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ICYMI: Next Generation Productivity Gains in the Warehouse with Lydia Voice

Posted December 5, 2019

In case you missed our webinar today, click on the video and watch Barcodes and EPG discuss how to increase the productivity, accuracy, and employee satisfaction in your distribution center with Lydia voice running on rugged multi-purpose Android devices.

Key takeaways include:

1. Modernize and optimize your warehouse process workflows to better leverage your investment in new Android-based technology

2. Reduce the number of steps in a traditional handheld barcode scanning order picking process to boost productivity by up to 35%

3. Increase productivity with no voice template training that makes new hire employee training seamless

Built for Smarter and More Efficient Operations

Posted November 27, 2019
Ciperlab RS51 mobile computer user design ensures screen readability in or out in the field.

With the future of e-commerce business on the rise, delivery speed is in demand for industries such as transportation, logistics, and direct store delivery. The importance of device upgrade capability has become a crucial element in maximizing device investment and customer satisfaction. Enhance your operations with the Cipherlab RS51 Rugged Android Mobile Computer. It can provide a smarter and more efficient operation for end users. Blended with smartphone usability and enterprise functionality it can streamline data capture with one device, supports 1D and 2D barcodes, RFID, and NFC applications. Along with strong mobility options such as Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE. On top of it all, CipherLab’s RS51 mobile computer offers value-added utilities and software that empowers enterprises a solution to manage and simplify business operations and maintenance.

The RS51 series makes operations easy for field workers, with a comprehensive GPS that supports accurate positioning, voice capabilities, VoIP (push-to-talk), and noise reduction microphones to let users hear every call clearly if they are in noisy environments or on the road in city traffic. It’s user-centered design is easy to use and deploy. Futhermore, as an Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) device users will have support for multiple versions of the Android operating system. The RS51 mobile computer is future proofed with Android 8.0 operating system and is upgradeable to later Android versions that can maximize return on device investment and lower total cost of ownership. Combined with Google Mobile Services (GMS), your business can enjoy great user experience, along with advantages in operation speed, power efficiency, data security, and be able to work seamlessly with a collection of Google applications.

Cipherlab RS51 mobile computer increase productivity and mobility to make operations easy inside and out.

Features:

  • Android 8.0 (Oreo) operating system GMS certified
  • 4.7″ display with auto adjustable backlight
  • Supports 1D and 2D barcodes, RFID, and NFC applications
  • 13MP Camera to capture photo of proof of service
  • Microphone with noise reduction
  • Removable 4000/5300 mAh battery for up to 16 working hours

The Cipherlab RS51 mobile device has all your data capturing needs in one device. Contact Barcodes to find out more about how this smarter solution can help you keep up with fast-paced changes.

Next Generation of Label Printing

Posted November 26, 2019
Improve productivity and efficiency with Zebra's ZD420 Desktop label printer.

Introducing the next generation of label printing with Zebra’s ZD420 desktop thermal label printer. Improve efficiency and productivity in your operations. The Zebra ZD420 is easy to deploy and use. It can keep your business moving and lower the total cost of ownership. Users can easily see what’s needed to keep the printer up and running to either replenishing media, resolving printer problems with no training required. Enjoy the speed and quality, printer uptime, and ease of management that the ZD420 label printer can bring to your team.

Ideal in industries like retail, healthcare, manufacturing, warehouse and more. Use the printer to create labels for price markdowns, shelves, return labels, inventory and asset management labels, packing slips, and more. Whether you are upgrading to Zebra or a different printer, the ZD420 can use the exact label formats you used to print with no modifications needed. The design of the printer is so simple with the new 300m high capacity ribbon it also means you will be paying less per inch, reducing the cost of your supplies and ribbon changing downtime.

Open. Load. Print.

