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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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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.


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.


How the Barcode Simplified Life

Posted December 21, 2017

barcode-616035_1280In 1974 a pack of gum was purchased using the first ever barcode. Since then the use of barcodes has skyrocketed and has taken many forms of symbologies. The symbology of a barcode includes the encoding of the message in the bars and spaces, including any start and stop markers plus the size of the quiet zone (a blemish free space around the code to help readers locate it) that is required to be before and after the barcode. There are a few different types of barcode symbologies from the linear Code 128 and Code 39 to the newer 2D QR Codes, Data Matrix, and Micro PDF.

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What has the barcode done for this world? It’s made life easier. Its helped the retail industry keep check of the number of products they have in stock and a way to see what products sell at higher volumes. More importantly its helped consumers get in and out of stores quicker by dramatically improving the check out line. Imagine a world in which you would have to wait until the cashier looked up every single item you wanted to purchase? In that scenario the checkout lines would be ridiculous, luckily the barcode is here to save us from that nightmare.

Retail is just one of the many industries that barcodes has helped improve; another is the healthcare industry which has greatly benefited from the barcode. In the healthcare industry you’ll find barcodes on patient samples and the wristbands patients wear. There’s systems in place that would automatically generate a new barcode every time a patient has their blood drawn, making it so that the blood sample can be tracked from the hospital floor to the laboratory for testing. Human error of course is still possible, but with the use of barcodes those errors have been greatly minimized.

To learn more about barcodes visit our FAQ or read more about the rise and use of “The Ubiquitous Barcode

For any questions or a quote on barcode software or barcode labels please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


An Enterprise Hybrid Device, Honeywell’s ScanPal EDA50

Posted October 11, 2017

scanpalThe ScanPal EDA50 will bring an exceptional user experience that provides real-time visibility into business-critical information. Workers on the retail floor will have the ability to access, as well as capture and send crucial business information in real time.

The Honeywell mobile computer is also an effective unified communications tool for healthcare professionals. Comes with ability to support Voice over Internet Protocol phone calls over hospitals’ wireless networks allowing you to save cost on cellular contracts.

The ScanPal EDA50 has an ergonomic easy-to-use modern touchscreen design with the latest advances in modern mobile technology. This mobile computer is designed to withstand heavy use and users can count on ample battery life for a full shift through superior battery management.

Features and Benefits:

  • Powerful Platform: An Industry leading Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU enables fast access to business-critical applications.
  • Large Touchscreen Display: Large, 5in (12.7) Corning Gorilla capacitive touchscreen is readable both indoors and outdoors, and works when used with wet hands.
  • Lightweight, Ergonomic Design: Lightweight design offering the user the perfect combination of durability, comfort, convenience and portability. Small enough to fit conveniently into a pocket.
  • Drop Specifications: 4ft (1.2M)
  • Long Battery Life: Featuring small battery technology, the ScanPal EDA50 device can power through a full shift and beyond.
  • Multiple-Device Connectivity: ScanPal EDA50 devices can be easily connected to multiple devices, enabling support for more use cases and applications.
  • VoIP Support: The ScanPal EDA50 device supports Voice over Internet Protocol over a wireless network.
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For any questions or a quote on any of your mobile computing needs please contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Battery-Free Cordless Scanning with Honeywell

Posted June 22, 2017

bfscannersWireless scanners have become commonplace in many retail environments for the convenience they provide by removing a cable from the picture. All cordless scanners have a battery in them that is often the main point of wear on the device and requires several hours to fully charge on many models.  It may seem that the battery is an unavoidable consequence of being wireless but Honeywell is leading the way towards a more environmentally friendly scanner that also requires less maintenance long term.

Shedding the traditional battery pack, Honeywell has introduced their Super-Capacitor technology on their Xenon 1902g-bf and Voyager 1202g-bf scanners. Super-Capacitors are capable of achieving a full charge in less than two minutes via the standard USB port or under 30 seconds when using a powered USB port or external wall adapter. After a quick charge the Voyager 1200g-bf can scan at least 100 codes while the Xenon 1902g-bf can read at least 450 codes.

This sort of quick and easy charging feature makes these scanners ideal for applications centered around POS, workstations and counters – for example, as the secondary scanner to a bioptic (in-counter) scanner, or in support of shipping and receiving functions at warehouses. With no battery, a common maintenance hassle is removed and the scanner is lighter and more environmentally friendly.

Both scanners are built on the proven Voyager and Xenon platform offering superior scanning performance on linear and 2D barcodes respectively. With multiple-interface options, these scanners are plug-in-player ready to start inputting scanned data into any application.

For assistance finding the right battery-free scanner for your needs, contact us at Barcodes Inc.


Zebra’s ZQ500: Mobile Printing for Mission Critical Applications

Posted June 12, 2017

Businesses already know the move to a more mobile workforce is key to greater effectiveness and profitability. Enabling your employees with better tools lets them do more in less time and improves their general day-to-day experience.

From transportation and manufacturing to the retail front-end, many mobile applications require a means to print labels or receipts on the go. There are plenty of mobile printers on the market today but none match the performance and durability of the Zebra ZQ500.

