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Internet of Retail

Posted January 22, 2018

Follow the chain of process of how a pair of shoes enter through the internet of retail. From how a barcode label can help products go through shipping, receiving, product identification, price labeling, re-pricing, support, to loyalty, and self service check out.

It brings values to retailers and customers. For retailers, mobile technology can increase productivity and accuracy of the whole supply chain. For customers, it keeps them more engaged in the whole shopping experience and loyalty card can provide a more personalized experience.

Check out the flow chart below and feel free to contact our dedicated account managers on more info how our products can help you in the Internet of Retail era.

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BarTender: Labeling Software for Every Industry and Regulation

Posted January 15, 2018

Bartender-Blog-300x142BarTender is a label design and printing software. It is used by companies to create and automate labels, barcodes, RFID tags, plastic cards, and much more. BarTender software by Seagull Scientific offers more than 400 preformatted, ready to use barcode components to create and automate the printing of barcodes. Users can rely on the software to accelerate the speed of goods moving through the supply chain, ensure workers to know how to handle hazardous materials safely, improve retail control of shrinkage and loss prevention and much more.  

With tools to easily and efficiently design labels and templates, configure and pull from data sources, and launch print commands from any OS or device it can help you keep pace with your growing business.  

1Bartender-Blog-300x227Bartender is used among many industries:  

  • Create labels and barcodes in a retail store  
  • Chemical manufacturers, distributors, and importers use it to meet GHS standards and other labeling requirement. 
  • Food Safety, with labeling laws for food allergens 
  • In hospitals, labs, and clinics enabling data capture and tracking and more  

Furthermore, it offers four editions: basicprofessionalautomation, and enterprise automation to enable you to easily upgrade your system as your business grows without the extra cost and complexity of buying add- on products.  

Sign up for a free 30-day trial with one of our dedicated account managers to help you find the right edition that fits your needs.  


Code Brings You the CR4900: A Premium Mobile Device

Posted January 12, 2018

cr4900The CR4900 comes in a sleek, mini tablet form factor with the flexibility of the Android operating system. With a size small enough to fit in one’s hand it still features a large, multi-touch screen for users to easily interface with mobile applications.

Code has out done themselves with a premium mobile device that comes with fast-switching Wi-Fi that provides uninterrupted voice communication. Comes with built-in Bluetooth 4.0, Near Field Communication, and High Frequency RFID to ensure that the CR4900 easily interfaces with a multitude of devices and platforms to enable any workflow. Designed to minimize downtime and maximize productivity thanks to the hot-swappable battery and wrapped in an IP54 disinfectant ready case. The CR4900 is perfect for the needs of healthcare, retail, hospitality, field service, and a variety of other applications.

CR4900 Features and Benefits:

  • Superior decoding of all 1D, 2D, and Postal barcodes.
  • Android 5.1 operating system.
  • Hot-Swappable Battery maintains active applications during battery change.
  • Fast-switching Wi-Fi ensures uninterrupted communication.
  • Bright, 5.0″ multi-touch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen.
  • Dual user programmable alert LEDs.
  • Small, lightweight form factor.
  • Disinfectant-ready CodeShield plastics.
  • Software development kit (SDK) assists in creating custom barcode reading applications.
  • Single-bay and quad-bay charging stations available.

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


Honeywell’s Voyager 1602g: The Powerful Scanning Companion

Posted January 11, 2018

voyager-1602Business is in the palm of your hands when it comes to the Honeywell’s Voyager 1602g. Affordable, yet high performing. The scanner packs high- performance area- imaging technology into small pocketable form factor- making it a powerful tablet scanning companion – based retail point of sale and field service applications.

Despite its small size, this pocket scanner holds the same high performance area- imaging engine found in our full size handheld scanners- so you can simply scan all the 1D and 2D barcodes. It quickly pairs up with your Apple iOS, Android, Windows mobile device, or a standard PC or laptop and can scan barcodes right off your customers’ mobile phone for revenue- generating mobile marketing initiatives.

