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Improved Route Accounting Through BarcodesInc Solutions

Posted October 12, 2011

Overview

Industry:
Route Accounting

Application:
Using Motorola mobile computers and Zebra mobile printers along with customized software from BarcodesInc to better control item delivery and invoicing in the field

Solution Provider:
Andrew Hall

Product Solution:
Motorola MC75 Mobile Computers, Zebra QL420 Mobile Printers, BarcodesInc Route Accounting Software

Freeman Brothers Ensures Accurate and Efficient Product Delivery with Motorola MC75 Scanners, Zebra QL420 Printers, and Customized Mobile Route Accounting Software.

Executive Summary

Freeman Brothers was looking for a way to effectively track the distribution of their products at local retailers across their region. Their pen and paper process required them to take note of what was taken from the truck, maintain accountability if it was moved to a shelf, and provide a handwritten invoice to each store owner as a billing confirmation. Freeman Brothers wanted to move away from an antiquated system to something more in line with their competitors.

The Business Challenge

In today’s market, handing over sloppily handwritten invoices was becoming time consuming and left a lot of room for manual error. Freeman Brothers wanted to stand out to their customers with a more sleek and established Solution that would provide a positive return on investment. With only a handful of drivers doing the stocking in the field there wasn’t a need for a larger networked Solution but rather something that could work independently and be updated at the office after the completion of a shift.

Freeman Brothers wanted to give their customers the option of providing electronic invoices, as well as emailing bills to save on paper costs while also collecting valuable customer information. This would also eliminate the time that was spent printing and shipping bills from the office.

The most critical piece of the Solution was still the ability to track items from the delivery truck to the store shelf. It was a challenge having to supply over 20 different locations, each with different discount levels and products.

Solution

BarcodesInc developed a customized route accounting software that was capable of tracking pricing, stock levels, and customer information. Additionally, BarcodesInc developed specific features for Freeman Brothers that allowed them to have pricing tiers for different customer levels, which ultimately allowed them to provide deeper discounts to customers based on the amount of product that was ordered over time.

This customized Solution also made the process easier for Freeman Brothers’s customers by allowing them to receive an electronic copy of their invoice and an email of their receipt upon purchase. The Zebra QL420 still afforded the customer the option of receiving a printed receipt at the point of purchase, while the Motorola MC75 mobile computer provided signature capture and asset tracking capability.

Benefits

Being faster and more accurate are both showing immediate returns for Freeman Brothers who have already seen their profit margins increase with an increase in the number of stops a driver can make during a route. Additionally, they now have the critical data at a single touch of a button in the palm of their hand, thus saving them valuable time to allow them to get to the next customer in a much more efficient manner.

The company itself isn’t the only one reaping the benefits. Freeman Brothers is also seeing a benefit to their end users who are now seeing an increase in fresh product being delivered and more accurate and easy-to-read invoices being produced. With this Solution both sides are seeing the benefits immediately.

The Future

While the short term benefits are already showing potential, the long term benefits are limitless. As the company grows, their tracking system can handle the load now whereas in the past they were buried beneath messy paperwork and hard-to-read inventory checks. Now they will be able to add customers, products, and revenue to their already booming business without too much additional effort. This Solution should take care of their needs for years to come and BarcodesInc will be there with them as their needs grow by providing them with the right products as they go forward.

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Touchscreens to Benefit Filtec Manufacturing

Posted October 12, 2011

ELO 15in Touchscreen Monitors
Industrial Dynamics / filtec created a Filler Management System that would allow plant personnel at any bottling company (currently covering the brewery, beverage, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, spirits and wine industries) to monitor their average fill levels and limit the amount of product they placed in their bottles to meet regulatory standards. However, Industrial Dynamics needed the hardware to make this happen. They chose to partner with BarcodesInc who recommended using ELO touchscreen monitors. Now, BarcodesInc supplies them with these monitors at the heart of their systems wherever they implement them, worldwide. The touchscreen interface solution helped increase the efficiency and ease of use of their system, benefiting their end-users.

Sales Engineer: Mark Schweikle

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Motorola Introduces ET1 Enterprise Class Android Tablet Computer

Posted October 10, 2011

Motorola ET1 TabletMotorola Solutions, today unveiled the ET1 tablet, the first in an emerging category of enterprise-class tablet computers designed for a variety of vertical markets. The ET1 brings the familiarity and popularity of a consumer-class user experience to a true enterprise-class device that includes enhanced durability, an optional barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader, hot-swappable battery packs, and secure system software. Key industrial-strength accessories such as secure multi-slot recharging stations are also available.

