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Zebra Android Devices Accelerates E-commerce Fulfillment

Posted March 13, 2019

The warehouse industry is changing, can your operations keep pace? To compete in a new warehouse environment in which e-commerce has raised delivery speed expectations, workers needs to fill orders more efficiently. Outdated Windows devices running green screen applications aren’t designed to match the speed and volume of today’s demand economy. Zebra Android touch-screen devices are designed for faster, more flexible operation that improves warehouse performance in four areas:

Greater order-fulfillment speed. The intuitive Android user interface and modern touch-screen technology combine to yield 40% faster data entry.

Higher fulfillment accuracy. Empowered with the flexibility to easily add soft buttons, on-screen keypads and photos of products to Android’s larger touch displays, workers can reliably capture barcode data faster, from near and far distances.

Faster onboarding. Zebra Android’s familiar, intuitive touch-screen interface cuts training time for both permanent and temporary workers, giving them the confidence to work fast.

Continuous uptime. Fast charging, hot-swap batteries and more reliable Wi-Fi connectivity keep your workers productive. PowerPrecision+ analytics indicate when batteries need recharging or replacement. Mobility Extensions provide an extra layer of enterprise security and LifeGuard for Android extends security support for up to seven years.

Contact us today for more insight into how Zebra’s modern Android mobile devices and tablets can meet the needs of today’s on-demand economy.

Why Zebra Android Devices are replacing legacy mobile devices

Living on the Edge: Barcodes 2nd Annual Sales Kick off

Posted March 10, 2019

Summing up our 2nd Annual Sales Kickoff, from March 4-6th, 2019 was a big success! This year our theme was Living on the Edge,  this event provided an interactive and engaging opportunity for all our partners and attendees.

Our manufacturer partners came into Barcodes Headquarters and hosted unique workshops to share their latest mobility solutions for distribution, warehouse, supply chains, retail, and channel management. As well as, putting on a grand showcase of all their products for our attendees to test it in action.

Barcodes would like to thank to our manufacturers and sponsors at Honeywell, Zebra, Epson, Citizen, Janam, Gigatrak, Elo, SOTI, Impinj, Sato, Datalogic, and Panasonic for sponsoring our event!

Thanks to all our manufacturer partners who helped us create this engaging environment and networking opportunity to learn all about the latest products and mobility solutions.

Barcodes Sales Kickoff Living on the edge during the grand showcase where partners are showcasing their products in warehousing and latest mobility solution and a list of all our sponsors

Barcodes Sales Kickoff Living on the edge during the grand showcase where partners are showcasing their products in warehousing and mobility solutions

Our platinum sponsors from Zebra and their booth from our sales kickoff showcase.

Our platinum sponsor and partners from Honeywell showcasing their latest mobility solutions at Barcodes HQ

At one of our Zebra workshops learning about new warehouse and mobility solutions, and the latest trends.

Barcodes Celebrates International Women’s Day

Posted March 8, 2019

Friday March 8th is International Women’s Day. The campaign theme for this year is #BalanceForBetter. Barcodes HQ is showing support by wearing purple today.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women- while also making a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

So Barcodes is striking a pose to motivate others and amplifying via social media to support this positive influence for women everywhere! The future is exciting, let’s build a gender- balanced world!

Barcodes dress up in purple to celebrate International Women's Day

Tech Tip Tuesday: Free Barcode Scanning App on iPhone and iPad

Posted March 5, 2019

Scan to spreadsheet screen shots of a free barcode scanning app on iPhone and iPad

Here is one of the paid iPhone and iPad app of the day that you can download for free on March 5, 2019. Originally, $5.99, “Scan to Spreadsheet” app allows users to scan barcodes into spreadsheets with their apple devices. This simple barcode scanning app allows users to do basic inventory, asset tracking, and attendance, on any spreadsheet using the barcode scanner on your phone. Use this for inventory, cycle count, marketing event scanning, attendance, or other times where scanning to make a list is necessary.

Spreadsheet barcode scanning.

1. Scan.
2. Email.
3. Inventory, Attendance, or any Spreadsheet Done!

A great option for bring your own device (BYOD) barcode scanning and/or inventory. Email CSV or MS Excel XML formats from your phone, iPad, or iPod, then share to Google Drive and open with Google sheets.

Records GPS coordinates of each scan.

Separates the barcode into different columns using the Parse / Delimiter feature. For example, create a barcode with information separated by a comma. When scanned, the information will go do different columns; like First Name, Last Name and Email.

The date and time is recorded for each scan.

Use the validation feature to catch duplicate scan, limit scans to only values in a lookup table, or fill the spreadsheet with information from the lookup table when a matching scan is found.

