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Workforce Mobility Revolution: Transform Your Organization

Posted April 26, 2018

Klaus Schwab founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum once said, “In the new world, it is not the big fish which eats the small fish, it’s the fast fish which eats the slow fish.” His words ring true, especially in today’s technology dependent world. Either move forward or get left behind.

Zebra Technologies does a great job explaining this revolution with, Transform Your Organization By Harnessing the Workforce Mobility Revolution. You’ll learn what this revolution looks like and the benefits it can provide to your organization. To fully realize the potential of workforce mobility your organization will need advanced mobile operating systems, mobile devices, and software solutions. Redefine how your organization gets things done by implementing faster and smarter processes that help propel your organization forward.

Gains to Expect:

  • Productivity: From the use of advanced operating systems, devices and purpose-built software applications that speed up workflows.
  • Efficiency: Via processes that eliminate waste or complexity.
  • Accuracy: With advanced data collection capabilities that reduce the soft and hard costs associated with errors.

To read the full white paper by Zebra Technologies, download your copy HERE!

To help improve your organizations Workforce Mobility please contact our dedicated account managers for mobile solutions!


Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) Mandate

Posted October 2, 2017

healthcare-2dWhat you need to know?

On November 27, 2013, Congress enacted the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), which includes the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The DSCSA outlines steps to build an electronic system to identify, track and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed in the United States. This legislation was enacted in order to transform the pharmaceutical supply chain through serialization and improve patient safety.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, re-packagers and pharmacies have been required to implement lot-level management since 2015. Starting in November 2017, phase II of the DSCSA implementation requires manufacturers and re-packagers to serialize packages of drug products using a GS1 product identifier (either GTIN or NDC), serial number, lot number and expiration date, and embed this information into a 2D Datamatrix barcode. In November 2019, wholesalers must accept only serialized products and must verify unique product identifiers. By November 2020, pharmacists must meet the same requirements. Lastly, by November 2023, all information will be required to be made available that would allow supply chain partners to trace the ownership back to the initial manufacturer or re-packager.

What does a DSCSA solution do?

Our DSCSA hardware and software solution is focused on developing a traceability solution that incorporates transaction management, repository of historical snapshots of data for retrieval, and detects exceptions and provides easy to use visibility to traceability data in a matter of seconds.

What are the benefits of DSCSA?

Besides being in compliance, patients and supply chain companies are able to take advantage of the benefits of DSCSA, such as:

  • Improved patient safety and care
  • Compliance with serialization requirements helps move the industry ahead with better traceability and accountability for the origin, chain of custody, delivery, and availability of authentic, original prescription drugs
  • Improved accessibility to patients for the drugs they need and assurance that they are exactly the drugs prescribed by their physicians
  • Reduction of counterfeit drugs by having serialized identifiers
  • Maintaining profits for the industry providers against counterfeit products
  • Enables quick and accurate recalls of drugs, if needed
  • Increased efficiency throughout the supply chain by optimizing inventory tracking through serialization

What do I need to be in compliance?

Converting manufacturing lines from lot-based to unit-based serialization represents an investment in software and hardware. Barcode scanners and barcode label printers are a necessity to print and scan a GS1 2D Datamatrix barcode label. Wireless networking is an option for manufacturers looking to future-proof their operations. While all facilities present different challenges, service providers like Barcodes, Inc. can provide a consultation to ensure all the technology is identified and implemented in accordance to compliance regulations.

While the deadline remains the same, the FDA has issued a one year reprieve, meaning that the agency will not take action against manufacturers who do not affix or imprint the product identifier to their packages until after November 26, 2018.

To learn more about the DSCSA drug tracing mandate or to get a free consultation on a drug tracing hardware and software solution, reach out to one of our Barcodes, Inc. representatives.


BarTender: Labeling for Every Industry and Regulation

Posted September 28, 2017

bartender-greyBarTender Software by Seagull Scientific enables organizations around the world to improve safety, security, efficiency, and compliance by helping create and automate the printing and control of labels, barcodes, RFID tags, plastic cards, and much more.

