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Barcode Vs. RFID: Things to Consider Before You Choose

Posted February 2, 2018

Barcode and RFID labels are choices that enterprises must choose to improve efficiency. Which are the most cost- effective and reliable in the long run for your operation?

Here are a few things you should consider

Barcodes Vs. RFID

RFID labels have electronically generated unique codes and barcodes use standard protocols. In an inventory collection setting, a barcode label can tally up items in the stock according to product type, manufacturer, and stock level. Employees will have to manually check for item specifics such as color, price, and purchase date of individual items. On the other hand, RFID labels are capable of loading up 2,000 proprietary byte of information and be able to tally up individual items in inventory too.

For example: A barcode label would be able to tell a grocer how many gallons Milk A and Milk B was in the cooler but an RFID label will be able to disclose where each gallon of milk came from the farm and distributor.

Ultimately, if printer properly both barcode and RFID tags can eliminate human error and contribute to enterprise efficiency compare to when items are accounted for by hand. Purchasing either barcode or RFID solutions depends on the depth of data required by an enterprise and how the system will be used in the field. Label consumers have to make a decision based on the needs and financial constraints.

If you need guidance on which solution to choose, feel free to contact one of our dedicated account managers and we will be happy to help.

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Internet of Retail

Posted January 22, 2018

Follow the chain of process of how a pair of shoes enter through the internet of retail. From how a barcode label can help products go through shipping, receiving, product identification, price labeling, re-pricing, support, to loyalty, and self service check out.

It brings values to retailers and customers. For retailers, mobile technology can increase productivity and accuracy of the whole supply chain. For customers, it keeps them more engaged in the whole shopping experience and loyalty card can provide a more personalized experience.

Check out the flow chart below and feel free to contact our dedicated account managers on more info how our products can help you in the Internet of Retail era.

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BarTender: Labeling Software for Every Industry and Regulation

Posted January 15, 2018

Bartender-Blog-300x142BarTender is a label design and printing software. It is used by companies to create and automate labels, barcodes, RFID tags, plastic cards, and much more. BarTender software by Seagull Scientific offers more than 400 preformatted, ready to use barcode components to create and automate the printing of barcodes. Users can rely on the software to accelerate the speed of goods moving through the supply chain, ensure workers to know how to handle hazardous materials safely, improve retail control of shrinkage and loss prevention and much more.  

With tools to easily and efficiently design labels and templates, configure and pull from data sources, and launch print commands from any OS or device it can help you keep pace with your growing business.  

1Bartender-Blog-300x227Bartender is used among many industries:  

  • Create labels and barcodes in a retail store  
  • Chemical manufacturers, distributors, and importers use it to meet GHS standards and other labeling requirement. 
  • Food Safety, with labeling laws for food allergens 
  • In hospitals, labs, and clinics enabling data capture and tracking and more  

Furthermore, it offers four editions: basicprofessionalautomation, and enterprise automation to enable you to easily upgrade your system as your business grows without the extra cost and complexity of buying add- on products.  

Sign up for a free 30-day trial with one of our dedicated account managers to help you find the right edition that fits your needs.  


Honeywell’s Voyager 1602g: The Powerful Scanning Companion

Posted January 11, 2018

voyager-1602Business is in the palm of your hands when it comes to the Honeywell’s Voyager 1602g. Affordable, yet high performing. The scanner packs high- performance area- imaging technology into small pocketable form factor- making it a powerful tablet scanning companion – based retail point of sale and field service applications.

Despite its small size, this pocket scanner holds the same high performance area- imaging engine found in our full size handheld scanners- so you can simply scan all the 1D and 2D barcodes. It quickly pairs up with your Apple iOS, Android, Windows mobile device, or a standard PC or laptop and can scan barcodes right off your customers’ mobile phone for revenue- generating mobile marketing initiatives.

The Voyager 1602g pocket scanner is great for a variety of tablet based applications:

  • Fixed point-of-sale
  • Mobile point-of-sale
  • Inventory Management
  • Backroom/Stockroom
  • In-store customer engagement
  • Non-retail scanning applications such as Salesforce automation

Features and Benefits:

  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Enjoy wireless freedom of movement up to 10 meters (33 feet)
  • Omnidirectional 1D and 2D barcode scanning options
  • Capable of reading barcodes off smartphones.