Features:

The Zebra ZD420 label printer provides a new level in ease of use and application flexibility.
  • Print Methods: Thermal Transfer or Direct Thermal
  • 4″ print width
  • ZPL and EPL programming languages
  • 5 status icon, 3 button user interface
  • USB 2.0, USB host
  • Link OS operating system
  • Up to 300 dpi printing resolution
  • Additional media handling options: capable of adding a peeler or cutter

Maximize productivity with Zebra Certified Supplies. Printing supplies can impact everything from printhead lifespan to operational efficiency, using Zebra Certified Supplies with the ZD420 desktop label printer can ensure consistent and optimized performance in your operations. Keep your business moving and lower cost of ownership with Zebra’s ZD420 label printer. Contact Barcodes if you want to optimize your printer’s uptime in your operations.

Shift your Workflow into High Gear

Posted November 25, 2019
Worker using the Honeywell VM1A vehicle mounted computer for inventory check on a forklift

Forklifts have evolved from being a shipment handling vehicle into an information-technology platforms that leverage computers, barcode scanners, printers and more to optimize workflow. Elevate your manufacturing operations with integrated vehicle solutions. It is proven that vehicle mounted computing provides a lot of benefits in the warehouse, such as:

Honeywell's New VM1A vehicle mounted mobile computer for forklifts
  • Optimize order fulfillment rates
  • Real time inventory tracking
  • Data collection to assist with shipment information
  • Drive workflow productivity
  • Streamline operations while reducing labor costs

Shift your workflow into high gear and drive productivity with the Honeywell Thor VM1A vehicle mount computer in your manufacturing facilities. It is built for all-day productivity with a fast processor and 8 inch touch display that can keep data readily accessible. Mount on your forklift and keep up with inventory replenishment, outgoing orders, and workforce. Built to withstand extreme temperatures and rugged conditions, both indoors and outdoors. Available with optional screen defroster for use in cold storage and freezer environments.

Features:

  • Processor: 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core
  • Operating System: Android 8 (Oreo), upgradable through Android R
  • 8 inch display with full 64-key QWERTY keyboard with number pad
  • WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity
  • IP 66 seals out moisture and particle intrusion
  • Smart Dock enables mounting and removal in seconds
  • Field replaceable front panel to quicken repair turn around
  • Ignition control feature that helps manage power, saving start up time and extend vehicle battery life.
  • Optional screen defroster for cold storage option and freezer environment

The Honeywell Android based Thor VM1A vehicle-mount computer is built tough to handle harsh warehouses, ports, and manufacturing environments. Your team can keep products and materials moving all day long, maximize productivity and reduce downtime. Contact Barcodes if you are ready to find out how Thor VM1A can shift your workflow into high gear.

Easily Secure and Manage your Devices

Posted November 15, 2019
Mobile device management can help you protect your assets and increase productivity in your operations.

What is Mobile Device Management?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is software that allows IT administrators to deploy, secure, monitor, integrate and manage a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and IoT devices in the workplace from a central admin console. MDM enables IT administrators to quickly address the challenges associated with mobility by providing a simplified and efficient way to view, manage and secure all company and employee owned devices across the enterprise.

How does it work?

The software works by installing an agent on each of the devices that need to be managed. Once the agent is installed on the end devices, it allows the centralized server to manage and communicate with the endpoints remotely. Once configured, this centralized server allows the administrator to enforce the corporate security policies, push out updates, and push new applications to enable more user productivity across all the managed devices.

How do I know if I need to implement a mobile device management solution?

With mobile security threats on the rise and with the increased compliance requirements from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), every business should have a strategy in place to protect the integrity of the company network and the data that it contains. If your company depends on mobile apps to operate, you should look into a mobile device management solution to better protect your assets and manage your devices.

There are many benefits of Mobile Device Management, click and read this whitepaper to learn more about how you can deploy, securely manage mobile devices, and eliminate downtime in your operations. Barcodes and Zebra can help you easily secure and manage your devices. Whether you are thinking about implementing an MDM solution or simply want to improve your current operations, you can count on Barcodes to be a solution and service provider that you can trust.

Barcodes can help you with a mobile device management solutions to protect your asset and improve productivity in your workforce.