Iphone XR Front View Color BlackBarcode symbology supported;

  • QR Code
  • Data Matrix
  • EAN / UPC
  • PDF417 (drivers license)

– Code 3 of 9 (*10 to 15 characters max)

– Code 128 (*20 characters max)

Download Scan to Spreadsheet here.

Contact us if you need a more advanced barcode scanning system and want to learn how it can help you enhance your daily operations.

OCR Canada Ltd. Acquires QSG

Posted March 5, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

March 5, 2019

OCR Canada Ltd. and QSG Inc.  have approved a definitive agreement in which OCR Canada will acquire QSG effective March 5th, 2019.

Under the Barcodes Group, OCR Canada has seen incredible growth, continuing to be Canada’s leading value-added reseller.  Executive management is confident that this acquisition will allow OCR Canada to best serve the Canadian Market in its entirety, providing the best solutions and service available.

Dan Nettesheim, President & CEO of Barcodes Group, the parent company of OCR Canada, stated, “We are excited to add the talented individuals of QSG to the OCR Canada team. Together, we will serve the customers of QSG and bring forward the resources of a global company to meet their needs. This merger makes OCR Canada the leading solution provider of data capture and wireless technologies and services in Canada.”

Gilles Guadreault, CEO and Owner of QSG Canada, added, “We felt our customers would be best cared for by Barcodes Group’s OCR Canada team going forward. OCR Canada has an excellent reputation for putting the customer first, shipping on time, having deep technical resources and providing superb value-added services. I trust in Dan’s leadership to take the QSG business forward to reach its full potential.”

QSG:  
QSG is a Canadian specialty systems integrator focused on field and supply chain mobility.  A reseller of thermal printers and recognized as a Tier 1 provider in enterprise mobility solutions, specializing in complex projects and companies with a wide network of manufacturing plants and distribution centers. They were founded in 1995 under the name, Viascan and over the years we have merged with several companies including Étiquettes Uno, Lazertherm, Qdata and QSG. In 2016, by repurchasing their Canadian assets they became QSG Inc.

Barcodes Group:
Barcodes group, parent company of Barcodes, Inc. and OCR Canada, Ltd., headquartered in Chicago, IL and with corporate offices across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, is a leading information technology solution provider with more than a 25-year history of providing products and services to automate businesses. The Company’s data capture products, which include barcoding, RFID, mobile, people identification, and wireless networking devices, and integration and managed services enable customers to improve productivity and profitability in their businesses. Barcodes has partnered with Odyssey Investment Partners to leverage their private equity capital and experience to drive strategic growth.

For more information contact:

USA:

Lorna Maljia, Marketing Manager
lmalja@barcodesinc.com
Phone: 1-312-582-4893

OCR Canada:

Toll free: 1-800-853-7226 Phone: 1-905-475-5505
Fax: 1-905-475-0566 Email: info@ocr.ca
Address: 25 Royal Crest Court, Suite 100 Markham, Ontario, L3R 9X4, Canada
Eastern CanadaToll free: 1-877-853-7226 Hull, Québec, Canada; Montréal, Québec, Canada; Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Western CanadaToll free: 1-888-853-7226 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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New Honeywell Thor VM1A Vehicle- Mounted Computer

Posted February 28, 2019

Worker using the Honeywell VM1A vehicle mounted computer for inventory check on a forklift

Honeywell's New VM1A vehicle mounted mobile computer for forklifts

In modern warehouses, manufacturing and freight facilities, there’s no room for any downtime in your operations. You need to keep products and materials moving. Honeywell’s new Thor VM1A vehicle mounted computer can help keep forklift operators locate and move products quickly and efficiently throughout your facility.

Built on Honeywell’s Mobility Edge platform, the Android based Thor VM1A is designed to have an extended product lifecycle, minimizes downtime, and deliver a lower total cost of ownership. Engineered with many of the same easy to use and maintain features of the popular Thor VM1 and CV41 models of vehicle mobile computers, the new VM1A drives an integrated approach to assist with deployment, performance, and the life cycle of your device.

The Smart Dock feature enables users to quickly shift vehicle- mounted computers between vehicles without touching of the cabling, to maximize efficiency and uptime. Built for challenging environments, the field replaceable front panel allows staff by quickly swap out to fix any touchscreen or keyboard failures instead of swapping out the whole device. It saves valuable time and maintenance costs by leveraging in- house staff to service touchscreen or keyboard failures. The Thor VM1A is also forward compatible with support from Android O to Android R,and features extended security update support for up to two years to future proof and maximize investment.

