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Tech Tip Tuesday: Choosing the Right Scanner

Posted April 3, 2018

It might be kind of hard to choose the right scanner to use. So to make things easier below is a flow chart with recommended scanners to find out what kind of scanner will work best for your application. For corded scanners, the main questions are what type of barcode do you need to scan and what kind of environment will you use the scanner? Which, will ultimately determine if you need a rugged or a non-rugged scanner. If you are still unsure about what type of scanners you need feel free to contact our dedicated account manager and we will be happy to help.

                                                                 

   Intermec SR61                               Airtrack S1                                Zebra DS3608                                      Airtrack S2


Reduce Complexity, Regain Your Edge with Mobility Edge

Posted March 30, 2018

As seen in the 10 Key Challenges of Enterprise Mobility Infographic, customers need a better and easier way to deploy and manage their mobile solutions.

Accelerate Deployments, Optimize Performance, and Extend Lifecycle are all possible with Honeywell‘s Mobility Edge. Read below for more!

 

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If you want to learn more, feel free to contact our dedicated account manager.


Tech Tip Tuesday: How to Pick the Right Ribbon for A Barcode Printer

Posted March 27, 2018

It is important to choose the right ribbon to print on your label. Choosing the wrong type of ribbon can result in a poorly printed barcode label, the ink can smear or fade.

There are three types of ribbons: wax, wax/resin, and resin. Please ensure you have a thermal transfer capable printer, we recommend the Airtrack DP-1. It is most reliable, compact, and affordable printer in its class.

Determine the proper ribbon size, choose a ribbon that is equal or less than your printer’s maximum print width where is it enough to cover the surface of your label.

Below is an easy chart for you to choose the right type of ribbon for your application.

Most ribbons are black, but there are color ribbons available to print your labels in color for categorization. If you are interested in a quote for ribbons or colored ribbons, please contact our dedicated account managers.

 


Code’s CR4300: Barcode Reading in a Whole New Light

Posted March 22, 2018

As the mobile world continues to grow there have been many solutions that help equip mobile devices with barcode reading capabilities. The Code Reader 4300 (CR4300) is revolutionizing how those mobile devices become enterprise-grade data capture devices without the size, weight, expense, and power draw of traditional scan engine modules. The CR4300 takes the camera from an iPod or iPhone and combines it with a patented optical platform and 2D Revolution, Code’s world-class decoding software, to create a user-friendly, high-performance barcode reader. By eliminating the scan engine module, the CR4300 is a departure from traditional barcode reader sleds.

Not only can the CR4300 easily read some of the toughest 1D and 2D barcodes it provides a protective case to keep mobile devices safe in a variety of environments. The CR4300 also comes with a 3,000 mAh back-up battery to keep the iPod or iPhone charged and running on long shifts. The lightweight design, 10.1 oz (0.63 lbs), is durable and has a disinfectant-ready case built for environments like healthcare, point-of-sale, event management, inventory, field services, and many more applications. Comes with a built-in gauge to keep users informed of battery status and can be charged quickly via USB or multi-bay drop in charger.

CR4300 Features and Benefits:

  • Streamlines mobile barcode reading by using iPhone/iPod camera.
  • Provides clear targeting and convenient scan buttons so users can scan quickly.
  • Keeps mobile devices running with 3000 mAh battery backup.
  • Informs users of battery status with built-in gauge.
  • Protects iPhone/iPod with durable, disinfectant-ready case.
  • Charges quickly via USB or with drop-in, multi-bay charger.


Tech Tip Tuesday: What Do I Need To Print Out Amazon Labels?

Posted March 20, 2018

Many merchants use Amazon as a platform to reach out to their customers. Each unit that you send to Amazon for fulfillment needs a scannable barcode to enable storage at their facility.

So what do you need to do to label your inventory for Amazon?

