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Improved Route Accounting Through BarcodesInc Solutions

Posted October 12, 2011

Overview

Industry:
Route Accounting

Application:
Using Motorola mobile computers and Zebra mobile printers along with customized software from BarcodesInc to better control item delivery and invoicing in the field

Solution Provider:
Andrew Hall

Product Solution:
Motorola MC75 Mobile Computers, Zebra QL420 Mobile Printers, BarcodesInc Route Accounting Software

Freeman Brothers Ensures Accurate and Efficient Product Delivery with Motorola MC75 Scanners, Zebra QL420 Printers, and Customized Mobile Route Accounting Software.

Executive Summary

Freeman Brothers was looking for a way to effectively track the distribution of their products at local retailers across their region. Their pen and paper process required them to take note of what was taken from the truck, maintain accountability if it was moved to a shelf, and provide a handwritten invoice to each store owner as a billing confirmation. Freeman Brothers wanted to move away from an antiquated system to something more in line with their competitors.

The Business Challenge

In today’s market, handing over sloppily handwritten invoices was becoming time consuming and left a lot of room for manual error. Freeman Brothers wanted to stand out to their customers with a more sleek and established Solution that would provide a positive return on investment. With only a handful of drivers doing the stocking in the field there wasn’t a need for a larger networked Solution but rather something that could work independently and be updated at the office after the completion of a shift.

Freeman Brothers wanted to give their customers the option of providing electronic invoices, as well as emailing bills to save on paper costs while also collecting valuable customer information. This would also eliminate the time that was spent printing and shipping bills from the office.

The most critical piece of the Solution was still the ability to track items from the delivery truck to the store shelf. It was a challenge having to supply over 20 different locations, each with different discount levels and products.

Solution

BarcodesInc developed a customized route accounting software that was capable of tracking pricing, stock levels, and customer information. Additionally, BarcodesInc developed specific features for Freeman Brothers that allowed them to have pricing tiers for different customer levels, which ultimately allowed them to provide deeper discounts to customers based on the amount of product that was ordered over time.

This customized Solution also made the process easier for Freeman Brothers’s customers by allowing them to receive an electronic copy of their invoice and an email of their receipt upon purchase. The Zebra QL420 still afforded the customer the option of receiving a printed receipt at the point of purchase, while the Motorola MC75 mobile computer provided signature capture and asset tracking capability.

Benefits

Being faster and more accurate are both showing immediate returns for Freeman Brothers who have already seen their profit margins increase with an increase in the number of stops a driver can make during a route. Additionally, they now have the critical data at a single touch of a button in the palm of their hand, thus saving them valuable time to allow them to get to the next customer in a much more efficient manner.

The company itself isn’t the only one reaping the benefits. Freeman Brothers is also seeing a benefit to their end users who are now seeing an increase in fresh product being delivered and more accurate and easy-to-read invoices being produced. With this Solution both sides are seeing the benefits immediately.

The Future

While the short term benefits are already showing potential, the long term benefits are limitless. As the company grows, their tracking system can handle the load now whereas in the past they were buried beneath messy paperwork and hard-to-read inventory checks. Now they will be able to add customers, products, and revenue to their already booming business without too much additional effort. This Solution should take care of their needs for years to come and BarcodesInc will be there with them as their needs grow by providing them with the right products as they go forward.

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Touchscreens to Benefit Filtec Manufacturing

Posted October 12, 2011

ELO 15in Touchscreen Monitors
Industrial Dynamics / filtec created a Filler Management System that would allow plant personnel at any bottling company (currently covering the brewery, beverage, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, spirits and wine industries) to monitor their average fill levels and limit the amount of product they placed in their bottles to meet regulatory standards. However, Industrial Dynamics needed the hardware to make this happen. They chose to partner with BarcodesInc who recommended using ELO touchscreen monitors. Now, BarcodesInc supplies them with these monitors at the heart of their systems wherever they implement them, worldwide. The touchscreen interface solution helped increase the efficiency and ease of use of their system, benefiting their end-users.

Sales Engineer: Mark Schweikle

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Epson Color Label Printers and BarcodesInc Help Improve Efficiency at Upco Inc

Posted October 3, 2011

Epson TM-C3400 SecurColorUpco Inc., located in Claremore, Oklahoma, has the second largest factory in the world for the production of sucker rods. Sucker rods join together the surface and downhole components of a reciprocating piston pump installed in an oil well. With a total capacity to produce over thirty million feet of sucker rods per year, Upco is the only domestic supplier of sucker rods owned by employees.

