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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Barcodes, Inc.!

Posted December 26, 2017

Barcodes, Inc. would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

To celebrate the holidays Edeka, a supermarket, thought of a great way to surprise their shoppers by playing Jingle Bells using their check out scanners.
What a great way to spread the holiday cheer!

Check out the viral video below and also check out our in- counter barcode scanner selection!

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

How the Barcode Simplified Life

Posted December 21, 2017

barcode-616035_1280In 1974 a pack of gum was purchased using the first ever barcode. Since then the use of barcodes has skyrocketed and has taken many forms of symbologies. The symbology of a barcode includes the encoding of the message in the bars and spaces, including any start and stop markers plus the size of the quiet zone (a blemish free space around the code to help readers locate it) that is required to be before and after the barcode. There are a few different types of barcode symbologies from the linear Code 128 and Code 39 to the newer 2D QR Codes, Data Matrix, and Micro PDF.

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What has the barcode done for this world? It’s made life easier. Its helped the retail industry keep check of the number of products they have in stock and a way to see what products sell at higher volumes. More importantly its helped consumers get in and out of stores quicker by dramatically improving the check out line. Imagine a world in which you would have to wait until the cashier looked up every single item you wanted to purchase? In that scenario the checkout lines would be ridiculous, luckily the barcode is here to save us from that nightmare.

Retail is just one of the many industries that barcodes has helped improve; another is the healthcare industry which has greatly benefited from the barcode. In the healthcare industry you’ll find barcodes on patient samples and the wristbands patients wear. There’s systems in place that would automatically generate a new barcode every time a patient has their blood drawn, making it so that the blood sample can be tracked from the hospital floor to the laboratory for testing. Human error of course is still possible, but with the use of barcodes those errors have been greatly minimized.

To learn more about barcodes visit our FAQ or read more about the rise and use of “The Ubiquitous Barcode

For any questions or a quote on barcode software or barcode labels please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.

Supplies Price Increase FAQ

Posted December 20, 2017

faq-iconWhy is Barcodes, Inc. raising supplies prices?

After 6 years of stable label pricing, Barcodes has received notification from all our suppliers regarding industry-wide price increases on labels. These increases are being announced to the market as high as 9%.

What are some of the raw material drivers causing these price increase?

  • Freight increases – Caused by a strong US economy, rebuilding after deadly hurricane season causing high demand for an already strained trucking industry
  • Hourly wage increases – Up 12% since 2011, due to historically low unemployment and strong US economy
  • Pulp paper increases – Up over 20% in the last 18 months
  • Paper Liner increases – Caused by mill closures and strong US economy
  • Leuco dye shortages – Caused by the closure of a major Chinese supplier, creating shortages and price increases of 9% on POS receipt grades
  • Devaluation of US dollar – Down 12% in 2017, which is causing higher import costs for imported raw materials
  • Adhesive increases – as high as 40% over the last 18 months, caused by higher crude prices and Hurricane Harvey
  • Polyester and Polypropylene film increases – Up 10% caused by higher crude prices

How will this affect my current quotes?

Barcodes will honor any pricing indicated on any current quote for 30 days from when the quote was sent. Effective February 1, 2018, all price increases will take into effect.

What price increase should I expect on ZipShip products?

Most stock paper and synthetic items – 4%

Please contact our dedicated account managers if you have any further questions, Thanks!

 

Honeywell Introduces the ScanPal EDA70: An Enterprise Ready Tablet

Posted December 19, 2017

eda70The ScanPal EDA70 can provide real time connectivity for business-critical applications and efficient data capture capabilities. The enterprise-grade rugged tablet is also sleek and lightweight. The Honeywell tablet is built on the Android 7 platform for fast performance, enhanced security, and future O/S upgradeability. With a fast processor (1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8916 quad-core), built-in camera, and a battery to last a full shift, mobile workers will always be connected to crucial information to place orders, check stock, check order status, or scan items as they are removed for delivery.

