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Motorola Mobile Couponing – Infographic

Posted October 23, 2014

These days, paper coupons being used in stores or restaurants are dwindling. More and more customers have turned to using  their smartphones to take advantage of coupons they have received in their emails or that they have found online for their discounts.  It is important to find the right barcode scanner that can read barcodes from these mobile devices at your point of sale in order to keep your retail business relevant with this growing trend. This infographic is a quick overview of the key Motorola mobile couponing scanners and their main features to get you started finding the right unit for your needs.

Motorola Scanners - Mobile Couponing

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Introduction to the New Motorola Symbol TC70

Posted October 21, 2014

Motorola’s new Symbol TC70 is a leading enterprise-grade mobile device designed to empower workers in any environment. With a host of features and durable construction, it’s flexibility makes it the perfect companion for a wide range of applications from retail to warehousing and manufacturing.


Motorola Introduces Symbol TC70 Enterprise-Class Android Mobile Device

Posted October 21, 2014

tc70The newest entry in Motorola‘s line of enterprise-grade handheld Android devices, the Symbol TC70 features Android’s KitKat (4.2.2) operating system and Extensions (Mx), a series of features that provide security, device management and more to transform Android into a true enterprise-class OS. The TC70 is rugged and ready for all-day, everyday enterprise use and delivers a new dimension of intelligence to the front lines of today’s enterprises by enabling powerful and flexible data entry, data capture and audio communications.

Designed for today’s most advanced solutions, the TC70 blends a 4.7-inch HD display and an all-touch, worker-friendly interface as well as an embedded 1D/2D scanner and 8 MP camera. A flexible array of accessories and the ability to draw on an ever-expanding library of enterprise applications ensures that the TC70 offers unsurpassed return on investment and will meet customer needs for years to come.

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Tech Tips: Endorsement, Slip, and Validation Printing

Posted October 17, 2014

2014-10-17_1619The standard thermal receipt printer that populates most POS checkout lanes today is a single function device for making simple receipts. While this may fill the needs of a basic POS system, there are several types of additional printing that some printers can do for applications that need to also print on checks, return slips, prescriptions or other types of documentation.

The multi-function printers come in a variety of sizes and types with essentially 3 additional types of printing beyond the standard receipt printer.

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6 Tips for Purchasing a Verifier

Posted October 17, 2014

2014-10-17_1349Compared to a standard barcode scanner, verifiers are more technically advanced devices and choosing an appropriate one for your needs requires some very specific concerns. Where a barcode scanner’s only goal is to simply read the barcode and transmit the embedded data, verifiers are analyzing and grading the actual print quality of the barcode. Most businesses never need to get into the nitty gritty of verification but for those that are distributing their products to other vendors like Walmart or the DOD there are heavy fines for sending barcodes that do not meet very requirements.

Verifiers not only are more technically advanced than regular scanners they also carry a much heftier price tag. These 6 tips will help guide you to a verifier that will meet your needs and get the most on your investment.

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BarcodesInc recognized by Honeywell as 2014 Scanning Partner of the Year

Posted October 17, 2014

BarcodesInc Honeywell Scanning Partner of the Year 2014 AwardBarcodesInc announced today that it was named 2014 Scanning Partner of the Year by Honeywell Scanning & Mobility during its fifth North America Partner Event, a meeting between automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry leaders and partners held in Dallas, Texas.

Honeywell honored leading partners in various award categories, judged on innovation, year-over-year business growth and the ability to integrate new and emerging technology into their customer solutions.

This award adds to the dozens of awards and recognitions BarcodesInc has received for its superior performance and customer service.

BarcodesInc creates solutions using Honeywell barcode scanners and Honeywell mobile computers for customers of all sizes in industries ranging from retail to healthcare to transportation and logistics.

“All of this year’s award winners are recognized for their outstanding commitment to serving and supporting our mutual customers. Their exceptional attention toward building solutions based on Honeywell Scanning & Mobility products and services has created immense value for our customers, resulting in impressive growth in our competitive marketplace,” said Ian Snadden, VP & GM, Americas, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. “I applaud and thank all of our partners for their outstanding business efforts and look forward to continued collaboration and success in the coming year.”

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Musical Barcode Tattoos

Posted October 17, 2014

We’ve seen a lot of interesting applications for barcodes but this might be one of the most interesting uses. In the video below you can see how artist Dmitry Morozov took his  8″ x 3″ barcode tattoo and turned it into music.  He modded a scanner with two black-line sensors, a stepper motor, and a Nintendo Wii remote to ‘read’ his tattoo and convert it into sound. The length of each bar dictates the duration of the sound and if he moves his arm, the Wii’s accelerometer detects the shift and distorts the tone. Definitely one of the most experimental uses of barcodes in art we’ve come across.


Choosing the Right Barcode Label Printer

Posted October 16, 2014

cl4nxIf it is your first time or been a while since you’ve last looked at getting a barcode label printer you may be surprised by the range of possible features currently available on even the most basic of printers. Printing labels has never been simpler and printers that are easy to operate with limited maintenance are commonplace.

With the following main concerns we assume you know the general basics of printing like the difference between thermal transfer and direct thermal, ribbon/label materials, print speeds etc… These points focus more on printer features that will make the daily operation easier and faster for any user.

Printer Construction

Depending on the environment you are working in having a printer that is designed to handle the wear and tear of daily abuse is crucial to a productive printing experience. Desktop printers designed for lower volume office or retail applications will have plastic  cases with a metal frame while industrial models will have complete metal designs.

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Advantages of Thermal Receipt Printing

Posted October 16, 2014

41B1BI6zkdL._SX342_By far, the largest single contributor to POS system operating costs is the receipt printer. It is the only part of the POS system that requires supply items and it also requires more attention than any other POS peripherals. In the new era of POS system open architecture, retailers have the chance to select from many choices, a printer that provides them with the least “trouble” and operating expense. A shift in printing technologies, which has just gotten underway in the POS arena, is beginning to provide retailers with reduced operating costs.

Thermal printing is fast replacing impact printing in many key retail sectors. By its very nature, impact printing wears out parts faster and requires more frequent maintenance. Impact printers also require more attention because they have two supply items; ribbon and paper. Loading paper is complicated by the fact that the paper must be threaded under the ribbon. Nearly everyone has experienced the annoyance of waiting in line while the check out clerk goes looking for the resident paper/ribbon loading guru. With thermal receipt printing, their are no impact parts to deal with.

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Motorola’s Teaser Video for their New Mobile Computer

Posted October 15, 2014

Constantly innovating the world of mobile data collection, Motorola has a new mobile computer on the way set for an October 21st release. Set to be one of the smartest, flexible all-touch devices, the new device will help businesses become more efficient and accurate.


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