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Honeywell Offers Shielded Illumination with Presentation Scanners

Posted May 4, 2016

Shielded Illumination. What is it? In short, it’s a Honeywell-designed feature that minimizes the light emitted from a scanner preventing operators and customers from getting their eyes zapped by the barcode scanner. It significantly reduces the intense illumination often associated with imaging-based scanners.

Is it important? Yes! It allows retailers to manage their point of sale operations quickly, efficiently, and without any customer complaints.


Top Ten Reasons Your Business Needs a Payroll Expert

Posted May 3, 2016

Jan_Newsletter_payrollYou wouldn’t use a hot plate to roast a turkey… why would you use a payroll generalist when you need an expert?

With labor laws, compliance and HR issues, and tax codes… payroll can be both complicated and time-consuming. There are nearly 75,000 pages in the IRS tax code and about 4,000 annual changes to federal, state and local tax codes. The result? Nearly 40 to 45 percent of all small businesses incur tax penalties each year.

Whether it’s dealing with minimum wage, shortfalls, direct tips vs. indirect tips, underreporting of tips, or tax and HR compliance, wouldn’t it be nice to have an expert take those payroll challenges and issues off your administrative plate? Take your time back.

Following are the top ten reasons for hiring a payroll expert:

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Improve Performance with Honeywell’s Flexible Scanner Power Management

Posted May 2, 2016

If your business is experiencing network performance issues and you suspect that the Bluetooth scanner is interfering with other devices, you can turn down the power output of the Bluetooth scanner by simply scanning a barcode.  There are four barcodes you can scan in the Xenon/Granit/Voyager 1452/1602g User’s Guides:

  • Low Power (1%)
  • Medium Low Power (5%)
  • Medium Power (35%)
  • Full Power (100%).

A by-product when you turn down the power output is reduced range between the scanner and its base/access point/host.  I get asked a lot about the Bluetooth ranges at those power levels – scanner to base station.  So I tested several scanners (because I am a scan-nerd), and here is what I found.  Measurements are approximation – RF isn’t exact.  Also – I stopped at 100 feet because that’s how big my yard is…and because I’ve never seen an application that requires the Xenon to scan that far from the base station.

Xenon 1902G Granit 1981i Voyager 1452g
Low Power (1%)

  • Line of sight between scanner and base
  • With my body between scanner and base
  • 35-40 Feet
  • 10 Feet
  • 35-40 Feet
  • 10 Feet
  • 20 Feet
  • 5 Feet
Medium Low Power (5%)

  • Line of sight between scanner and base
  • With my body between scanner and base
  • >100 Feet
  • 30 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • 30 Feet
  • 40 Feet
  • 28 Feet
Medium Power (35%)

  • Line of sight between scanner and base
  • With my body between scanner and base
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • 75 Feet
  • 50 Feet
Full Power (100%)

  • Line of sight between scanner and base
  • With my body between scanner and base
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet
  • >100 Feet

Bottom line is that if you are really concerned about RF interference, don’t be afraid to turn down the power on the Xenon & Granit.  They’ll still have plenty of range. That being said, in the vast majority of cases, the interference has nothing to do with the Bluetooth scanner.


Datalogic Heron Scanners Deployment by Euro Garages

Posted April 28, 2016

Datalogic has announced that Euro Garages, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned forecourt operators, is the first in the UK to roll out the Heron HD3100 barcode scanners.

Euro Garages, which had acquired 195 Esso sites in the UK from a series of sales that started in 2012, needed a barcode scanning solution at the point-of-sale that would integrate seamlessly with its Verifone chip and pin system. “We looked at a number of options before choosing the Datalogic device,” comments Guy Bickerstaffe, Regional Manager at Euro Garages. “The Heron barcode scanner, which was the only device that was compatible with our Verifone chip and pin system, enables us to scan a customer’s loyalty card to award Tesco’s Clubcard points.”

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Long Range, Accurate RTLS with Zebra’s WhereNET Solutions

Posted April 27, 2016

wherlanTracking and managing valuable assets is major concern for many industries especially in manufacturing and warehouse environments. Whether you’re tracking a work-in-process or general inventory and assets, the greater accuracy and closer to real-time visibility you can achieve is directly connected to business success.