Amazon advised that you should,

  • Use a direct thermal printer with a print resolution of 300DPI or greater. (Each label must be readable and scannable for 24 months)
    Amazon fulfillment centers currently use the Zebra GX430t models with direct thermal setting. (More affordable and comparable option, Airtrack DP-1)

    • Labels to include
      1. Barcode
      Format: Code 128A
      Height: Greater than 0.25″ or 15% of barcode length
      Narrow Barcode element: For 300 dpi printers-3.33mils For 200 dpi printers-20mils
      Wide to Narrow Ratio: 3:1
      Quiet Zone (sides): Greater than 0.25″
      Quiet Zone (top and bottom): Greater than 0.125″
      2. FNSKU: Used by Amazon fulfillment centers to identify each unique product. To get the FNSKU, set the product as Fulfilled by Amazon, and then launch it to Amazon. Once the item is in your catalog in SellerCentral, Amazon will assign an FNSKU to the product.
      3. Title and Description
      4. Condition of the Unit
      5. Any Optional information to specify the product

Label Specifications require it to be printed on a white label and recommended to print on a dimension between 1×2″ and 2×3″ with a removable adhesive if directly on product. If you do not wish to label your own inventory, you can sign up for the FBA Label Service and have Amazon apply barcodes to your eligible items. (Per-item fee applies)

What about Shipment Labels?

Each box or pallet that you send to Amazon must be properly identified with a shipment label.

  • Labels supports the measures of 4×6″.
  • Don’t place labels on the seems of the box. (Might get cut by a box cutter which results into an unreadable barcode)
  • FBA shipment label should be placed next to the carrier label. Both needs to be uncovered for easy scanning.
  • Each box you include in the shipment must have its own label from the shipping Queue.
  • Each pallet needs four labels, one on top and the center of each visible sides.

For more in depth packaging and shipping instructions, please review this reference guide from Amazon.

Feel free to click on a few of our products that can help you create the labels you need for your business. If you have any needs or uncertainty, contact our dedicated account manager and they can help you pick the right equipment you need.

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Top 5 Benefits of Zebra’s ZD420

Posted March 19, 2018

Why Should You Buy The ZD420 Series?

  1. Simple
    Installation, setup, and management is easy as 1,2,3.
    Drop the ribbon in place, plug it in, customize your printer configuration, and remote access to all the settings on the printers with Zebra’s printer profile manager.
  2. Same Format
    Whether you are upgrading to Zebra or a different printer, the ZD420 can use the exact label formats you use to print with no modifications needed.
  3. Efficiency
    The design of the printer is so simple anyone can use it. No need to spend time for training during work time, color coding and instruction labels makes ribbon changes fool proof. The result is less downtime, less technical support, and increased worker productivity.
  4. Saves Money
    With the new 300m ribbon for the ZD420 means four times fewer ribbon changes. This high capacity ribbon means you will be paying less per inch, reducing the cost of your supplies and cost for ribbon changing downtime.
  5. Built for Your Preference 
    Buy the ZD420 printer with the features you need today, and just like legos, you can add features on site anytime to meet changing needs. Whether you need a cutter, peeler, movable media sensor to Ethernet Connectivity, there’s an accessory for you.

Applications:
Retail- Prices markdowns, shelf, asset, and return labels
Healthcare- Prescriptions, lab labels, patient ID wristbands
Manufacturing- Shipping, receiving, asset, inventory labels, and packing slips

 


Tech Tip Tuesday: What Do I Need To Print Out My Barcodes?

Posted March 6, 2018

Following up on the last tech tip Tuesday, now that you have figured out how to get your own barcodes it is time to print them out. So what do you need to print out the barcodes?

Barcodes.
First, you have to design and create the barcodes in a barcode software. A few that we suggest is Bartender by Seagull Scientific, Nice Label, or Teklynx. These software allow you to design your label and barcodes to hold the info that you need.
The next thing you have to do is to choose a printer that suitable for your need. Below are the printer size we recommend, depending on how many labels you print out in a day and what size do you want your labels to be.

Printers.
Direct Thermal– chemically treated label is heated directly (short-term life on label) Usually used on shipping packages.
Thermal Transfer– ribbon ink is transferred onto the label (will stay on longer on label) Usually used on warehouse/retail store racks.

