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Grocery Shoppers Are Expecting Three Things. Are You Delivering Them?

Posted April 30, 2021

Price, convenience, and speed are key trademarks when it comes to current customer expectations. However, positive customer experiences have also become a driving factor in securing customer loyalty and profitability. Studies show that shoppers can spend up to 140%1 more after engaging in a positive shopping experience. On the flipside, negative experiences are more likely to be shared between current and prospective shoppers, impacting brand identity and decreasing sales. While expectations can vary from brand to brand, today’s customers generally anticipate…

  1. Omnichannel options – Online shopping is most certainly here to stay. It is expected that as much as 70%2 of shoppers in the US will be purchasing groceries online since it serves as both a convenient and safe way to shop.
  2. Contactless pickup – Similar to online shopping, BOPIS and curbside pickup have also grown in popularity due to their convenience and safety.
  3. Personalized experiences – Studies show that 43%3 of customers expect some sort of personalized service from stores in response to their loyalty. 

What would seamless hassle-free grocery shopping look like?

To surpass these three common expectations, Barcodes, Inc. recommends targeting the following areas within the supply chain.

  • Faster shelf replenishment – Simply put, if products aren’t visible on shelves, customers can’t buy them. That’s why quick cycle counting and fast replenishment are crucial to avoid out-of-stocks. Mobile technologies such as Zebra’s touch computers and hands-free scanners can enable real-time inventory updates as associates scan products immediately during stock counts.
  • Intelligent point-of-sale – The longer customers wait in line, the less likely they are to return. Faster data capture through devices like Zebra’s enterprise scanners and MP7000 scanner can help accelerate checkout while empowering self-checkout lanes and loyalty scanning.
  • Quicker order picking – As associates adapt to accommodate BOPIS transactions, they must move faster and more efficiently to assemble orders within stipulated time frames. Real-time inventory locationing can help reduce pick paths, accelerating order assembly.

Download our flyer for more areas of optimization.

While these are optimum areas to start enhancing the grocery storefronts, there are many other ways to deliver seamless shopping experiences. Leverage Barcodes, Inc.’s expertise in developing a smoother shopping experience, equipped with user-friendly technologies that put the customer experience first. Contact us today for a free consultation.


1 The true value of customer experiences. Deloitte. 2018.

2 Djordjevic, Milos. 20 Incredible Online Grocery Shopping Statistics for 2021. Save My Cent. Feb 6, 2021

3 Wollan, Robert et. al. Put Your Trust in Hyper-Relevance. Accenture Strategy. 2017.

ICYMI: How to Deploy Modern Android Devices Securely in your Enterprise

Posted April 30, 2021

Enterprises are embracing the accuracy, speed, and flexibility of the Android operating system. Watch the webinar or review the white paper to review the differences between Android and Android Enterprise, and how Android Enterprise addresses your organization’s support, security, and IT needs.

Key takeaways of this webinar include:

  • Understand why Android Enterprise is becoming the system of choice for mobile devices
  • Gain insight in how Android devices help protect your infrastructure from the ever-growing sophistication of external threats
  • Uncover ways to implement Android devices without overloading your existing resources now or in the future

Presented by:

Mike Burr, Android Enterprise Security Specialist at Google

Doug Moll, Director of Solutions Architecture at Barcodes Group

If you have any questions, please contact us here.

Filed under: Webinar

Meet the Brother Titan Industrial Printer Series

Posted April 29, 2021

As 2021 continues to unfold, Brother stands ready to support the evolving printing needs during the pandemic and beyond. Brother’s Titan Industrial Printers are purpose-built and designed for a powerful labeling experience. The Brother Titan Industrial Printer series delivers a complete printing solution in a box. Choose from a range of LCD and touch panel displays to make set-up a breeze for admins, see printer status quickly, or make selections on the fly. Select models are designed to have built-in full roll rewinders allowing users to safely preprint rolls of labels entirely inside the printer.

