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3 Reasons to Upgrade to EMV Now

Posted October 8, 2015

With the official October 1st EMV compliance date behind us, there are still many retailers that have not made the needed changes to properly process EMV enabled cards. Almost all banks and credit card companies have issued chip-embedded cards to their customers in time for the busy holiday shopping season so it really begs the question what are the real advantages to making the EMV switch.

  1. Fighting Fraud – Chip cards generate a one-time code with every transaction making it nearly impossible to create counterfeit cards for use in stores.As the EU has completed its migration to EMV acceptance, the region has seen an 80% reduction in credit card fraud while the US has witnessed a 47% increase
  2. Lower Chargebacks – Beginning October 1, 2015, new network rules mean merchants are more likely to be financially liable for fraud, lost/stolen transactions at their in-store locations without EMV compliance. In 2015 that liability in the United States is estimated to total more than $10 billion.
  3. Customer Peace of Mind – Customers are more than likely to shop at stores where they feel their information is safe. It only takes once to lose the customers trust and it is very difficult to get it back.

Two of the easiest solutions to become EMV compliant is simply upgrading your current payment terminals to EMV enabled ones like the Ingenico ISC250 and iPP350. Updating is an easy process and one of our Payment Processing specialists can help you find the right device for a hassle free update. Contact us today to get EMV compliant.


Honeywell’s Dolphin CT50: Designed for Real-Time Connectivity Anytime, Anywhere

Posted October 8, 2015

Managers estimate annual savings of $459,000 as a result of process re-engineering and implementation of mobile technology. Yet, 60% of organizations still use paper-based systems. Speeding up workflow processes by just seconds and eliminating the opportunity for human error can have significant impact on overall operational efficiency and profitability. That’s why Honeywell developed the new Dolphin CT50 mobile computer– our most advanced enterprise-ready LTE device. Anytime, anywhere access to business critical applications for breakthrough productivity and uptime.


Enterprise Anywhere, Anytime Connectivity with the Honeywell CT50

Posted October 5, 2015

ct50.jpg (259×219)Empowering your mobile employees with the right mobile device is essential to allow them to provide the best service to your customers while maintaining efficiency. The best fit device will need to have consistently reliable wireless connectivity and be easy to use.

Honeywell’s CT50 combines the enterprise level features and wireless connectivity in any environment all in a familiar smartphone design. With support for either Windows or Android, the CT50 is the perfect solution for  highly mobile employees in scan-intensive applications like on-demand delivery, field service, and customer engagement. The CT50 has been designed for businesses that need a truly mobile device with the modern conveniences of an all-touch smartphone and the highest degree of future-proofing to improve business agility and lower total cost of ownership.

Dolphin CT50 Key Features:

  • Designed with the end user in mind, the CT50 includes Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE connectivity to ensure access to business-critical applications and rich multimedia such as streaming video and video conferences whether in the office or connecting remotely from the road.
  • Featuring best-in-class imaging hardware and decoding software for responsive barcode reading, combined with improved scanning ergonomics, the CT50 offers maximum productivity for on-demand delivery, remote technicians and metering workers.
  • Offering the ability to collect and process huge quantities of data, the CT50 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor, which is 25 to 50 percent faster and has 25 to 30 percent more battery life than the next best alternative. The powerful processor also gives mobile workers the freedom to use multiple applications quickly and reliably on a single device.
  • To accompany the device, Honeywell will offer a full complement of accessories to support scan-intensive use cases such as docking systems and vehicle cradles for specialized activities such as mobile printing, and vehicle telemetry.
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Gain Control Over your Assets with RFID Asset – Modern Software for Growing Businesses

Posted October 2, 2015

One of the complex challenges small and medium sized organizations face is efficiently keeping track of critical assets as their organizations scale. Without a reliable automated asset management system, there is a sharp increase in redundancies, expenditures, and labor.

Imagine locating many diverse assets in a room in a matter of seconds, rather than hours. Because RFID technology reads multiple tags at once without requiring a line of sight, customers are able to more quickly and accurately locate and track assets without the physical challenges of scanning bar codes and manual methods.

RFID Asset maximizes Radio Frequency Identification technology to automate asset tracking and management in a wide variety of environments and situations. The software supports passive RFID tags, barcodes, fixed readers like the Zebra FX7500 and mobile handheld readers like Zebra’s MC3190-Z and MC9190-Z.

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SATO Retires the M84xxSe/S8408/S8412/S8424 Thermal Print Engines

Posted October 1, 2015

SATO has announced the discontinuation of its M8460Se,  M8485Se, and M8490Se industrial print engines and all of their related accessories.

Reason for Retirement: The NEW S84ex/S86ex series was released in November 2014 which has a superior feature set and is a compatible replacement for discontinued units.

Last Time Buy Order: Dec 30, 2015 – Estimated date based on availability depending on model.

Effective Immediately: M8465Se RH Standard and LH Opposite and M8459Se are out of stock and discontinued.

End of Service: December 30, 2020 – Spare parts and service will not be available after this date.

SATO will honor all warranties in place and maintain our service obligation by supporting and servicing discontinued printers through SATO America, as long as parts are available


Why Digital Signage?

Posted September 22, 2015

Elo 7001LT Digital Signage DisplayWhy do retailers need Digital Signage today? It can educate, entertain, and sell. Elo Touch Solutions is a market leader and has many different solutions ranging from 10” to 70”. With companies like Industry Weapon creating innovative content that fit all of their hardware platforms you will have no shortage of options. If you are looking to increase your sales or brand look to Elo for all your Digital Signage needs.

