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Top Ten Cashless Countries Around the World

Posted October 16, 2017

Sooner rather than later carrying cash around with you is going to be a way of the past. According to Mark Bolsom a business development director at Moneymailme “Consumers want to pay in the most convenient way for them, so with debit and credit cards so easy to carry around, and with the growing popularity of e-wallets, holding cash is simply not at the forefront of consumers’ minds any longer.”

Canada came in at the top of the list of the top cashless countries as the average Canadian carries two credit cards each, instead of having high levels of contactless cards. In Second came Sweden “Sweden is proof that a move to a cashless economy is not just a concept but very nearly reality. With electronic payments making up 95 percent of all retail transactions, it’s clear that in no time at all Sweden will have phased out cash altogether.” Bolsom Said.

To learn more visit realbusiness.co.uk for the full article. And read Mark Bolsom’s article on why it’s time to adapt to the cashless economy.

You can take a look below to see how the rest of the top 10 came out.

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Honeywell’s PB Series: Rugged Mobile Printers

Posted October 10, 2017

PB Series

Built to survive in the world of mobility demands, Honeywell’s PB series, rugged mobile printers will help your organization improve mobile productivity and efficiency. It’s just what you need for demanding applications in distribution, warehouse, in-store retail, and enterprise asset management.

The PB series is available in three different sizes capable of printing labels from 2-4 inches and with an adjustable media holder, the PB series can print receipts too. With its highly adaptable design, workers can easily change tasks without changing equipment. The rugged design of the PB22, PB32, and PB50 mobile printer means dependable performance- day after day.

Features and Benefits:

Flexible Media Options (2-4 inches print width)

  • Fast 4 ips (101.6 mm/sec) print speed and time-to-first-label drive worker productivity and accuracy.
  • 5ft (1.5m) drop spec and IP54 seal rating
  • Sophisticated sensors and intuitive LCD display minimize wasted time troubleshooting
  • Secure wire and wireless communication options (Bluetooth, WLAN, USB, and serial)
  • Unique design elements such as label gap and label take sensors help maintain productivity while reducing waste.

 


Sato’s CL4NX Industrial Thermal Printer

Posted October 6, 2017

CL4NX Printer
With its solid construction, the CL4NX industrial printer makes label printing easy in the most demanding printing applications. Printer setups, operation and maintenance are supremely easy and intuitive. All models features a large 3.5” full color LCD, LED indicator, and universal icons making it clear to any operator the printer’s status and when attention is needed.

Its durable design makes it suited for applications used in compliance labeling, shipping/ receiving, asset management, WMS, logistic tracking, and retail labeling and tracking. It has print solution ranging from 203, 305, or 609 dpi and print speed up to 10 ips (inches per seconds).

Sato also provides training videos to show you how to reload media, replace the thermal ribbon or do basic maintenance tasks on your CLNX Series thermal printer.

For any questions or a quote on any of your printing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.

 


Infographic: Honeywell’s Battery Free Barcode Scanners

Posted October 5, 2017

Honeywell’s Voyager 1202g-bf and Xenon 1902g-bf both incorporate the latest in battery-free technology, all while offering the freedom of Bluetooth wireless technology and without the long recharge time associated with traditional batteries. Both Scanners deliver aggressive barcode scanning performance even on poor quality or damaged barcodes.

The Voyager 1202g-bf Bluetooth technology allows the user the freedom to move around up to 33 feet away from the base in the right environment. It’s an ideal scanner for applications where occasional wireless scanning is a need. Voyager is a plug-and-play scanner that features a multi-interface design with automatic interface detection.

The Xenon 1902g-bf offers fast and accurate scanning from up to 33 feet away from the base without the recharge time, expense, and environmental impact of a battery. An ideal scanner for applications centered around POS, workstations, and counters.
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Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) Mandate

Posted October 2, 2017

healthcare-2dWhat you need to know?

On November 27, 2013, Congress enacted the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), which includes the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The DSCSA outlines steps to build an electronic system to identify, track and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed in the United States. This legislation was enacted in order to transform the pharmaceutical supply chain through serialization and improve patient safety.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, re-packagers and pharmacies have been required to implement lot-level management since 2015. Starting in November 2017, phase II of the DSCSA implementation requires manufacturers and re-packagers to serialize packages of drug products using a GS1 product identifier (either GTIN or NDC), serial number, lot number and expiration date, and embed this information into a 2D Datamatrix barcode. In November 2019, wholesalers must accept only serialized products and must verify unique product identifiers. By November 2020, pharmacists must meet the same requirements. Lastly, by November 2023, all information will be required to be made available that would allow supply chain partners to trace the ownership back to the initial manufacturer or re-packager.

What does a DSCSA solution do?