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


QR Codes to Change the Retail Landscape

Posted January 10, 2018

qr-windowThe use of QR codes in the retail industry is expected to increase in the coming years. According to Juniper Research, QR coupons redeemed via a mobile device is expected to reach 5.3 billion by the year 2022. In comparison QR coupons used in 2017 reached about 1.3 billion. That’s an expected 81 percent increase in about 5 years. Target is already on board with QR codes recently announcing a QR code-based payment system that will allow consumers to scan offers directly to their device.

The retail industry stands to gain from the usage of QR codes and there are many ways to incorporate them in the shopping experience.

  1. QR Coupons

As discussed above QR Coupons are just the start but are still an integral part in incorporating QR codes. Consumers, as one myself, are just trying to find a deal that’ll be easy on the wallet. QR coupons are a great way for consumers to get a deal and an easy way to start for any retail business. There are many ways a business can get started with QR coupons; printing physical QR coupons is one possibility. To do so a barcode printer and barcode software would be needed in order to create and print coupons to hand out to the consumers. Another would be to create QR codes for mobile devices via an email promotion. One thing is certain, a barcode scanner capable of scanning QR codes will be needed to scan any coupons consumers bring in.

  1. Window Shopping

Using QR codes for window shopping should be taken both literally and figuratively. What I mean by that is, literally putting QR codes on window display products. This would benefit retail stores located in malls as consumers walk by they can scan a QR code associated with a product. Figuratively consumers tend to do a lot of “window shopping” in stores by just looking around. Consumers want as much information as possible about a product before purchasing. Using QR codes in the window shopping fashion could give consumers access to product information with videos and reviews.

  1. The Shopping Experience

To piggy back off the figurative “window shopping”, QR codes could revolutionize the in-store experience for the consumer. Placing QR codes on the product packaging will allow consumers to learn valuable information about the product. QR codes could contain videos explaining the product to the consumer or it could contain a link leading the consumer to customer reviews. Another possibility would be sampling certain products like music, a consumer could scan the QR code of a CD and listen to track samples. Lastly, consumers could be given the ability to purchase the product directly from the QR code and have the product shipped anywhere.

  1. Upcoming Sales and New Products

QR codes could help inform consumers of upcoming sales, promotions, or an interactive view of new products arriving to the store in the near future.

  1. Customer Information

The retail industry can use QR codes to encourage consumers to sign up for their newsletter. Perhaps a sign up feature could be included in the QR code encouraging consumers to sign up with their email address and receive special deals in the future.

Most Consumers now a days have a mobile device on their person. Retailers can use that fact to help improve the consumer experience while at the same time change the retail landscape.

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


Retail Stores are Being Revolutionized with the Help of RFID

Posted January 4, 2018

8GS1-US-EPC-RFID-Chip-Hand-ImageRadio Frequency Identification (RFID) are helping retail stores across the country improving customer experience, inventory accuracy, and a way to present wider sets of products to customers who are a little more selective.

RFID Tags have the ability to hold information that identifies the products, its country of origin, materials used, production date, the handling process, and any other important information that took place in the supply chain. Some retailers are using RFID tagging to track products at all of their locations. According to a research study from the RFID Lab at Auburn University, RFID tagging can increase inventory accuracy from an average of 63 percent to greater than 95 percent. This helps enable speed and accuracy for consumers concerning fulfillment for two-day, one-day, or same day delivery. According to Kurt Salmon and the Platt Retail Institute, with RFID tagging, out of stocks can be reduced by up to 40 percent and increase profit margins by 60 percent.

According to the RFID Lab, manufacturers using RFID tagging will see an 80 percent improvement in shipping and picking accuracy, at the same time being able to increase the receiving time by 90 percent. This will allow retailers to communicate more efficiently with their manufacturers for expedited reorders, improved planning, and forecasting of products.

To read more about how RFIDs can help retail stores click here.

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


Value of Visibility in Your Supply Chain

Posted January 3, 2018

Visibility in the supply chain is valuable data to a company. It allows company to be informed about their inventory from when it is stored or in transit in order to optimize time and allocate labor and staff.

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A POS System for Your Business Needs

Posted January 2, 2018

When it comes to the Point of Sale market there are a variety of options. Each have their own specific advantages. To better help you decide which POS system is best suited for your business needs here are some options.

Mobile POS

With wireless mobile POS systems your business will have more competitive solutions to surpass their operational constraints. You’ll be able to process payments, manage some inventory, and mange customer information. Pair it with a mobile receipt printer to truly go mobile.