Intended for demanding day-long use, the Wi-Fi-enabled ET1 is password-protected so it can be easily shared and instantly provisioned for each employee according to his or her level of responsibility and access rights. Based on log-in information, managers can automatically control and monitor use of approved applications to help ensure on-the-job productivity is not compromised.

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Epson Color Label Printers and BarcodesInc Help Improve Efficiency at Upco Inc

Posted October 3, 2011

Epson TM-C3400 SecurColorUpco Inc., located in Claremore, Oklahoma, has the second largest factory in the world for the production of sucker rods. Sucker rods join together the surface and downhole components of a reciprocating piston pump installed in an oil well. With a total capacity to produce over thirty million feet of sucker rods per year, Upco is the only domestic supplier of sucker rods owned by employees.

To improve the efficiency of the plant, Upco required a system to identify quickly and easily the grade the quality of scrap in their plant. Having 7 or more different grades, employees were required to read black only labels which could create confusion and potential errors.

To reduce the potent for errors, BarcodesInc of Chicago, IL recommended Upco purchase an Epson TM-C3400 SecurColor on-demand color label printer as well as recommended media for their application. To complete the solution, the Information Technology group in Upco wrote an application in Visual Basic to automatically select the correct color based on the grade of scrap and to print the label on the TM-C3400.

By adding a band of color, employees can easily identify the quality of the scrap, saving time, reducing errors and saving money.

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Socket Ships 50,000th SoMo Handheld Computer

Posted September 27, 2011

Socket SoMo 650Demand Continues to Be Driven by Focus on Healthcare and Hospitality Markets

Socket Mobile, today announced it has shipped its 50,000th SoMo 650 handheld computer. Sales are being driven by the needs of the hospitality and healthcare market segments for a durable and lightweight device and continue to show growth.

Introduced to the market in 2007, the SoMo 650 handheld computer is a durable, high-performance, enterprise-class Windows Mobile PDA that enables businesses to increase the productivity of mobile workers, improve visibility in the field and automate manual processes anywhere. The SoMo 650 has become an essential business tool for mobile workers in a wide range of industries, and is available in both standard and antimicrobial case options.

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RFID Boosts Asset Tracking for the FHFA

Posted September 21, 2011

Symbol MC9090-G mobile computersThe Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) facility management office needed an easier way to track all of their assets, and Barcodes Inc was able to meet their high demands. We submitted a bid for them within 24 hours of their initial request, and when the true scale of the task was established, we contacted and worked directly with them to build a custom solution that utilized RFID technology. Their current system had employees scanning each item one by one with standard barcodes on them. They needed the ability to track over three thousand items and expected that number to double within the next year, so RFID would be optimal to allow them to scan and report data on as many units as possible at once. Through Symbol MC9090-G mobile computers, AssetWorx software and custom printed RFID tags, FHFA was able to tag all of their assets and manage their counts and locations in mass – saving them a lot of man hours and improving accuracy.

Federal Civilian Account Manager: Ed Marut

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Improved Delivery Tracking for Quaker

Posted September 21, 2011

Honeywell Dolphin 6500 mobile computersIn need of a more efficient delivery and package tracking system for their home improvement products, Quaker Windows & Doors turned to Barcodes Inc for help. We created a complete solution for them which included both the hardware and software they needed to automate their, currently manual, process. Honeywell Dolphin 6500 mobile computers, accessories and Z-Space custom software were combined to fulfill their needs. This new system eliminated manual errors, created accurate delivery statuses and confirmations for their customers and minimized the customer service-related issues Quaker was previously dealing with. Needless to say, the process also became much more efficient for them.

Account Manager: Charles Mycoff

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Unitech Releases MS246 Card Reader

Posted September 21, 2011

Unitech MS246Unitech has released the newest addition to its family of magnetic stripe readers, the MS246. This intelligent and programmable magstripe reader offers exceptional performance in a small package. The uniquely designed housing allows the MS246 to be mounted in various orientations with threaded inserts or Velcro, and a 6-foot cable increases its flexibility.

