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Datamax-O’Neil Extends the microFlash/PrintPAD Series Printhead Warranty to Two Years

Posted December 6, 2012

Datamax-O’Neil, which is the only thermal portable receipt printer manufacturer to stand behind its claims of ruggedness and durability by offering a full 2-year warranty on its microFlash and PrintPAD series printers, is now extending the 2-year warranty to the printheads as well. This warranty is four times longer than competing printers. The table below provides the warranty comparisons:

Datamax-O’Neil will extend the original printhead warranty on new microFlash and PrintPAD printers from 1 year to 2 years effective December 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2013.


The Honeywell Marathon: Made For The Field

Posted December 5, 2012

Putting powerful computing tools into the hands of your field workers is one the most effective tools to empower greater efficiency in their daily tasks. While smartphones and tablets may be common place in the consumer and retail realm, these devices were never made to handle the rigors of daily field use.  This is where rugged mobile devices, like Honeywell’s Marathon Field Computer, are designed with outdoor AIDC applications in mind.

In this video, Honeywell Product Manager Keith Bernhardt explains how customers can take the Marathon Field Computer — with its rugged design, ergonomic tablet form factor, and full keyboard — “up-the-pole, down-the-hole” into the most demanding outdoor data capture environments

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Introducing The New Datalogic Lynx PDA

Posted December 4, 2012

Datalogic Lynx PDA Mobile ComputerDatalogic has announced their new pocketable Lynx PDA. The Lynx PDA is part of a family of full-featured, ruggedized PDA’s. This new product combines the knowledge and experience gained from all its predecessors with a very compact size and superior ergonomics.

Today’s store managers need to always be connected to their network and able to access any kind of information related to goods needed by customers. They must always be available through a voice connection. Managers are looking for a single product, which is robust and reliable, to provide all these features in a small and pocketable PDA form factor. This describes the Lynx PDA, offering a secure connection through an 802.11 b/g/n radio that is Cisco CCX v4 certified, perfect for all the latest Wi-Fi infrastructures. The Lynx PDA has a vibrant display which is the ideal size for displaying all the information needed, leaving the product size as small as possible. Powered with a new technology that improves outdoor readability, the Lynx PDA is perfect in any environment, including interior or exterior usage.

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Eurotuin Chooses Sato’s GL4e Printers For Shop Automation

Posted December 3, 2012

SATO GL4e Series Barcode PrinterEurotuin, a company comprising of several garden centers in Belgium is a member of Garden Retail Services, the largest full service organisation for garden centers in the Benelux region, with nearly 300 garden centers in the Netherlands and Belgium. Eurotuin recently changed its labeling system and chose NedFox’s RetailVista software to update its shop automation.

Nedfox, a leading retail software vendor specializing in providing cost-effective, scalable software, has chosen to apply SATO’s GL4e printer to its RetailVista ERP software as it has the flexibility and scalability to meet the needs and growth of garden center businesses. NedFox’s software is able to process large amounts of data using barcodes which include information such as prices, available stock in-store, customer database or products’ descriptions. NedFox’s RetailVista ERP is compatible with SATO’s GL4e series printers which are particularly suited to the retail environment thanks to its versatility and online barcode verification and are RFID Ready, therefore fitting perfectly into the Garden Retail Services shop automation.

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Socket Mobile Adds Apple iPhone 5 Support to Cordless Hand Scanner Line

Posted November 30, 2012

Barcode scanners certified by Apple for the new iPhone 5

Socket Mobile has announced iPhone 5 support for the Socket BluetoothCordless Hand Scanner (CHS) line of portable barcode scanners.

The CHS is a pocket-sized barcode scanner that enables ultrafast, untethered data collection in applications such as retail point of sale, asset tracking, inventory management and field service. Socket Mobile has updated the SocketScan 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) to take full advantage of the new A6 processor and taller screen of the iPhone 5. The ScannerSettings and SocketPad utilities for the CHS have also been updated on the Apple App Store with iPhone 5 and iPad mini support.

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JD Sports Fashion Finds Their Mobile Computing Solution With The Datalogic Skorpio

Posted November 29, 2012

JD Sports Fashion is the UK’s number one specialist retailer of both branded and own-brand sports and fashion wear for the entire family. Established in 1981, JD Sports Fashion has grown rapidly to over 400 stores across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. JD’s growth since being listed on the UK Stock Market in 1996 has been meteoric, with the acquisition and consolidation of Scotts and Bank Fashion. Currently, over 1,300 Skorpio mobile computers have been installed in JD Sports Fashion stores across the UK and Ireland.

Datalogic ADC has been a long established partner of JD Sports Fashion since the introduction of over 400 rugged mobile computers for use in JD’s Distribution Centers since 2002. At that time, JD did not have any store management devices. When the decision came to look at automating store operations, JD turned to Datalogic to recommend an appropriate mobile device and solution.

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Zoom Room Improves Customer Service with Apple iPad and Socket Barcode Scanners

Posted November 28, 2012

Every type of business is concerned with providing the best possible experience for their customers and taking advantage of new technology tools is a great way to do so. Utilizing mobile devices like the Apple iPad and Socket Bluetooth scanners can make any application more efficient and customer friendly.

Zoom Room, a chain of dog agility training centers, delivers top-notch customer service for canines and humans alike with the Apple iPad and CHS Series 7 barcode scanners from Socket Mobile. The mobile technology enables employees to spend more time helping customers, perform transactions and registrations away from the front desk, and minimize paper usage to support corporate green initiatives.

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Get To Know The New Zebra GC420

Posted November 27, 2012

Zebra GC420 Series Barcode PrinterZebra has been a leader in small desktop label printers with its long standing LP and TLP series printers. While this series has been the go to printer for many businesses, all good things come to an end as these models were discontinued this year. However, Zebra has followed-up with a new line to fit the same needs with the GC420.

With any update in a product line though, there are always some questions as to the compatibility of using the newer model in place of the older series.  The following FAQ is a great guide into how the GC420 can be the right fit for an aging LP or TLP series printer.

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Print To a Star USB Printer Wirelessly With Any Apple Device

Posted November 26, 2012

Star is a proud long time supporter of printing from iOS and Mac OS X environments and is proud to add AirPort Express to our support line up! Follow the link at the end of this post for a step by step illustrated guide to learn how to print to a Star printer which is connected to an Apple Airport Express. Simply connect your Star Micronics Printer to the AirPort Express via USB cable and voila! Secure wireless printing achieved from your tablet, smart phone, or computer – applicable for iOS and Android devices alike.

Get step-by-step directions here.

For any help finding a Star printer for your Apple device, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Why Use RFID Technology for Baggage Handling?

Posted November 21, 2012

Most airlines struggle day to day with a variety of issues related to survival—issues such as unpredictable fuel costs, uncertain global economies, and tight finances. To combat these challenges, airlines continuously seek to better their operations, and RFID technology is at the forefront of process improvement.

RFID technology can aid and assist in multiple areas to reduce costs and increase operating revenue through improved asset visibility, consumable inventory management, food and beverage delivery management, retail item inventory, sales management, and baggage handling efficiency. This white paper addresses baggage handling specificaly.

Estimates by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) put mishandled baggage costs at approximately $US 2.5 billion for 2009 alone-equivalent to the cost of nearly 50 Boeing 737-600s. This industry problem spans cities, regions and continents. While many assume full participation by all parties is necessary to completely rectify the problem, RFID-enabled baggage tagging efforts already in place show that local or regional implementation of RFID on baggage can have significant benefit, resulting in improved service, substantial cost reductions or savings, and increased customer satisfaction.

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