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CognitiveTPG’s ‘Wanted Alive’ Summer Promotion

Posted June 20, 2012

Celebrating the coming summer months, CognitiveTPG announced a promotion to entice its current, former, and possible future customers.

The promotion is a video contest calling for loyal Blaster and Advantage LX owners to show off their old dependable printer. “We are calling the promotion Wanted Alive’ and challenging current and former customers to show us the oldest operational unit in the field. We know what true workhorses these printers are and we know there are still many 10-plus year old printers in the field today, working,” said Angela Mansfield-Swanson, CognitiveTPG’s Marketing Director. The customer with the oldest operational unit will win a $500 Visa gift card.

This promotion will run from June 1st through August 31, 2012.


The Falcon X3 Mobile Computer and Elf PDA Power Boosted with Upgraded Firmware

Posted June 19, 2012

Firmware release v1.7 is now incorporated in the Falcon X3 mobile computer and Elf  PDA. This release is available for both Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and CE6 models.

This release transitions Elf and Falcon X3 to the Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 brand (latest Microsoft version), ensuring application compatibility with Windows Mobile 6.5 solutions and sustainability expected ‘out of the box’ with device management and security capabilities.

CE6 v1.7 release, similarly provides the latest AKU (Microsoft Update) as well as the reliability and flexibility Datalogic customers expect from mobile computers.

Some of the Features and Benefits provided with this upgrade include:

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Intermec’s Most Innovative Industrial Printers – PM43 and PM43c

Posted June 18, 2012

Intermec’s PM43 and PM43c ares some of the most capable and reliable mid-range industrial printers on the market today. These printers were designed for a wide range of applications within distribution center/warehouse and manufacturing environments. With full color touch displays, preloaded leading programing languages, support for mobile devices, and an incredible 12 inchs per second print speed, these printers are at the top of their class and will  fit right in to your existing enterprise.

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Motorola Solutions to Acquire Psion

Posted June 15, 2012

Motorola Solutions and Psion announced that they have agreed on the terms of a recommended offer by Motorola Solutions for a buyout of all Psion stock shares.

Psion has been a pioneer in ruggedized mobile computing products and their application in industrial segments around the world. With headquarters in London and a major operational presence near Toronto, Canada, Psion has been a leader in mobile computing solutions since 1980. Psion has approximately 830 employees, customers in more than 50 countries.

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The Next Generation Warehouse : Long Range Scanning and the Emergence of 2D Barcodes

Posted June 14, 2012

Introduction

Today’s warehouses are rapidly evolving as they seek to keep up with a variety of new requirements and advancements in technology. Processes traditionally using 1-dimensional bar codes are becoming more accurate, more efficient, and more robust through the transition to 2d symbologies. Offering superior data storage capability yet compact in size, these 2d symbols are ideal for cradle-to-grave tracking of products and serialization. As imaging technology progresses, businesses are poised to take advantage of the benefits of implementing 2d while continuing to accommodate the long range scanning requirements typical in the warehouse environment.

Driving this transition is the growing need to track individual parts from assembly to shipment and beyond for information and traceability purposes, largely imposed by company-specific or legislative requirements. A 2D bar code can accommodate significantly more information than its 1d counterpart, and in a fraction of the space, making such traceability possible.

Historically, laser scanners have been the preferred technology in warehousing because of their speed, accuracy, and ability to read at long range. however, as 2d bar codes become more common and imaging technology matures, manufacturers are now discovering what imagers have to offer in terms of flexibility, traceability, and legislative standards compliance.

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Top 10 Barcode Scanner Apps for iPhone and Android Smartphones

Posted June 13, 2012

Apple and Android logosWith a free or inexpensive app you can turn the Android or iPhone smartphone in your pocket into a powerful data-collecting barcode scanner for basic inventory management, asset tracking, and ticketing needs.

Most apps you will find in iTunes and Google Play only focus on reading barcodes for checking product prices, but there are also many apps ideal for small business and enterprise users.

We reviewed hundreds of apps to bring you the 10 of the most useful barcode scanner apps.

Read our full review of barcode scanner apps.

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The Power of Mobile Printing in the Warehouse and Beyond

Posted June 12, 2012

In today’s precarious economic environment, global enterprises are experiencing a dual pinch: one, difficult times have cut operating budgets significantly, and rehiring to support growth after the contraction remains difficult; secondly, as investments in new equipment and systems have been delayed or denied, the optimization of warehouse and supply chain processes has become a critical factor in balancing costs, labor, and assets. What’s more, this optimization must occur while maximizing productivity and improving responsiveness to customer demands.

With the growing emphasis on cost cutting, companies need to find new and better ways to enhance efficiencies and ensure accuracy across their supply chains and distribution networks. One strategy that is still effective in helping achieve this goal is the implementation of greater mobility into warehousing and distribution functions through devices such as mobile printers.

According to a recent study, mobile devices and software commonly improve workforce production by 20 percent or more. This translates into lower labor costs, lower operating costs, and faster payback on investment. Such gains are not hard to envision. By minimizing the time needed to print labels and apply them to materials, work in process, finished goods, pallets, boxes, and so forth, mobile printers help drive down labor costs while improving performance on the warehouse and DC floors.

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Shadow QR Code Campaign Increases Sales 25%

Posted June 11, 2012

Many retailers experience a slow part of the day which can be a difficult challenge to solve.  Sometimes the best answer is engaging your customers in new and creative ways.

South Korea’s largest retailer, E-mart, was seeing a a large dip in daily business from 12pm to 1pm and came up with a novel way to get customers into stores.  They created a shadow QR code that was only scannable between 12pm and 1pm when the sun was in a position to cast the correct shape shadow.  When people would see these shadow QR codes outdoors they could use their smartphone to read them.  Once scanned, they are lead to a ‘Sunny Sale’ homepage with special offers, coupons and a download for the Emart ecommerce app.  This simple yet clever campaign helped increase Emart’s sale by 25% during their once difficult lunchtime slump. The campaign was conceived and managed by Cheil Worldwide who were also responsible for the virtual grocery store in Hangangjin subway station in Seoul.


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Unitech MS380 Wireless Scanner: Scanning A Barcode on a Smartphone Screen

Posted June 8, 2012

Smartphones are everywhere and your business can benefit from them if they have the right technology in place. Not every barcode scanner out their can easily scan a code from a Smartphone LCD screen, but the Unitech MS380 can! Quickly and easily read coupons or promotional offers with barcodes off of a customer’s smartphone.

This video demonstrate how the MS380 wireless scanner can easily scan a barcode off of any smartphone LCD screen.

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Choosing the Right Connectivity

Posted June 7, 2012

”Always connected” was a phrase without meaning 20 years ago; today, being always connected is a necessity. Enterprises of every type know they need employees with more mobility – and more connectedness – than ever to grow their businesses and remain competitive. But which type of wireless technology to use is difficult to determine. This paper examines the wireless options for mobile computer connectivity and takes a close look at some nontraditional choices that can save you money while still delivering improved productivity.

Communicating within four walls usually relies on 802.11a/b/g/n (also called Wi-Fi or WLAN for wireless local-area networks). Going outside the four walls requires other technology, typically wireless widearea networks (WWAN) or satellite. Each has strengths and weaknesses.

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