RFID-based systems provide an immediate and non-line of sight means to capture your inventory or asset collection. However, the most common passive RFID tags and readers have a limited range and still require a user to scan the tags or pass them through a fixed reader portal. This is where Zebra’s WhereNET active RFID solutions can provide the range that can be used over your entire facility, yielding maximum coverage.  With maximum coverage you will have real-time visibility into your entire business and operations, providing you with actionable data in order to make smarter decisions.

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Don’t Let EMV Chargebacks Cut into Your Profits

Posted April 25, 2016

Avoid-EMV-ChargebacksWith EMV in full swing in the U.S., chargebacks have been on the rise – especially for restaurateurs. Following a successful co-hosted webinar with National Restaurant Association on the basics of chargeback management and best practices last month, we discovered a second installment was in high demand.

The webinar took a deeper dive into the rules of EMV and chargebacks and what you can do to avoid them. If you weren’t able to join us for the presentation, we’ve summarized the high points here to help you better understand chargebacks and the liability shift.

Why EMV, Why Now?

Protecting yourself against counterfeit fraud is one of the main benefits to implement EMV because it’s virtually impossible to recreate the chip. The October 1, 2015 shift has caused some serious headaches, but the ultimate goal is to fix the payment ecosystem by heightening card security. There is, however, a glitch—if your equipment isn’t EMV-compatible, then use of a fraudulent EMV card can go undetected.

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Zebra’s New ZXP Series 7 Pro Service Bureau ID Card Printer

Posted April 18, 2016

The ZXP Series 7 Pro provides higher volume card printing with all the great features and speed of the ZXP 7.  With a mechanical FIFO output hopper, the ZXP Series 7 Pro is capable of printing 250 plastic cards at one time and comes standard with a magnetic encoder.  Not only that, but each unit is shipped with a complementary license key for Zebra’s Virtual PrintWare Suite, making it even easier to manage multiple units from a single location.  And it’s open-class status means it is available to ALL resellers.  No restrictions, certifications, or partner levels are required.

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Zebra’s New Ultra-Rugged 3600 Series Barcode Scanners

Posted April 14, 2016

36x8Zebra has announced the release of their new 3600 Ultra-Rugged series of scanners. They are purpose-built to exceed industry standards for durability, scan performance and manageability in demanding industrial environments such as warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing shop floors and do-it-yourself (DIY) retail stores.

1D and 2D versions of the 3600 series are available with corded and cordless options for fast, accurate performance in picking, packing, shipping, receiving, work in progress (WIP), inventory tracking, track and trace, cross docking and point of sale (POS) applications. Built to perform in extreme conditions, the ultra-rugged scanner series offers the industry’s highest drop, tumble and sealing specifications in its class and is the industry’s first IP67-rated scanner capable of enduring complete water immersion for up to 30 minutes.

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Honeywell Acquires Movilizer, Leader in Simplifying Operations for Remote Connected Workers

Posted April 11, 2016

logosHoneywell has completed its acquisition of privately held Movilizer, which created one of the world’s first cloud platforms for field service applications. Movilizer is used by remote workers performing service or maintenance, sales and distribution, and warehousing activities away from the office. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Movilizer’s cloud software enables a distributed workforce to create, deploy and manage workflow solutions – whether at the point of sale, in the field, in a warehouse or distribution center. Customers can seamlessly collect, transmit and analyze data generated by their workers on their existing information technology (IT) systems, enabling them to harness the power of their workforce from anywhere to best serve the needs of their end customers.

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Valuable Label Features that Solve Common Retail Problems

Posted April 6, 2016

2016-04-06_1109Most people don’t realize how many choices there are when it comes to designing a label or tag. Even the simplest of features can be cost-effective and can make a big impact in improving the overall retail store environment from back-office to customer experience. This white paper focuses on several features that can reduce shrink and improve customer satisfaction.

Shrink Management

To cut back on stolen merchandise, retailers are often required to implement expensive solutions like EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) systems and trained security. However, there are less expense ways to deter theft.

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