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End of Life for the Datalogic QuickScan Mobile Scanners

Posted July 28, 2014

Datalogic QuickScan I: QM2100 ScannerDatalogic has announced that their popular QuickScan Mobile line of cordless scanners will be coming to end as component availability has allowed  a very limited production rum of these units. Current QuickScan  Mobile customers are invited to place their last purchase orders as soon as possible. Availability of the last run of devices will vary on overall purchase volume.

Unfortunately, Datalogic regrets to announce that all key components needed to produce QuickScan Mobile products have been exhausted before the expected ‘last purchase’ date. As a consequence of this situation, Datalogic will not be able to produce anymore QuickScan Mobile units; therefore, orders can no longer be accepted for the QuickScan Mobile readers.

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New Zebra Drivers for TEKLYNX Software

Posted July 25, 2014

TEKLYNX continues their extensive support for all Zebra printers with the release of drivers for the new ZT400 series.

TEKLYNX label printer drivers provide the best overall quality for your barcode labeling needs as their development teams across the globe work closely with printer manufacturers to develop high quality drivers that optimize printer performance. Save your company reprints, errors, and loss of production with the most current and efficient drivers available.

TEKLYNX drivers can be download here.

For assistance finding the right TEKLYNX product for your needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.


How 2D Barcode Scanning Can Benefit your Business

Posted July 24, 2014

DS6878SR_PhoneCoupon_002Scanning Basics: From Laser to Imager

Whether you’re aware of it or not, barcodes are one of the most influential technologies of the 20th century. The simple black and white bars you find on every product have helped usher in a level of efficiency that has allowed for large scale tracking around the globe. Many businesses would not be possible to run without the humble barcode. Keeping track of anything accurately is almost unimaginable without barcodes.

Historically, laser-based scanners were used to read barcodes. These laser scanners are still found in many applications today. While there have been advances in the speed and accuracy of laser scanners, the technology is still essentially the same it was when it was first developed in the ‘70s.

Today however, there are two technologies used in readers for barcode scanning: lasers and imagers. Imagers offer several improvements over the traditional laser while also providing important new capabilities, such as being able to read 2D barcodes. Imagers may have been used only in special cases in the past, but today, the advantages they provide over lasers can help improve almost any scanning application.

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Barcode Inventory Management Software

Posted July 23, 2014

Barcode inventory management software is used to supervise the supply, storage and accessibility of items in order to ensure an adequate supply without excessive oversupply through the use of barcode automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology.

Inventory systems consist of the following core components:

  • Inventory Software – Software is the backbone of any system and will determine what features and options are available. When choosing inventory software you want to consider reporting detail and whether or not the software supports batch or real-time updates, as well as whether it needs to be integrated with an ERP system. Lastly, you want to determine whether a premise or cloud-based software is more ideal for your business.
  • Mobile Computer – Inventory goods are located in different “bins” throughout a business. A mobile device allows you to have all the information you need to make decisions on when, where and how much to re-order.
  • Barcode Printer – Inventory come in all shapes, sizes and quantities. Barcode printers are designed to print labels to meet every business size and print volume.
  • Consumables – All inventory goods need a unique identifier on them to be properly tracked. Barcodes are the easiest and most cost effective option, while being capable of meeting environmental and regulatory requirements.

When evaluating barcode inventory management software, it is best to consider a cloud-based inventory management solution. Some of the benefits of cloud-based software include reduced capital expenditures, painless and cost-free software updates, lowered IT costs (i.e. no need to house multiple servers) and improved accessibility to the data through the Internet.

If you’re looking for a cloud-based barcode inventory management software that can fulfill all of your inventory requirements, look no further than BarcodesInc’s topShelf. TopShelf is an inventory, warehouse management, route accounting, asset tracking and online ordering application that caters to small up to enterprise-sized businesses. Our barcode inventory management software has the ability to integrate with ERP systems (SAP, Oracle, etc.), Accounting systems (Sage, Quickbooks, etc.), CRM systems (Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, etc.) and eCommerce Systems (Channel Advisor, Shopify, Amazon).

To request a demo of topShelf or request more information on our barcode inventory management software, contact us at BarcodesInc.


New Skorpio X3 Mobile Computers with Improved 2D Performance

Posted July 23, 2014

Datalogic Skorpio X3 Mobile ComputerDatalogic has announce that the highly successful Skorpio X3 mobile computer product line has been further enhanced with improved 2D performance and a new keypad option.

Regarding the improved performance of the 2D feature, both depth-of-field and decoding speed have been significantly improved in order to provide the best state-of-the-art solution.