Some of the world’s largest companies and hundreds of thousands of small businesses rely on the BarTender software because it has labeling software for every industry and regulation.

A few of those industries and regulations include:

  • BarTender Software for Chemical Labeling: BarTender software is already solving the labeling challenges of chemical facilities around the world as it is an integral component of the GHS compliance labeling strategy of these chemical facilities, from ICIS top 10 manufacturers to small, regional operations.
  • BarTender Software for Food Labeling: BarTender barcode and label software is an integral component of the compliance, traceability and supply chain interoperability labeling strategies of food producers, processors, logistics providers and manufacturers around the world.
  • BarTender Software for Labeling and Marking Medical Devices: Built to help meet security demands of UDI, BarTender provides full audit trail capabilities throughout the entire labeling process. BarTender is scalable to any system requirement and is adaptable to the entire spectrum of AIDC technologies.
  • BarTender Software for Pharmaceutical Labeling: BarTender is at the heart of FDA-validated pharmaceutical manufacturing installations around the world. It delivers secure, auditable barcode and RFID labeling, all backed by industry expertise.
  • BarTender Software for Supply Chain: BarTender can help you accelerate your value chain transformation, providing integrated business planning and interoperability while offering ease of deployment and legendary technical support while being backed by industry expertise. BarTender enables compliance with the expanded security requirements of the labeling processes in regulated environments.
  • BarTender Software for EU Food Allergen (FIC) Labeling: The BarTender EU Allergen Label template is completely configurable. Automates emphasis and formatting of allergens in your ingredient list. An editable list of allergens allows easy modifications should the regulation be updated or you need to comply with other, similar, regulations that may be enacted.

Infographic: Where’s My Package? Inventory Management Challenges

Posted January 14, 2016

One of the biggest turn-offs when shopping is ordering something and it isn’t even available or even worse, when it arrives it’s the wrong item! Product availability is an expectation that every customer has especially when shopping online and failing to properly deliver can cause you to lose that customer to one of your competitors.

The biggest key to preventing any of these issues is having an accurate inventory management system in place.  With proper inventory management you can ensure you have the right stock levels of popular items, stop mispicks, and get the right product shipped every time.  Fewer mistakes means more happy customers and more repeat business.

Learn how proper warehouse management can improve your business in this infographic. The improvements that are possible will surprise you.

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Star’s mPOP Now Integrated with Many Point of Sale Applications

Posted December 7, 2015

With Star’s latest release of its mPOP, Mobile Point of Purchase Solution, the first dedicated hybrid peripheral for tablet and mobile device based POS systems, industry leading POS software providers have shown keen interest in integrating this solution into their offering.

This compact and sleek ‘printer and cash drawer combined’ peripheral is the perfect solution for many retailers who are embracing the new era of electronic payment. Less cash usage allows smaller peripherals, like the mPOP, to be used at many stores’ point of sale.

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Xplore’s New Camera Software for Bobcat and XC6 Rugged Tablets

Posted January 27, 2015

Xplore Technologies has announced their new Xplore xCapture Pro camera software for their Bobcat and XC6 Windows-based tablets. The new camera software provides end users with photo editing, geo tagging and enhanced barcode scanning functionality. The addition of xCapture Pro as an integrated tool for the Bobcat and XC6 reduces the need for additional devices in the field and offers functionality to enhance the productivity of mobile workforces.

Xplore xCapture Pro is an ideal enterprise solution for field service, asset management, inventory management or occasional scanning of barcodes. The software is also beneficial for users who may need to know the time and location for when and where a photo was taken, such as a field service technician or insurance adjustor who wants to document an event or condition. They can also use the software to simply edit a photo or make notes on the image.

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Datalogic Mobile Devices Are Now MCL Certified

Posted November 19, 2014

Datalogic Lynx PDA Mobile ComputerDatalogic has been recognized as a certified device manufacturer by MCL Technologies, a leading provider of high-productivity software solutions that boost the development, deployment and management of enterprise mobile applications and devices.

Datalogic’s Memor X3Skorpio X3 and Lynx mobile devices are now certified to run MCL v4 and the MCL Mobility Platform, after undergoing a thorough testing process. This certification enables channel partners to develop solutions for Datalogic mobile devices using MCL’s rapid application development environment. MCL will also provide direct maintenance and support to Datalogic partners.