To improve the efficiency of the plant, Upco required a system to identify quickly and easily the grade the quality of scrap in their plant. Having 7 or more different grades, employees were required to read black only labels which could create confusion and potential errors.

To reduce the potent for errors, BarcodesInc of Chicago, IL recommended Upco purchase an Epson TM-C3400 SecurColor on-demand color label printer as well as recommended media for their application. To complete the solution, the Information Technology group in Upco wrote an application in Visual Basic to automatically select the correct color based on the grade of scrap and to print the label on the TM-C3400.

By adding a band of color, employees can easily identify the quality of the scrap, saving time, reducing errors and saving money.

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RFID Boosts Asset Tracking for the FHFA

Posted September 21, 2011

Symbol MC9090-G mobile computersThe Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) facility management office needed an easier way to track all of their assets, and Barcodes Inc was able to meet their high demands. We submitted a bid for them within 24 hours of their initial request, and when the true scale of the task was established, we contacted and worked directly with them to build a custom solution that utilized RFID technology. Their current system had employees scanning each item one by one with standard barcodes on them. They needed the ability to track over three thousand items and expected that number to double within the next year, so RFID would be optimal to allow them to scan and report data on as many units as possible at once. Through Symbol MC9090-G mobile computers, AssetWorx software and custom printed RFID tags, FHFA was able to tag all of their assets and manage their counts and locations in mass – saving them a lot of man hours and improving accuracy.

Federal Civilian Account Manager: Ed Marut

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Improved Delivery Tracking for Quaker

Posted September 21, 2011

Honeywell Dolphin 6500 mobile computersIn need of a more efficient delivery and package tracking system for their home improvement products, Quaker Windows & Doors turned to Barcodes Inc for help. We created a complete solution for them which included both the hardware and software they needed to automate their, currently manual, process. Honeywell Dolphin 6500 mobile computers, accessories and Z-Space custom software were combined to fulfill their needs. This new system eliminated manual errors, created accurate delivery statuses and confirmations for their customers and minimized the customer service-related issues Quaker was previously dealing with. Needless to say, the process also became much more efficient for them.

Account Manager: Charles Mycoff

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BarcodesInc Helps EQ Help the Environment

Posted September 13, 2011

Overview

Industry:
Hazardous Waste Management

Application:
Combining Symbol AP-5131 wireless access points and accessories to create a wireless infrastructure for vital data capture both indoors and out

Solution Provider:
Aaron Landsman

Product Solution:
Symbol AP-5131 wireless access points and accessories

The Environmental Quality Company (EQ) required a large wireless network to be installed at one of their volatile processing facilities. They needed a combination of indoor and outdoor networking for their location, which maintained a wide variety of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. The wireless equipment would enable EQ to provide necessary data collection to their Class 1 Div 2 handheld computers.

Executive Summary

For over fifty years, EQ has been the leading provider of environmental management services. They use innovative technologies and services that minimize waste volumes, reduce costs and protect the environment. This combination of historical presence, technical innovation and flexibility has defined EQ’s commitment to setting the industry standard for customer service, associate satisfaction and financial stability.

The Business Challenge

EQ needed a wireless infrastructure installed in a hazardous processing location without any impediment on its day-to-day operations. The network would need to then have enough range to allow workers to collect data on their mobile computers while transferring all the information into a central database.

Solution

Barcodes Inc scheduled a call with EQ to identify all the requirements in order to detail a letter of proposal prior to getting an installation team on-site, which saved the company labor intensive costs. Upon arrival of Barcodes Inc’s installation team, all the wireless networking equipment had arrived, which eliminated any delay in the set-up.

Following the installation, Barcodes Inc provided EQ with a quick education on their newly integrated wireless system which was centered around several Symbol AP-5131 wireless access points and various accessories to protect the network’s stability from harsh climate or weather. Barcodes Inc also provided topographical maps, access point ranges, mesh coverage areas and wireless artifact zones, along with a high-level overview of their wired infrastructure. The end Solution was a fully covered wireless work zone in each of their target areas that allowed data collection to be communicated quickly by their field workers to their central location.

The Future

This was the first of five sites for EQ that needed to be retrofitted with wireless infrastructure. Barcodes Inc will continue to help EQ grow while providing them the wireless equipment and services necessary to place the right data in the right hands.