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Tablet POS

Tablets are becoming a popular solution when it comes to point of sale. Tablets come in many sizes and have a wide variety of features. Many have the ability to support hardeware such as tablet stands, barcode readers, cash drawers, tablet barcode scanners or a companion barcode scanners

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POS Terminal System

The Point of Sale Terminal Systems are the most common. These are types most people use at counter in various applications. They include everything you’ll need to get started with POS in your business. There are systems specifically designed for retail, restaurant, bar, grocery, salon, and iPad based. Each system will provide the most efficient and productive POS experience for your business and your customers.

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To learn more about Point of Sale options and applications please click here.

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

 


Get on Track with AirTrack S1: The All Purpose Scanner

Posted December 18, 2017

s1When it comes to a simple all purpose scanner, the Airtrack S1 is the ideal imager scanner for your everyday use.

The S1 is a great scanner for retail, warehouse, logistics, healthcare, and most industry applications. It has a small, lightweight, and ergonomic design that is accommodating to high daily usage. The S1 imager offers an excellent reading performance on most 1D barcodes and features a wide scanning angle with an extended scanning line which is perfect for capturing longer and wider barcodes. It also comes with a universal stand and cable for your out of the box solution providing maximum performance in a value priced reader.

Features:

  • Wide angle scanning
  • Laser- thin extended scan line
  • Green spot technology for good read feedback
  • IP42 water and particulate sealing rating
  • Withstands repeated drops from 5 feet onto concrete surface

To protect your scanner, be sure to purchase the BCI and Airtrack service contracts which includes a comprehensive 5 year protection with 5 day exchange, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Helpdesk support, RMA Triage, and pre/post repair inspection. The service contracts protects your technology investment and lower the total cost of ownership in the long run.

Feel free to check out Airtrack’s technology portfolio of scanners, label printers, and supplies. Airtrack technology provides industry- leading capabilities at highly competitive price points and fully backed by robust warranty service.

For any questions or a quote on any scanners please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Honeywell’s Duratherm Series: Label Printing Made Easy

Posted December 14, 2017

When it comes to consumables there are no shortage of options; each and everyone has their benefits when it comes to maintaining your printer. Printing supplies can impact everything from the printhead’s lifespan to the printer’s operational efficiency. So when it comes to selecting labels, tags, or wristbands it’s an important decision.

As a leading manufacturer of label printers and media, Honeywell provides a wide range of label materials to meet any need. When it comes to direct thermal printing the Duratherm series provides cost-effective printing with various levels of durability, from uncoated paper to top-coated synthetic labels.

Duratherm products are easy to use and demand less operator intervention, all without the need for ribbon changeover. Duratherm labels have been designed for use with both visible and infrared scanners in indoor applications with high humidity, high surface abrasion, at demanding fast print speeds.

  • Duratherm Receipt – A direct thermal paper that provides excellent print quality. Well-suited for most general receipt applications, most notably for use in portable thermal printers.
  • Duratherm Wristband –  The Duratherm wristbands are recommended for healthcare and provide the positive identification hospitals need for maximum patient safety. The full-coverage thermal print coating enables high quality printing on the entire length of the band, thus eliminating the need to reposition a sleeping patient just to scan their band.
  • Duratherm II Label – A general purpose direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality, cost-effective printing. Duratherm II is recommended for most general use applications where exposure to chemicals and moisture is not anticipated.
  • Duratherm III Label – A top-coated direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality printing and enhanced durability.Duratherm III is recommended for applications where high humidity, moisture contact and surface abrasion are concerns.
  • Duratherm Linerless Label – The Linerless labels are a self wound adhesive label that provides excellent print quality and durability without the need for a liner. Without the liner, there’s no need to go through the trouble of disposing the liner and more importantly the roll capacity increases. Are available with both permanent or removable adhesive.
  • Duratherm NIR – A premium direct thermal paper label engineered to deliver high-contrast images and enhanced durability. Duratherm III NIR is targeted for use in applications with challenging barcode scanning requirements and is well-suited for high-speed sortation applications.
  • Duratherm II Tag A general purpose paper tag providing high-quality, cost-effective printing.Duratherm II Tag is recommended for applications where labeling is not suitable. This product resists curling, even in high humidity environments.

For any questions or a quote on any printer consumables please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


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