7001LT Digital Signage Display

  • Big, bright, and beautiful “lifesize” scale delivers interactive brand experiences
  • Thin, commercial-grade touchscreen ideal for wayfinding, whiteboard, and other office applications
  • Optional plug in Intel Core i3/i5 processors running Microsoft Windows
  • Infrared for up to 10 points with “Built for Touch” reliability

I-Series Interactive Signage Digital Signage Display

  • Professional-grade touchscreens managed with cloud-based software – powered by your content
  • Stylish front that excites Marketing
  • Management and security that keeps IT happy

The Benefits of Implementing a Gift or Loyalty Card Program

Posted September 22, 2015

Implementing a new gift or loyalty card program can have significant material benefits to your business. Businesses have reported that gift cards deliver increased revenues, increased margins, interest from unredeemed balances, increased potential for future sales and a decrease in returned merchandise. Customers feel an attachment to the brand, which results in increased retention

Gift card offer the following benefits

Revenue increases. Uplift, or the amount that a customer spends over the amount of the gift card, averaged $23 for each card sold in 2008. Also, gift cards attract new customers, with 11% of recipients indicating that they never or rarely visit the issuing merchant’s locations

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Zebra DS4208 vs. DS4308 Side-By-Side Comparison

Posted September 10, 2015

When choosing the right 2D imager you ultimately need a device that meets the demands of your specific application while being easy to use out of the box.

Historically, the DS4208 was one of the most popular imagers from Motorola/Zebra which has been discontinued and replaced with the even more capable Symbol DS4308. The chart below is a quick comparison of the new features and capabilities found in the newer DS4308.

If you’re looking for a new 2D imager, the DS4308 is a scanner that will easily improve the efficiency and speed of any scanning application.


DS4208

DS4308
Market Positioning Introductory: 1D/2D Imager for paper/ mobile bar codes 2nd Generation: 1D/2D Imager with PRZM technology which enhances decode performance and snappiness, dramatically improving the user experience
Market Advantage
  • Good all around 1D/2D bar code scanner for most applications
  • DS4208-SR working range out to 15.2”/38.6cm on 100% UPC (SR)
  • DS4308-HD working range out to 7.6”/19.3cm • Sensor Resolution 752 x 480
  • Beep and LED feedback on good decode
  • IP43
  • Reads virtually any bar code in any condition; optimized for poor quality barcodes
    DS4308-SR has the largest “sweet spot” in its class with a working range out to 28”/71.1cm on 100% UPC (DS4308-SR) eliminating the need to purchase both standard and extended range scanners
  • DS4308-HD working range out to 16.5 inches (41.9 cm) eliminating the need to purchase both standard and high density scanners
  • 1 Megapixel Sensor Resolution (1280 x 800)
  • Ability to Enable All Code Types
  • USB Buffering of Output Data
  • Beep, LED and optional Illumination feedback on good decode
  • Megapixel engine supports image capture, signature capture and OCR
  • Auto host detect cables
  • Support for over 90 keyboards
  • Integrated Presentation Stand (P) option
  • Checkpoint EAS option
  • IP42
DEFAULT SETTINGS
Quick Keypad Emulation Disabled Enabled
Unique Barcode Reporting in Continuous Barcode Mode Disabled Enabled
Emulate Numeric Keypad Disabled Enabled
Length for Code 39 2 to 55 1 to 55
Code 93 Disabled Enabled
Length for Code 93 4 to 55 1 to 55
Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF) Disabled Enabled
Lengths for I 2 of 5 Fixed Length = 14 6 to 55
Length for D 2 of 5 Fixed Length = 12 Any Length (1 to 55)
Codabar Disabled Enabled
Lengths for Codabar 5 to 55 4 to 55
Matrix 2 of 5 Lengths Fixed Length = 14 4 to 55
GS1 DataBar Limited Disabled Enabled
USB Fast HID Disabled Enabled
USB Polling Interval 8ms 3ms
Different Symbol Time-out 200ms 100ms

Advanced Record Keeping and Document Capture with Honeywell’s 4850dr

Posted September 3, 2015

Document scanning and processing has historically been a task for traditional flat-bed style scanners to capture a basic image of the document. While these devices were once the only real option, they were limited by their slower speeds and moving parts that require regular maintenance.

Today we have options beyond the standard flat-bed scanner with faster, more capable full 2D imagers like Honeywell’s 4850dr. With no moving parts, the 4850dr can take full imagers of 8.5″ x 11″ or A4 documents on any color paper. On top of this, the 4850dr can also decode any linear, stacked, and 2D codes. on the documents for easier processing.

The 4850dr comes with  an integrated suite of easy-to-use image enhancement tools can be used to sharpen text, improve contrast, reorient or magnify the image. In addition, built-in auto-cropping and an array of file configuration options and compression functions ensure optimum image quality and file size for your application requirements.

Streamline your recordkeeping and document management process with the accurate, full-featured 4850dr Document Imager.


The Internet of Things with Zebra and Barcodes, Inc.

Posted August 21, 2015

rfidIotWhat is it?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the coming connectivity of everything you own, everything you see. No longer will access to the internet be limited to single point interfaces like your phone or computer, or single-point data sources like web pages or servers. Nor will it be limited to you! Everything you see can, and someday will, be interconnected and sharing data: your tv, your refrigerator, your home, your car, the roads you drive on, the building you work in, the package you’re delivering… everything.

So far, the Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred to as being smart.

Why do I care?

IoT will affect the way we live and work. IoT will impact every industry out there: Healthcare, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logisitics, Retail, Hospitality, Warehousing, and so on. Your competitors will be embracing IoT capabilities to find a competitive advantage, the same advantage you want to get first. The advantage that comes with speed, efficiency, and a clear view of your assets and operations, your people and inventory, 24/7 in real time.

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