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Harsco Rail Tracks its Inventory with BarcodesInc

Posted September 13, 2011

Intermec CK3 Mobile ComputerHarsco Rail is a train manufacturer and also provides maintenance service for railroad tracks. They were using a third-party software for inventory tracking of their building and maintenance supplies and needed a hardware solution to automate the process even more. Barcodes Inc was selected to help them roll out a solution which consisted of Intermec CK3 mobile computers, Zebra P4T portable printers and accessories to mobilize their workforce and allow them to manage stock on the go.

Account Manager: Chris Vassilos

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BarcodesInc Helps Track Hospital Couriers

Posted September 2, 2011

Overview

Industry:
Healthcare

Application:
Providing Motorola mobile computers, Soti software, and Barcodes Inc custom labels to ensure proper chain of custody, signature capture at point of delivery, and asset management

Solution Provider:
Ryan Cooper

Product Solution:
Motorola MC55 mobile computers, Soti Mobi Control Device Management software, and custom labels

Hospital Couriers combines mobile computers, software and custom labels to ensure accountability of their assets.

Executive Summary

Hospital Couriers was in need of a complete solution to track their equipment, drivers and their customers’ products to increase their profitability. Our solution replaced a pen and paper process with the introduction of a mobile computer with signature capture ability, as well as a route management application.

The Business Challenge

Driven by the need to have real-time visibility of their drivers as well as their product, Hospital Couriers needed a solution to ensure their customers’ products were being delivered on time. Additionally, they needed to meet their customers’ demand of tracking where their shipments were at all times.

Prior to Barcodes Inc stepping in with a full solution for tracking shipments, Hospital Couriers was relying on their drivers to fill out delivery paperwork, capture signatures through a paper receipt, and securely return all signed documents on a daily basis. This resulted in lost paperwork and shipment deliveries not arriving on time, which in turn led to customer dissatisfaction. Furthermore, if a customer called to track their shipment, Hospital Couriers had to call the driver to see where they were at which wasn’t always accurate.

Hospital Couriers decided to invest in a fully electronic solution to replace the hand-written delivery invoices and customer signature capture process that had been in place. They found that the amount of time and money lost by capturing data and inputting the data in their system manually was not acceptable for them or their customer.

Hospital Couriers was in need of a more efficient way to capture end-user data as well as having real-time visibility of where their drivers and assets were at from their home office.

Solution

In response to our customer’s need for a more profitable solution, Barcodes Inc partnered with Soti to introduce their Mobile Device Management software to Hospital Couriers. The Soti application allowed the Motorola MC55 mobile computer, which the drivers had on the road, to communicate with their home office, and eliminate the need to capture and secure handwritten invoices throughout the day. The software allowed the driver to capture the recipient’s signature at the point of delivery and communicate that data back to the home office automatically.

The solution was designed to allow drivers to scan packages when they were delivered, capture the customer’s signature and report the exact location of each of the company’s vehicles and drivers on-demand. With preprinted barcode labels that Barcodes Inc provided, all packages had a clean, professional look while enabling Hospital Couriers to record all the data that was needed to ensure their customers’ satisfaction. The MC55 mobile computer, which Barcodes Inc helped integrate into Hospital Courier’s own software, was able to accurately track their in-house inventory to ensure assets were all accounted for.

Benefits

After a successful demo of the hardware and software package, Hospital Couriers deployed the solution to all of their drivers and warehouse staff.

Hospital Couriers can now accurately track their inventory and provide full visibility on order delivery for their customers and themselves.

The Future

The Barcodes Inc solution has been since recommended to other companies in the same industry and received with positive feedback and results.

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Distribution Done Right with BarcodesInc

Posted September 1, 2011

Motorola WT4090 Wearable ScannerQuiet Logistics is a warehousing and distribution company that was looking to add a new warehouse location. They were in need of a full hardware solution for use in their shipping stations and pick and pack applications at the new warehouse. Barcodes Inc provided a top down solution consisting of scanners, printers, media and computer stations to fulfill all of their needs. The new equipment made their processes more efficient and eliminated errors seen during their past pen and paper strategies.

Account Manager: Conrad Schernecker

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Inventory Management Made Easy With BarcodesInc

Posted August 24, 2011

GammaTech Durabook U12C Rugged LaptopOverland Storage was in need of a new inventory solution to better track their physical and virtual storage products. The current inventory solution they were using was based on one central computer which forced employees to conduct any inventory needs at a single location. To make their solution more mobile and flexible, they used Barcodes Inc who set them up with GammaTech Durabook U12C rugged laptops and Motorola LS3478 Bluetooth scanners. This solution allowed workers to cover more ground and have access to the inventory simultaneously.

Sales Engineer: Johnny White

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