The Voyager 1602g pocket scanner is great for a variety of tablet based applications:

  • Fixed point-of-sale
  • Mobile point-of-sale
  • Inventory Management
  • Backroom/Stockroom
  • In-store customer engagement
  • Non-retail scanning applications such as Salesforce automation

Features and Benefits:

  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Enjoy wireless freedom of movement up to 10 meters (33 feet)
  • Omnidirectional 1D and 2D barcode scanning options
  • Capable of reading barcodes off smartphones.

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


QR Codes to Change the Retail Landscape

Posted January 10, 2018

qr-windowThe use of QR codes in the retail industry is expected to increase in the coming years. According to Juniper Research, QR coupons redeemed via a mobile device is expected to reach 5.3 billion by the year 2022. In comparison QR coupons used in 2017 reached about 1.3 billion. That’s an expected 81 percent increase in about 5 years. Target is already on board with QR codes recently announcing a QR code-based payment system that will allow consumers to scan offers directly to their device.

The retail industry stands to gain from the usage of QR codes and there are many ways to incorporate them in the shopping experience.

  1. QR Coupons

As discussed above QR Coupons are just the start but are still an integral part in incorporating QR codes. Consumers, as one myself, are just trying to find a deal that’ll be easy on the wallet. QR coupons are a great way for consumers to get a deal and an easy way to start for any retail business. There are many ways a business can get started with QR coupons; printing physical QR coupons is one possibility. To do so a barcode printer and barcode software would be needed in order to create and print coupons to hand out to the consumers. Another would be to create QR codes for mobile devices via an email promotion. One thing is certain, a barcode scanner capable of scanning QR codes will be needed to scan any coupons consumers bring in.

  1. Window Shopping

Using QR codes for window shopping should be taken both literally and figuratively. What I mean by that is, literally putting QR codes on window display products. This would benefit retail stores located in malls as consumers walk by they can scan a QR code associated with a product. Figuratively consumers tend to do a lot of “window shopping” in stores by just looking around. Consumers want as much information as possible about a product before purchasing. Using QR codes in the window shopping fashion could give consumers access to product information with videos and reviews.

  1. The Shopping Experience

To piggy back off the figurative “window shopping”, QR codes could revolutionize the in-store experience for the consumer. Placing QR codes on the product packaging will allow consumers to learn valuable information about the product. QR codes could contain videos explaining the product to the consumer or it could contain a link leading the consumer to customer reviews. Another possibility would be sampling certain products like music, a consumer could scan the QR code of a CD and listen to track samples. Lastly, consumers could be given the ability to purchase the product directly from the QR code and have the product shipped anywhere.

  1. Upcoming Sales and New Products

QR codes could help inform consumers of upcoming sales, promotions, or an interactive view of new products arriving to the store in the near future.

  1. Customer Information

The retail industry can use QR codes to encourage consumers to sign up for their newsletter. Perhaps a sign up feature could be included in the QR code encouraging consumers to sign up with their email address and receive special deals in the future.

Most Consumers now a days have a mobile device on their person. Retailers can use that fact to help improve the consumer experience while at the same time change the retail landscape.

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


Datalogic’s Heron HD3100 Linear Imager: The Essence of Design Innovation

Posted January 9, 2018

datalogic-blogYour brand is important to your business and customers; it defines and sets the stage for your enterprise. The design of the Datalogic’s Heron HD3100 Linear Imager extends your brand design to the final interaction with your customer, reflecting the same artful considerations you have put in your products.

The new Heron HD3100 is a linear imager that offers an innovative and unique design with illuminating colors and custom sounds. It can read 1D barcodes at high performance speed. With the Datalogic patented “Green Spot” technology for aiming and good-read feedback.

Features and Benefits:

  • Innovative design raises the bar for cutting-edge POS checkout experience
  • Multiple changing color LEDs on sides and top
  • Polyphonic speaker for a wide variety of choices for audio feedback
  • Green Spot for good aim and feedback
  • 5- year factory warranty

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


Zebra Introduces the VC80x Vehicle Mount Computer

Posted January 8, 2018

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Look into any mid-to-large scale warehouse operations and you will see vehicle mount computers in use to improve efficiencies across the facility. Especially in the case of forklifts, embedding a capable mobile terminal can improve productivity and reduce errors from the docks to the yard. Having access to accurate information at all times in real-time aids in every process from receiving to storing, moving around, cross docking and picking.