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ASAP Systems Releases the Redesigned User Interface for Passport 6.0

Posted September 3, 2014

ASAP Systems has released an impressive redesigned user interface that allows users to choose between a few user interfaces, color schemes, and fonts, among other settings. The new Passport 6.0 user interface settings were engineered to serve a variety of technical skill levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. Performing inventory and asset management tasks is now easier and faster than ever before.

In the user settings area, users can now choose between the “classic” user interface view, and the new “multi-pane” or “tile” views. Passport users that are most comfortable navigating through the “classic” view can continue to use it with the same functionalities. Alternatively, for Windows users, the “tile” view mimics the look and feel of the latest Windows OS user interface. It displays tiles for different transactions, reports, and graphical analysis as the user scrolls horizontally. In the “multi-pane” view, designed for beginner users, there is a step-by-step “quick start” dashboard, a lifecycle diagram, recent transactions, and a graphical “snapshot” of data. Beyond the visual improvement of the user interface, the lasting effect of the upgrade is amplified inventory control for new and experienced users.

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Barcode Warehouse Management Software

Posted July 28, 2014

Barcode warehouse management software is used to control the movement and storage of products or goods within a warehouse and process the associated transactions including, but not limited to, shipping, receiving, put away and picking through the use of barcode automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology.

Warehouse management systems manage the following core functions:

  • Receiving – The ability to properly handle a shipment when it arrives. This process can be individualized to each warehouse or product type. In some cases, goods are not received into a facility, but rather cross-docked, which is a logistics procedure where products from a supplier or manufacturing plant are distributed directly to a customer or retail chain with marginal to no handling or storage time.  Cross docking takes place in a distribution docking terminal; usually consisting of trucks and dock doors on two (inbound and outbound) sides with minimal storage space.  The name ‘cross docking’ explains the process of receiving products through an inbound dock and then transferring them across the dock to the outbound transportation dock.
  • Put Away – Put-away is normally thought of as the process of moving received inventory from the dock, kitting area, or production department to a storage bin. The put-away process is also used to relocate inventory within the warehouse and to replenish dedicated storage bins with inventory from a reserve storage bin. Any time inventory is being placed in a storage bin it is being put away. System directed put-away is when the WMS chooses the destination storage bin rather than the operator.
  • InventoryInventory Technology refers to the supervision of supply, storage and accessibility of items in order to ensure an adequate supply without excessive oversupply. It also helps companies keep lost sales to a minimum by having enough stock on hand to meet demand. The inventory can be real-time or in the form of a cycle count, which is an audit procedure designed to verify the inventory accuracy for a small subset of inventory in a specific location on a specific day, thus providing an ongoing measure of inventory accuracy.
  • Picking – Picking consists of taking and collecting articles in a specified quantity before shipment to satisfy a customer’s order. The following are different types of picking:
    • Piece Picking (or Pick to Part) – Order pickets move to collect the products necessary for one order.
    • Zone Picking – Each order picker is assigned to one specific zone and will only realize order picking within this zone.
    • Wave Picking – Order picker moves to collect the products necessary for several orders.
    • Sorting Systems Method – No movement of the order picker, as the products are brought to picker by an automatic system.
    • Pick to Box Method – No movement of the order picker, as the picking area is organized so that there are a number of picking stations connected by a conveyor. The order picker fills the box with the products from his station and the box moves to the other picking stations until he customer order is complete.
    • Packing – Packing occurs after the picking process and entails prepping a product or good for shipment by re-packaging, affixing with a shipping label, including an invoice and staging in preparation for shipment. Additionally, for certain goods or customers, there may be the requirement for kit building.
    • Shipping – Shipping entails the delivery of the right product or good to the right customer or location using the right method of shipment, all while minimizing the cost. If a customer is doing their own delivery, incorporating proof of delivery allows for more accurate information and quicker confirmation to the customer. Furthermore, our software has the ability to integrate shipment tracking for customers.

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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.


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