With the ScanPal EDA70 tablet, mobile workers can effectively manage a wide variety of tasks thanks to an advanced connected mobile user experience facilitating large file transfers, video streaming, and remote access to business applications.

ScanPal EDA70 Features:

  • Powerful, Flexible Android Operating System: Installed with Android 7 operating system with GMS to provide smooth system operation to support multi-tasking operating requirements, enhanced security and a future upgrade path.
  • Large Touchscreen Display: Large 7″ Corning Gorilla capacitive high durability touchscreen is readable both indoors and outdoors, and can be used even with wet hands.
  • Easy To Use Integrated Barcode Scanning: Increases productivity and throughput with an integrated and easy-to-use, industry-grade imager that provides aggressive scanning of linear and 2D barcodes.
  • Built For Rugged Environments: A sleek, modern, and contemporary design plus enterprise-grade ruggedness. Built tough to withstand 4 ft (1.2 m) drops to concrete, and 200 (0.5 m) tumbles; IP64 seal rating against dust and water spray.
  • Flexible Network Coverage: 802.11a/b/g/n and 4G LTE support ensures robust high speed network connection in external and/or interwork network environments.

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.

The Next Evolution Skorpio is Here, Datalogic Introduces the Skorpio X4

Posted December 15, 2017

skorpio-x4The next evolution in the Skorpio product line is here with the Skorpio X4. Featuring a high performance multicore 1 GHz architecture that offers amazing speeds when running Windows Embedded Compact OS and allows easy upgradeability to the Android OS. Running out of memory won’t be a problem with the standard 1 GB RAM and 8 GB Flash. With the largest high-visibility 3.2 inch color graphics display in its class, the Skorpio X4 will help users work more efficiently. Available in three different keypad options, a 50 key alphanumeric keypad, a 38 key functional keypad, and a 28 key numeric keypad, choose the keypad that best suits your needs.

The Datalogic mobile computer is suitable for mobile commerce solutions in the retail environment both in-store and back-end receiving applications. The rugged mobile computer comes with an IP64 protection class and a 6 ft (1.8 m) drop resistance. User’s will have the choice of either 1D or 2D imagers featuring Datalogic’s patented Green Spot technology for good read feedback.

Features:

  • Large high visibility color display with touch screen.
  • Wide Band Audio for improved speech recognition (Android only).
  • Choice of Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 or Android v4.4 operating systems.
  • TI 802.11 a/b/g/n radio with CCX v4 and featuring MIMO antenna technology.
  • Bluetooth wireless technology v4.0 with BLE (low energy) on Android models.
  • WEC7 units include: Wavelink Avalanche pre-installed and pre-licensed, Wavelink TelnetCE pre-installed and prelicensed on Pistol Grip units, Pal pre-installed, and Upgradable to Android 4.4.
  • Attachable handle (and orderable pre-installed)
  • EASEOFCARE Service Plans offer a wide range of service options to protect your investment, ensuring maximum productivity and ROI.

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.

Elo’s Paypoint Plus: The All-in-One mPOS Solution

Posted December 13, 2017

Paypoint PlusElo just announced the next generation of PayPoint, point of sale solution for iPad and Android. The all-in-one mPOS solution provides everything a merchant needs including a fully integrated 2D scanner from Honeywell, a 3-inch printer from Star Micronics, an encrytable MSR from Magtek, full-sized 16- inch cash drawer and connections for third part peripherals. Featuring a large touch screen display and rotating display head allowing customers to participate in loyalty programs, view their purchases, and sign to complete their transaction. Paypoint Plus’s single-cable design makes setting up the POS system fast and easy, ideal for retail, salons, hospitality, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Merchants can customize the platform to their needs by third party peripherals, including a scale, secondary cash drawer, handheld scanner and EMV terminal.