With an unpredictable future ahead, Brother remains a force to be reckoned with. The Brother Titan Industrial Printer series is among the smallest industrial label printer in the industry, has an easy design software for WYSISYG previewing, and cutter & peeler options for a print-and-apply solution to increase efficiency. The Brother Titan Industrial Printers can print labels as small as 0.78″ wide and 0.2″ long, fonts sizes 6 and under and Asian fonts less than 10 pts, serial numbers and rating plates with regulatory symbols and more.

Features & Benefits:

  • Option of either LCD or full-color touch panel display
  • Intuitive navigation buttons
  • Space-saving foldable media cover
  • Side media-view window
  • Two USB 2.0 host ports
  • Compact design
  • High-capacity ribbons up to 600m
  • Ethernet, USB, USB Host and RS-232 Serial
  • Print speeds up to 14 ips
  • Optional cutter & peeler

The Brother Titan Industrial Printer series deliver the quality barcode labels you need with the support you want. Ideally suited for harsh conditions and long-term warehouse use, you can count on speed and reliability, unmatched support, intuitive assembly and upfront affordability. Contact us today to choose which of the purpose-built Brother Titan Industrial Printers is right for you.

Seamlessly Accomplish Daily Operations with Honeywell’s CT40 XP Mobile Computer

Posted April 27, 2021

With customers constantly moving between online and offline experiences, it’s important that there is an efficient solution that supports both. Honeywell’s CT40 XP Enterprise Mobile Computer is a one stop productivity solution for store associates and mobile workers. The device seamlessly accomplishes daily workflows from inventory lookup and in-store merchandising to last mile delivery. The CT40 XP is an essential, connected, all-purpose business tool designed for hours of comfortable, productive use without sacrificing functionality, performance or ruggedness.

The sudden explosion in ecommerce makes it imperative to empower associates and highly mobile workers with mobile devices that allow them to deliver speed, accuracy and visibility for customers. Built on Honeywell’s Mobility Edge platform, the CT40 XP is a smart, versatile enterprise mobile solution with a rugged design that enhances productivity, offers longer lifecycle and better security. Featuring Device Finder solution, the CT40 XP can easily locate lost or misplaced devices even when the batteries are drained after a certain period of time.

Select CT40 XP models are now available with disinfectant-ready housings and can withstand being cleaned regularly with a wide range of cleaning solutions.

Features & Benefits:

  • 13-megapixel, auto-focus camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Incorporates a powerful 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor
  • Easily upgradable to Android 11 (R), with a commitment to support Android 12 (S) and 13 (T), subject to feasibility
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Integrated Near Field Communication (NFC), Push to Talk (PTT)
  • Ability to capture barcodes from within a few centimeters to the retail top shelf up to 10 meters (32.8 feet)
  • 1920 x 1080 pixel full high-definition display
  • Warm swap capability
  • Can survive repeated 1.8 meter drops

Whether in or out of the storefront, count on dependable mobility and connectivity with Honeywell’s CT40 XP Mobile Computer. From design to deployment to support, empower teams with a mobility solution that’s committed to increasing productivity, lowering operational cost and providing better customer service.

Choose Enterprise-ready mobility with Honeywell’s CT40 XP Mobile Computer. Contact us today to begin capitalizing on a dependable productivity solution.

3 Signs Your Operations Need to Speed Up Efficiency

Posted April 27, 2021

In the age of instant gratification, speed and accuracy are imperial to keeping businesses competitive. However, the rising number of omnichannel shoppers has posed a challenge to maximizing speed and accuracy at the same time. Inefficient speed can be harmful to supply chains, which is why Barcodes, Inc. helps small and growing businesses recognize the signs of ineffective acceleration through the following signs:

  1. More inaccurate orders are leaving the loading dock
  2. Workers are consistently overwhelmed
  3. Inventory counts are rarely accurate or updated

While there are multiple optimization routes businesses may take to streamline operations, Barcodes, Inc. recommends starting with simplified inventory labeling.