Datalogic is pleased to expand the number of available standard 2D configurations offering a wide variety of pistol grip models, now featuring an extended battery pack by default to support scan-intensive 2D applications.

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Honeywell’s Captuvo SL62 Rugged Scanner Enclosure for iPad Mini Now Available

Posted July 22, 2014

After the initial announcement in January of this year, the Honewyell Captuvo SL62 is currently available for purchase and delivery.

The Captuvo SL62 enterprise sled encases the popular Apple iPad mini, transforming it into an enterprise-ready device for businesses that prefer the simplicity and familiarity of iOS, but need additional functionality built-in for instant access to inventory, scanning and secure payment processing. The Captuvo SL62 is fully compatible with all Apple iPad mini models.

The Captuvo SL62 is available in 3 core configurations:

For assistance choosing the right version for your business needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Socket Introduces CHS 8Qi Barcode Scanner for Apple and Android Phones and Tablets

Posted July 21, 2014

Socket CHS 8Qi barcode scannerSocket Mobile announced its new model 8Qi 2D Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS). The new 8Qi can scan both 1D “linear” barcodes and 2D QR codes making the 8Qi an ideal choice in Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) applications where 1D UPC barcodes, 2D bobile coupons or loyalty cards need to be scanned.

Approximately the same size as a credit card measuring less than ½ inch (1.27cm) thick and weighing less than two ounces, the CHS 8Qi is the smallest and lightest 2D barcode scanner available in the market today. It can be attached to most smartphones including the Apple iPhone®, iPod touch® and Samsung® S4 devices in a “sled type” configuration solution. The 8Qi slips neatly into your pocket and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand when attached to a smartphone. You can add a lanyard or belt clip for a wearable solution making the 8Qi accessible at any time.

The CHS 8Qi (White- Part# CX3344-1578) (Black- Part# CX3343-1577) is the second model in the progression of the CHS Series 8 cordless barcode scanners which are attachable to most smartphones enabling one-handed professional barcode scanning. The 8Qi is also suited for Mobile Ticketing and high-end retail environments where 2D barcodes are gaining popularity for security and data capacity. The 8Qi will be available at the end of Q3, 2014.

Full Socket CHS 8Qi specifications (PDF)

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Disney Makes a Game out of Working in a Grocery Store: Barcode Scanning for Fun

Posted July 18, 2014

159f0d5c-5396-468f-80c4-4da6869b66c5Ever worked as a check-out clerk in a grocery store?

Disney’s Checkout Challenge for Windows mobile devices captures the experience in a very convincing way. In this fast paced game you collect groceries and scan them in as quickly and accurately as possible for the highest score. Start training to improve your barcode scanning skills to become Checkout Chairman!

The app is currently available through the Windows Phone Store.


Xplore Introduces Its Thinner, Lighter, Fully-Rugged Bobcat Windows Tablet

Posted July 17, 2014

Xplore has announced the release of the Bobcat—a fully-rugged Windows tablet boasting the most comprehensive standardized interfaces available, an extensive array of options through its proprietary Xpansion Port and a sleek lightweight design. The Bobcat operates Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Pro operating systems and continues to build upon Xplore’s reputation for fully-rugged durability with a MIL-STD 810G certification and IP65 rating. The Windows tablet is an ideal choice for a variety of industries including manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and utilities.

The Bobcat offers a robust suite of standard inputs and outputs that make the transition across different business applications as frictionless as possible. The tablet comes standard with two full-sized USB 3.0s, Micro SDXC, Micro SIM, Micro HDMI-Out, RJ-45 Ethernet, GPS engine and a true serial port connection. The Bobcat is the only fully-rugged tablet on the market to offer GPS, RJ-45 Ethernet and a true serial port connection in one device. With this comprehensive selection of ports, businesses are not forced to making compromises on port selections upon purchase.

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Aldelo Touch Supports Star Micronics’s Mobile Products

Posted July 16, 2014

Star SM-S220i Portable PrinterAldelo Touch, a full-featured POS solution designed for Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini has been updated with support for Star Micronics SM-S220i Bluetooth mobile printer, SM-T300i Bluetooth mobile printer, TSP143LAN Ethernet desktop printer and DK-AirCash peripheral for secure wireless cash drawer control.

Aldelo provides the next generation in restaurant point of sale technology designed exclusively for mobility, flexibility and simplicity. Incorporating the latest technologies with user-friendly interface designs, unbelievable flexibility and accessible cloud office, Aldelo Touch provides full restaurant capabilities without compromise.

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