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What is the First Product to Ever Have a Barcode?

Posted January 10, 2019

Juicy-Fruit-gumOn the episode of Ellen’s Games of Game last night, she asked a question about what is the first product to be have a barcode? Good question!

In the summer of 1974, a supermarket located in Troy, Ohio, scanned it’s very first UPC barcoded product, Wrigley’s Chewing Gum. A barcode that can be printed on something as small as a pack of chewing gum. This develops a long interesting history that is constantly evolving; we are still discovering ways to put more information into these machine read-able barcodes.

Present day, we have QR codes to store large amounts of information that can be unlocked and scanned through smart phones. Further, RFID technology allows there to be a chip embedded within a barcode and with single motion, a reader can read and record its presence.

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Big company such as Amazon relies heavily on barcodes to keep track of their products by scanning them when its at a packaging point. With the help of a barcoding system the whole supply chain can be managed efficiently and workers can be more productive. A simple scan can avoid human error, save more time, and be able to trace products going in and out of your facility.

Barcodes are truly fascinating, it created a whole new way to track your products and do business efficiently. Find out how to barcode your products today! Contact us at Barcodes and we will help you find a solution that best fits your needs.


Tis’ the Season of Giving: Barcodes Donates to Chicago HOPES for Kids.

Posted December 21, 2018

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Barcodes would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! 

This year we have a lot to be grateful for so we are giving back to the community to spread some holiday cheers! 

We held a bake sale competition where all our teams are raising money for a specific charity and the team who sells the most baked goods wins! All the money raised will be donated to the winning team’s charity of choice. All baked goods were a dollar. All the teams have put in their best effort and got super competitive in raising money for their cause. Some teams even got creative and started promoting their baked goods with other incentives!

          

Our Central and Northeast team won! Their excitement and efforts have raised $129 as a team, the bake sale fund raised $583 and Barcodes will match this amount for a total of $1,166 that will be donated to the Chicago HOPES for Kids!!

Chicago HOPES for Kids is an organization that provides educational support for children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. This donations will allow them to build a brand new library at a shelter for the kids. The library will also be named after Barcodes! 

We are so happy to be able to give back to our community, and we wish everyone have a Happy and Safe Holiday and a Happy New Year! 

From,
The Barcodes Team

P.S. Check out some of our pictures below ;)!

 


Honeywell Autocube- Make Every Square Inch Count

Posted August 14, 2018

Manual measurements on shipping packages can be time consuming and prone to human errors which can lead to lower productivity, reduce operational efficiency, and an increase to shipping chargebacks.

The Honeywell AutoCube 8200 instantly and accurately captures the dimensions of any package, enabling you or your employees to reduce errors, chargebacks, and optimize warehouse storage space.

  1. Instant and precise measurements are quickly transmitted to shipping applications to accurately bill customers
  2. Eliminates measurements of packages- enabling cost savings and productivity gains, while reducing error
  3. Optimize vehicle and warehouse space
  4. Improve workflows to eliminate human errors
  5. Faster return on investments from ensuring maximum uptime and increased operational efficiencies
  6. Gain critical business insights into your business

The Autocube 8200 solution sets new standards for dimension accuracy, efficiency, versatility, and affordability. This fixed dimensioning system with its ability to quickly and effectively measure objects in any orientation makes it a great add-on for warehouses and shipping stations.

See how AutoCube 8200 can provide an accurate way to dimension your packages for shipping with the clip below.

For availability, contact us at Barcodes Inc.

 


Global Technology Systems Takes the Lead for Earth Day: A Free Recycling Program

Posted April 19, 2018

This Sunday, April 22, is Earth day and it’s time to return the love to the planet we all call home. Thanks to Global Technology Systems (GTS) they will be providing a Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling program.

You may be asking yourself why do I need to recycle my batteries? Well Lithium-Ion batteries consist primarily of chemicals and metals which in turn allow the battery to hold a long charge and remain light at the same time. These chemicals and metals consist of lithium, cobalt, and other materials that can be extremely harmful to the environment we live in. The improper disposal of these batteries as trash leads to water contamination, soil contamination, and among other things negative environmental/health outcomes.

The Recycling Process:

  • GTS will provide customers involved in the program with free battery recycling boxes at each enrolled facility.
  • Once the battery recycling box is filled, simply call the toll-free phone number on the box and it will be picked-up and properly disposed of by a GTS-certified recycling firm.
  • Once a recycling box has been provided to the recycling firm another recycling box will be provided to continue this free service.

Help make our Earth a better place to live, recycle the batteries that help power all of your mobile operations.

For more information on how to start recycling those Lithium-Ion Batteries please visit GTS!


Come Join Us at MODEX 2018!

Posted April 10, 2018

Whether you are looking into automating your system or looking of ways to improve your daily operation, come join us at MODEX 2018.

We are excited to tell you that we will be in one of the largest supply chain expo in North and South America. Come visit our booth #C1338 to see how you can cut operation costs, maximize efficiencies, and reduce risk in your supply chain. We will also have demos of mobile computer, printers, and scanners for you to check out and our sales engineers who will be able to share their expertise on what kind of equipment is right for you.

Learn how to get a free assessment when you stop by our booth.

MODEX 2018
April 9-12, 10AM-5PM
Georgia World Congress Center
#C1338

Register below for a complimentary pass to MODEX 2018, see you there!

 


Come Visit Us at MODEX 2018!

Posted March 29, 2018

Whether you are looking into automating your system or looking of ways to improve your daily operation, come join us at MODEX 2018.