Our DSCSA hardware and software solution is focused on developing a traceability solution that incorporates transaction management, repository of historical snapshots of data for retrieval, and detects exceptions and provides easy to use visibility to traceability data in a matter of seconds.

What are the benefits of DSCSA?

Besides being in compliance, patients and supply chain companies are able to take advantage of the benefits of DSCSA, such as:

  • Improved patient safety and care
  • Compliance with serialization requirements helps move the industry ahead with better traceability and accountability for the origin, chain of custody, delivery, and availability of authentic, original prescription drugs
  • Improved accessibility to patients for the drugs they need and assurance that they are exactly the drugs prescribed by their physicians
  • Reduction of counterfeit drugs by having serialized identifiers
  • Maintaining profits for the industry providers against counterfeit products
  • Enables quick and accurate recalls of drugs, if needed
  • Increased efficiency throughout the supply chain by optimizing inventory tracking through serialization

What do I need to be in compliance?

Converting manufacturing lines from lot-based to unit-based serialization represents an investment in software and hardware. Barcode scanners and barcode label printers are a necessity to print and scan a GS1 2D Datamatrix barcode label. Wireless networking is an option for manufacturers looking to future-proof their operations. While all facilities present different challenges, service providers like Barcodes, Inc. can provide a consultation to ensure all the technology is identified and implemented in accordance to compliance regulations.

While the deadline remains the same, the FDA has issued a one year reprieve, meaning that the agency will not take action against manufacturers who do not affix or imprint the product identifier to their packages until after November 26, 2018.

To learn more about the DSCSA drug tracing mandate or to get a free consultation on a drug tracing hardware and software solution, reach out to one of our Barcodes, Inc. representatives.


BarTender: Labeling for Every Industry and Regulation

Posted September 28, 2017

bartender-greyBarTender Software by Seagull Scientific enables organizations around the world to improve safety, security, efficiency, and compliance by helping create and automate the printing and control of labels, barcodes, RFID tags, plastic cards, and much more.

Some of the world’s largest companies and hundreds of thousands of small businesses rely on the BarTender software because it has labeling software for every industry and regulation.

A few of those industries and regulations include:

  • BarTender Software for Chemical Labeling: BarTender software is already solving the labeling challenges of chemical facilities around the world as it is an integral component of the GHS compliance labeling strategy of these chemical facilities, from ICIS top 10 manufacturers to small, regional operations.
  • BarTender Software for Food Labeling: BarTender barcode and label software is an integral component of the compliance, traceability and supply chain interoperability labeling strategies of food producers, processors, logistics providers and manufacturers around the world.
  • BarTender Software for Labeling and Marking Medical Devices: Built to help meet security demands of UDI, BarTender provides full audit trail capabilities throughout the entire labeling process. BarTender is scalable to any system requirement and is adaptable to the entire spectrum of AIDC technologies.
  • BarTender Software for Pharmaceutical Labeling: BarTender is at the heart of FDA-validated pharmaceutical manufacturing installations around the world. It delivers secure, auditable barcode and RFID labeling, all backed by industry expertise.
  • BarTender Software for Supply Chain: BarTender can help you accelerate your value chain transformation, providing integrated business planning and interoperability while offering ease of deployment and legendary technical support while being backed by industry expertise. BarTender enables compliance with the expanded security requirements of the labeling processes in regulated environments.
  • BarTender Software for EU Food Allergen (FIC) Labeling: The BarTender EU Allergen Label template is completely configurable. Automates emphasis and formatting of allergens in your ingredient list. An editable list of allergens allows easy modifications should the regulation be updated or you need to comply with other, similar, regulations that may be enacted.

A Royal Point of Sale System

Posted September 27, 2017

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Challenge

Royal Caribbean International is known for driving innovation at sea and has continuously redefined cruise vacationing since its launch in 1969. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel and pushes the envelope of what is possible on a cruise ship. Onboard, the global cruise line has debuted countless industry “firsts” – such as rock climbing, ice skating and surfing at sea – to capture the imagination of families and adventurous vacationers alike. Throughout, guests sail on exciting itineraries to some of the world’s most popular destinations and enjoy Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging service.

While delivering innovative entertainment onboard their luxury cruise ships, they required their various restaurants, shops, and bars to process point of sale payments for their customers looking to indulge in food, entertainment, and shopping. They wanted to deliver a quick, seamless and positive point of sale experience for their customers.

Analysis

Royal Caribbean sought a point of sale hardware system that would meet their customer experience demands and be compatible with their point of sale software solution. They sought a bundle that included receipt printers, touchscreens, and barcode scanners for their various restaurants, shops and entertainment facilities. Additionally, they wanted a kitchen receipt printer to meet the demanding requirements of a busy restaurant without sacrificing performance.

