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Join the M2M Revolution with the Benefits of Barcodes

Posted February 21, 2013

VDC Research, a leading Auto-ID and Barcode research firm, is hosting a webinar on February 26th on the benefits and impact of using barcodes within the ever expanding use of mobile to mobile communications. As more business move away from fixed to mobile computing solutions,  manufacturers of barcode scanning and printing solutions have the potential to be at the forefront of this ongoing M2M evolution.

The 45 minute webinar will cover:

  • The measurable benefits of incorporating barcoding into enterprise operations as companies invest in resources to build out their M2M connectivity and communications platform in support of applications throughout the extended supply chain.
  • The impact that the changing nature of barcodes is having on how enterprises connect and communicate with their customers via smart devices – both professional and consumer-grade.
  • The role that barcodes play in triggering seamless communication across channels, networks and organizational boundaries.
  • How barcoding with M2M helps companies leverage actionable business intelligence and analytics across diverse vertical markets and installation environments.
  • Why M2M and IoT (Internet of Things) should be an integral part of barcode technology vendors’ strategic and operational objectives and how they can get there before it is too late.

You can find more details and register for the Feb 26th session here.


BarcodesInc and Smartware Group Partnership Provides Complete Maintenance Solutions

Posted February 5, 2013

Smartware Group, developers of Bigfoot CMMS, and BarcodesInc have teamed up to provide robust, scalable, and affordable solutions for maintenance tracking and management.

Bigfoot is one of the easiest to use yet feature-rich CMMS platforms available today with their Quick to Learn for Quick Results approach to interface and usability. Every aspect of your maintenance management from preventive maintenance, maintenance requests, work orders, predictive maintenance, inventory, and tool crib management are all covered. With Bigfoot you can increase efficiency by greatly reducing downtime while maximizing equipment reliability and longevity. Gain greater control over your asset base to spend more time working instead of maintaining.

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Bling In The New Year!

Posted December 20, 2012

Looking for the perfect way to accessorize your look over the holidays? Or simply looking for a fashionable way to hold you New Year’s Eve party credentials. BarcodesInc has the solution for you.

Shop our large selection of lanyards to find the perfect fit. We have hundreds of lanyards of different styles, sizes and lengths. We even can customize the look for all your special occasions – including New Year’s!

So Bling in the New Year’s with lanyards from BarcodesInc


Don’t Miss The Intermec Trade In and Trade Up This Month

Posted December 18, 2012

Intermec PM43c Barcode PrinterTrade In and Trade Up

Take advantage of the Intermec Trade In Program by trading in a competitive or Intermec pre-owned thermal printer and purchasing a qualifying new Intermec printer to earn up to $525 back.

Now’s the time to upgrade your legacy industrial, mobile or desktop printers to one of the industry’s most complete lineup of rugged, reliable and versatile printing solutions.

The Intermec Trade In Program offers compelling rebates on Intermec’s most popular printing products and is available until 12/31/2013.

Visit Intermec.tradeups.com for complete details


Co-Creator Of The Barcode Dies

Posted December 14, 2012

The co-inventor of one of the most indispensable technologies of the 20th century that labels every retail product, the barcode, has died. The death of Norman Joseph Woodland, who was 91, was confirmed by his daughter, Susan Woodland. She said he died on Sunday in Edgewater, New Jersey, from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and complications of advanced age.

Mr Woodland and Robert Silver were students at Philadelphia’s Drexel University when Mr Silver overheard a grocery store executive asking an administrator to support research on how product information could be captured at checkouts. The pair earned a patent in 1951 with Mr Woodland’s idea to create a shape of concentric circles. The technology did not catch on until the 1970s, when Mr Woodland’s employer IBM promoted a rectangular barcode that was adopted as the standard.

The barcode may have come from a humble beginning but has become the de facto means of tracking any kind of product or process today. Woodland’s innovation and contribution to the technology was crucial to improving businesses around the globe.


