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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


MIT Researchers Develop RFly, an Inventory Management Drone

Posted August 25, 2017

MIT researchers have developed a system that will allow small drones to read RFID tags from up to ten meters away, as well as identify the tags locations with an average error of about 19 centimeters. These researchers believe that this system could be used in large scale warehouses for both monitoring, to help prevent inventory mismatches, and to find the location of items to make it easier for employees to quickly meet customer requests. Safety won’t be an issue as these drones will be small and lightweight equipped with plastic rotors.

This will help many businesses as each year billions of dollars are lost all because of mismatches in inventory. Even the U.S. Army has had the problem of losing track of supplies.

“Between 2003 and 2011, the U.S. Army lost track of $5.8 billion of supplies among its warehouses,” says Fadel Adib, the Sony Corporation Career Development Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, whose group at the MIT Media Lab developed the new system. “In 2016, the U.S. National Retail Federation reported that shrinkage – loss of items in retail stores – averaged around $45.2 billion annually. By enabling drones to find and localize items and equipment, this research will provide a fundamental technological advancement for solving these problems.”

Watch how the system would work below.

 

Interested in learning more? Read the full article here news.mit.edu.


Afinia Label’s L801 Color Label Printer

Posted January 3, 2017

Afinia Label L801The L801 Memjet label printer is an industrial web-fed inkjet solution, ideal for short- to medium-range print runs for inventory and product identification applications. It’s easy to use, has an integrated unwinder, works well with industry-standard label design software, and is available with an optional rewinder. The L801 is compatible with a wide range of paper, polyester, polypropylene, and vinyl label stocks from major vendors. With the correct label stock, the L801 can create GHS-compliant labels or any other high-quality label to improve brand recognition and allow your products to stand out from the competition.

High Quality & Resolution

Print at up to 1600 x 1600 dpi for vivid, eye-catching labels. By using CMYKK, the L801 offers exceptional color and rich blacks, giving you the ability to print with better contrast.

Low Cost of Ownership

Afinia Label Memjet label printers allow you to save on consumables. The L801 holds 1.25 liters of ink to support large runs, and offers an industry-leading low ink cost. You can visit our online ink cost calculator to determine the estimated cost of your labels based on label size and percent ink coverage, or see how the L801 has a great return on investment.


Field Fastening Utilizes Datamax-O-Neil by Honeywell Printers to Streamline Vendor Managed Inventory Solutions

Posted December 20, 2016

fieldField Fastening is a supplier and solution provider of fasteners and other highly volume Class “C” items. As a solution provider, Field offers a robust vendor managed inventory(VIM) programs to keep their customers operations running smoothly. Field utilizes a data-driven approach to saving their customers time, money and inventory space by maintaining 99.98% on time delivery. To maintain high standards, Field has found that the Datamax-O-Neil by Honeywell Printers helps them and their customers keep track of complex inventory levels. Field relies on the Datamax-O’neil E-4205 printer to create readable and consistent labels for inventory locations from bins to totes.

Field came to Barcodes, Inc. to find a technologically efficient way to update, track and maintain inventory levels at their customer’s locations. Barcodes, Inc. recommended a complete barcoding solution with the combination of Datamax-O’neil printers and labels. This combination allows for the user to quickly load labels into the printer and for the printer to easily connect to scanners or laptops for efficient printing. Field Fastening continues to outfit their VMI locations with Datamax-O’neil printers and labels from Barcodes, Inc.

To learn more about Datamax-O’neil by Honeywell Printers call one of our knowledgeable representatives.


County of Montgomery Uses AirTrack S1 to Manage Their Library Inventory

Posted October 7, 2016

The County of Montgomery library reached out to Barcodes, Inc. to get a recommendation on a barcode scanner that is capable of reading a Codabar barcode symbology for their inventory and check-in/check-out applications. Their current solution resulted in ineffective barcode reads and occasionally the user had trouble reading barcodes off of the books. Barcodes, Inc. was able to recommend the AirTrack S1 as their library barcode scanner. The S1 features a small, lightweight and ergonomic design with a flashing green light for good-read feedback. Its linear imaging scanning also gave the library workers better scanning capability to avoid ineffective reads.