Solution

To provide an appropriate solution, Barcodes, Inc. worked closely with Royal Caribbean to test the compatibility between the hardware and software. Barcodes selected the Epson TM-T88V, an industry-leading point of sale receipt printer that offers fast printing, best-in-class reliability, and ease-of-use features. The TM-T88V is also ENERGY STAR qualified and offers print options that reduce paper usage up to 30 percent. Combined with the ELO 1523L touchscreen monitor and Zebra DS4308 barcode scanner, it was the ideal point of sale hardware bundle that Royal Caribbean required to run their point of sale operations effectively.

For the restaurant setting, Barcodes recommended the Epson TM-U220B, a high-speed throughput kitchen receipt printer that allowed customer receipts and kitchen orders to print faster than any other device. The TM- U220B comes equipped with an auto-cutter, which slices a clean edge, leaving a small portion of the receipt uncut so that they are still barely attached – ideal for printing duplicate receipts such as credit card receipts or gift receipts. 

Results

The point of sale system that was delivered by Barcodes was easily deployed to the 40+ cruise ships and easily adopted by the employees aboard each of these ships.

Since purchasing the point of sale systems from Barcodes, Inc., Royal Caribbean has seen an uptick in productivity, quicker turnaround times on sales and kitchen orders, and a decrease in wait times for customers in line.

Royal Caribbean now has the peace of mind that every point of sale experience is first-class and can keep the line moving in order to increase revenue streams while keeping their customers happy.

For all of your point of sale needs, contact Barcodes, Inc. at 1-800-351-9962.


Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate

Posted September 22, 2017

eldWhat you need to know?

In 2012, the United States Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, which included a provision requiring the FMCSA to develop a rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). The purpose of the ELD was to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces the paper log book that drivers use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device rule, or ELD Mandate. In accordance with the mandate, fleets have until December 2017 to implement certified ELDs to record HOS. Additionally, fleets that are already equipped with ELD technology will have until December 2019 to ensure compliance with the published specifications.

What does an ELD do?

ELDs installed in motor vehicles can monitor and record a whole host of data about the vehicle and its driver that go beyond RODS – from Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) to driver behavior reporting on speeding, idling, and hard braking. Many systems are capable of integrating map and route optimization solutions as well, which can help drivers navigate through the best routes on any given day.

What are the benefits of ELD?

Besides being in compliance and avoiding heavy fees, many fleets are already seeing the benefits of ELDs, such as:

  • Saves the drive time by reducing paperwork
  • Keeps a dispatcher updated on a driver’s status, while letting them plan for loads better in light of HOS compliance needs
  • Reduces the hassle of keeping a paper
  • Tracks a driver’s HOS electronically
  • Ensures drive segments are capture through being “integrally synchronized” with a truck’s engine
  • Synchronizes driver with fleet manager by passing data to a system where one can see e-logs in a near real-time basis
  • Save money by reducing fuel costs

Can I use rugged smartphones and tablets instead?

Knowing that there is a cost burden associated with adopting new technology, the FMCSA has authorized the use of rugged handhelds, smartphones, and tablets as the system as a whole meets ELD requirements, including a hardwired connection to the truck’s engine. This helps address the start-up costs associated with some of the HOS compliance systems. Furthermore, most truck drivers are already using rugged devices as part of their other operations, such as direct store delivery, signature capture, route optimization, and inventory management. They also allow the drivers the flexibility to choose from a wide range of mobile devices that they are comfortable using.

What are some mobile device options?

While there are hundreds of devices to choose from, here are some of the newest technologies that are ideal for the on-the-go driver:

To learn more about the ELD Mandate or to get a free consultation on an ELD hardware and software solution, reach out to one of our Barcodes, Inc. representatives.


Barcodes, Inc. 1st Annual Book Drive for Open Books

Posted July 14, 2017

Barcodes, Inc. held a friendly competition all for a great cause. The point of the competition pitted department against department, all in an effort to see who could collect the most books during the company’s 1st annual book drive. At the end of the competition, Barcodes, Inc. collected a total of 260 books to donate to Open Books.

Open Books is a nonprofit organization that looks to provide literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year. Through their instructional programs they cultivate the literacy skills of thousands of children and youth each year, from those who need intervention to those who desire enrichment. Through their book programs they provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Open Books delivers thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across the Chicagoland area each week.


Barcodes, Inc Named One of 20 Most Promising Enterprise Asset Management Solution Providers by CIOReview

Posted September 29, 2016

2016-09-29_1113Barcodes, Inc has recently been  recognized by CIOReview for our in-depth expertise in delivering Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solutions that help businesses overcome common challenges in a constantly evolving technology landscape. Selected as one of the 20 most promising solution providers, we continue our focus on providing comprehensive solutions from consultation, hardware/software deployment and ongoing support.

Fixed or mobile, no matter the scale or size, one of our Asset Management Specialists can tailor an ideal tracking solution for your specific business needs.

Read the full article here


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