Honeywell's New VM1A vehicle mounted mobile computer for forklifts

Features:

  • Processor: 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core
  • Operating System: Android 8 (Oreo), upgradable through Android R
  • 8 inch display with full 64-key QWERTY keyboard with number pad
  • WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity
  • IP 66 seals out moisture and particle intrusion
  • Smart Dock enables mounting and removal in seconds
  • Field replaceable front panel to quicken repair turn around
  • Ignition control feature that helps manage power, saving start up time and extend vehicle battery life.
  • Optional screen defroster for cold storage option and freezer environment

With the mobile solutions ever changing, the Honeywell VM1A vehicle mounted mobile computer delivers advancements in managing operations in the most demanding environments. Get your supply chain up to speed, improve productivity, decrease downtime, and maximize your return on investment. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn how the VM1A can help you enhance your daily operations.

The Epson Colorworks C831 Color Label Printer

Posted February 28, 2019
ColorWorks C831 in use at a factory

The ColorWorks C831 label printer combines all the benefits of an industrial-strength inkjet printer with the accuracy of an 8-pin tractor feeder. This was Epson’s first inkjet solution, with their durable inks, to be BS5609 certified. Developed for the commercial environment in mind, the ColorWorks C831 is built to last with dust and water resistance. Virtually maintenance free and can withstand weights up to 44 pounds on top of it. Built with a permanent printhead inside to help improve reliability and avoid the need for frequent printhead replacements.

The Epson printer features easy access to all functions including ink replacement, an intuitive control panel, and auto-paper loading. Paper jams are handled in no time with the automatic paper release; all features help keep productivity up and reduce downtime. Epson’s durable pigment-based inks firmly bind to media fibers to deliver stability and resistance to chemicals, water, fading and smudges. The ColorWorks C831 is GHS (Global Harmonized Systems) compliant to help reduce risk to workers and improve efficiency in a workflow.

ColorWorks C831:

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  • Ideal for GHS large format drum and chemical labeling.
  • Industrial-strength MicroPiezo inkjet printer with tractor feeder.
  • First inkjet solution that has been BS5609 certified.
  • Printable are up to 8″ x 22″.
  • Low TCO vs. Color Lasers.
  • Fast print speeds of up to 16.5 pages per minute.
  • Ink Type: Pigment Ink, Individual CMYK cartridges.
  • Whats in the Box: ColorWorks C831 Printer, AC Cord, Ink Cartridge set (CMYK), Quick Setup sheet, Utilities/manuals CD, Power Switch cover.

The ColorWorks C831 wide color label printer delivers the quality and reliability that Epson printers are renowned for. Contact us to learn more about the C831 and how it can help you in your daily operations.

Epson Colorworks C7500 Label Printer Can Help Brand Your Business

Posted February 26, 2019

worker stocking up on shelves in grocery store aisle

Epson Colorworks c7500 industrial color label printer shoe product label sample

Did you know that 64% of consumers will buy products based on packaging?* Color labels are the new standards, it enables fast, accurate product identification, packaging, increase brand recognition , shelf appeal, and creating a consumer connection. On a shelf, where thousands of products compete to be noticed, companies have to use clever packaging to draw in the attention. By printing labels in-house, with the Epson Colorworks C7500 label printer, you have the ability to create labels for your products in the most affordable and efficient way.

Epson Colorworks c7500 industrial color label printer strawberry food label sample

The C7500 color printer is designed to increase printing efficiency of color labels. Engineered for industrial label production, with a standard autocutter and optional rewinder, it allows users to fulfill high label requirements and variable printing demands.

Employees will be able to print high- quality labels on-demand and save money with the cost associated with pre-printed labels. Epson’s patented PrecisionCore technology on its printhead is a critical feature that ensure consistent high quality prints and prevents any dead pixels on the labels. Its Nozzle Verification Technology that detects and resolves block nozzles to help prevent misprints. Futhermore, the Epson C7500 color printer uses pigment ink to create fast drying, long- lasting labels that resist smudging, water, and fading.

Perfect for applications when you need to produce a range of labels for food, beverage, packaging, energy, and GHS labels, and more. With print speed up to 10.4 inches per second, you can print labels in full color with no compromise on print quality.

Epson Colorworks c7500 industrial color label printer

Features:

  • High-speed, on-demand color printing
  • Prints on wide range of materials up to 4 inches in width
  • Print full, die-cut, plain, matte, synthetic, and gloss labels
  • USB and Ethernet interface
  • Maximum resolution 600 x 1200 dpi
  • Astounding image quality powered by PrecisionCore inkjet technology
  • Use with Epson’s durable labels available to BS5609 standard for GHS chemical labeling

Customize your products with text, barcodes, and colorful graphics to stand out from the rest. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how the Epson Colorworks C7500 color printer can help you brand your business.

