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What is Apple MFi Certification and Why is it Important?

Posted July 7, 2014

2014-07-07_0930Apple’s MFi Program (“Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad”) is a licensing program for developers of hardware and software peripherals that work with Apple’s iPod, iPad, iPad mini and iPhone, the so-called iDevices. The name is a shortened version of the original long-form Made For iPod. Companies joining the MFi program are required to pass certain requirements and certification tests. Once approved by Apple, they are able to display certain MFi-related logos on their product packaging.

Using a MFi certified receipt printer ensures full compatibility with Apple devices and an easier set-up with more features in any mobile application.

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Tips for Storing Thermal Receipt Paper

Posted June 2, 2014

thermal-case-largeThe switch over to thermal receipt paper has become commonplace across most  retailers due to the cost savings and faster printing it offers. While these thermal paper receipts get us out of the store faster, there is a downside. Thermal paper receipts can fade, are sensitive to heat,  and require proper storage to ensure you get the most of them.

To better understand the best way to handle thermal receipt paper it helps to know how exactly it works. Thermal paper has a special heat sensitive coating which purchase information is heat transferred onto as the paper runs through the receipt printer. The coatings can be affected by a variety of things; heat and exposure to direct sunlight being the primary problems.

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StarPRNT Utility Updated to V2.1

Posted May 22, 2014

starStarPRNT’s capabilities continue to expand with support now for Windows 8.1. The current v2.1 applies to the TSP650II, FVP-10, TSP700II, TSP800II, SP700, SP500, TUP500, and TUP900 printer lines.

StarPRNT is an all-in-one driver, configuration utility, and support package designed to make deploying your Star printers simple and easy.  Preloaded with drivers and a large array of configuration setting options for the most popular Star Printers, StarPRNT provides a comfortable Graphical User Interface (GUI) to cut down installation and customization time even more. Installable in many different environments, StarPRNT offers full functionality for both 32- and 64-bit Operating Systems.

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Star Receipt Printers an Great Match for LOCFOOD Point of Sale Software

Posted May 6, 2014

LOCFOOD is a modern point of sale (POS) software designed to connect consumers and merchants. Combining the functionality of POS and online ordering, the sleek, multi-purpose solution allows establishments in the hospitality industry to improve order accuracy, increase order turnover and streamline food preparation.

Using LOCFOOD’s solution – which has been developed for web, iOS and Android – customers can browse menus and restaurant information, place their order electronically and be notified when it is ready for pick-up.

The problem

When LOCFOOD began working with restaurant owners, they explained that because their tabled-based POS solution lacked a printer, it would be greener, eliminate paper waste and reduce printing costs. However, merchants explained that it is actually more practical for them to use a POS printer. They expressed their need to print order tickets to the kitchen and receipts to present to the customer. Restaurant owners explained that the kitchen area is too harsh an environment for tablets, as the device can easily come into contact with water, food and high temperatures.

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CognitiveTPG Announces Their New A799II Receipt Printer

Posted March 14, 2014

CognitiveTPG A799II PrinterCognitiveTPG has announced an addition to its line of POS Receipt Printers, the A799II. The A799II, which is being demonstrated at the National Retail Federation Big Show this week in New York City, will be available to the general market in Q2 2014.

The A799II achieves the best performance, reliability and price for a receipt printer, reaching a 350 mm/sec (13.79 inches per second) print speed. Like the other CognitiveTPG receipt printers the A799II includes some of the industry’s highest reliability standards with its unique ceramic knife delivering a life of 3 million cuts, a printhead life of 242 km (150 miles), 72 million printlines, and a 4-year warranty.

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CognitiveTPG A798 Receipt Printer – A Better Printer at a Better Price!

Posted January 21, 2014

CognitiveTPG recently increased its reliability specifications on the A798 printer, ranking it among the most reliable receipt printers on the market at an even better price. The main features and functions now include:

  • Fast print speeds at 6 inches per second
  • Multiple interfaces
  • Steel frame and modular design for greater strength and faster delivery
  • Longest knife life in the industry and unmatched reliability
  • Standard 3 year warranty
  • Available with Spill Guard option for hospitality and quick serve applications
  • Best price for performance

For assistance findng the right CognitiveTPG receipt printer for your needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.


How POS Receipts Build Sales And Loyalty

Posted January 14, 2014

2014-01-14_1001The coupon revival continues, and the source of those most often redeemed might surprise you.

According to the Annual Topline U.S. CPG Coupon Facts Report for Year-end 2010, released by NCH Marketing Services, Inc., marketers distributed 332 billion coupons for consumer packaged goods last year, marking the largest single year distribution of coupons ever recorded in the United States. Those coupons redeemed totaled $3.7 billion in savings for consumers. Fueled by frugal recession-weary shoppers, coupon usage has climbed from 63.6% in 2007 to 78.3% in 2010, according to NCH.

Most of those coupons distributed— a full 90% — came in the form of free-standing inserts, according to Inmar, the company that handles the bulk of coupon processing in the U.S. But retail marketers take note — that’s not where the leading growth in redeemed coupons lies.

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Tech Questions: My Star Thermal Printer Isn’t Printing

Posted December 18, 2013

dddQuestion

My Star thermal printer feeds paper but is not printing at all.

Answer

The cause could be that the paper is not thermal-coated or it was loaded upside down. To verify that the roll is thermal-coated, scratch the surface of the paper with a coin or nail. If the top coat shows a gray mark where the scratch was made, the paper was thermal-coated. Next, verify the thermal paper was loaded correctly and try printing again (see illustration).

For additional assistance with or finding the right Star printer for your needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.


WebPRNT Now Available for the Star TSP650ii

Posted October 30, 2013

Star TSP650ii PrinterKeeping up with the emergence of the omnichannel business model and growing customer demand for mobility, businesses are turning to web-based applications as a cost effective way to stay agile. Web-based services are being more commonplace in point of sale as businesses streamline their operations and create mobile friendly environments for their customers.

To support customers using web-based point of sale applications, Star Micronics delivers WebPRNT, an innovative technology enabling device-agnostic receipt printing technology that supports HTTP requests used in web-based applications.

WebPRNT is currently available with Star’s TSP650II thermal receipt printer which is equipped with Ethernet connectivity. Easy to read, maintain and modify for developers; simply use the appropriate XML tags or integrate Star’s WebPRNT Javascript library into your web-based application to begin printing from your application to Star’s TSP650II WebPRNT thermal receipt printer.

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Vend POS Now Supports the Star SM-S220i Receipt Printer

Posted October 17, 2013

2013-10-17_1033Mobile POS has seen a boom recently due to the simplicity and low cost investment involved in getting a functional POS system off the ground. Leading the way in mobile POS is Vend with their app that turns your iPad into a fully functional POS system.  Setting up shop in a physical location or on the go has never been so easy!

With any type of retail transaction their is always a need for some kind of receipt be it via an email or a physically printed copy. Vend has always supported a variety of desktop receipt printers but with their recent update you can go completely mobile with the Star SM-S220i.  The SM-S220i is the perfect compact mobile printer to provide your customers with a printed receipt no matter where your point of sale may be. Quickly pair the printer to your iPad running Vend software and you’ll be printing receipts in no time!

For more information or to start building a Vend mobile POS system. contact us at BarcodesInc.


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