The MS246 is able to read up to 3 tracks of magnetic stripe card data regardless of swiping direction or speed. The user can easily recognize successful reads with a beeper and tri-color LED indicator. The output format can also be customized with its own user friendly Windows-based MSR Reader Configuration Manager. The MS246 is ideal for a variety of applications including POS and Security.


Motorola Announces DS457 fixed mount imager and MK3000 kiosk

Posted September 16, 2011

Motorola Solutions today unveiled the compact DS457 fixed mount barcode imager and sleek MK3000 micro kiosk, offering premium 1D and 2D scanning capabilities as well as the ability to read barcodes from mobile phones.

Motorola DS457 fixed mount imager

  • With four models to choose from, the Motorola DS457 enables high-volume scanning on a wide variety of barcodes including 1D, 2D, traditional and mobile barcodes as well as high-density barcodes and direct part marks.
  • At the retail point-of-sale (POS), the DS457-DL reads driver’s licenses effortlessly, enabling auto-population of credit and loyalty card applications, as well as easy and error-proof age verification. It can also be used by border security for scanning visas and driver’s licenses.
  • The compact size of the DS457 is ideal for “zero footprint” type POS environments and can be mounted off the work surface to free up space on the counter.
  • The DS457-HD is ideal for electronic manufacturers to ensure the right part is used at the right time on the production line and for pharmaceutical manufacturers who can track product as it is produced and packaged to meet track and trace regulations.

Motorola MK3000 micro kiosk

  • The MK3000 micro kiosk puts the power of self-service in the hands of the user, delivering an interactive and compelling customer experience in stores, hotels and airports or serving as a workforce management tool for employees.
  • Delivering powerful customer and employee facing applications such as item look-up, item location, how-to tutorials, marketing promotions, digital signage, employee time clock and travel check in/out, the MK3000 can help increase customer satisfaction and boost revenue.
  • The MK3000 enables retailers to enhance their multi-channel strategy, enabling customers to place orders online and pick up at the store through the micro kiosk. If customers cannot find merchandise in the store, they can use the MK3000 to check inventory in other stores, or place an order while still in the store.
  • Motorola’s Total Enterprise Access and Mobility (TEAM) Express is available on the MK3000, enabling customers to use voice messages to request assistance and connect with the store associate in the right department for a specific product.

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BarcodesInc Helps EQ Help the Environment

Posted September 13, 2011

Overview

Industry:
Hazardous Waste Management

Application:
Combining Symbol AP-5131 wireless access points and accessories to create a wireless infrastructure for vital data capture both indoors and out

Solution Provider:
Aaron Landsman

Product Solution:
Symbol AP-5131 wireless access points and accessories

The Environmental Quality Company (EQ) required a large wireless network to be installed at one of their volatile processing facilities. They needed a combination of indoor and outdoor networking for their location, which maintained a wide variety of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. The wireless equipment would enable EQ to provide necessary data collection to their Class 1 Div 2 handheld computers.

Executive Summary

For over fifty years, EQ has been the leading provider of environmental management services. They use innovative technologies and services that minimize waste volumes, reduce costs and protect the environment. This combination of historical presence, technical innovation and flexibility has defined EQ’s commitment to setting the industry standard for customer service, associate satisfaction and financial stability.

The Business Challenge

EQ needed a wireless infrastructure installed in a hazardous processing location without any impediment on its day-to-day operations. The network would need to then have enough range to allow workers to collect data on their mobile computers while transferring all the information into a central database.

Solution

Barcodes Inc scheduled a call with EQ to identify all the requirements in order to detail a letter of proposal prior to getting an installation team on-site, which saved the company labor intensive costs. Upon arrival of Barcodes Inc’s installation team, all the wireless networking equipment had arrived, which eliminated any delay in the set-up.

Following the installation, Barcodes Inc provided EQ with a quick education on their newly integrated wireless system which was centered around several Symbol AP-5131 wireless access points and various accessories to protect the network’s stability from harsh climate or weather. Barcodes Inc also provided topographical maps, access point ranges, mesh coverage areas and wireless artifact zones, along with a high-level overview of their wired infrastructure. The end Solution was a fully covered wireless work zone in each of their target areas that allowed data collection to be communicated quickly by their field workers to their central location.

The Future

This was the first of five sites for EQ that needed to be retrofitted with wireless infrastructure. Barcodes Inc will continue to help EQ grow while providing them the wireless equipment and services necessary to place the right data in the right hands.

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