Accelerate productivity and maximize accuracy with Zebra Mobile Printers  

When inventory is readily and accurately identified, workers can quickly move products down the supply chain without wasting time. Zebra’s mobile printers go a step further by bringing optimized labeling to every point of the warehouse along with:

  • Dramatic reduction in travel and wait times since workers no longer need to walk over to centralized printing stations.
  • Long-lasting battery power that makes sure workers can count on continuous uptime throughout longer shifts.
  • Faster printing speeds and easy media loading to eliminate any technical complications and downtime.
  • Easy Bluetooth tap-to-pair for faster connectivity with your mobile devices.
  • Pre-installed PrintSecure that protects any sensitive data printed through your device by warding off unauthorized users.

In their commitment to strengthening small and growing businesses, Barcodes, Inc. strives to lower operational costs with future-forward solutions that grow with your operations. See how you can speed up productivity when you contact Barcodes, Inc. for a free consultation of your workflows to target growth opportunities.

Improve Operational Efficiency with Honeywell Consumables

Posted April 27, 2021
Honeywell consumables

It’s no secret that all businesses, big and small, want to cut down on costs. Honeywell offers a wide range of printing consumables designed to deliver exceptional performance, reliability, and quality suitable for use in all major industries, whether for shipping, healthcare, retail, or inventory and asset tracking.

If operations aren’t efficient, you could be losing time and money. Designed to simplify operations and reduce cost of ownership, Honeywell’s labels, tags, receipts, ribbons, and wristbands can support a variety of applications from mild to harsh environments. With these consumables offered as stocked solutions, you can easily replenish your materials as needed, keep your teams mobilized and get better results.

Duratherm Wristband –  The Duratherm wristbands are recommended for healthcare and provide the positive identification hospitals need for maximum patient safety. The full-coverage thermal print coating enables high quality printing on the entire length of the band, thus eliminating the need to reposition a sleeping patient just to scan their band.

Duratherm II Label – A general purpose direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality, cost-effective printing. Duratherm II is recommended for most general use applications where exposure to chemicals and moisture is not anticipated.

Duratherm II Tag – A general purpose paper tag providing high-quality, cost-effective printing. Duratherm II Tag is recommended for applications where labeling is not suitable. This product resists curling, even in high humidity environments.

Duratherm III Label – A top-coated direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality printing and enhanced durability. Duratherm III is recommended for applications where high humidity, moisture contact and surface abrasion are concerns.

Duratherm NIR Label – A premium direct thermal paper label engineered to deliver high-contrast images and enhanced durability. Duratherm III NIR is targeted for use in applications with challenging barcode scanning requirements and is well-suited for high-speed sortation applications.

Duratran II Label – A paper label coated thermal transfer label that exhibits excellent print quality. Offered with a variety of adhesive options, recommended for applications with moderate abrasion, heat, or sunlight is present.

Duratran II RFID Label – The flexible RFID smart labels provide a versatile architecture that can be used in open or closed loop environments. These labels can be deployed with confidence to meet a broad range of customer requirements including thermal transfer and direct thermal printing.

Contact us and find out how you can save on your consumables. We can help you find the consumables you need to keep your business moving!

Maximizing Warehouse Labor Productivity with Mobile Carts and Industrial Label Printers

Posted April 27, 2021

May 19th at 11:30am (Central Time U.S. and Canada)

Presented by:

Raul Cepeda Jr. – Barcodes, Inc.

Kevin Ledversis – Newcastle Systems

Marty Johnson – Zebra Technologies

Today’s warehouses are operating at unprecedented speeds for maximum efficiency, accuracy, and profitability. That’s why even the smallest complications such as travel paths to printing stations can impact efficiency over time.

To eliminate complex workflows, Barcodes Inc., Zebra Technologies, and Newcastle Systems invite businesses to the Maximizing Labor Productivity with Mobile Carts webinar, where you can get a closer look at how powered carts are reducing as much as 8 minutes from pick paths while empowering the workforce with purpose-built industrial printers and scanners for best ease-of-use and durability.