*Radio, CBC. Even in the Dark: How Packaging Influence You to Buy, 10 Aug. 2015, www.cbc.ca/radio/undertheinfluence/even-in-the-dark-how-packaging-persuades-you-to-buy-1.3067734.

Trimble’s Yuma 7 – Everything you Need in a Rugged Tablet

Posted February 24, 2019

Trimble Yuma 7 in use by a field worker

The Yuma 7 rugged tablet was designed to deliver productivity in the places you need it most. Small enough to carry but big enough to take the knocks, the Yuma 7 was contrived for the mobile field workers in mind. The Windows 10 Pro operating system allows users to move seamlessly from both field and office applications. Designed with powerful and dependable system capabilities that include 4G mobile data connectivity, wireless communications and broad peripheral support; all aimed to get the job done faster and in the places users need it most.

Empower your Yuma 7 with optional modules for your daily operations. Scalable and flexible, the  Yuma 7 comes with two module bays that can be paired with EMPOWER modules deliver the perfect combination to field data capture in nearly any industry and application. The EMPOWER modules offers a barcode imager, barcode imager/ RFID combo, and a sub-meter GNSS reciever module. Furthermore, the Trimble Empower Developer Program allows 3rd party developers to create innovative module solutions for a more customizable device and future- proofing your device for any future applications.

Trimble’s rugged tablet provides the perfect combination of size and robustness to survive the rigors of real-world use. With a MIL STD-810G and IP68 rating, the Yuma 7 rugged tablet was purpose built to perform in any environment, hot or cold, wet or dry. The rugged tablet was constructed with dual Lithium-Ion hot swappable battery packs to work anywhere users need to as long as they need to.

yuma 7 rugged tablet for field workers

Yuma 7 Features

  • 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD (EMMC).
  • 10 Point Capacitive multi-touch with rain mode.
  • Daylight Readable
  • Rear 8 MP Auto-Focus Camera with a Front 2 MP Camera
  • Full Charge in 3.5 hours, 80% Charge in 2 hours.
  • Two Trimble EMPOWER module slots. (RFID/ Barcode or GNSS module)
  • Included Accessories in the Box: Battery, AC Power Adapter, Stylus with tether, and Screen protector.

Users shouldn’t have to compromise their mobility for productivity, with Trimble’s Yuma 7 they won’t have to. Invest in equipment that is destined to last for years. With the type of work that outdoor operations demands, go with the quality that you can trust. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how the Yuma 7 can help you in your daily operations.

Trimble Yuma 7 empower barcode imager module Trimble Yuma 7 Empower Barcode and RFID module

Zebra TC20 and TC25 Mobile Computers Improves Productivity

Posted February 22, 2019

Zebra TC20 in use scanning a barcode

When you need a mobile computer that can help you work smarter and faster look no further than Zebra Technologies TC20/TC25. Designed to look, feel and act just like today’s most popular consumer smartphones; with business features that surpass consumer smartphones the TC20/TC25 save time and money, increase sales and boost profitability. A mobile computer specifically made for the Small to Medium sized business in mind.

Built for all day use these Zebra mobile computers are designed to stay in the hands of users to keep productivity going. Low battery? Just snap on the unique PowerPack and keep on going; the integrated LED lights allows users to easily see the PowerPack’s remaining battery life. With smartphones, capturing a barcode can turn into an endless task; that’s why Zebra had the TC20/TC25 designed with a scanner inside.

Zebra TC20

Zebra TC20 Mobile Computer

  • Designed for Retail, Hospitality and Light Warehouse applications.
  • Take inventory levels painlessly, at record speed.
  • RFID capable with the RFD2000.
  • Keep the items your customers want on the shelves of your store instead of the backroom.
  • Answer any customer question on the spot.
  • Reach any worker to help with any task with the press of a button.
  • Give customers the extraordinary service that results in loyalty, with a small business mobile computer designed for the way you work.
zebra tc25 mobile computer

Zebra TC25 Mobile Computer

  • Designed for Field Service, DSD/Route Accounting and Postal/Light Courier applications.
  • Durable design – drop it on the floor and use it the cold, heat, rain and snow and it still works.
  • Get the information you need faster than ever to slash the time it takes to perform all those everyday tasks.
  • The right service programs for the right price, easily keep your devices up and running and in users’ hands.
  • The fastest cellular speeds, delivering fast application access and great voice quality.

Using the right tool for the job is important and in this on-demand world customers won’t wait. The TC20 and TC25 are powerful tools to help users work longer without recharging, faster without losing accuracy and harder without worrying about wear and tear. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how the TC20 or TC25 can help you in your daily operations.

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