Desktop Printer– This type of printer, like the GX420t, is made for small volume applications. Usage is suitable for about 300-500 labels per week. It is perfect for asset labeling in an office or light printing duties at a retail store.
Industrial Printer It is larger and more rugged than desktop models for high volume print applications, like the Datamax I-4212e. Usage is suitable for printing thousands of labels per day. It is great for manufacturing and distribution centers as well as large retailers.
Mobile Printer– This type of printer provides mobility to users, like the Zebra QLn320. It’s small existence allows users to print on the go and perfect for delivery drivers and field workers to create label or receipt.

If you have any questions about what kind of software and printer that you should use, feel free to contact our dedicated account managers and they will be able to provide you with the best solution for your application.

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Honeywell’s Dolphin CN80: The Best of Both Worlds

Posted February 28, 2018

Many logistics, warehouses, and field mobility organizations are in the middle of a transition. They are going from a keypad-centric mobile device to a full touchscreen device. The problem, keys are still essential for data capture for many of these organizations.

Luckily, the ultra-rugged Dolphin CN80 can help bridge that gap. With a large 4.2 inch vivid color touchscreen and the option to choose between numeric or QWERTY keypads, users will be allowed to select the best input method for their everyday environment. At the same time users will learn how to use the touchscreen for touch-centric applications in the future.

Honeywell’s Dolphin CN80 features fast data processing, 1D/2D scanning, advanced network connectivity, and a battery life that lasts twice as long as the previous generations. Allowing users to be connected and productive throughout multiple shifts. Having the hybrid of keys and a touchscreen allows users whom wear gloves or users whom are accustomed to working a certain way to feel comfortable with the device they are using on a daily basis.

Features and benefits:

  • Mobility Edge Hardware and Software Platform: Common hardware and software platform delivers enhanced operational efficiency and reduced TCO. Deploy the same applications on multiple products across your enterprise.
  • Forward-Compatible, Future-Proof: Support for four Androd generations – N through Q. Customers using Windows based operating systems can migrate to Android without sacrificing reliability, performance, or management features.
  • Unparalleled Scanning Performance: Enhanced 1D/2D scanning/data capture with read ranges of 0.15m to 15.2m (6in to 50ft) typically required in today’s warehouses. Optional scan handle for flexibility to switch between handheld and pistol grip operations.
  • Rugged, Ergonomic Design: Designed to withstand the harshest environments and the toughest users, the Dolphin CN80 minimizes downtime and lost productivity with extreme longevity. Withstands 2.4m (8ft) drops and 2,000 1.0m (3.3ft) tumbles. IP65/IP67 ratings against dust/water spray. Cold storage and non-incendive options available.
  • Long Battery Life Drives Productivity: Long shifts, extended talk-times, and heavy GPS usage are no match for the Dolphin CN80. Long battery minimizes workflow interruptions and drives efficiency.

Zebra Printhead Program: Free Printheads for the Life of Your Printers

Posted February 21, 2018

Join the Zebra Printhead Protection Printhead Program to eliminate replacement costs in your operation!
If you agree to use genuine Zebra supplies exclusively with Zebra printers, all your failed printheads will be replaced at no charge!

Benefits of this Program:

  • Eliminate downtime to increase productivity
  • No unpredictable printhead replacement costs
  • Convenience of a one-source supplier for all your media needs
  • Lower cost of operation and ownership

High- Quality Zebra Supplies Provide Consistency and Reliable Performance.

With more than 1,000 combinations of high quality and reliable labels, tags, wristbands, receipts, and ribbons, Zebra can meet the durability requirements of most printers. The Printhead Protection Program will reward you for using genuine Zebra labels with free printhead replacements.

How to Enroll? Enrollment is Easy!

Contact our dedicated account managers and we will show you how to get started!

*Excludes mobile, card, and kiosk printers.


Tech Tip Tuesday: How To Barcode Your Product

Posted February 20, 2018

To barcode your own product, there’s a few steps you should follow. First, determine if you need an unique barcode number for your product. If you do, follow the steps below to learn what you need in order to get your product out the door. Once you have the barcode, contact one of our dedicated account managers to find the printer and supplies that’s suitable to your need and get started on printing your own.

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