ZQ500 printers are lightweight, yet engineered to handle the bumps, drops and collisions that are part of the job. The printers feature a patented military design that meets third-party-verified MIL-STD 810g military standards for shock, vibration and temperature exposure. The printers can withstand repeated drops to concrete from 6.6′ on multiple sides.

Designed for intuitive, simple use with a simplified user interface that reduces the amount of accidentally changed printer settings, and the large buttons increase accuracy for gloved hands and fingers the ZQ500 is made for the workplace.

  • Apple iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry connectivity
  • Direct thermal printing of barcodes, text and graphics at 203 dpi resolution (8 dots per mm)
  • Print speed up to 5″/127 mm per second (with Draft mode enabled)
  • CPCL and ZPL programming languages and XML support
  • 400 MHz 32-bit ARM processor with 256 MB RAM (8 MB available for user applications)
  • Cold Temperature Compensation mode–optimizes/balances print speeds to allow for better print performance at lower temps
  • Dual-sided tear bar which allows for clean tearing in either direction (not available with linerless SKUs)
  • Printer can be used in any orientation
  • “Clamshell” design for easy media loading
  • Management: Mirror, SNMP, Web server, ProfileManager, AirWatch and Wavelink Avalanche
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Ready Low Energy radio
  • Simple easy-to-read LCD with large icons for battery and wireless status
  • Tolerance of multiple drops from 6.6′ (2 m) to concrete
  • Zebra Print Touch simplifies Bluetooth pairing and launches web-based help pages with Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled devices
  • Power Smart Print Technology – anticipates upcoming printing to optimize battery consumption and print speed

AirTrack’s S2-W – Cordless Scanning for Multiple Industries

Posted May 24, 2017

AirTrack S2-W ScannerThe applications using 2D barcodes continues to expand from couponing and loyalty cards to shipping and product labels.  Now, with more affordable pricing and virtually no drawbacks with area imaging technology, 2D barcode scanners are in high demand as businesses begin to futureproof their scanning technology and optimize their marketing capabilities with QR and other 2D barcodes.

AirTrack’s new S2-W brings all the benefits of a 2D imager and cordless scanner in an affordable package for retail, hospitality, logistics/warehouse, and manufacturing environments. Easily scan any barcode type and transmit the data with the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity. Improve the effectiveness of any application with the unmatched performance of the S2-W.

  • Long distance, stable Bluetooth connection
  • Easy to connect to your phone or computer
  • Rich decoding types and long battery life
  • Keyboard that supports more than 20 languages
  • Fast and accurate scanning
  • Ergonomic design to prevent strain from extended operation
  • Durable anti-shock design

Honeywell’s New Orbit 7190g Hybrid Presentation Scanner

Posted April 28, 2017

Just like it’s extremely popular and best selling Orbit 7120 older brother, the new Orbit 7190g scanner is an innovative, elegant and affordable solution for convenience retail applications where counter space is at a premium. The Orbit 7190g scanner continues the proven, superior 1D laser scanning performance of Orbit series scanners – but adds an area imager for seamless scanning of digital 1D, 2D and PDF codes in a single, convenient device. To make retail checkouts faster and more hassle-free, the Orbit 7190g scanner features a unique dual-modes design that is optimized for both the cashier and the customer – enabling seamless product barcode scanning and scanning of digital codes off customer smartphones.

Features and Benefits:

  • Breakthrough Hybrid Technology – The Orbit 7190g scanner integrates both a laser and an imager into a single presentation scanner – no need to buy a separate scanner for printed 1D and digital 1D, 2D and PDF barcodes reading.
  • Dual-Working Modes – With dual-working modes, the scanner is optimized for both scanning digital codes off customer smartphones and scanning merchandise codes by the cashier at the register.
  • Superior Scanning Performance – A 20-line omnidirectional laser pattern maintains the proven 1D scanning performance of existing Orbit scanners. With leading Honeywell imaging technology, the scanner reads smartphone coupons and ID cards with ease.
  • Adjustable Scan Head – The award-winning shape enables handheld scanning of large, bulky items. The adjustable scan head even allows cashiers to tilt the scanner 30° for targeted scanning of larger products.
  • Multi-Interface Design – Automatic interface detection enables the scanner to configure itself to the appropriate interface upon connection – eliminating the tedious task of scanning programming barcodes.

 


Barcoding Software for Every Business

Posted April 13, 2017

Seagull BarTender Professional Barcode SoftwareNo matter your business size, barcodes are a part of everyday operations from inventory and asset tracking to any retail check-out.  A barcode is a straight-forward and accurate means to track anything through whatever process you may need. Depending on where in the product chain your business may be, some items may have barcodes already but more often than not you’ll need a flexible barcoding software to make the specific types of barcodes you need.

A it’s most basic, a barcode software will allow you to design and print a barcode with the specific data you need. It could be a simple product number, a unique asset ID, or shipping details for a package. Some barcoding software will provide additional features like the ability for 2D or stacked barcodes as well as automation capabilities from a database or Excel. Not matter how simple or integrated of a software you may need, there is a barcoding software solution that can be set-up to accomplish any goal.

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For assistance finding the right software for your business labeling needs, contact one of our printing specialists at Barcodes, Inc.


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