In the end, the County of Montgomery library was satisfied with Barcodes, Inc.’s scanner recommendation and even more impressed that Barcodes was able to configure the devices before shipping in order to read and parse only the information required from the books. Their book accountability and workers’ productivity has improved drastically since the implementation of their new library scanning solution.

For more information about our library solutions, contact one of our representatives.


Honeywell’s 70 Series RFID Mobile Computers

Posted October 5, 2016

RFID has become the leading technology to improve your effectiveness of any tracking application from assets and inventory to receiving shipments. Empowering your workforce with RFID readers and tagged items they can accomplish more in less time with a higher degree of accuracy.

The Honeywell 70 Series RFID is the no-compromise, next generation family of ultra-rugged mobile computers that add passive UHF reading to the already impressive feature set of 70 Series devices. When it comes to accomplishing routine data collection tasks with greater efficiency and accuracy, the 70 Series RFID mobile computers are the answer. These devices combine advanced RFID reading and a no-compromise design with best-in-class ruggedness, battery life, and ergonomics. Intelligently designed into three different form factors yet built on a singular core platform, the 70 Series RFID gives you the benefits of specialized devices with the reduced complexity and cost savings that come from adopting a common platform.

The 70 Series RFID family is intelligently designed into three form factors:

With the aid of the 70 Series RFID readers you get the benefits of specialized devices with the reduced complexity and cost savings that come from adopting a common platform.


Case Study: Automotive Manufacturing with Honeywell Solutions

Posted August 4, 2016

hnoneywekllExecutive Summary

A global automotive parts manufacturer whom specializes in parts and accessories for the productions of cars. With a keen focus on just-in-time inventory, they focus on building customer relationships by setting the right expectations and aiming to over-deliver. Delivering a great customer experience hinges on the companies flawlessly tracking of products from production, finished good delivery and ensuring that their customers inventory levels are optimized. By utilizing Honeywell printers, scanners and mobile computing products, our customer has been able to increase their service level commitments and gain trust from automotive manufacturers around the globe.

The Business Challenge

The Company was expanding and needed a data capture solution that enabled its workforce to optimize their productivity, mobility and product traceability. With operations heavily dependent on product traceability and product movement, they needed hardware that would offer a wide variety of traceability features. With many customers relying on quick turnaround, just-in-time shipping, and accuracy, the Company needed to find a way to operate lean and agile.

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Datalogic’s New Joya Touch Multi-Purpose Device for Retail

Posted August 3, 2016

Joya Touch is a multi-purpose retail mobile device that is ideal for various applications such as Self-Shopping, Price Checking, Markdowns, Shelf Replenishment, Inventory, Access Control and more.

The Joya Touch device comes in two form factors: a handheld version resembling a smartphone and a pistol-grip version with a comfortable trigger. Retailers can change from one form to the other with ease, adapting to applications and user preferences. Joya Touch is charged using the industry’s first wireless charging technology (Qi compliant) that eliminates the need for maintenance and cleaning of contacts on the device and cradles. This radically reduces support costs and increases the devices’ life span.

The Joya Touch device requires only 2.5 hours to fully recharge the battery and the ‘Boost Recharge’ feature ensures the battery is charged for 80 minutes of use after only 15 minutes of charging!

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Deliver an Exciting, New Customer Experience with Datalogic’s Joya X1

Posted July 22, 2016

Datalogic’s Joya X1 self-shopping solution is now available to US customers. Joya is a purpose-built device for shoppers that is tailored to provide the best self-shopping experience.  It offers cutting-edge technology and advanced performance in an ergonomic form factor that is easy to use. Using Joya instead of a smartphone allows shoppers to:

  • Scan coupon barcodes on their smartphone screen
  • Shop faster using optimized barcode technology instead of the smartphone camera
  • Send and receive calls and texts while shopping
  • Conserve phone battery power
  • Prevent phone damage from accidental drops while shopping

For retailers, Joya is a multi-purpose tool that can be used to enhance the shopping experience and increase operational efficiency. Retailers can use Joya to:

  • Implement fast and efficient Queue-busting during peak times
  • Execute retail inventory functions such as:
    • Price checks
    • Stock checks
    • Restocking
    • Markdowns

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