Next Generation Productivity Gains in the Warehouse with Lydia Voice

Posted November 12, 2019

Dec. 5, 2019 11:00 AM (Central Time U.S and Canada)


Join Barcodes and EPG to learn how to increase the productivity, accuracy and employee satisfaction in your distribution center with Lydia® Voice running on rugged multi-purpose Android devices.

Key takeaways include:

1. Modernize and optimize your warehouse process workflows to better leverage your investment in new Android-based technology

2. Reduce the number of steps in a traditional handheld barcode scanning order picking process to boost productivity by up to 35%

3. Increase productivity with no voice template training that makes new hire employee training seamless


By registering, you submit your information to Barcodes, who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event and other services.

Where Are the Hidden Costs in your Distribution Center?

Posted November 11, 2019

Managers are seeking to improve operational efficiency by gaining back mere seconds from each workflow to improve overall time and cost savings. Having workers take fewer steps, eliminating battery changes mid-shift, or using one mobile device for multiple purposes are all areas managers identified as key components to increase efficiency.

It is found that mis-pick is an ongoing issue within the workplace and one that could be avoided through an increase in visibility with new technology and processes. Most companies agrees that multi functional devices are critical and ensure workers can be more flexible and do more things to improve overall distribution center performance. When it comes to decisions around implementing new processes and technology, it is clear that unless action is taken these are the operations that could find themselves lagging behind. Barcodes understands this and has hands-on expertise partnering with Honeywell to improve workflow performance and unlock bottlenecks and inefficiencies to accelerate the flow of business- critical information across the supply chain. Contact us if you have any questions or looking for a place to start reviewing your technology infrastructure to claim back the minutes and seconds to recover the hidden costs in your distribution center.

Honeywell have the technology to improve workflow performance and unlock bottlenecks and ineffiencies to accelerate flow of business critical information across the supply chain.

Total Wearable Solutions for Warehouses

Posted November 7, 2019

Transport productivity to a whole new level with Barcodes and Zebra’s Total Wearable Solutions.

Streamline and error-proof every aspect of order fulfillment and inventory management. Zebra’s Total Wearable Solutions are the only dedicated family of enterprise wearable devices built on Android and backed by Mobility DNA to deliver unrivaled scanned performance and manageability. It can provide the operational flexibility needed to replace complexity with productivity.

With the Zebra multi-modal solutions, you can boost worker productivity by 15% — with 39% fewer errors than typical speech-only wearables. Pairing the WT6000 wearable computer with the RS6000 ring scanner gives your workers the hands-free mobility they need to boost productivity to a new level.

Extend the functionality of your mobile device, watch the video below to learn more. Contact Barcodes if you want a wearable solution that can help maximize your workforce productivity.

Make the Switch to Android

Posted November 1, 2019
Zebra MC3300 Rugged mobile computer provides better mobile productivity and efficiency in daily operations.

A major transformation is happening in enterprise mobile computing. Thousands of companies and most top device manufacturers are migrating from Windows Mobile to Android. In fact, only 4% of new enterprise handheld computers come with Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system, Windows 10 IoT. Additionally, many app developers are also abandoning Windows in favor of Android. Here are the four big reasons why this is happening and why you may want to consider a similar switch to Android.

1. Microsoft’s Waning Commitment to Enterprise Mobile for Handhelds 

Until now, Windows Embedded Handheld and CE were the industry standards for enterprise mobile computing. However, Microsoft has ended or will soon end support for all versions of these platforms between January 2020 and April 2021. This doesn’t mean it’s time to panic, but it’s definitely time to assess the impact on your operations and determine the next steps for ensuring your mobile future. If you have an extended support plan, some manufacturers may be able to provide support beyond 2021. 

