobile computer for scan-intensive environments, they recently introduced the XG3 Rugged Mobile Computer.
Customers who have deployed the XG100 or XG105 should consider the new XG3 Rugged Mobile Computer as a replacement product. This industrial-grade, gun-shaped, mobile computer designed for scan-intensive environments offers more power and performance with a lighter form factor and more battery life.
Not all barcode scanners or data capture devices are compatible with Apple iOS devices, and for those that are, a significant amount of testing and development are required to assure proper device operation. However, after a huge demand from small and medium-sized business owners to incorporate iPads, iPhones, and other Apple devices into their workforce management workflow, Apple invested extensive time and resources into certifying iOS devices with select data capture devices. Now, business owners have the ability to connect their Apple device to a data capture device via Bluetooth or a physical sled or cradle in order to conduct asset tracking, point of sale, inventory management, and other applications.
When is it coming?
iOS compatibility exists today. Many businesses ranging from small to enterprise-level are using iPads, iPhones and iPods to perform inventory management, asset tracking, and mobile point of sale activities. Hardware devices such as barcode scanners, label printers, receipt printers, cash drawers, and RFID readers are now equipped with software utilities that allow for connection to your preferred Apple device.