We are excited to tell you that we will be in one of the largest supply chain expo in North and South America. Come visit our booth #C1338 to see how you can cut operation costs, maximize efficiencies, and reduce risk in your supply chain. We will also have demos of mobile computer, printers, and scanners for you to check out and our sales engineers who will be able to share their expertise on what kind of equipment is right for you.

Learn how to get a free assessment when you stop by our booth.

MODEX 2018
April 9-12, 10AM-5PM
Georgia World Congress Center
#C1338

Register below for a complimentary pass to MODEX 2018, see you there!

 


A Textbook Way to Use QR Codes

Posted December 27, 2017

qrbookMost of today’s youth have access to smartphones or tablets and through those pieces of technology a whole world of media such as videos, infographics, podcasts, etc. are at their fingertips. Bubbles technology brings a new way to incorporate the use of digital media content into traditional learning modes. Bubbles containing QR codes are spread throughout textbooks; thus students and teachers will have access to short, interactive modules. This could help a student get a much deeper understanding of the course material through audio clippings and visual snippets that complements the curriculum.

All the student or teacher has to do is simply scan the QR code via a tablet or smartphone with a free QR reader app, or click the link if it’s an eBook, to unlock a 60 to 90 second interactive lesson. For example a math textbook trying to explain a complex equation, the text can only do so much. A QR code associated with this complex equation can be scanned prompting an interactive lesson to open and explain the equation in much more detail using animation, audio, and graphics.

It is believed that the future of education lies in what they are calling a “flipped classroom”. A flipped classroom is the idea that students would study the content at home using books and interactive technology. Then the following day in class students would complete practice exercises with the ability to discuss last nights learning material with other students and teachers. QR codes have been used in many areas of the world and they could be utilized to help teach the next generation.

To read more about QR codes in textbooks, read “QR Code Technology Brings Textbooks To Life


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Barcodes, Inc.!

Posted December 26, 2017

Barcodes, Inc. would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

To celebrate the holidays Edeka, a supermarket, thought of a great way to surprise their shoppers by playing Jingle Bells using their check out scanners.
What a great way to spread the holiday cheer!

Check out the viral video below and also check out our in- counter barcode scanner selection!

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

 


How the Barcode Simplified Life

Posted December 21, 2017

barcode-616035_1280In 1974 a pack of gum was purchased using the first ever barcode. Since then the use of barcodes has skyrocketed and has taken many forms of symbologies. The symbology of a barcode includes the encoding of the message in the bars and spaces, including any start and stop markers plus the size of the quiet zone (a blemish free space around the code to help readers locate it) that is required to be before and after the barcode. There are a few different types of barcode symbologies from the linear Code 128 and Code 39 to the newer 2D QR Codes, Data Matrix, and Micro PDF.

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What has the barcode done for this world? It’s made life easier. Its helped the retail industry keep check of the number of products they have in stock and a way to see what products sell at higher volumes. More importantly its helped consumers get in and out of stores quicker by dramatically improving the check out line. Imagine a world in which you would have to wait until the cashier looked up every single item you wanted to purchase? In that scenario the checkout lines would be ridiculous, luckily the barcode is here to save us from that nightmare.

Retail is just one of the many industries that barcodes has helped improve; another is the healthcare industry which has greatly benefited from the barcode. In the healthcare industry you’ll find barcodes on patient samples and the wristbands patients wear. There’s systems in place that would automatically generate a new barcode every time a patient has their blood drawn, making it so that the blood sample can be tracked from the hospital floor to the laboratory for testing. Human error of course is still possible, but with the use of barcodes those errors have been greatly minimized.

To learn more about barcodes visit our FAQ or read more about the rise and use of “The Ubiquitous Barcode

For any questions or a quote on barcode software or barcode labels please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Elo’s Paypoint Plus: The All-in-One mPOS Solution

Posted December 13, 2017

Paypoint PlusElo just announced the next generation of PayPoint, point of sale solution for iPad and Android. The all-in-one mPOS solution provides everything a merchant needs including a fully integrated 2D scanner from Honeywell, a 3-inch printer from Star Micronics, an encrytable MSR from Magtek, full-sized 16- inch cash drawer and connections for third part peripherals. Featuring a large touch screen display and rotating display head allowing customers to participate in loyalty programs, view their purchases, and sign to complete their transaction. Paypoint Plus’s single-cable design makes setting up the POS system fast and easy, ideal for retail, salons, hospitality, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Merchants can customize the platform to their needs by third party peripherals, including a scale, secondary cash drawer, handheld scanner and EMV terminal.

Paypoint Plus for Android Includes:

  • A full high-definition (HD) 15.6-inch TouchPro Pro-G projective capacitive (PCAP) display, multi-touch capable, enabling up to 5-touches simultaneously
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
  • 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat) and EloView compatible
  • Fully integrated Star Micronics TSP100III 3-inch printer, Honeywell N3680 2D barcode reader, and Magtek 3-track encryptable MSR
  • A full-size 16-inch industry-standard cash drawer offers a 3-position lock and the ability to use a second cash drawer through an additional I/O port
  • Four USB 2.0, one mini USB 2.0, two RJ45 serial, one RJ12 cash drawer port, one micro HDMI, one 12V power USB, and one ethernet (Gigabit) ports
  • 3 year manufacturers warranty

Paypoint Plus for iPad Includes:

  • Docks designed for use with 9.7-inch iPads or a 12.9-inch iPad Pro model
  • SDK support for iOS 10 and later
  • One type A USB (for charging), one mini USB (for charging), and two RJ45 serial ports
  • Fully integrated Star Micronics TSP100III 3-inch printer, Honeywell N3680 2D barcode reader, and Magtek 3-track encryptable MSR
  • A full-size, 16-inch, industry-standard cash drawer that offers a 3-position lock
  • 3 year manufacturers warranty

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