However, you’ll still need a plan for what to do once you’ve exhausted all your support options. Upgrading from legacy versions to Windows 10 IoT won’t be possible because apps for Windows Embedded Handheld and CE are not forward-compatible. The only option to remain with Windows is to take on the expensive and time-consuming process of reprogramming and migrating applications and databases. Given the difficulties and problems this poses and considering that Microsoft’s commitment to enterprise mobile for handhelds has been waning for years, the industry is switching to Android. As the world’s most popular mobile OS, Android offers an easy-to-use and intuitive interface along with many development tools and a global developer community that makes it much faster and easier to migrate applications and create new solutions.

Hardware manufacturers and businesses such as Zebra, Home Depot, and Whirlpool have taken this simpler and less costly approach, giving workers a more familiar and user-friendly experience in the process.

2. Security Risks

The end of support for any OS means no future updates or security patches, so migrating to a new platform will eventually be an absolute must to avoid data security threats. 
Mobile device management gives businesses complete control over Android devices, applications, and connections. Emkat collaborates with the top manufacturers to provide up to 10 years of security updates and support, long after the standard five-year Android consumer support period comes to an end.

3. Better Mobile Productivity and Efficiency 

A switch to Android offers a remarkably positive impact on worker productivity and efficiency. Android’s simple, touch-screen interface is much easier to use, which helps simplify and streamline workflows. For example, Zebra’s new TC8000 touch computer combines Android simplicity with a combination barcode scanner and mobile computer that increases worker productivity by 14%. Workers no longer have to tilt a scanner to see its screen and confirm scanning results, and its virtual keyboards help them achieve 40% faster data entry with 60% fewer errors. Android is also familiar to many workers because they use it on their home devices, so it speeds up training and makes onboarding new employees easier.

4. Support Multiple Apps on One Device  

Android OS will give users the ability to run core ERP/WMS apps while additionally running communications and productivity apps such as email and messaging. This will allow you to effectively support and optimize warehouse functionality, manage your business, and communicate effectively all on one OS.  

Now’s the time to assess your mobile future and start developing an OS strategy, and our experts at Barcodes are here to help. Contact us now to schedule a free one-on-one consultation with one of our expert engineers to help guide you to the best course for your business. 


Increase Point of Sale Productivity with Zebra DS9900 Series

Posted October 31, 2019
Zebra DS9900 Barcode scanner can speed up your checkout line to increase customer satisfaction.

Give shoppers the checkout experience they expect with the Zebra DS9900 barcode scanners. A one of a kind hybrid barcode scanner that provides maximum flexibility offering both handheld and hands-free scanning. Customers can experience shorter check out lines, a speedy transaction, and attentive service that will keep them coming back again and again.

The Zebra DS9900 barcode scanners can provide everything that your business needs to keep the checkout lines flowing. Employees can quickly scan items of all sizes and read barcodes in any directions and condition. Increase productivity with rapid fire scanning, capture mobile coupon from customer’s phone, and also the option to incorporate RFID in your business to read or deactivate RFID tags for real time inventory. The benefits are endless!

Futhermore, increase participation in loyalty programs and credit cards. The DS9900 scanner to capture driver’s license parsing to verify age or auto-populate credit card applications or loyalty applications to save time on data entry with a faster sign- up process. Optimize your point of sale with the DS9900 barcode scanner, scan in handheld or presentation mode based on the different requirements to reach items easily in cart.

Zebra DS9900 barcode scanners improve checkout process to increase accuracy and efficiency at the point of sale.

Boost productivity in POS with these series of applications:

  • Handheld or hands-free to handle a mix of items
  • Doubles as a document scanner- can capture images of checks and documents
  • Identify poor-performing barcodes
  • Read driver’s license data that can populate on applications

Features:

  • Increase speed with superior 1D and 2D barcode scanning capabilities
  • Seamless switching from handheld and hands-free mode
  • Capture coupons, and loyalty cards from mobile displays
  • Superior scanning range requires less precision when positioning items
  • Read driver’s license data to verify age
  • Read/write UHF RFID tags on new inventory or returned goods
  • Optional EAS support to deactivate EAS tags during checkout

Contact Barcodes and find out how the DS9900 barcode scanners can keep your lines moving and your customers happy.

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