Paypoint Plus for Android Includes:

  • A full high-definition (HD) 15.6-inch TouchPro Pro-G projective capacitive (PCAP) display, multi-touch capable, enabling up to 5-touches simultaneously
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
  • 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat) and EloView compatible
  • Fully integrated Star Micronics TSP100III 3-inch printer, Honeywell N3680 2D barcode reader, and Magtek 3-track encryptable MSR
  • A full-size 16-inch industry-standard cash drawer offers a 3-position lock and the ability to use a second cash drawer through an additional I/O port
  • Four USB 2.0, one mini USB 2.0, two RJ45 serial, one RJ12 cash drawer port, one micro HDMI, one 12V power USB, and one ethernet (Gigabit) ports
  • 3 year manufacturers warranty

Paypoint Plus for iPad Includes:

  • Docks designed for use with 9.7-inch iPads or a 12.9-inch iPad Pro model
  • SDK support for iOS 10 and later
  • One type A USB (for charging), one mini USB (for charging), and two RJ45 serial ports
  • Fully integrated Star Micronics TSP100III 3-inch printer, Honeywell N3680 2D barcode reader, and Magtek 3-track encryptable MSR
  • A full-size, 16-inch, industry-standard cash drawer that offers a 3-position lock
  • 3 year manufacturers warranty

The Perfect Fit: Honeywell’s Mobile Receipt Printer PR2/PR3

Posted December 12, 2017

PR3 and PR2 Mobile Receipt Printers Honeywell - Google Chrome_2017-12-12_16-58-18The small and lightweight PR2/PR3 receipt printer from Honeywell is the perfect fit for mobile field workers who need a mobile receipt printer in the agile work force. They deliver a quick, compatible, and upgradable solution that’s ideal for invoice printing and mobile point of sale applications.

Available in two and three inch print width, the mobile printers can be worn all day and withstand 4ft drops to concrete. The PR series can connect seamlessly via Bluetooth or IrDA to produce receipts in high demand. It is also MFi certified, made for easy pairing with Apple iOS devices.

The PR series and its’ accessories are designed to enhanced productivity and reduce cost of ownership. With its fast time to first label and excellent battery endurance for all day mobile printing provides a productivity advantage to your workforce and swiftly providing your customers with a printed invoice.

Features & Benefits:

  • Small and lightweight
  • Capture Payment at Point of Service
  • Easy pairing with Bluetooth and Apple devices
  • Fast printing
  • Simple to use with a clam shell design for easy media exchange

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

A High Performance Impact Printer, Epson Brings you the FX-890II

Posted December 11, 2017

fx-890iiWith the FX-890II expect a printer that is durable and easy to use for critical daily print requirements. The reliable 9 pin, narrow carriage impact printer boasts a long life cycle and has speeds up to 738cpi. Ideal for harsh environments, this impact printer can race through cut-sheet, continuous, or multipart forms up to seven pages thick. The FX-890II features an intuitive control panel for an easy setup and operation.

Epson’s new range impact printer has a refreshed design with a smaller footprint, with a depth of just 12.6 inches (320 mm), making it easy to place in any business environment. Designed and engineered to seamlessly integrate into virtually any system including Epson ESC/P, IBM PPDS, and MICROLINE printer languages.

FX-890II Features and Benefits:

  • Extreme reliability: long life cycle; durable design with very few moving parts; withstands dust, humidity and extreme temperatures.
  • Low cost of ownership: up-to-7.5-million-character ribbon cartridge offers a low cost per page and reduces the frequency of user interventions.
  • Powerful productivity: ultra-fast 9-pin printer speeds through multipart forms and reports at up to 738 cps.
  • Advanced paper handling: simple paper path for remarkable reliability; accommodates cut-sheet paper and continuous forms up to 7 pages thick.
  • Easy setup and operation: user-friendly control panel with intuitive setup and configuration features.
  • Low power consumption: ENERGY STAR V2.0 compliant.
  • Ethernet compatible: network card supports IPv6.
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