In comes the VC80x an ultra-rugged vehicle mount computer, designed for some of the most extreme environments. The VC80x allows vehicle operators to go anywhere they need to go whether it be inside the warehouse, the loading dock, out in the yard, and even in the freezer. Allows for migration to Android without changing the operators experience that they go through on a daily basis. Meaning there’s no need for re-training, re-configuration, or development.

Zebra’s new vehicle mount computer comes with a fast Qualcomm 1.8 GHz hexa-core and a 64-bit processor with 4GB RAM allowing operators to work smoothly today and going forward. A heated screen, heated boards, and a heated UPS battery allows for the VC80x to be used continuously in a freezer environment. A quick 10 second release mount makes it easy for operators to remove the VC80x to move to another vehicle or for device repair. Comes with a loud front facing speaker and has an instantly accessible volume control making it easy for the operator to hear scanner feedback and app notifications.

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


What You Need in a Mobile Business

Posted January 5, 2018

Food-truckPop-up retail and mobile food trucks isn’t new. It is a secret weapon that small business owners use to get their product out into the world and into the hands of their customers. In the pop up world, business owners will find a venue like a coffee shop, store, craft fair, or farmer’s market, then set up a retail or food shop for a limited of time: anything from one day to a few weeks.

This is an opportunity for VARs to serve a growing trend, particularly because of the mobility and connectivity to customers are key for business owners running pop up shops.

What’s the point in pop-up?

Mobile locations are more flexible for entrepreneurs looking to grow a brand and gain funding without risking everything on their venture.

  • It’s authentic. Business owners are standing behind the customers, answering questions, building credibility, and connecting with the customer.
  • It’s special. The pop-up won’t be there forever, the perfect time for an impulse purchase.
  • It’s affordable. Your expenses are low, so you can just focus on the price points.
  • It’s mobile. Businesses travel to their customers, which is a great way to test the viability of a new business or a way to expand an existing business in a new location.

Solutions for a Pop- Up:

Pop-Up shops are becoming an accessible venture for many owners to expand on their current businesses without needing to fully commit to purchasing a location. Popular restaurants can simply park their food truck near a sporting event or music festival and capitalize on an event even if their actual location is far away.

Check out the solutions we have available for a pop-up. Feel free to contact one of our dedicated account managers if you have any questions to pick out the tools you will need in your mobile business.

 


Retail Stores are Being Revolutionized with the Help of RFID

Posted January 4, 2018

8GS1-US-EPC-RFID-Chip-Hand-ImageRadio Frequency Identification (RFID) are helping retail stores across the country improving customer experience, inventory accuracy, and a way to present wider sets of products to customers who are a little more selective.

RFID Tags have the ability to hold information that identifies the products, its country of origin, materials used, production date, the handling process, and any other important information that took place in the supply chain. Some retailers are using RFID tagging to track products at all of their locations. According to a research study from the RFID Lab at Auburn University, RFID tagging can increase inventory accuracy from an average of 63 percent to greater than 95 percent. This helps enable speed and accuracy for consumers concerning fulfillment for two-day, one-day, or same day delivery. According to Kurt Salmon and the Platt Retail Institute, with RFID tagging, out of stocks can be reduced by up to 40 percent and increase profit margins by 60 percent.

According to the RFID Lab, manufacturers using RFID tagging will see an 80 percent improvement in shipping and picking accuracy, at the same time being able to increase the receiving time by 90 percent. This will allow retailers to communicate more efficiently with their manufacturers for expedited reorders, improved planning, and forecasting of products.

To read more about how RFIDs can help retail stores click here.

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


Value of Visibility in Your Supply Chain

Posted January 3, 2018

Visibility in the supply chain is valuable data to a company. It allows company to be informed about their inventory from when it is stored or in transit in order to optimize time and allocate labor and staff.

Value of Visibility


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