Intermec To Be Acquired by Honeywell

Posted December 10, 2012

Intermec, a leading provider of mobile data collection hardware and information management solutions, announced a definitive agreement under which Honeywell International Inc, a diversified technology and manufacturing leader, will acquire Intermec for $10.00 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $600 million, net of cash and debt acquired. Businesses around the world increasingly require more robust asset tracking and data capture applications and the combined entity will be a technology and information management solutions leader in the Auto Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) industry.

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Cortec Group Announces the Acquisition of BarcodesInc

Posted November 9, 2012

Cortec Group, a New York based private equity firm which invests in middle-market distribution, healthcare, consumer, and specialty products and service businesses, announced that on November 2, 2012 its affiliate, Cortec Group Fund V, L.P. , acquired BarcodesInc in partnership with management. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Barcodes is a leading distributor of automatic identification capture (“AIDC”) products, selling primarily to small and medium-sized businesses and select Fortune 500 customers. The Company’s AIDC products, which include barcode scanners, mobile computers, label printers, point-of-sale systems, identification cards, RFID equipment, and other related consumable products, allow customers to improve productivity and profitability in their businesses. Barcodes maintains strong relationships with many of the premier manufacturers in the industry, and effectively couples a strong web-site presence with technical sales capabilities to serve its customers.

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Happy Birthday! The Barcode Turns 60!

Posted October 16, 2012

Now a common place tool used at almost all levels of business, the barcode is now celebrating 60 years of use!

The now-ubiquitous patch was first patented in 1952. The first design, invented by Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, resembled a circular bullseye. Originally created to help speed up the check out lines at a grocery store, they are now use to track almost anything.  Asset management, inventory, POS, and ID issuance are just some examples of processes that would be much more difficult with out the help of barcodes.

Today, 60 years after the barcode was first patented, there are more than 5 million individual barcodes in use around the world.  Oddly enough, one of the first retail products to use a barcode was Wrigley’g gum!  Through the years, many different types of codes have been developed, but none as popular and well-known as the UPC barcode, used on retail items, and the quickly advancing QR code you can scan with your smartphone.

Wherever you look you can find the barcode hard at work.  With advancements in scanner technology and more flexible barcode development, we’ll hopefully see another 60 years of barcodes!


New Study Finds Men Shop and Scan More Than Women on Mobile Devices

Posted September 21, 2012

New research into the mobile consumer buying habits of men and women reveals that, not only do men shop more via mobile devices than women, but they also make more use of barcode scanners.

As mobile devices become the most common way people get online, uSamp decided to conduct a survey of the mobile shopping habits of 1,100 men and woman, ages 18 – 75. The results may surprise many people in that it found men to be the bigger online mobile shoppers.

What was everyone buying?

  • 27% of males purchase consumer electronics on mobile vs. 8% of females
  • 23% of males purchase movie and event tickets on mobile vs. 11% of females
  • 30% of males purchase digital content on mobile vs. 20% of females
  • 13% of males purchase food and drinks on mobile vs. 8% of females
  • 8% of males purchase office supplies on mobile vs. 4% of females

Another interesting result from the study was that 91% of the time men were scanning barcodes with their mobile purchase versus the 85% of women. The survey found that men and woman who scan barcodes with mobile devices are shopping at these types of stores:

  • Electronic store: 27% male vs. 12% female
  • Convenience store: 7% male vs. 3% female
  • Health & Beauty Store: 6% female vs. 2% male

More info on the study can be found here.


Janam XM66 Rugged Mobile Computers Used Extensively at London Olympics

Posted August 9, 2012

Janam Technologies announced that its XM66 rugged handheld devices are being used to scan spectator tickets during this summer’s preeminent global sporting event.

“Moving spectators quickly and easily into multiple ticketed venues is crucial for success of the event,” said Harry B. Lerner, CEO of Janam. “We are extremely proud that Janam was selected and couldn’t ask for a better venue to showcase the capabilities of our products.”

“This is yet another case where mission critical operational needs are best addressed with purpose-built tools, as opposed to fragile consumer devices in attachable sleds with half a day of battery life,” Lerner added. “This solution required rapid-fire barcode scanning and secure, reliable wireless data communication in a lightweight yet rugged device.”

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