On May 19th, explore a new level of modernized mobility that can:

  • Bring printing efficiency directly where you need it most
  • Increase throughput with greater printing speeds
  • Reduce overtime by as much as 75%
  • Improve order cycle times with less labor
  • Ensure more successful first-time scans
  • Reduce shipping errors
  • Prevents downtime with printheads made for high-volume thermal printing

For further information about this event, contact us here. If you are not able to attend, register anyways, and we’ll provide you with the recorded webinar afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there!

6 Key Performance Indicators Every Small and Medium Business Should Track

Posted April 26, 2021

No matter the operation’s size, every business strives for better profitability and customer retention. To do so, companies often track several key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor and forecast business growth. While there are many viable KPIs to track, small and growing businesses are often encouraged to monitor the following indicators:

  1. Order accuracy rates address how often orders are shipped with the correct products to the correct customer within the correct allotted time.
  2. Inventory turnover rates can record the fluctuating demands for any particular product while assessing your ability to move goods down the supply chain.
  3. Gross profit margins provide a clear picture of final profits after operational expenses such as labor, shipping, and the like are paid off.
  4. Cash flow forecast assists small businesses in predicting the costs of high demand, so they can make adjustments accordingly before profits are hindered.
  5. Funnel drop-off rates allow you to see how many potential customers abandon purchases to optimize business tactics.
  6. Market share clearly depicts how your business compares to competitors by measuring company sales with total industry purchases.

To track multiple KPIs in real-time without costly errors, Barcodes, Inc. recommends simplified and scalable digitization

Track it all with Barcodes, Inc. Digitization Solutions – built with Zebra’s Scanners

Unlike paper-based systems, digitized warehouse management curbs the likelihood of manual data entry errors, misplaced files, missed sales, late deliveries, and bottlenecks. Zebra’s enterprise-ready scanners successfully transfer all your crucial data into the digital system of your choice, all for…

  • Faster order throughout
  • Increased order accuracy rates
  • Sharable data with minimized workflow disruptions
  • Easy configuration for faster deployment
  • Faster onboarding thanks to their intuitive user-friendly build

At Barcodes, Inc., digitization doesn’t have to be complicated. Take a closer look into how we make optimized inventory management seamless, simple, and scalable with Zebra’s rugged scanners. Contact us for a free assessment.

How to Deploy Modern Android Devices Securely in your Enterprise

Posted April 16, 2021

Thursday, April 29th, 11:00 AM -12:00 PM (Central Time U.S. and Canada)

Enterprises are embracing the accuracy, speed, and flexibility of the Android operating system. Join us on April 29th as Google’s Android Enterprise Security Specialist Mike Burr reviews the differences between Android and Android Enterprise, and how Android Enterprise addresses your organization’s support, security, and IT needs.

Key takeaways of this webinar include:

  • Understand why Android Enterprise is becoming the system of choice for mobile devices
  • Gain insight in how Android devices help protect your infrastructure from the ever-growing sophistication of external threats
  • Uncover ways to implement Android devices without overloading your existing resources now or in the future

Presented by:

Mike Burr, Android Enterprise Security Specialist at Google

Doug Moll, Director of Solutions Architecture at Barcodes Group

We hope to see you there!

How Honeywell is Evolving Mobile Computing in 2021

Posted April 12, 2021

How Honeywell is Evolving Mobile Computing in 2021

Tuesday, April 20th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM (Central Time U.S. and Canada)

Mobile Computing is evolving quickly after an eventful 2020.

Join us on April 20th when Honeywell discusses how the health crisis has created permanent changes in many businesses and how these changes are made possible by parallel innovations in both hardware and software mobile solutions.

In this webinar, we will cover the following:

  • An overview of the 2021 Honeywell Mobility and Software Solutions roadmap
  • The importance of investing in a solution platform to maximize return on investment and minimize business risk
  • Why mobile computing is now more critical than ever

Presented By:

Scot Stelter – Director of Offering Management, Mobility, Honeywell

Marcus Logan – Director of Offering Management, Software, Honeywell

Alana Tufford – Marketing Manager, Barcodes Group

Register and attend for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. We hope to see you there!

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